A Close Shave

On the occasion of Father’s Day, we look to wisdom of Rennyo Shonin for inspiration and guidance. Rennyo lived deeply in the Nembutsu while fathering and raising 27 children (13 sons and 14 daughters). It is said that he washed their diapers himself.

This Dharma Talk was given during San Mateo Buddhist Temple Zoom Dharma Service on Sunday, June 21.

The Sangha Treasure

I hope this message finds you well, and that you are receiving comfort and clarity from the boundless wisdom and compassion of Amida Buddha in these stressful times.  As my good friend Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge of the Buddhist Church of Oakland reminded me in a recent e-mail, “Don’t forget to say the Nembutsu.”  Even if our minds drift from Amida Buddha, Amida Buddha never forgets us.

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2019-12-01 Walking in the Rain

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2019-01-06 Rev. Masami Fujitani

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Olympic Victory

Growing up in Minnesota, my favorite sport was alpine skiing. As a teenager, I competed in slalom racing on my high school ski team and the great sports hero of my youth was Olympic slalom champion Alberto Tomba. Our team practiced at a local ski hill that somehow managed to rise out of the flat surrounding farmland, gradually increasing in elevation over the years thanks to innumerable dump truck loads of dirt. I never came close to winning a race, but I enjoyed practices because the course of gates was set differently each time, transforming the otherwise unremarkable little hill into a challenging and exciting place to ski.

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