Living Dharma Centre Virtual Book Club
Our next book that we will be reading beginning the last week of January is:
Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness
by Jeff Wilson, Foreword by Taitetsu Unno
Earlybird Registration due: January 31, 2017 Final Registration due March 31, 2017 This annual event is an opportunity for members of the Shin Buddhist community and their friends and family to enjoy a weekend of fellowship in the beautiful Manning Provincial Park, situated just 3 hours from Vancouver and 2 ½ hours from Kelowna. Accommodations, meals, and activities (games, crafts, workshops) are coordinated by the organizing committee, and included in the registration fee. Groups who wish to stay together in shared cottages and hotel rooms should submit all names in the same registration.
Tacoma Buddhist Temple will be hosting the 2017 Northwest Convention from February 17-19 at the DoubleTree Suites, in Tukwila, Washington. Guest speaker Rev. Marvin Harada (Orange County Buddhist Church), as well as ministers and other facilitators from BCA’s Northwest District will lead workshops and talks based on the convention theme: Wake Up! Group room rates for the Double Tree Suites are (in USD): $119 for single/double occupancy, $129 for triple, $139 for quad. These rates will apply 3 days before and after the conference for those who would like to extend their stay.
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The LDC (Living Dharma Centre) is starting a Virtual Book Club this fall. We invite interested people to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion.
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.
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?
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