Essays in Gratitude - Living Dharma Centre


2017 BCJSBTF Vancouver Island Obon Tour & Cumberland Memorial 50th Anniversary Aug 11-13, 2017

Living Dharma Centre Virtual Book Club - Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Thank you for following our past discussions on Sensei Jeff Wilson’s book Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness. We hope that the readings and comments have sparked thought and reflectionwithin yourself as well as reconnecting to some of the basics of Shin Buddhism.Our thanks go to Sensei Jeff for writing such an easy to read and approachable book!

Our next title for the LDC Virtual Book Club will be Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. We will be starting this title on April 28 th and we will complete it by May 28 th. This book is widely available in paperback, audiobook and ebookformat.

Man's Search for Meaning by [Frankl, Viktor E.]

From a Good Reads Review:

“Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in fourdifferent camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forwardwith renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

”Please join us by emailing Barb MacCarl at: to be included in the discussions.

Electronic Copies are available at:




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.

Manning Park Family Retreat May 20-22, 2017

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.

Come join the Temple Obon Odori - "the dance of Joy" July 09 2pm & 4pm + Practice

July 09, 2017 Obon Service 2pm and Dancing Sunday 4pm

Everyone is welcome to join the temple Obon Service where we celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed before us. The temple will have a guest speaker Reverend Kojo Kakihara from Tacoma Buddhist Temple deliver the Dharma talk with the truth of life. The beautiful dancers will dance the traditional Odori dance and invite you to participate or just enjoy. 



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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