27th Annual Nembutsu Seminar
Saturday, March 9, 2024
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Gentry specializes in Tibetan Buddhism, with particular focus on the literature and history of its Tantric traditions. He is the author of Power Objects in Tibetan Buddhism: The Life, Writings, and Legacy of Sokdokpa Lodrö Gyeltsen, which examines the roles of Tantric material and sensory objects in the lives and institutions of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhists.
We welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on Saturday, March 9 for this Dharma session.
You may also join via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home. To join us online, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
We continue our study of the teachings of Honen-bo Genku, Shinran Shonin’s teacher, reflecting upon the hindrances caused by doubt, and benefits of shinjin, or entrusting in the Buddha’s teachings:
Return to this house of transmigration, of birth-and death,
Is decidedly caused by doubt.
Swift entrance into the city of tranquility, the uncreated,
Is necessarily brought about by shinjin.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Please join us as we encounter the teachings of Honen-bo Genku, Shinran Shonin’s teacher, who established a radically inclusive Sangha community where samurai and aristocrats sat shoulder to shoulder with outcastes and thieves to hear the message of Amida Buddha’s great compassion:
Master Genku, well-versed in the Buddha’s teaching,
Turned compassionately to foolish people, both good and evil;
Establishing in this remote land the teaching and realization that are the true essence of the Pure Land way,
He transmits the selected Primal Vow to us of the defiled world:
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
We welcome you to join us in person or via Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, December 13 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 session will conclude our journey through the Shoshinge, which began in the Spring of 2020. As we read this final section, we will reflect upon the significance of Shoshinge as a whole and consider the essential teachings that Shinran Shonin illuminates in his verses.
The mahasattvas and masters who spread the sutras
Save the countless beings of utter defilement and evil.
With the same mind, all people of the present, whether monk or lay,
Should rely wholly on the teachings of these venerable masters.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Please join us for a conversation about the teachings of the Japanese Pure Land Master Genshin, whose teachings offer the assurance that the light of the Buddha’s compassion is constantly illuminating our path forward in life, even when we are not aware of it.
The person burdened with extreme evil should simply say the Name:
Although I too am within Amida’s grasp,
Passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him;
Nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and illumines me always.
Wednesday, December 6
We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple for Part I in a two-part series on the topic of Creating Inclusing Sanghas. In this session, Rev. Adams and Ministers’ Assistant Juliet Bost Yokoe will invite participants to shae perspectives and experiences with the possibilities and challenges to creating inclusive spaces and activities in our Sanghas.
To join us via Zoom, 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.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
A conversation with Dr. Scott Mitchell about his new book The Making of American Buddhism.
Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai Professor of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies
Institute of Buddhist Studies
As of 2010, there were approximately 3-4 million Buddhists in the United States, and that figure is expected to grow significantly. Beyond the numbers, the influence of Buddhism can be felt throughout the culture, with many more people practicing meditation, for example, than claiming Buddhist identity. A century ago, this would have been unthinkable. So how did Buddhism come to claim such a significant place in the American cultural landscape?
The Making of American Buddhism offers an answer, showing how in the years on either side of World War II second-generation Japanese American Buddhists laid claim to an American identity inclusive of their religious identity. In the process they-and their allies-created a place for Buddhism in America. These sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants-known as “Nisei,” Japanese for “second-generation”-clustered around the Berkeley Bussei, a magazine published from 1939 to 1960. In the pages of the Bussei and elsewhere, these Nisei Buddhists argued that Buddhism was both what made them good Americans and what they had to contribute to America-a rational and scientific religion of peace.
The Making of American Buddhism also details the behind-the-scenes labor that made Buddhist modernism possible. The Bussei was one among many projects that were embedded within Japanese American Buddhist communities and connected to national and transnational networks that shaped and allowed for the spread of modernist Buddhist ideas. In creating communities, publishing magazines, and hosting scholarly conventions and translation projects, Nisei Buddhists built the religious infrastructure that allowed the later Buddhist modernists, Beat poets, and white converts who are often credited with popularizing Buddhism to flourish. Nisei activists didn’t invent American Buddhism, but they made it possible.
We welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or via Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, November 1 for this Dharma session.
To join us for this online Dharma Session, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”.
SMBT Sangha Member Maya Togashi will share memories and reflections from her recent pilgrimage trip to Buddhist sites in India.
6:15 p.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (Click here for chanting text)
7:00 p.m. Presentation and Dharma Discussion with Maya Togashi
To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Rev. Giei Sasaki
Hongwanji Guiding Dharma Teacher