Letting Go and Carrying On

As we mark this moment of great transition in our society, let us reflect on the Second Noble Truth taught by the Buddha: clinging to objects, experiences, and views creates problems for ourselves and the people around us.

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Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection”

San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost shares her appreciation of the Dharma with a talk entitled “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.”

Transcript

Please join me in Gassho.

“Primal Vow: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and contemplate on my name even as many as ten times, should not be born there, may I not attain perfect enlightenment.”

Nembutsu.

Good morning everyone, and thank you for attending this morning’s youth-led service. I’d like to thank Jarrett, Josh, Haley, and Kate for taking the time to prepare and for being here this morning. It’s wonderful to see you all, if not virtually, and I hope there are more opportunities like this to allow our youth sangha members to step up and lead.

For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting: My name is Juliet Bost. I’m a third year at UC Davis majoring in Political Science – Public Service and minoring in Religious Studies.

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Calming the Busy Mind

January 3

The Buddha taught that peace of mind comes from understanding how our minds work. This week we’ll look into the Buddha’s teachings about what makes our minds so busy, and how we can awaken to a settled mind.


Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

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New Year’s Day Service

January 1


Join us from the comfort and safety of your own home to welcome 2021. Please do not come to the temple in-person.

Prepare a beverage and a wish to share, as we welcome you to join us in toasting the New Year via Zoom from your home after service!

Schedule
9:15 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
10:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve Dharma Service

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New Year’s Eve Service

December 31


Join us from the comfort and safety of your own home to bid farewell to 2020. Please do not come to the temple in-person.

Prepare a bell to join us in ringing out the past year via Zoom from your home.  If you don’t have a bell at home, we welcome you to find a creative alternative!

Schedule
6:00 p.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Dharma Service

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Have Few Desires and Know Contentment

December 27

In this season of giving and receiving, we take to heart the Buddha’s wise encouragement to have few desires and know contentment.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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Featured image: A black-collared starling feeding an Asian koel, photo by Yifei He.

Kasa Jizo (Hats for Jizo) Story and Dharma Talk

December 20

We are delighted to welcome back Mary Jo Kubota Sensei from our SMBT Summer Terakoya teaching team to share a traditional kamishibai telling of the story of Hats for Jizo (Kasa Jizo) in English.  Rev. Henry’s Dharma Talk will highlight the Buddhist themes in this beloved children’s tale of Japan.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service featuring The Story of Kasa Jizo
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要
We hope to connect up with you on Sunday!

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What We Do Today

As we remember loved ones who crossed over to the Other Shore in the month of December, Rev. Adams shares reflections on a recent chance encounter with a temple member while navigating the challenges of parenting a toddler during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Living with Unpleasant People and Situations

With “pandemic fatigue” on the rise, we may be growing weary of living under the cloud of Covid-19 and the many restrictions that have been placed on our daily activities.

In these extraordinary times, the Buddha’s life and teachings offer precious guidance for living with unpleasant people and situations.

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Bodhi Day: Finding Your Bodhi Tree

We revisit the story of how the Buddha conquered the demons of illusion by not succumbing to doubt and anxiety in the midst of threats and distractions, and look to his example for inspiration in our present moment.  

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