Greetings Friend
Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism
The Lotus of the mind

The intrinsic nature of one’s mind, which is pure and undefiled, is compared to a Lotus.
Wisdom: a Dharma Message

Reverends Bob and Patti Oshita were the first Buddhist Chaplains to serve for the California State Assembly. For each opening session, they began with “Please join me in a moment of Reflections.”
Rev. Bob Oshita
(I took the liberty of adding a title.)

The Pure Mind

“How can I be happy?” This is a question we all wonder about at times. Every True Spiritual Tradition tries to teach us to discover that our real Happiness emerges naturally when we can transcend our Self-Centered Mind.  This is the mind that comes to conclusions of good or bad, right or wrong.  This is the segregating, calculating mind that judges who is “in” and who is “out.”

A Zen Master once drew a circle in the ground with his staff.  Then he told his disciples, “If you stand inside this circle, I will hit you with my staff.  If you stand outside this circle, I will hit you with my staff.”  The students were perplexed.  Even standing on the line of the circle was unacceptable.  What were they to do?
The disciples were allowing a circle, drawn on the ground, prevent them from living without judgement. The Master was trying to teach them to transcend their judging minds. Instead, they continued to assess, “This is inside, and that is outside; so, what is right and what is wrong?”

This Zen Koan illuminates the need for us to let go of our critical minds and experience the Oneness beyond arbitrary lines of segregation. The lines imply who is ‘In’ and who is ‘Out.’  When we transcend the lines and barriers between self & others, feelings of contentment will naturally emerge as we deeply feel our shared Humanity.

The Persian Spiritual Poet Rumi and this Zen Master would say, “Beyond Right & Wrong, Beyond Inside & Outside, there is a place of Oneness of All Humanity.  We will meet you there.

Namo Amida Butsu – With Kindness & Gratitude beyond words.

ABSC Fundraiser

Get ready for the holidays with this beautiful 2022 desktop calendar with a different image of the Buddha each month and the ABSC baseball cap. With the calendar, we worked with Shutterfly to put together a high-quality calendar that will not only look great on your desk but anywhere you put it. And the ABSC baseball cap is hand embroidered with 100% cotton.

We ordered a limited supply for our end-of-year fundraiser.  So order yours today! 

 The 2022 Buddhist Desktop Calendar is $17 each plus $5 for handling and shipping. Total $22.  

The ABSC Baseball Cap is on $15 plus $5 for handling and shipping. Total $20.

Note: You can pick each up at the Study Center for $17 and $15.
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New Publication Coming Soon
Friday Night 
D.T. Suzuki

We are working on a new D.T. Suzuki book to be published later this year.  Friday Night Talks with D.T. Suzuki: on Shin Buddhism, Shinran, and Saichi is a collection of Suzuki’s Shin Buddhist works. It includes a missing chapter that never made it into the original Shin Buddhism publication. His keynote address at the dedication of the Shinran Statue and other essays and poems.    

We need your help to get "Friday Night Talks with D.T. Suzuki: On Buddhism, Shinran, and Saichi" published. Please help us with a donation. Thank you. 

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ABSC Programs Coming in October
Saturday, October 16th, from 11am to 12 noon EST

The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Sessions

Led by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
Would you please join us and learn the fundamentals of Seiza (sitting-in-stillness) meditation, which Torajiro Okada established? You can sit on a chair or a cushion on the floor. Rev. Nakura will demonstrate how to make the correct posture, breathe, and put full power into the lower belly. Sensei will explain the history and why this is an excellent meditation to clear your mind from all the daily stress of life.

 Seiza medications is a free Zoom event. 

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Saturday, October 16th, 2021, from 1pm - 2pm EST

Introductions to Buddhism, Part 5
Mahayana Buddhism

According to tradition, after the passing of the Buddha, his monastic disciples memorized and recited his teachings, passing them down for hundreds of years. It began perhaps 200-100BCE; these teachings were written down and continued to evolve and change as Buddhism spread. In this lecture, we will consider different theories about the origin of the diverse movement now known as the Mahayana and some of the common features or genre conventions of Mahayana literature. Finally, we will meet some of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas commonly associated with this form of Buddhism.

A free Zoom event
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Events Going on Around the United States
South Carolina
Life in an American War Relocation Camp
October 20 from 12 to 1 pm EST

On February 19, 1942, following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which required all Americans of Japanese ancestry to enter internment camps.
Join special panelists Catherine Ladnier, Greg Robinson, and Karen Korematsu to discuss everyday life for Japanese American citizens that were denied their freedom and rights due to their Japanese ancestry.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Yoshitomo Nara art exhibit extended to January 2, 2022.

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Introduction to Buddhism Part 3 - Pure Land Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt laid the foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices in his talk series, Introduction to Buddhism - Pure Land Buddhism. We now have up on YouTube part 1 and 2 – the third series of his talks.

Click here to watch part 1 and part 2
Arigato Gatha
Another popular Jodo Shinshu Gatha, Arigato. Performed by the Kyoto Women’s University Chorus.
Japanese Street Food
Here is a recent video of a busy Japanese Curry-Udon shop.  Looks delicious!
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

What a joy it is that I place my mind in the soil of Buddha’s Universal Vow, and I let my thoughts flow into the sea of the inconceivable Dharma.

Shinran Shonin

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ABSC Podcast
This week Rev. Shobo Gary Jaskula continues his reading with Episode 25, Shinran Shonin's Wasans, and commentaries.  If you missed any of the previous Wasans, they are up on the ABSC Podcast Channel.   

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Dharma on the Go!
SMS text messages. Sign up to receive each week a Buddhist-inspired text message. Click here to register

Dial 607-350-ABSC (2272) listen to the history of the ABSC and an inspiring Buddhist message. 

To listen to our past recordings from Lady Kujo and other various books, please click here.
Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 16th, from 11am to 12pm noon EST

Saturday, October 16th, from 1pm to 2pm EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
Introduction to Buddhism, Part 5
Shinran Shonin
Led by Professor Aaron Proffitt
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