Toku Toku Toku: A Story for Children about Death

Sunday, November 22, 2020

An elderly dog lovingly spends his days playing with five little puppies until one day he is not there anymore.  What is the lasting gift that he has shared with the puppies?  This storybook reminds us of the preciousness of this one life that we have received.

-From the Hongwanji Publishing House website
 

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Sunday, November 22 for our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Dharma Services.

This week we will reflect upon the truth of impermanence through the reading of an English translation of the Buddhist children’s storybook Toku Toku Toku written by Akira Nakagawa with illustrations by Utoo Tadako.    

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 with Reading of Toku Toku Toku in English
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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

Dharma Discussion: Suffering from Birth (September 27, 2020)

Consider your own birth, including the following factors:

  • Your family relationships (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.)
  • Your family’s circumstances when you were born. This could include race, ethnicity, economic status, etc.
  • Where you were born (country, city, local community, etc.)
  • Time: what were some important events in the world around you that have shaped your life since you were born.

Discussion Questions

  1. What challenges and difficulties have arisen in your life as a result of the circumstances of your birth?
  2. How did the circumstance of your birth create the conditions for you to seek the Dharma hear the Nembutsu?