MONTHLY MEMORIAL DAYS
Rissho Kosei-kai's monthly memorial days are: the 1st, for the first-day devotions of the month; the 4th to commemorated the founder, Mr. Nikkyo Niwano; the 10th to commemorate the late cofounder, Mrs. Myoko Naganuma; and the 15th to mark Shakyamuni Buddha's nirvana. By revering the Buddha through sincere recitation of the Lotus Sutra on these days, members remember and praise the virtues and teachings of the founder and the cofounder, as well as express their deep gratitude.
The monthly memorial days allow members: 1) to reflect on the meaning and purpose of their lives; 2) to reaffirm the Eternal Buddha as their refuge and focus of devotion; 3) to become aware that they are sustained by the Eternal Buddha; and 4) to renew their vow to be diligent in practicing the Buddha's teachings.
On these days, Rissho Kosei-kai members can renew their inner determination and dedication by listening to other members' discussions of their spiritual journeys, and participating in Dharma circles (Hoza). Members gather at local Dharma centers and other meeting places to cultivate their own hearts and minds by sharing their joys and gratitude with fellow members, building a Buddhist community that is filled with the warmth of human kindness, joy, and trust.