Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 4)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

This month we learn about the origins of our practice of reciting the Nembutsu as expressed in the following lines from Shōshinge:

In five kalpas of profound thought, he embraced this Vow, Then resolved again that his Name be heard throughout the ten quarters.

Full text of Shōshinge

Reference Materials

48 Vows of Bodhisattva Dharmakara (Amida Buddha)

Handout

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 3)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This month we learn about the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha, which is the heart of the Jodo Shinshu teaching, as we consider the following lines from Shōshinge:

He then established the supreme, incomparable Vow;
He made the great Vow rare and all-encompassing.

Full text of Shōshinge

Reference Materials

48 Vows of Bodhisattva Dharmakara (Amida Buddha)

Handout

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 5)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, December 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

This month we will explore the meaning expressed in the following aspects of the light of Amida Buddha’s wisdom:
 
Everywhere [Amida Buddha] casts light immeasurable, boundless,
Unhindered, unequaled, light-lord of all brilliance,

Full text of Shōshinge

Reference Materials

48 Vows of Bodhisattva Dharmakara (Amida Buddha)

Handout

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Ōjō Raisan (Shoya Raisan) Chanting

The chanting of Ōjō Raisan (Shoya Raisan) is a Pure Land Buddhist tradition established in China by Master Shandao, which was widely embraced among the followers of Hōnen Shōnin.  This beautiful liturgy continues to be chanted in the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji School today. Join us to experience the settling of the mind through focused breathing and meditative listening.

Shoya Raisan Chanting Text

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Audio

Coming soon!

Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart (With a Bit of Humor)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka

Professor Emeritus

Musashino University, Tokyo

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, December 2 for this free Dharma session.

CLICK HERE to download and read Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart (With a Bit of Humor), made freely available through the generosity of BDK America

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 2)

We continue to explore the meaning of the Shōshinge and how it applies to our daily lives, focused on the verses:

Bodhisattva Dharmakara, in his causal stage,
Under the guidance of Lokesvararaja Buddha,

Searched into the origins of the Buddhas’ pure lands,
And the qualities of those lands and their men and devas;

Full text of Shōshinge

PowerPoint Slides

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Podcast Audio

Considering Racial Justice from a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Perspective

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Rev. Matt Hamasaki

Resident Minister

Buddhist Church of Sacramento

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, November 4 for this free Dharma session.

To join us for this online Dharma Session, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”.

What is Essential? Finding the Nembutsu in COVID-19

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

7:00 p.m.

John Mullins

Ministerial Aspirant

Institute of Buddhist Studies

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, October 7 for this free Dharma session.

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu ( Session 1)

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!

PowerPoint Slides

Dharma Talk Audio