Hanamatsuri – The Birth of Siddartha Gautama

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“The reason for the Tathagata’s appearance in the world Is solely to preach the ocean-like Original Vow of Amida. The ocean of multitudinous beings in the evil age with five defilements Should believe in the Tathagata’s true words” Shoshin Nembutsu Ge It is hard to believe that we are already in Spring and soon will be observing Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) …

Moments of Silence

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Moments of Silence “Beings will come from the ten directions to be born in my country. They will be pure, their minds filled with gladness. Those in my pleasant country will be peaceful and at ease.” Sanbutsuge Today marks the 5th year memorial of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.  Five years later the debate on guns and gun …

Japan 2017

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Last month we concluded a successful trip to Japan.  We  had  a  total of  of thirty-two members join us on our trip.  Each  time I travel to Japan, I see something new, I experience something that inspires me and I meet people who are simply amazing.   This trip we started in Tokyo, traveled to Kanazawa and the Noto Peninsula …

Good and Bad, Right and Wrong

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Lately I have been thinking that I should be talking more about what right and wrong is within the context of Buddhism. Most of the time, many people will look for specifics of what is right, what is wrong, what is good, and what is bad. I have especially been motivated to do so with the recent events in Charlottesville, …