Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
28th April’s history takes us to the year 1253, when a significant event took place in the history of Buddhism. On this day, Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounded the chant “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” for the first time and declared it to be the essence of Buddhism. This event marked the founding of Nichiren Buddhism, a major school of Buddhism in Japan.
Nichiren believed that all people had the potential to achieve enlightenment, but that they needed to chant “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” in order to tap into their inherent Buddhahood. He saw this chant as the ultimate expression of the Lotus Sutra, one of the most important texts in Mahayana Buddhism. By chanting this phrase, practitioners could access the power of the Lotus Sutra and thereby transform their lives and achieve enlightenment.
Nichiren’s teachings were controversial in his time, and he faced persecution from both Buddhist authorities and the government. Nevertheless, his ideas continued to spread, and today Nichiren Buddhism is practiced by millions of people around the world.
On the anniversary of this event, followers of Nichiren Buddhism often celebrate by chanting “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” and reflecting on the teachings of their founder. The legacy of Nichiren’s teachings continues to inspire and guide many people in their spiritual journeys today.
28th April’s history in the year 2008. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a remarkable feat by launching ten satellites into orbit simultaneously using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C9). The PSLV-C9 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The main payload of the launch was India’s Cartosat-2A satellite, a remote-sensing satellite with high-resolution imaging capabilities. Along with Cartosat-2A, the PSLV-C9 carried eight nano satellites from various countries, including the United States, Canada, and Germany. These satellites were designed for various purposes, such as remote sensing, technology demonstration, and scientific research.
The launch was a significant achievement for ISRO, as it demonstrated the organization’s capability to deliver a range of satellite launch services to the international community. The successful launch also helped to boost India’s reputation as a reliable and cost-effective provider of satellite launch services.
The PSLV-C9 launch was a significant milestone in India’s space program and marked a new era of international cooperation in space exploration. Since then, ISRO has continued to launch multiple satellites in a single mission, further consolidating its position as a leading player in the global space industry.
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