Our very gracious Mrs. Akemi Komori Sensei (teacher) has offered her talents, endless patience, energy and enthusiasm again this year. She has dedi-cated many years to our Temple teaching traditional Japanese Bon Odori (dances) to our members and friends.
We welcome everyone back and extend an invitation to new dancers joining the “Dance of Joy” to remem-bering our ancestors. In preparation for Obon, the odori (dance) practices are scheduled in our social hall from 7:00-8:30pm. Practice dates are:
Tuesday June 14 Thursday June 16
Tuesday June 21 Thursday June 23
Go-tan-e celebrates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The life and teachings of Shinran-shonin constitute one of the most significant developments in the history of Buddhism. It was he who discovered a path which ensured that the treasures of the Dharma would be accessible to all people without discrimination.
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When physicist Albert Einstein was invited to Japan, he paid a visit to Reverend Jokan Chikazumi and asked him about the Buddha Dharma, especially the heart of the Buddha (―Buddha-mind‖). It is said thatRev. Chikazumi told him the story of Ubasuteyama (the old custom of abandoning old people, usually women, deep in the mountains). A young man was hurrying along a mountain path carrying his aged mother on his back. Along the way, the mother was breaking off tree twigs and dropping them on the path. She was marking the path with a trail of twigs.
“Megumi:108 Compassionate Blessings” (by Toshihide Numata, published by BDK) The phrase ichiren takusho means to be born together on the same lotus flower blooming in Amida’s Pure land of Utmost Bliss, which is also known as the Lotus-repository world (rengezo sekai). In this present life, even though people may live under the same roof together for many years, they live in different worlds. Parents and children, husband and wife, each of us is closed up in our own world. We set up our own “selves” We take advantage of others when it is convenient for us.
It seems that at no time in human history has there been a period of lasting peace; when there has been no conflict or war. Recently, two Japanese men were taken hostage by Islamic State and tragically, one of them has been killed by beheading. Sometimes we hear the statement that we are fighting for peace. It is ironic that in order to achieve peace, we have to go to war. Personally, I cannot solve this dilemma. So what can Buddhists do?
Enjoy a weekend designed to promote fellowship between the various age groups within the families attending. Participate in activities, lectures and workshops. The event is open to anyone who is curious about or interested in the teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or is just a friend or family of someone who is. This is a family event where we will be ┬üliving in the Dharma.
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