Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day): Sujata’s Gift and the Middle Way

March 7, 2021

As we welcome the traditional Japanese celebration of Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day), we will revisit the story of Sujata, and how her gift to Siddhartha enabled him to awaken to the Middle Way as the path to liberation from suffering.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

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Blowing Out the Flame of Selfish Desire

February 21

The word “nirvana” means “to blow out,” as in “when a flame is blown out by the wind.”  This week’s Dharma talk will focus on the Third Noble Truth taught by the Buddha, that the peace of nirvana is attained by extinguishing the blind passions of selfish desire, hatred and delusion.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. 日本語法要 Japanese Language Service

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Nirvana Day

February 14

This service is our annual remembrance of the day that Sakyamuni Buddha drew his final breath in this world and attained parinirvana, passing into the lasting peace of tranquility.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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Brightness Beneath the Clouds and Mists

February 7

Shinran Shonin likens greed and anger to clouds and mists that blanket our minds with the fog of ignorance, causing suffering for ourselves and others (The Second Noble Truth).  As we seek a path through the fog, the brightness of the Buddha’s wisdom shows us the way to clarity and peace of mind.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

Recorded audio and video of the Dharma Talk available upon request.

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Anger and the Two-headed Bird

January 31

This week we will revisit the traditional story of the two-headed bird Garuda/Upagaruda, which illuminates the Buddha’s Second Noble Truth that anger and vengefulness arising from self-centered thinking cause suffering for ourselves and others.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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Video and audio recordings of past Dharma talks available upon request.

Letting Go and Carrying On

As we mark this moment of great transition in our society, let us reflect on the Second Noble Truth taught by the Buddha: clinging to objects, experiences, and views creates problems for ourselves and the people around us.

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Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection”

San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost shares her appreciation of the Dharma with a talk entitled “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.”

Transcript

Please join me in Gassho.

“Primal Vow: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and contemplate on my name even as many as ten times, should not be born there, may I not attain perfect enlightenment.”

Nembutsu.

Good morning everyone, and thank you for attending this morning’s youth-led service. I’d like to thank Jarrett, Josh, Haley, and Kate for taking the time to prepare and for being here this morning. It’s wonderful to see you all, if not virtually, and I hope there are more opportunities like this to allow our youth sangha members to step up and lead.

For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting: My name is Juliet Bost. I’m a third year at UC Davis majoring in Political Science – Public Service and minoring in Religious Studies.

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Young Adult & Youth Sangha-led Dharma Service

January 17

We welcome you to join us from the comfort and safety of your own home for our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Zoom Dharma Service on Sunday, January 17. 

This Sunday our service will be led by our Young Adult and Youth Sangha members.  San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost will share a Dharma Talk on the topic of MLK Jr. Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.

Schedule
(Shoshinge chanting will resume next Sunday on January 24)
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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Kasa Jizo (Hats for Jizo) Story and Dharma Talk

December 20

We are delighted to welcome back Mary Jo Kubota Sensei from our SMBT Summer Terakoya teaching team to share a traditional kamishibai telling of the story of Hats for Jizo (Kasa Jizo) in English.  Rev. Henry’s Dharma Talk will highlight the Buddhist themes in this beloved children’s tale of Japan.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service featuring The Story of Kasa Jizo
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要
We hope to connect up with you on Sunday!

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Living with Unpleasant People and Situations

With “pandemic fatigue” on the rise, we may be growing weary of living under the cloud of Covid-19 and the many restrictions that have been placed on our daily activities.

In these extraordinary times, the Buddha’s life and teachings offer precious guidance for living with unpleasant people and situations.

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