Nichiren Daishonin writes in the Gosho: "True Aspect of all Phenomena: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism."
Many people join a religion because it sounds good or they are bamboozled with a lot of flash and hype. We follow the Gosho which teach us to exert ourselves in "Practice and Study." The way to start your practice of Buddhism is to first "Study." Please get a clear understanding of Buddhism. The 1st step to practicing is to Study.
How can I start to Practice Buddhism?
In the Gosho "Real Aspect of the Gohonzon Nichiren Daishonin encourages us to awaken faith through doctrine. The Gosho reads; "The first volume of Great Concentration and Insight says, "How does one hear, believe in, and practice the perfect teaching to attain perfect enlightenment?" The first volume of On "Great Concentration and Insight" says, "To 'believe in the perfect teaching' means to awaken faith through doctrine and to make faith the basis of practice."
When you start to study Nichiren Buddhism there is this great Crismatic leader in Japan who one sect almost worship, be weary. For 40 years I was a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist. Today I am an independent Buddhist. Nichiren Shoshu has a strong "Priesthood." The members treat the Priest as if they are "infallible." I do not believe in such things. Every now and then such people are born, but such people are rare. Please note that the "Buddha Shakymuni" wrote about such things over 3000 years ago. In the Gosho Nichiren Daishonin wrote about the issue of "Blind Faith." In the Gosho writings of Nichiren Daishonin he writes in the Gosho: Teachings, Practice and Proof: "The words of the various teachers are in themselves of no use at all. The Buddha gave strict counsel against following them with his statement in the Nirvana Sutra, “Rely on the Law and not upon persons."
Please clear we at the "Proud Black Buddhist World Association" rely on the Law and not upon persons." Let me site a historical fact. Memphis, Tennessee once had the largest Nichiren Shoshu African America Sangha or group in America. The Nichiren Shoshu Priest broke up the group and replaced the practice with a "Japanese Template." A Japanese Template is for Japanese and not African Americans. This is a "LAW." We humans all have different natures. You cannot expect a fish to live outside of water or land animal to live in water. We at the "Proud Black Buddhist Website blasted the "Priest Out." Members said no you cannot challenge a "Priest." The Gosho or rather "Shakymuni Buddha" preached in the Nirvana Sutra over 3000 years ago; "Rely on the Law and not upon persons." In the case of being a Nichiren Buddhist please read the Gosho.
Please understand that I am not a Buddhist Priest. My knowledge of Buddhism is minuscule compared to the Buddhist scholars. However, when it comes to my commitement to the Black cause of Liberation and Freedom I can stand with the best of men. The practice of Buddhism for me is an extention for the cause of Human Liberation and Freedom. We at this website stress that you in essence "pick up a book." We mean get on that computer, cell phone or tablet and learn. What we at this website share and teach is "OUR SPIRIT." When we say that we are "Proud Black Buddhist" we mean that we are Buddhist who fight for "Justice." The 1st step to practicing Buddhism is to study. We can point out to you great books to inspire your Buddhist faith.