Offering Incense: Adorned with the Fragrance of Light

Smells evoke powerful memories and associations in our minds. The smell of wildfire smoke evokes concern for the safety and well-being of our families, our communities, and our planet. The smell of incense smoke brings peace of mind and supports mindfulness. This week, we reflect upon the deep symbolism of incense offering and how this Buddhist practice embodies the grateful heart of the Nembutsu.

This Dharma Talk is Part One in a two part series on the Six Senses in Buddhism.

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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.