Special Guest Dharma Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Pating (October 24)

This Sunday we are honored to welcome Rev. Dr. David Pating from the Buddhist Church of San Francisco as our Special Guest Dharma Speaker.

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Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Chanting
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Rev. Dr. David Pating
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion led by Rev. Dr. David Pating

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Eshinni, Kakushinni, Lady Takeko Kujo, Lady Yoshiko Ohtani, Buddhist Women’s Association Memorial Service

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Special Guest Speaker

Rev. Joanne Makoto Yuasa

湯浅真琴先生(釋真楽)

Buddhist chaplain candidate in the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Zumba Exercise with Shirley
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service and Talk by Rev. Joanne Makoto Yuasa 日本語法話 湯浅真琴先生
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion with Rev. Yuasa

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Dharmakara’s Wish (September 12)

This Sunday we begin our new Dharma School year! During this coming year we will be learning about Amida Buddha, the Buddha whose image stands at the center of our temple. We’ll begin on Sunday, September 12 by revisiting the story of Dharmakara Bodhisattva, the king who abandoned all his wealth and power in order to fulfill his wish to bring peace and comfort to all the people of the world.

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

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Satisfied Desire vs. Abiding Tranquility (September 5)

This Sunday’s Dharma talk will contrast the fleeting satisfaction of the five worldly desires for wealth, sensual pleasure, food, fame, and sleep with the abiding tranquility of Nirvana, in which the flames of greed, anger and delusion are permanently extinguished. This insight is one of the Three Dharma Seals (Impermanence, No-self, and Nirvana), the essential perspectives reflected in all authentic Buddhist teachings. 

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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Letting Go of “Me” and “Mine”(August 29)

The Buddha rejected any notion of a permanent “self” or an eternal soul that survives death.  This insight is one of the Three Dharma Seals (Impermanence, No-self, and Nirvana), the essential perspectives reflected in all authentic Buddhist teachings.  This Sunday’s Dharma talk will explore the freedom that we discover when we let go our ideas of “me” and “mine.”

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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At Peace with Constant Change (August 22)

As we lead our lives in this world of constant change and instability, the teachings of the Buddha show us the way to care for one another and realize lasting peace of mind. This week will begin a three-week series exploring the Three Dharma Seals (Impermanence, No-self, and Nirvana) with a Dharma talk about the first Dharma Seal: All Things are Impermanent.

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. Japanese Dharma Service 日本語法要

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Special Guest Dharma Speaker: Rev. Elaine Donlin (August 15)

This Sunday we are honored to welcome Rev. Elaine Donlin from the Buddhist Church of San Francisco as our Special Guest Dharma Speaker.

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Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Rev. Elaine Donlin
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion led by Rev. Elaine Donlin

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Reflecting on Wisdom, Joy, and Authenticity (July 18)

San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary and Young Buddhist Editorial member Juliet Bost shares a Dharma Talk on the topic of “Reflecting on Wisdom, Joy, and Authenticity”

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Transcript

Please join me in Gassho.

From Shinran’s “Hymns of the Pure Land” (“Jodo Wasan”):

“The light of the Buddha of Unhindered Light

Harbors the lights of purity, joy, and wisdom;

Its virtuous working supasses conceptual understanding,

As it benefits the beings throughout the ten quarters.”

(#57)

Thank you everyone for joining us for this morning’s service. I am very grateful to Rev. Adams for inviting me to share my Dharma reflection with you all today.

I chose this wasan to share today because it holds a lot of meaning for me, especially these two first lines: “The light of the Buddha of Unhindered Light / Harbors the lights of purity, joy, and wisdom.” Even if you haven’t read a lot of texts like these, you may notice that “light” is a recurring theme or motif used to describe Buddha-like attributes — indeed one name for Amida Buddha the “Buddha of Unhindered Light,” as noted in this wasan, and a common translation of “Buddha” is the “Enlightened One.”

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The Path to Peace of Mind (August 1)

This week we will consider the fourth of the Four Universal Bodhisattva Vows, “Unsurpassed is Awakening, I vow to attain it.”

As we proceed on our life’s journey, the wisdom of the Buddha illuminates our path to awakening.  The ship of the Buddha’s compassion carries us across the ocean of painful existence to a life of lasting peace and bliss.

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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Finding Your Gate to Awakening (July 25)

This week we will consider the third of the Four Universal Bodhisattva Vows, “Dharma gates are inexhaustible, I vow to know them all.” There are 84,000 different Dharma gates through which we can enter into the true wisdom taught by the Buddha, so we must each find our own path to awakening.  For those struggling to find their way in these uncertain times, Amida Buddha established the Pure Land Gate through which all beings can easily enter into the realm of peace and bliss. 

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. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要

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