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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Hanamatsuri Buddha’s Birthday Service

April 11, 2021

Guest Speaker

(English)

Rev. Dr. Jeff Wilson

Toronto Buddhist Church

日本語の御講師

攝受弘宣先生

惠光寺(ドイツ)

EKŌ-Haus (Germany)

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Under these extraordinary circumstances, we invite you to join us from the safety and comfort of your own home for an online Hanamatsuri Buddha’s Birthday Service via the Zoom Meeting internet program on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Hanamatsuri Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Dr. Jeff Wilson
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 攝受弘宣先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Hironobu Shoju

To join us for this online Spring Ohigan Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

現在感染が拡大している新型コロナウイルス感染を防ぐため、サンマテオ仏教会本堂内に集まることはできませんが、オンラインや電話を通して春季彼岸会を行います。

そこで、2021年4月11日の9時30分から灌仏会(花祭り)をインターネットと電話でライブ中継をする予定です。自宅からご参拝されたい方は次の手順でご参加下さい。

ご参拝したい方はここにクリックして、”Live Broadcast of Services”に登録してください。

Right Speech: The Words of Lady Takeko Kujo

April 4

The third aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Speech is to speak honestly and compassionately.  This week we will reflect upon the words of Lady Takeko Kujo who practiced right speech to advocate for the poor and oppressed people of her time.

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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Right Thought and Zero-Sum Thinking

March 28

The second aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Thought is to consider the matters of one’s life free from prejudice and misconception. In this week’s Dharma talk, we will explore how the wisdom of the Buddha guides us to let go of our zero-sum thinking, which creates the misconception that sharing benefits with others requires losing benefits for ourselves.

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 Service

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Superstition and Magical Thinking

March 14

This week we will consider the role that superstition and magical thinking play in our lives in light of the Buddha’s teachings on Right View. The first aspect of the Eightfold Path to Awakening, Right View is to see ourselves and our lives as they they truly are, illuminated by the light of wisdom.

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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Featured image by Yoshimasa Niwa

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

To join us for online Dharma Services, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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.

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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

To join us for online Dharma Services, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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