Rev. CJ Dunford’s Ohigan Spring Equinox Dharma Talk

Rev. Dunford shares their reflections on how Shinran Shonin’s Nembutsu teaching challenged the structures of oppression in 13th century Japan, and the inspiration we can find in the Nembutsu as we endeavor to reflect the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha in midst of our own troubled times.

Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 7)

This month we reflect upon the following verse as it relates to our journey to the Other Shore of enlightenment:

The Name embodying the Primal Vow is the act of true settlement, The Vow of entrusting with sincere mind is the cause of birth;
We realize the equal of enlightenment and supreme nirvana Through the fulfillment of the Vow of attaining nirvana without fail.

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Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 6)

This month we will continue to explore the meaning expressed in the light of Amida Buddha’s wisdom through the following verses:

This month we will continue to explore the meaning expressed in the light of Amida Buddha’s wisdom through the following verses:

Pure light, joyful light, the light of wisdom,

Light constant, inconceivable, light beyond speaking,

Light excelling sun and moon he sends forth, illumining countless worlds;

The multitudes of beings all receive the radiance.

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

This month we 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,

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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

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

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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