Rochester, New York City Guide
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  • Rochester Nichiren Shu Buddhist Sangha.  "The Rochester Nichiren Shu Buddhist Sangha is a Buddhist community dedicated to the study and practice of the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha Dharma and the teachings of Nichiren Shonin. People of all faiths and practices are always welcome. Buddhism is the universal teaching of enlightenment to the true nature of life based upon the law of cause and effect (karma). Basically, the law of karma means that phenomena appear and disappear as a result of causes and conditions. In terms of our lives, this means that we are the result of causes and conditions brought by our own actions together with the impact of our environment. What we are today is a result of what we have thought and done in the past, and what we shall be in the future is a result of what we think and do in the present. Through ignorance of the law of karma, people trap themselves in a vicious circle of suffering, pursuing objectives which can never bring lasting self-satisfaction. Nichiren Shu Buddhism, however provides a path that enables all people to overcome suffering, lead happy lives and help others to do the same by practicing the essential teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha as contained in The Lotus Sutra. The Wonderful Dharma (Truth) of The Lotus Sutra is that all beings, whether they realize it or not, have the capacity to become enlightened. Everyone, without exception, can unlock the perfect wisdom and great compassion that reside in the depths of life. The Lotus Sutra also teaches that the life of a Buddha transcends our ordinary way of thinking and is beyond life and death. Sakyamuni Buddha himself is in actuality the Eternal Buddha who is always present in our lives leading us to the realization of our own innate Buddhahood. The sutra is named The Lotus Sutra because the lotus symbolizes the oneness of cause and effect, specifically the cause of aspiring to enlightenment (Buddhahood) and the effect of attaining it, since it is a flower which blooms and seeds at the same time. It also symbolizes the purity of Buddhahood blossoming in the midst of our ordinary lives just as the lotus blossoms in the muddy pond water. Nichiren Shu is a Buddhist lineage that was founded 700 years ago. "Nichiren" is the name of the founder. "Shu" simply means "school". Nichiren Shu's mission is to propagate the essential truth of Buddhism in accordance with the teaching of the revered priest Nichiren. Nichiren Shonin lived in Japan from 1222-1282. His name means "Sun Lotus", and he was given the title "Shonin", which means "revered priest". Nichiren was a great teacher and reformer who rejected the reservation of Buddhism to an elite class and restored Buddhism as a practice for common ordinary people. Nichiren Shonin based his teachings on The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma, (also known simply as The Lotus Sutra). In his many years of study, Nichiren Shonin found that The Lotus Sutra was the culmination of Sakyamuni Buddha's teachings wherein the ultimate truth of Buddhism is clearly expounded." 
  • The Rochester Zen Center.  Voice: 473-9180.   Fax: 473-6846.  Email:  7 Arnold Park, Rochester, NY 14607-2082.  " is a Buddhist training center where men and women may practice daily Zen meditation, hear teishos (Zen commentaries), and take part in ceremonies and intensive retreats. Introductory workshops and training programs for those new to Zen Buddhism as well as for experienced practitioners are scheduled regularly.

Established in 1966 by Roshi Philip Kapleau on his return from Japan, the Zen Center has grown to a large membership in Rochester and throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. In June of 1986 Bodhin Kjolhede (pron. BODE'n COLE-heed) was formally installed as Roshi Kapleau's Dharma-successor and Director of the Center. This appointment marked the culmination of a sixteen-year teacher-student relationship, the last decade working intimately together."



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