Nichiren Shu teaches that the essence of Buddhism is distilled in the Lotus Sutra, the greatest teaching of the Buddha. The primary practice of Nichiren Shu is the chanting of the Odaimoku, "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo," which means, "Devotion to the Wonderful Dharma of the Lotus Flower Sutra" in Sino-Japanese. The Odaimoku expresses the essence of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra and by chanting it we establish a way of life consonant with the eternal truths preached by the Buddha.
Without PRACTICE there is no Buddhism. We endeavor to put our effort and faith into use to better realize and share the benefits of the Dharma through its application in our daily lives.
Our purpose is to nurture the Buddha seeds in all sentient beings. It is the aspiration of this Temple to spread Buddhism throughout the inner-cities in the old industrial Rust-Belt on the East Coast of the United States and Canada. It is our intention to make Buddhism more accessible to a broader social-economic and racial demographic.