Bodhi Day: Finding Your Bodhi Tree

We revisit the story of how the Buddha conquered the demons of illusion by not succumbing to doubt and anxiety in the midst of threats and distractions, and look to his example for inspiration in our present moment.  

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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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On the Path Free from Doubt

As we remember our loved ones who crossed over to the Other Shore in the month of November, Rev. Adams considers the peace of mind that we realize through trusting in the Buddha’s compassionate vow.

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The First Noble Truth: Removing Pain and Giving Comfort

Rev. Adams shares reflections on Veteran’s Day and transforming conflict through compassion, particularly how the practice of removing pain and giving comfort provides healing in our lives, in our communities and between nations.

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Nembutsu Halloween

Rev. Adams shares his encounter with a marvelous person of the Nembutsu while trick-or-treating in his neighborhood.

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The First Noble Truth: Suffering from Aging

In the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, the Buddha encourages us to recognize that aging is an unavoidable part of our lives.  In this talk Rev. Adams shares what it was like to get back on a skateboard at age 38. We also recall the lives of Rennyo Shonin and the Myokonin Genza, who show us how to age with peace of mind and kindness for others. 

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

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SMBT 110th Anniversary Service

Sunday, October 25, 2020

On Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. we gathered virtually via the via the Zoom Meeting internet program to celebrate 110 years since the founding of the San Mateo Buddhist temple in 1910!

2020年10月25日の9時30分からサンマテオ仏教会創立110周年記念法要をインターネットと電話でライブ中継で行いました。

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With video greetings by

Rev. Marvin Harada

Bishop

Buddhist Churches of America

Rev. Eijun Kujo

Minister Emeritus

San Mateo Buddhist Temple (1996-2008)

Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Resident Minister

Senshin Buddhist Temple

(2013-Present)

San Mateo Buddhist Temple (2009-2013)

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The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Birth

As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we will consider the story of the Buddha’s Disciple Upali, who was born into the servant (Sudra) caste and served the royal Sakya clan as a barber. The Buddha, who was born into the ruling (Ksatriya) warrior caste, rejected the caste system and welcomed Upali into the Sangha.

This episode from the life of Sakyamuni Buddha illuminates the Buddha’s teaching that birth itself leads to suffering.

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