First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

In this talk, we hear the story of the moment that Sakyamuni became a fully enlightened Buddha and why he chose to begin his 45 years of teaching the Dharma with his five former companions gathered in the Deer Park.

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu, Session 01

In this first session in the Shōshinge Study Class Series, we explore the meaning of the Shōshinge and how it applies to our daily lives, beginning with the opening verse: I take refuge in the Tathagata of Immeasurable Life!
I entrust myself to the Buddha of Inconceivable Light!

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Impressions

For the September 6, 2020 Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service, Rev. Adams reflects on the impressions that the loved ones we remember in September have made on our lives, and the impression that the Nembutsu makes on our minds.

Resting the Monkey Mind

As we celebrate rest and relaxation on this Labor Day weekend, we will look to the Buddha’s teaching for guidance on how to settle our minds, which are said to be busier than a mischievous monkey as they rush to and fro in response to the pleasures and discomforts of the six senses.

Offering Incense: Adorned with the Fragrance of Light

Smells evoke powerful memories and associations in our minds. The smell of wildfire smoke evokes concern for the safety and well-being of our families, our communities, and our planet. The smell of incense smoke brings peace of mind and supports mindfulness. This week, we reflect upon the deep symbolism of incense offering and how this Buddhist practice embodies the grateful heart of the Nembutsu.

This Dharma Talk is Part One in a two part series on the Six Senses in Buddhism.

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Prajñā: The Wisdom of Acceptance

At a time when many of us are dealing with anxiety, frustration and impatience as we feel the effects of climate change in our lives while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict our daily activities, we look to the wisdom of the Issei and Nisei Dharma pioneers, and consider meaning of Japanese expression “Shikata ga nai” (It can’t be helped).

This Dharma talk is Part Six in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

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A call for Digital Cooks and Cyber Handy(wo)men!

Since the founding of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple in 1910, our temple has been built and sustained by generations of Sangha members who provided the Dana of helpful work in areas such as cooking, interior design, construction, electrical work, landscaping, and reel-to-reel camera operation.

Perhaps you can’t perfectly reproduce the flavor of your grandmother’s miso soup or drive a nail straight into a board with one strike of the hammer like your grandfather could. Nevertheless, you have valuable skills that can support the life of our Sangha!

Are you a master of Zoom meetings? Do you know the difference between SEO, HTML and URL? Can you compose meaningful and engaging posts for Facebook and Instagram? We would be most grateful for your support with SMBT online activites! Kindly submit the form below to let us know your interests and availability.

Dhyāna: When the Bridge of Concentration is Washed Away

Rev. Adams reflects upon the challenges of maintaining concentration during the Covid-19 pandemic, how we can find inspiration in the life of Osono of Mikawa who struggled with mental concentration herself, and the teachings that Shinran received from Hōnen on maintaining concentration in the most crucial moment of life.

This Dharma talk is Part Five in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

Slides for explanation of the Chinese Character for “time”

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Memories of San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s First Obon

By Susan (Kawakita) Kwong

Hearing my mom reminisce of how she and a handful of her friends started Obon at San Mateo Buddhist Temple, it quickly caught my attention and found it my mission to contact her friends and listen to their stories. Wish I had known years earlier since I was only able to obtain a few people’s memories. Was quite interesting and wanted to share this story since our Obon is around the corner. Thank you, Mrs. Wada, Mrs. Hashimoto, and mom for reminiscing about San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s first Obon.

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New Directions: Obon Dharma Talk by Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge

Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge, Resident Minister of the Buddhist Church of Oakland joined us on August 9, 2020 to share an Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Talk with the title New Directions: From round and round and upside down to going and returning