Dhyāna: When the Bridge of Concentration is Washed Away

Rev. Adams reflects upon the challenges of maintaining concentration during the Covid-19 pandemic, how we can find inspiration in the life of Osono of Mikawa who struggled with mental concentration herself, and the teachings that Shinran received from Hōnen on maintaining concentration in the most crucial moment of life.

This Dharma talk is Part Five in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

Slides for explanation of the Chinese Character for “time”

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特別講師 桑原浄信先生 盂蘭盆会の法話

2020年8月9日に桑原淨信先生がサンマテオ仏教会で盂蘭盆会及び初盆法要の御法話をありがたく聞かせていただきました。

New Directions: Obon Dharma Talk by Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge

Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge, Resident Minister of the Buddhist Church of Oakland joined us on August 9, 2020 to share an Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Talk with the title New Directions: From round and round and upside down to going and returning

Eyes that See the Needs of Others

For the August 2, 2020 Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service, Rev. Adams reflects on the story of Mahamaudgalyayana from the Ullambana Sutra and the remarkable powers attained by those who realize true awakening.

Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, September 9 for this free Dharma Study Class.

6:00 p.m. Shōshinge Sōfu Chanting

The chanting of Shōshinge embodies the heart of daily Nembutsu practice in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.  Join us to experience the settling of the mind through focused breathing and meditative listening.

7:00 p.m. Reading and Discussion

We will be 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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Vīrya: Striving Toward a Worthy Goal

As we reflect upon the goals to which we aspire in this precious human life, we consider the Buddha’s teachings on diligence, the virtue of making effort for the benefit of others without laziness or negligence.

This Dharma talk is Part Four in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

本願とブラック・ライブズ・マター

7月26日に日本語法要をインターネットと電話でライブ中継をしました。

本願(第十八願)

わたしが仏になるとき、 すべての人々が心から信じて、 わたしの国に生れたいと願い、 わずか十回でも念仏して、 もし生れることができないようなら、 わたしは決してさとりを開きません。 ただし、 ()(ぎゃく)の罪を犯したり、 仏の教えを謗るものだけは除かれます。

第三願

わたしが仏になるとき、 わたしの国の天人や人々がすべて金色に輝く身となることがないようなら、 わたしは決してさとりを開きません。

第三十五願

わたしが仏になるとき、 すべての数限りない仏がたの世界の女性が、 わたしの名を聞いて喜び信じ、 さとりを求める心を起し、 女性であることをきらったとして、 命を終えて後にふたたび女性の身となるようなら、 わたしは決してさとりを開きません。

Kṣānti: Transforming Anger through Patience

We consider the Buddha’s teachings on patience, the roots of anger, and how festering resentment poisons our relationships and communities.  With deepened self-awareness, we look to the light of the Buddha’s wisdom to transform our minds.

This Dharma talk is Part Two in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

See the Discussion Notes to read the scriptural passages referred to in this Dharma Talk.

Śīla: Self-Discipline for Living in Harmony

We consider how practicing self-discipline and living a well-ordered life brings about peace of mind, particularly during stressful and uncertain times in our lives.

This Dharma talk is Part Two in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

Dāna: Giving Peace of Mind

At this time when many of our neighbors are struggling to meet their basic needs, we consider how the Buddhist practice of giving has the power to overcome greed in our lives, our communities, and our society.

This Dharma talk is Part One in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.