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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
President's Message
This month Buddhists around the world will celebrate Vesak Day on May 26th. That is the day we pay tribute to Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. It was eight years ago, on Friday, May 24th, 2013, that the ABSC organized a field trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York City to take part in the Vesak ceremony and celebration. The event was held in the General Assembly, where speakers from all the Buddhist countries praised the Buddha.   
The United Nations passed a resolution in 1999. They recognized the Day of Vesak internationally to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions globally, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.
Understanding Buddhism
当たり前
Atarimae
Having a Sense of Entitlement


We frequently complain when things do not go as we have planned or expected.  But whenever we are successful or feel fortunate, we tend to think that Atarimae – we deserve it – and gratitude is farthest from our minds. 

Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
It is a great comfort to know someone is always calling out to us.
part 2 

Have you ever run into an old friend in some unexpected place, and while remembering old times, you smile and exchange greetings?
 
You might be at a crowded station or busy department store when all of a sudden, someone calls to you.  When that happens, I think most people at that moment will feel a sense of comfort.  Until then, you are being jostled about in a crowd of strangers, and then you run into someone who knows you. Some of your tension is eased.  It might be just an acquaintance, but you find yourself breaking out in a smile and exchanging greetings and pleasantries.
 
We are born alone, and we die alone.  While we are alive, we support and receive support from countless others, and through this mutual support, we manage to live.  In a crowd of strangers at a station or department store, it is only natural that we are on guard to protest ourselves; hence, our hearts are closed to those around us.  When we happen to meet someone who knows us, though, it releases the tension in our hearts.  That is, when we meet someone who knows us when we come into contact with someone who is calling to us, we experience a sense of relief – isn’t this true?
 
In our busy lives, we experience all kinds of suffering, anxieties, and loneliness.  We walk life’s path burdened with sorrows.  However, there is someone who watches over us as we walk along, who makes our situation his primary concern, who keeps calling to us.  To know someone is there for us is a great comfort, putting our hearts at ease.  That someone is Amida Buddha.
 
The Buddha Wish for the World, Zenmonsama Koshin Ohtani
Art Gallery Photographs by Nobuyoshi Fukushima
Along with Ken Horii, we are now showing photography by Nobuyoshi Fukushima.

Mr. Fukushima is a professional photographer in Tokyo. He takes beautiful landscape pictures the traditional way, box film camera with unique lens.

Please click here to view.
Coming Events
Seiza Meditation, Saturday, May 15th, from 11 to 12 noon EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Sessions

Led by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
 
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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Buddhist course, Saturday, May 15th, from 1 to 2 pm EST
Introduction to Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt

Around 2600 years ago, a seeker born near the border of India and Nepal, left home to find answers to fundamental questions. After some time studying yoga, meditation, and philosophy, this seeker realized the truth that all conditioned things are interconnected, subject to change, and arise dependent upon causes and conditions. Having awakened to the true nature of reality, this seeker came to be known as the Buddha, the Awakened One. The Buddha taught that all beings have the potential to wake up and experience Nirvana, perfect peace, the state beyond conditioned existence, beyond life and death, beyond stress and anxiety.  
 
What is Buddhism? Is it a religion or a philosophy? Who was the founder? What do Buddhists believe? What do Buddhists do? How does one become a Buddhist? How did Buddhism come to be practiced in North America? In this “Introducing the Study of Buddhism” lecture, we will lay a foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices, as well as the diversity of the traditions now grouped together under the label Buddhism. 
 
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Seiya (Peaceful Nights)
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.  
10 Best Places to Visit Japan
Here is a beautiful scenic video tour of places to visit in Japan.
New Publication
Be the first to own a copy of Toshikazu Arai’s The Path to the Pure Land.
The Path to the Pure Land: Shinran’s Accounts of the Words and Deeds of His Teacher Hōnen translated and annotated by Toshikazu Arai, Ph.D.
 
The Path to the Pure Land is an English translation of the Shin Buddhist classic, Saihō-Shinan-shō, authored by Shinran (1173-1263). It is a collection of the words and deeds of Shinran’s teacher Hōnen (1133-1212). The latter is regarded as the founder of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, and Shinran his successor and founder of the most influential Pure Land school called Jōdo Shinshü, or Shin Buddhism in English. Shinran compiled this work to ensure that his teacher’s teaching should be passed down to posterity.

This work mostly consists of Hōnen’s sermons, doctrinal discussions, letters, clarifications of various terms, and dialogs with his disciples, as well as reports of dreams different individuals had before and after his death. It is hard to find Shinran’s own words in this work, but the overall impression is that he is expressing his thoughts through the words of Hōnen.  

Price $25 plus $5 for shipping and handling
(For international orders contact us for price) 
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My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Buddha-dharma is the teaching of non-ego.
Rennyo Shonin
 

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Calendar of Events
Saturday, May 15th, from 11 to 12 noon EST
Saturday, May 15th, from 1 to 2 pm EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

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