Memorial Days and Uposatha Days
Monthly Memorial Days
Rissho Kosei-kai's monthly memorial days are: the 4th for the late founder, Nikkyo Niwano; the 10th for the late cofounder, Mrs. Myoko Naganuma; and the 15th for Shakyamuni Buddha's entering nirvana. On these days, in revering the Eternal Buddha as their focus of devotion, members recite the Lotus Sutra wholeheartedly not only to remember and praise the virtues and teachings of the founder and the cofounder, but to express their deep gratitude to them as well.
The monthly memorial days function to allow members: 1) to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their lives; 2) to recognize their attitude of taking refuge in the eternal life of the Buddha; 3) to be aware of partaking in the life of the Buddha; and 4) to renew their vow to be diligent in practicing the Buddha's teachings.
Days of Uposatha
The word uposatha in the Pali language of ancient India refers to the meetings of the early Buddhist order that were held every fifteen days by the monks, including Shakyamuni and the elders. At the meetings the precepts were recited before the gathered monks and if any had been violated, those who had done so voluntarily acknowledged their wrongdoing.
In Rissho Kosei-kai, uposatha days are observed on every 1st and 15th so that members can renew their inner determination and vow for diligence through listening to other members' religious testimony and participating in hoza counseling sessions. On these days, under Rissho Kosei-kai's guiding principle of "Cultivating the Fields of Our Hearts and Minds," members gather at local churches and other centers to share their personal sense of joy and gratitude with fellow members. They thus implement the building of a Buddhist community that is filled with the warmth of human kindness, and with joy and trustworthiness.
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