Wednesday, February 8, 2022
We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, February 8 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
In this month’s session we will encounter the teachings of the Chinese Pure Land Master Shan-tao (Shandao), whose clarified the meaning of the Contemplation Sutra as an expression of the Buddha’s all-embracing compassion for all beings.
Shan-tao alone in his time clarified the Buddha’s true intent;
Sorrowing at the plight of meditative and non meditative practicers and people of grave evil,
He reveals that Amida’s light and Name are the causes of birth.
When the practicer enters the great ocean of wisdom, the Primal Vow,
He receives the diamondlike mind
And accords with the one thought-moment of joy; whereupon,
Equally with Vaidehi, he acquires the threefold wisdom
And is immediately brought to attain the eternal bliss of dharma-nature.