WHO WE ARE
Welcome to Rissho Kosei-Kai International of North America--RKINA! We are an online Dharma Center, servicing Buddhist practitioners in North America who live far away from a local on-site Rissho Kosei-Kai center and/or for those interested in learning more and participating together in our practice. We offer online gatherings and Buddhism classes. Everyone is welcome.
The pressures of everyday life are many and never-ending. They grind us down and distort our understanding of ourselves and the world. Rissho Kosei-Kai takes these everyday life experiences and transforms it into Buddhist practice. By deepening our faith in the Buddha's teachings and empowering ourselves with tools to deal with difficult situations, we learn to see a more positive point of view and develop mental fortitude. We, the sangha, are here to walk with you on a unique spiritual journey, a lay Buddhist practice - to find a new inner peace and fulfillment, to know yourself deeper, to find meaning in helping others and caring for our common future, to keep awakening through everyday life experiences.
Whether you want to practice Buddhism because it's your calling or simply want to learn more, join us. Rissho Kosei-kai promotes interreligious cooperation and our interpretation of the Lotus Sutra is inclusive and integrates other teachings of Buddhism.
At both the local 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.
Together with other local Dharma Centers throughout the Americas and worldwide, our practice is to take our everyday life and transform it into a Buddhist practice. In otherwords, anywhere you are, "is indeed the place of the way."
WHAT DOES RISSHO KOSEI-KAI MEAN?
'Rissho' means living out the true words of the Dharma in our hearts and minds.
'Kosei' means perfecting ourselves through learning together and encouraging each other.
'Kai' means society or organization - for we cannot exist purposefully in isolation.