2023 MIDWINTER SUTRA RECITATION PRACTICE
Join us every morning between Jan. 20 - Feb. 3 for the Midwinter Sutra Recitation Practice. This is an annual 15 days of recitation practice to start the new year with a purified heart and mind. We will recite a few chapters of the Threefold Lotus Sutra each day. By the end of the 15th day, we will complete the recitation of the whole Threefold Lotus Sutra.
Let’s start the new year by practicing recitation together with the North American Sangha.
For this practice, you will need your own copy of the sutra book.
Everyone is welcome.
Sutra book available on amazon.
Sutra recitation is an important practice for RK members. Normally, we recite the Kyoten Readings, which are excerpts of key sections taken from this Threefold Lotus Sutra. Whether we recite the Kyoten or the Threefold Lotus Sutra, what are the reasons for sutra recitations at Rissho Kose-kai?
1. We are able to present the gift of spiritual joy to our ancestors through transferring the merits we acquire from sutra chanting.
2. The starting point of our faith is our aspiration to the attainment of buddhahood. We therefore chant the sutra wholeheartedly to pray for help to render bodhisattva practice for the sake of people throughout the world.
3. We are able to purify our minds to their utmost depth by chanting the sutra. Sutra chanting in Rissho Kosei-Kai also functions as samadhi practice. The continued samadhi practice of chanting the sutra gradually purifies our subconsciousness.