Dharma Flowing in Minneapolis during Challenging Times

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Rev. Todd Tsuchiya and Rev. Chiemi Onikura Bly will join us via Zoom from Minneapolis to share insights and experiences from their interfaith and community activities in Minnesota in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.

Twin Cities Buddhist Association Sangha

Rev. Todd Tsuchiya

Rev. Tsuchiya is a Minister’s Assistant at TCBA and ordained in the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji tradition in Kyoto, Japan and part of the Buddhist Churches of America.  He was born and raised in Minnesota and is a retired dentist. Rev. Tsuchiya is familiar to the SMBT Sangha from his past presentation on the History and Activities of the Twin Cities Buddhist Association Sangha.

Rev. Chiemi Onikura Bly

Raised in a Jodo Shinshu temple family in Fukuoka Japan, Rev. Onikura Bly graduated from a Jodo Shinshu high school and college. She moved to the United States in 2000. Chiemi has lived in Minnesota for 20 years. She teaches Japanese Language Arts and Social Studies to high school students at the Minneapolis Japanese School. Chiemi is ordained in the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji tradition in 2016. She is an Assistant Minister of the Buddhist Church of America, and serves at the Twin Cities Buddhist Association.

Check out this Buddhist Hamilton Parody written by Rev. Tsuchiya and performed by Koichi Mizushima

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The Gift of Life

Rev. Adams shares reflections on his early childhood as the son of a police officer in the Minneapolis metro area,  as we consider our present moment and what it means for us to “realize the gift of life we have received” inspired by the words of Our Pledge:
Realizing the gift of life I have received
I shall strive to live each day to its fullest
Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all. 

True Victory

In a recent address to the Sangha, our temple President began his remarks with the words, “I would like to offer my condolences to Reverend Adams. . .”  Wondering what loss I should be grieving, I momentarily searched my memories of the preceding weeks.  Then he finished his sentence with the words, “. . . for the inhospitable treatment your Minnesota Vikings received from the San Francisco 49ers yesterday afternoon.”  I grew up in Minnesota and the previous day those two professional football teams had faced off for the Division Title.  Having suffered defeat at the hands of the 49ers, the Minnesota Vikings lost their chance to play in the Super Bowl on February 2.  For many families, Super Bowl Sunday is a major social event that rivals the traditional winter holidays as an occasion for gathering friends and loved ones for elaborate feasting and celebration—or drowning your sorrows in bean dip and hot wings if your team happens to be losing.

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