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Pride Month - The March (Part 2)

Gan ni shi ku doku I vow that the virtue of this truth Byō dō se is-sai Be given equally to all. Dō ho’n bo dai shin May they awaken the bodhi mind Ō jō an rak-koku And realize both peace and joy. This verse is called the Ekōku or Directing...

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An Accidental Realization

I’m a Buddhist convert. I never set out to officially call myself a Buddhist. It just sort of happened by association when I met and married the teacher in the classroom next door to mine, who happened to have been born and raised Buddhist. Even though I was willing to sometimes attend service...

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Pride Month - The Raid (Part 1)

Whenever we chant, we conclude with a very special verse. It is called the Ekōku or Directing Virtue to All Beings. It was written by Shan-tao who was one of Shinran’s Seven Pure Land Masters: Gan ni shi ku doku I vow that the virtue of this truth Byō dō se is-sai ...

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A Shin Buddhist View of Memorial Day

Americans have been observing Memorial Day in some form since 1866. It was initially instituted as a remembrance of fallen soldiers of the Civil War. After WWI, it became a day to honor all soldiers who had fallen in war, and it was finally made into a federal holiday in 1971, when it was moved...

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Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

In Los Angeles, on August 11, 1965, Marquette Fye was pulled over for drunk driving. He was a 21 year old black man. He resisted arrest as his mother tried to help him. Marquette was then struck in the face with a baton. This led to the Watts Riots which resulted in six days of civil unrest...

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Gotan-e – Celebrating Shinran Shonin’s Birth

Gotan-e celebrates the birth of Shin Buddhism’s founder, Shinran Shonin, whose birth date is recognized as May 21, 1173. Another name for this occasion is Fujimatsuri (Wisteria Festival). The double wisteria crest is the emblem of Nishi Hongwanji, the Jodo Shinshu mother temple in Kyoto, Japan....

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The Three Baskets

There is a website called Buddhism by Numbers. It consists of a chart that details all of the numbered lists within Buddhism. It has approximately 215 entries, organized first by quantity and then in alphabetical order. So first, all things in 2’s are listed in alphabetical order, then all...

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Invitation to a Spiritual Journey

We sometimes experience the life questions. It came to me in my early 40’s when my mother passed away. What is “living”? That was my question. People may have encountered similar questions particularly under the current pandemic situation. Shinran (1173-1263) s the founder of Jodo Shinshu,...

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The First Basket - The Vinaya

There is a website called Buddhism by Numbers. It is a chart that details all of the numbered lists within Buddhism. It contains approximately 215 entries, organized first by quantity and then in alphabetical order. So first, all things in 2’s are listed in alphabetical order, then all things...

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Happy Birthday Sakyamuni Buddha! – Hanamatsuri

I was born in Kyoto, Japan, and my parents sent me to the Buddhist kindergarten school in my neighborhood. On April 8th, all kindergarten students assembled in the hall to celebrate the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha. We lined up and offered sweet tea to the statue of baby Buddha, surrounded by...

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