Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 17)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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

6:00 p.m. Shōshinge Sōfu Chanting

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

7:00 p.m. Reading and Discussion

This month’s session will explore the teachings of the Pure Land Master Vasubandhu, whose treatise on the Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable has guided many through the generations to take refuge in the Amida Buddha’s compassionate vow.

Bodhisattva Vasubandhu, composing a treatise, declares
That he takes refuge in the Tathagata of unhindered light,
And that relying on the sutras, he will reveal the true and real virtues,
And make widely known the great Vow by which we leap crosswise beyond birth-and-death.

Full text of Shōshinge

Handout

Notes on Vasubandhu

Coming soon!

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 16)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

This month’s session will continue to explore the teachings of the Pure Land Master Nagarjuna, who clarifies that mindfulness of Amida Buddha is the path swiftly realize the settled mind.

He teaches that the moment one thinks on Amida’s Primal Vow,
One is naturally brought to enter the stage of the definitely settled;
Solely saying the Tathagata’s Name constantly,
One should respond with gratitude to the universal Vow of great compassion.

Full text of Shōshinge

Handout

Notes on Nagarjuna and the Stage of the Truly Settled

Outline of the 52 Bodhisattva Stages

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 15)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

This month’s session will continue to explore the teachings of the Pure Land Master Nagarjuna, which open our minds to the easy path of entrusting in Amida Buddha.

Proclaiming the unexcelled Mahayana teaching,
He would attain the stage of joy and be born in the land of happiness.
Nagarjuna clarifies the hardship on the overland path of difficult practice,
And leads us to entrust to the pleasure on the waterway of easy practice.

Full text of Shōshinge

Handouts

Notes on Nagarjuna and Easy Practice

Outline of the 52 Bodhisattva Stages

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Reflections on Living in the Nembutsu

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Seigen

Yamaoka

Bishop Emeritus

Buddhist Churches of America

We welcome you to join us for an evening of conversation and Dharma sharing with a lifelong teacher who has inspired generations of seekers on the path of the Nembutsu.

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, December 1 for this Dharma session.

To join us for this online Dharma Session, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”. To protect the privacy of online participants and encourage free and open discussion, this session will not be recorded.

Featured image above: Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka is shown with other Buddhist Study Center members in the 1950s. In front, from left, are: Rev Keisho Motoyama, Rev. Dr. William Masuda, Mr. Matsuo, Mr. Noboru Hanyu, and Rev. Hakushi Futaba. In back, from left, are: Rev. Dr. Yamaoka, Rev. Dr. Leslie Kawamura, Rev. Kanmo Imamura, Bishop Rev. Enryo Shigefuji, Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno, and Mr. Albert Kosakura. Not shown is member Rev. John Doami. (Courtesy of Berkeley Buddhist Temple)

Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 14)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

This month’s session will explore the teachings of the Pure Land Master Nagarjuna whose writings on the Middle Way serve as the foundation for the Mahayana Buddhist path to awakening.

Sakyamuni Tathagata, on Mount Lanka,
Prophesied to the multitudes that in south India
The mahasattva Nagarjuna would appear in this world
To crush the views of being and non-being;

Full text of Shōshinge

Handout

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Waking Up to the Dharma

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Rev. Yuki Sugahara

Oregon Buddhist Temple

When his temple closed for in-person services at the onset of the pandemic, Rev. Yuki Sugahara realized that he would need to try new ways to make the Dharma available to his Sangha members. Inspired by the dedication of the first responders and front-line workers who heroically stepped up to serve the community at the start of this extraordinary crisis, Sugahara Sensei asked himself, “What can I do as Buddhist minister to provide support for people experiencing so much stress and uncertainty?” He began to post short Buddhist services with chanting and a Dharma talk every morning on the Oregon Buddhist Temple YouTube Channel. This daily Dharma connection has sustained many through the challenging times of the past 19 months.

Sugahara Sensei kindly has agreed to join us on November 3 for a live Zoom session, which will be an opportunity to ask questions and share insights inspired by the wealth of Dharma wisdom he has made available through his talks on YouTube.

Prior to the session on November 3, we encourage you to check out Sugahara Sensei’s YouTube Channel and come ready with questions and thoughts related to the Dharma Talks he shares:

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, November 3 for this Dharma session.

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 13)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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

6:00 p.m. Shōshinge Sōfu Chanting

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

7:00 p.m. Reading and Discussion

This month we enter into the section of Shoshinge that is based on the teachings of the Seven Masters who transmitted the Pure Land teaching westward across Asia over the course of two millennia.

The masters of India in the west, who explained the teaching in treatises,
And the eminent monks of China and Japan,
Clarified the Great Sage’s true intent in appearing in the world,
And revealed that Amida’s Primal Vow accords with the nature of beings.

Full text of Shōshinge

Handout

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Why I Abandoned Sundry Practices

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Alexander O’Neill

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto

Visiting Researcher, Taisho University, Tokyo

Alexander O’Neill is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on Mahāyāna Buddhism. He does research on Mahāyāna sūtra literature and the Newar Buddhism of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. His recent publications have focused on the worship of sūtras in manuscript form, both in India and in Nepal. He came to Japan to perform research on Sanskrit ritual manual manuscripts at Taisho University, under the supervision of Ryugen Tanemura, as part of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Canada fellowship. Due to the pandemic he continues to collaborate with local scholars by Zoom, and currently lives in Kamakura.

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, September 1 for this Dharma session.

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 12)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The nembutsu is the easy path to awakening because its liberating power does not come from our own efforts.  In this month’s gathering we will explore the challenges of entrusting our lives to Amida Buddha’s compassionate Vow.

For evil sentient beings of wrong views and arrogance,
The nembutsu that embodies Amida’s Primal Vow
Is hard to accept in shinjin;
This most difficult of difficulties, nothing surpasses.

Full text of Shōshinge

Handout

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