Autumn Ohigan (Equinox) Service

September 19, 2021

Guest Speaker (English)

Rev. Landon Yamaoka

Minister’s Assistant

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple

日本語の御講師

原真理先生

Rev. Shinri Hara

浄土宗ハワイ開教区

Under these extraordinary circumstances, we invite you to join us from the safety and comfort of your own home for an online Autumn Ohigan Service via the Zoom Meeting internet program on Sunday, September 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.  Please do not come to the temple in person.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Morning Exercise Program
9:30 a.m. Autumn Ohigan Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Landon Yamaoka
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 原真理先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Shinri Hara

To join us for this online Autumn 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秋季彼岸会を行います。

そこで、2020年9月21日の9時30分から初盆法要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。

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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