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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Planting redwood seeds and growing redwoods we march on

"Thank you for sending me those liturgy books in May of last year. I have kept the practice since then and would finally like to receive a Gohonzon. Please tell me what I need to do next, since I have completed the preliminary practice and believe solely in the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. How much should I donate?" 

Please donate your money and service to Lord Shakyamuni Buddha of the Juryo Chapter of the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Daishonin.

SGI, plants hemp seeds and grows hemp.

"The Great Teacher Tz'u-en wrote a work in ten volumes entitled Praising the Profundity of the Lotus Sutra in which he praised the Lotus Sutra, but the Great Teacher Dengyo criticized it, saying, "Though he praises the Lotus Sutra, he destroys its heart." If we consider these examples carefully, we will realize that, among those who read the Lotus Sutra and sing its praises, there are many who are destined for the hell of incessant suffering. -- On Repaying Debts of Gratitude 

This passage ironically was posted by an SGI YMD leader on the Chanting Growers Group who complained about a friend selling moldy marijuana buds because he doesn't chant Nam Myoho renge kyo.]

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