On February 15 Rissho Kosei-kai members observed the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's entrance into nirvana, in the Great Sacred Hall at the organization's headquarters in Tokyo as well as at all Dharma centers across Japan. Some 3,100 members gathered in the Great Sacred Hall to learn more about the significance of the Buddha's entrance into nirvana and rededicate themselves to spreading his teachings.
The event in the Great Sacred Hall began with the playing of a recorded reading of an account of the Buddha's entrance into nirvana. A painting depicting the event was displayed on the altar. Then 16 young women members from the Kita-Kanto Division made offerings at the altar before the image of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni as the Kosei Choir sang a hymn.
After that, President-designate Kosho Niwano led the assembly in sutra chanting and recited a prayer of devotion to the Buddha, composed by President Nichiko Niwano. After one member's religious testimony, President Niwano delivered a Dharma talk.
He began by explaining time, saying that although we cannot travel back or forward in time, we freely make the best of time in the present moment of here and now, and living and treasuring every present moment to the full makes life more significant. Moreover, he said, without diligent practice of the Buddha's teachings, nothing can be accomplished, and this should be a lifelong commitment.
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