On the Path Free from Doubt

As we remember our loved ones who crossed over to the Other Shore in the month of November, Rev. Adams considers the peace of mind that we realize through trusting in the Buddha’s compassionate vow.

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The First Noble Truth: Removing Pain and Giving Comfort

Rev. Adams shares reflections on Veteran’s Day and transforming conflict through compassion, particularly how the practice of removing pain and giving comfort provides healing in our lives, in our communities and between nations.

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Nembutsu Halloween

Rev. Adams shares his encounter with a marvelous person of the Nembutsu while trick-or-treating in his neighborhood.

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The First Noble Truth: Suffering from Aging

In the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, the Buddha encourages us to recognize that aging is an unavoidable part of our lives.  In this talk Rev. Adams shares what it was like to get back on a skateboard at age 38. We also recall the lives of Rennyo Shonin and the Myokonin Genza, who show us how to age with peace of mind and kindness for others. 

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

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The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Birth

As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we will consider the story of the Buddha’s Disciple Upali, who was born into the servant (Sudra) caste and served the royal Sakya clan as a barber. The Buddha, who was born into the ruling (Ksatriya) warrior caste, rejected the caste system and welcomed Upali into the Sangha.

This episode from the life of Sakyamuni Buddha illuminates the Buddha’s teaching that birth itself leads to suffering.

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First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

In this talk, we hear the story of the moment that Sakyamuni became a fully enlightened Buddha and why he chose to begin his 45 years of teaching the Dharma with his five former companions gathered in the Deer Park.

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu, Session 01

In this first session in the Shōshinge Study Class Series, we explore the meaning of the Shōshinge and how it applies to our daily lives, beginning with the opening verse: I take refuge in the Tathagata of Immeasurable Life!
I entrust myself to the Buddha of Inconceivable Light!

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Impressions

For the September 6, 2020 Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service, Rev. Adams reflects on the impressions that the loved ones we remember in September have made on our lives, and the impression that the Nembutsu makes on our minds.

Resting the Monkey Mind

As we celebrate rest and relaxation on this Labor Day weekend, we will look to the Buddha’s teaching for guidance on how to settle our minds, which are said to be busier than a mischievous monkey as they rush to and fro in response to the pleasures and discomforts of the six senses.