Flowing into the Ocean of Compassion (July 11)

This week we will continue our four part series exploring the Four Universal Bodhisattva Vows that express the compassion and dedication to service that characterizes the Dharma path of Mahayana Buddhism.
Reflecting to the second bodhisattva vow, “Blind passions are limitless, I vow to sever them all,” we will consider how the currents of greed, anger and ignorance are transformed when our minds flow into the ocean of the Buddha’s great compassion.

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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BCA Bishop’s Memorial Service (July 4)

Rev. Kenju Masuyama
Bishop of the Buddhist Mission of North America (1930-1938)

As we observe our annual Buddhist Churches of America Bishop’s Memorial Service at this time of transition in our lives, we recall the leadership of Bishop Kenju Masuyama, who led our national Sangha during the Great Depression and the period when the Nisei generation was maturing toward adulthood.

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

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Compassion without Borders (June 26)

This week we begin a four part series exploring the Four Universal Bodhisattva Vows that express the compassion and dedication to service that characterizes the Dharma path of Mahayana Buddhism. As we consider the first bodhisattva vow “Living beings are limitless, I vow to liberate them all,” Rev. Adams will share reflections on the artificial borders we create between our ourselves and others, and how the Dharma guides to a realize a life of kindness by reminding us that all beings share a common wish to live at peace.

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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Father’s Day: Receiving Skillful Guidance (June 20)

On the occasion of Father’s Day, Rev. Adams will share some Dharma reflections on the skillful, and at times unexpected, ways in which the parental figures in our lives guide us on the right path forward.riends play in our journey through life together on the path of the Nembutsu.

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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Dharma School Awards Ceremony & the Path of the Nembutsu (June 13)

As we conclude another school year of extraordinary challenges met, Rev. Adams will share reflections on the important role that good Dharma friends play in our journey through life together on the path of the Nembutsu.

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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Right Concentration: The Settled Mind (June 6)

Featured image: Sangha member Ben Tsutaoka concentrating on his work at the 2019 SMBT Mochitsuki

We live in a world where we are bombarded all day long by sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings and opinions vying for our attention.  How can we settle our minds on the the great matter of liberation from suffering in the cycle birth and death?   This week we will look to the Buddha’s teachings on Right Concentration, the eighth aspect of the Eightfold Path, for guidance on how to focus the mind, free from doubt and distraction.

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

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Right Mindfulness

May 16

The seventh aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Mindfulness(Jp. shōnen 正念 )is to live each moment with awareness of the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion at work in our lives.  These days “mindfulness” has become a buzz-word with mindfulness practices being prescribed by doctors and taught in business settings and public schools. 

The Nembutsu (念仏)Recitation of the Name of Amida Buddha Namo Amida Butsu is one of the oldest and most widespread mindfulness practices in the Buddhist Tradition.  This Sunday we consider how Nembutsu practice relates to the present day mindfulness movement.

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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Right Effort

May 2

The sixth aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Effort is to direct our efforts tirelessly to the overcoming of ignorance and selfish desires in the midst of life’s challenges.  In Sunday’s Dharma talk, Rev. Henry will share memories of his high school Junior Varsity Tennis Coach, who inspired a losing team to stayed motived and continue to make their best effort.  

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

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Right Livelihood: Hunting and Fishing

April 25

The fifth aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Livelihood is to earn a living in way that is in keeping with the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha, and avoids causing harm for others. Historically, people who made their living by hunting and fishing have suffered discrimination in Buddhist countries because their livelihood depended on taking the lives of animals. This week’s Dharma talk will share the story of Shinran Shonin’s kind teaching for a hunter’s wife, assuring her that she too is embraced by Amida’s Buddha’s boundless compassion.

Featured image: Goose Island (Ganjima) near the Gwannyuji Temple in Ibaraki, Japan.

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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Right Conduct: The Powerful Act of Bowing

April 18

The fourth aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Conduct is to act in a way that is peaceful, kind and compassionate. Joining one’s hands in gassho, bowing, and placing offerings before the Buddha are part of our daily practice of Right Conduct. This week’s Dharma talk will consider how these simple acts have the power to bring peace to the world.

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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