Last month I had the opportunity to travel with Rev. Takashi Miyaji of the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Temple and several members of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on the Bay District Pilgrimmage Tour to attend the 17th World Buddhist Women’s Convention, held in conjunction with the Joint Service Celebrating the 850th Anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s Birth and the 800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching, followed by an excursion to sacred sites related to hidden Nembutsu practice in the Kagoshima region. A pilgrimmage tour differs from ordinary tourism, in that the sites we visit are connected to the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings and the Nembutsu, and therefore provide us with a precious opportunity to reflect on the causes and conditions that have supported our lives up to this moment and guide us to clarify the direction of our lives moving forward.Continue reading “Impressions from the Pilgrimmage Tour”
Rev. Adams will share some impressions and reflections from recent rainy day in Kyoto when he visited our mother temple the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto as well as the iconic Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji). Both temples have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but the experience of visiting them is quite different and the contrast can help us to appreciate how the Nembutsu is alive and well in our world.
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法座
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)
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