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The Buddha

The Buddha, or more accurately the Eternal Buddha, is Life as the source of all things, that is, the great Life through which all living beings come into existence and live. As we progress through a variety of experiences in our life, both joyful and sorrowful, the Buddha guides us to improve ourselves and leads us to true liberation (enlightenment).


The Buddha's boundless compassion is within everything that happens.

When you take sincere refuge in the Buddha, you start to see the true value inherent in all phenomena.

Then you can gather courage and find the power to overcome any difficulty. 

The Dharma

Teachings of the Buddha 

Burning Incense

The teaching of the Lotus Sutra is the teaching of human dignity, of human perfectibility, and of peace for all people. By understanding, accepting, and practicing the teaching, human beings can gradually approach a state of mind free from delusions while leading ordinary lives. The Threefold Lotus Sutra, the main scripture of Rissho Kosei-Kai, teaches us the workings of absolute Truth, or the Dharma of the universe, and the way things really are.  

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We recite Kyoten: Sutra Readings every morning and evening. Kyoten contains excerpts from the Three-fold Lotus Sutra: the Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma, and the Sutra of Meditation on the Practice of the Bodhisattva Universal Wisdom. 

Young Monks Walking

The Buddhist scriptures were written many centuries ago in a land where the customs were far different from those we are familiar with today. Because of these contrasts, it is possible that the timeless message of the sutras will not present clearly to us so that we can use the teachings in our daily lives. To prevent this, Niwano leads us chapter by chapter through the thirty-two sections of the Lotus Sutra.

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The Sangha

Gathering of people who follow the Buddha's teachings.

Buddha Statue

Member's Vow

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 pledge ourselves to follow the bodhisattva way

To bring peace to our families, communities, and countries and to the world. 

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