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Manning Park Family Retreat May 18-21, 2018 Registration Now

Family Retreat @ Manning Park
May  19 – 21, 2018

**Early Bird Registration due:  February 28, 2018**

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.

71st Northwest Buddhist Convention Theme: “Coming Down the Mountain” Shinran’s first steps towards the Nembutsu way February 16-18, 2018 Spokane Wa

71st Northwest Buddhist Convention

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A Way of Living as a Nembutsu Follower

Buddhism began when Sakyamuni attained enlightenment and became Buddha about 2500 years ago. In Japan, Buddhism was originally referred to as the Buddha Dharma. The Dharma here referred to the true reality of how the world is and the nature of humanity itself. It is the universal truth that trans‐ cends both space and time. The one who awakens to this truth is called a Bud‐ dha, and the teaching of the Buddha is the wisdom that teaches us how we can live, while dealing with many anxieties and sufferings we may experience in life.

GO-TAN-E

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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.

No matter which way I turn, the Buddha embraces me (Hiroumi Hiroumi)

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.

Ichiren Takusho “Born Together on the Same Lotus Flower”

 “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.

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