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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
難思議 and 不思議 
Nanshigi and Fushigi
Both have the same meaning, Beyond human thought

Amida Buddha’s work to save all of us is beyond human thought, beyond conception, beyond the reach of conceptual thinking.
Rev. Miki Nakura
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Here is a short Dharma message from Rev. Hozen Seki’s book,
The Great Natural
 
Amida Buddha is called Nanshigi – “beyond human thought” – for our thought is based on dualism. Because of this, it isn’t easy to measure the eternal life of Amida Buddha.  His wisdom and compassion are like the vast, empty sky. The open, great sky always exists, regardless of clouds, rain, or the arising of any form.  This empty sky embraces all forms. And all forms will receive the Light from the sky. In the same way, Amida’s compassion and wisdom are immeasurable. Regardless of our thought, the Light of Wisdom and Compassion is always shining.  Therefore, this Buddha is beyond our thought.
 
But although Amida Buddha is beyond our thought, this Amida is nevertheless our refuge. This “beyond thought” is the True Refuge.  There is no room for “recognition” in Amida Buddha’s teaching by such as our intelligence and knowledge.  We should receive this Light as we are. Shinran Shonin took refuge in Amida Buddha after twenty years of struggle for the truth.  The myokonin* turn their minds back to childhood. So, it is said that if we truly realize the teaching of Amida, the struggle for truth over many years will see the abandonment of self-power and the acceptance of Natural Power. With child-like simplicity of mind, there is belief in Amida’s calling.
 
There is a proverb: “Those who enter into the mountain cannot see the mountain.” This is because the mountain is so big.  Amida Buddha’s compassion is too vast to be seen. But we are fortunate: even though we cannot see the Amida’s Light, we are assuredly in it.
 
*Myokonin (excellent persons) designates the purely and awakened ones in Shin Buddhism. “Generally, they are not well educated and do not know much about sophisticated living and scholarship.  More noteworthy yet, they are unable to understand the teachings of Shin. What they feel comes out untainted by the intellect.”
D.T. Suzuki, Shin Buddhism.
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
Next Seiza Meditation, Saturday, June 19th, 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, June 19th, from 1 to 2 pm EST
Introduction to Buddhism Part 2
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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Arigato Gatha
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs Arigato. Lyrics by Toshiko Takada and music composition by Yoshinao Nakata. 
Kyoto Tachibana High School Band
If you enjoy seeing marching bands, you will get a kick out of this one. 
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

What things beyond imagination are in store with
Namu Amida Butsu

Saichi
 

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Calendar of Events
Saturday, June 19th, from 11 to 12 noon EST
Saturday, June 19th, 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 Part 2
Led by Professor Aaron Proffitt
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