International of North America
BUDDHISM FOR TODAY
Live Life in Great Harmony
"To see others just as they are is to recognize their individuality and accept them as unique and precious beings...Those who know their own existence is sacred, know that others are equally sacred."
Founder of Rissho Kosei-kai
Rissho Kosei-kai, with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is a Sangha composed of ordinary people who have faith in the Buddha and strive to enrich their spirituality by applying his teachings in their daily lives. At both the local community level and international level, Sangha members, guided by President Nichiko Niwano, are very active in promoting peace and well-being through altruistic activities and cooperation with other organizations.
Founded by Nikkyo Niwano in 1938 with Mrs. Myoko Naganuma and some thirty members. Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America (RKINA) is the regional office for North America located in Los Angeles. With Dharma Centers throughout the Americas and worldwide, some locations offer online services. Anywhere you are is "indeed the place of the way."
THE LOTUS SUTRA AND A SET OF FUNDAMENTAL BUDDHIST TEACHINGS
Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, discovered that the set of fundamental teachings of Buddhism were perfectly incorporated into the Lotus Sutra. The Lotus Sutra seamlessly integrates its profound philosophy and high ideals with practical fundamental Buddhist teachings. This is why the Lotus Sutra is the primary scripture in which Rissho Kosei-kai members place their faith.
WHAT IS THE ONE VEHICLE?
The concept of the One Vehicle means that all of the teachings of the Buddha are for the purpose of leading all living beings to Buddhahood. At the same time, the ultimate meaning of the One Vehicle is that the whole universe is permeated by the Dharma, or Life as the source of all things, and that all living beings are sustained by it and together their entirety all things comprise a single living entity.
The core of Rissho Kosei-kai members' practice is revering buddha nature, that is, paying homage to and revering all living beings.
Through the bodhisattva way, we practice to liberate all human beings and create harmony in society.
BASIC PRACTICES OF THE BODHISATTVA
1. Daily recitation
2. Studying the Threefold Lotus Sutra
3. Hoza Practice
4. Engagement with the Sangha
5. Sharing the Dharma
Certificate Online Course
Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America distance learning Buddhism classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about a Buddhist practice that combines traditional Buddhist teachings with the everyday application to help a modern and evolving world find peace and happiness.
Currently, four online courses a year are offered that includes weekly assignments, team presentations, discussions, and lectures.
1. Basic Buddhism
2. Kyoten Study
3. Introduction to the Threefold Lotus Sutra
4. Threefold Lotus Sutra
We members of Rissho Kosei-kai
Take refuge in the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni
And recognize in Buddhism a true way of liberation,
Under the guidance of our revered founder, Nikkyo Niwano.
In the spirit of lay Buddhists,
We vow to perfect ourselves
Through personal discipline and leading others
And by improving our knowledge and practice of the faith,
And we pledge ourselves to follow the bodhisattva way
To bring peace to our families, communities,
and countries, and to the world.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
San Antonio, TX
"I like the welcoming community, regardless of your ethnicity, past spiritual background, or current knowledge. Everyone is welcomed with open arms and compassion."
"Rissho Kosei-kai encourages interfaith activities and doesn't look down on other religions."
"A sangha is more than a physical space. It is the energy and spirit of people who practice together. Online Sangha has embraced technology and brings that spirit to a worldwide family of Buddhist practitioners."
Los Angeles, CA
"We are all on a path and Hoza is like a meeting of fellow travelers you come upon each week to relive your progress, lessons, tribulations, and most importantly, experiences gained."