Welcome to the Nichiren Shu Temple site of Portland Oregon!

 Join us in service at the Treasure Tower Temple of Portland Oregon.  All forms of Buddhism and all religions are invited to participate and ask questions. Sunday service is at 10 am and followed by social hour which includes tea and food.  Please check the Monthly Calendar for event times and days.

 

Where Can We Meet the Buddha?

In today's world it has become increasingly difficult to encounter the Buddha, someone whose very presence inspires peace and love in the depths of one's being. The Lotus Sutra tells us that the Buddha is among us now, just as he was present with the assembly at Mt. Sacred Eagle thousands of years ago. If so, why can't we see him? Why can we not feel his presence? Is it because we have never truly searched? The lotus Sutra tells us to seek the Buddha with all our hearts, even at the cost of our lives. With whole hearted dedication and sincerity, we open our eyes to the life of the Buddha that has been hidden from us behind the transient joys and sorrows of daily life. Do we really have a sincere desire to come into the presence of the Buddha? If so, then that desire should be acted upon and expressed. To make that possible, the Nichiren Order invite you to participate in its Sunday services and other activities, so that together we may see and encounter the Buddha.

 

Where Can We Learn the Dharma?

In today's society, many people are unaware that 2,500 years ago Sakyamuni Buddha explained that hard realities of life and the inner poisons that prevent us from finding any lasting self-fulfillment. The Buddha taught the way to liberate ourselves from this turmoil while creating harmony in our daily lives.

Many people today are unaware of the Merits of the teachings [Dharma] of the Buddha. They engage in alternative solutions to their problems. These solutions range from the conventional to the desperate. Some people try to solve their problems through medical and physical therapy, while others try to find a solution in the form of drug or alcohol abuse. However, very few discover and embrace the gentle wisdom of the Dharma. In the Lotus Sutra, Sakyamuni Buddha specifically entrusted the Dharma to us. In this age of spiritual confusion and emptiness we must incorporate the Dharma into our live as well as assist others to do the same. The Nichiren Order invites everyone to come to the Temple for Sunday morning services and other activities to discover the Dharma for themselves.

 

Where Can we Join the Sangha?

Many Buddhists think of the Sangha as referring only to the Buddhist clergy. Sakyamuni Buddha, however, considered the Sangha to be those who actually transform their lives by living in accordance with the Dharma. the Sangha consists of all those who in the effort to attain Buddha hood, assist all sentient beings in doing the same. Joining the Sangha does not mean that one must be a monk or a nun. All that is needed is a sincere aspiration for enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. When many people come together to encourage each other and to share in this aspiration, a genuine spiritual community is created. This is the Sangha which brings real benefit to the world. Nichiren Order recognizes this need for a genuine spiritual community and invites you to participate in the Sangha through participation in its Sunday services and other activities.

Dharma:

Text from the Nichiren Order of North America

A photo snapped in early spring of this year suddenly became an issue in mid-November
of this year (2018). This photo was posted on the @GoBaraboo parody column with the
caption, “We even got the black kid to throw it up.” The photo was of male students of
Baraboo High School (WI), in their prom suits and extending their hands out in a Nazi “Heil
Hitler” salute. Without question, this behavior cannot be condoned on any level. There can
be no debate on this.
I would like to make two comments, though. First, I think that young people are not
being taught about the holocaust in schools recently. The Second World War in Europe
ended with Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945, over 73 years ago. I
concede that it was a long time ago that it happened but the vile and degenerate Nazi
movement is neither vanquished or diminished. It is perpetuated in the minds and hearts of
many feeble minds.
Young people must be reminded that Hitler oversaw the systematic extermination of
over six million Jews, minorities, and homosexuals in secret concentration camps in Poland
under the guise of the war. To Adolf Hitler, Jews and other minorities were an inferior race,
a threat to German white racial purity. How did Hitler accomplish this ethnic cleansing?
First, he laid the groundwork for it by ousting all elements of opposition, to create a
monopoly of influence and power, where his National Socialist Party would hold absolute
predominance over all other competing parties. He then oversaw the conception and
expansion of a deliberate and effacing propaganda machine to disperse false information,
scare, and ultimately control the German populace. I would like to remind you that the
danger of these two chilling and abhorrent processes can occur in any era or any place if we
are not vigilant of such rampant divisiveness and hate. It can very easily happen today or in
this country.
The second comment that I would like to make is one of integrity. The Nazi movement
was essentially begun and crystallized by the presence and effort of one man, Adolf Hitler.
If the influence of one man was all that was necessary to create and promote fear, discord,
and havoc of such magnitude, I feel that it is equally possible for one person to stand in the
way of a crazed man’s sinister intentions.
When the problematic Baraboo High photo was taken, one student, Jordan Blue, refused
to raise his hand, when the photographer urged everyone, “Raise your hand”. Jordan was
instantly lauded by the press as an independent thinker who did the right thing. When
Jordan was interviewed, he commented, “It did not represent my morals, and I could not do
something that I didn’t believe in.” Jordan conspicuously stood out as a portrayal of
prudence and virtue upon a canvas of bad judgement and evil. Jordan was certainly on the
right track, but his manner of quiet resistance had left me a bit wanting. His decision not to
raise his hand is admirable. But had he said something to bring his classmates to realize the
colossal wrong that they were about to commit, there would be no doubt in my mind to tout
him as a champion of justice. As it was, Jordan was only basking in a glory that falls short
of being a true leader.

As Buddhists, it is very important to study what happened in the past,so that we do not
repeat its mistakes. Furthermore, when a mistake is about to recur, we have a duty to speak
up and right what is wrong.
(Eisei Ikenaga)