Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Chenxing

Han

Institute of Buddhist Studies Alumnus

and Buddhist Author

A conversation with the author and SMBT Sangha members Juliet Bost, David Chin, Hailey La Monte, Michiko Mukai and others

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

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Nenbutsu and the Mystery of Speech

24th Annual Nembutsu Seminar

Saturday, February 13, 2021

2:00 p.m.

Dr. Aaron

Proffitt

Assistant Professor of

Japanese Studies

University at Albany,

State University

of New York

In medieval Japan, the nenbutsu was certainly one of the most popular forms of Buddhist practice. The nenbutsu was understood in various ways, and the term “nenbutsu” referred not only to the recitation of the name of Amitabha Buddha in the formula, “Namo Amida Butsu,” but also, the “nenbutsu” was employed as a mantra, a spell, a doctrinal exegetical device, and so on. In this presentation, I will talk about the diversity of nenbutsu practice in medieval Japan, especially the more “esoteric” side of the nenbutsu.

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

Wednesday, February 10, 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 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.

Full text of Shōshinge

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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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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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 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 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.

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