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Rev. Dr. Mark Unno

Lecture available Wednesday, July 31st

Compassion and Other Power: The Truth of Other Power Deep Within Our Hearts

In Shin Buddhism, we find we live on two planes simultaneously. At one level, we live the world we define in terms of words, ideas, in short, this world of appearances. At another level, there is a world in which the ordinary distinctions dissolve into the deep flow of oneness beyond or even before words. That world of oneness is our true home, the heart of the universe, of true entrusting, where we are received into the heart of boundless compassion.

Together we will discover that heart of other power, great compassion, where our karmic self is illuminated, embraced, and dissolved into the Ocean of Light of Other Power, our Amida self.

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Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. Born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition, educated in Kyoto, Japan. Trade and finance professional. Changed career midlife. Received a Ph.D. in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS).

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