Greetings Friend
Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism



Equal enlightenment 

The enlightenment of non-differentiation and absolute equality, the Buddha’s enlightenment, enlightenment similar to the Buddha, and enlightenment of the bodhisattvas of the highest stage. 

Wisdom: a Dharma Message

Here is another Dharma message from Reverends Bob and Patti Oshita, 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 First Noble Truth 

Once two 18-year-old college freshmen told me they were dropping out of school and going to France.  “Why?” I asked.  They said “Rev. Bob, our parents, have given us such comfortable lives. We need to go off on our own to learn about suffering.”  Almost laughing, I told them they don’t need to go to France to find suffering; suffering will find you wherever you are.  The “pie of suffering will hit all of our faces.  It’s not because we have huge faces.  It is because suffering is an enormous, inescapable pie.”  They stayed in school – one became a successful businessman, the other a respected attorney. 

We do not need to seek out adversity.  Adversity is part of life- and each challenge we encounter cannot help but shape our charter. 

Of this, Mark Twain wrote: 

“What is joy without sorrow?  What is success without failure?  What is a win without a loss?  What is health without illness?  We have to experience each other if we are to appreciate the other.  There is always going to be suffering.  It is how we look at our suffering, how we deal with it, that will define us.” 

If our Minds and Hearts are open, we will find that Life constantly gives us opportunities to learn and grow at any age.

Namu Amida Butsu – With Kindness and 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 $4 for handling and shipping. Total $21.  

The ABSC Baseball Cap is on $15 plus $4 for handling and shipping. Total $19.

Note: You can pick each up at the Study Center for $17 and $15.
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New Publication Coming Soon
Friday Night Talks
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 Upcoming November Programs 

Saturday, November 20, from 1 to 2 pm EST 
Introduction to Buddhism, Part 5 
Buddhism in Japan 

Professor Aaron Proffitt will talk about the different Buddhist practices in Japan.  He will cover their history, traditions, and how they each played a significant role in the Japanese culture.
Free registration will begin next week

Saturday, November 20, from 7 – 8 pm EST 
Book discussion 
The Path to the Pure Land 

Please join us for a special book discussion with Dr. Toshikazu Arai, the translator/author of “The Path to the Pure Land.”  Shinran wrote this book at a ripe age of 85 about the teachings of his mentor Hōnen. Followers of Jōdo-Shinshū and Jōdo-shū will gain new insights into the teachings of Hōnen and Shinran through this book.

“The Path to the Pure Land, A Translation of and Commentary on Shinran’s Saihō-Shinan-shō” is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

If you like to purchase the softcover book, click here.

Free registration will begin next week

Events Going on Around the United States
West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Dharma Center
Buddhism Beyond Mindfulness
5 Fall Sessions
October 30, 2021
Through these sessions, we hope to offer an opportunity for young adults to engage with Dharma teachers as well as with other people interested in learning about the Buddha-Dharma.

For more information, click here
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Jodo Shinshu International Office
Faith & Science
Awakening Compassion for the Future

October 30, 2021
We use energy everyday in many forms, usually without thinking, but we need to consider its effects now and in the future. The United Nations set 17 goals to transform our world. Goal #7 is Affordable and Clean Energy. 
This seminar will address this issue from science and various religious perspectives. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Miriam Hinostroza, Head of the Global Climate Action Unit for the United Nations Environment Program. 
For more information, click here
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Yoshitomo Nara art exhibit extended to January 2, 2022.

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Introduction to Buddhism - Pure Land Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt will lay the foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices. Learn what Buddhism is. Is it a religion or philosophy? Who was the founder? What do Buddhist believe? How does one become a Buddhist? How did Buddhists come to practice in North America?
Seiya Gatha
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.
Huge Japanese Pancake
If you like huge portions of food, this video is for you. The restaurant looks sort-of-looks like a diner. Enjoy!
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Even though there are a zillion Buddhas and great sages, I will visit all of them and study under them. 

Nothing is greater than seeking the way, continuously advancing, and never retreating. 


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ABSC Podcast
This week Rev. Shobo Gary Jaskula continues his reading with Episode 27 with Kōsō Wasan by Shinran Shonin. If you missed any of the Wasan’s, you could hear them all on the ABSC Podcast. We also have interviews up as well.  So, select your favorite Podcast provider to be always up to date with the latest ABSC podcast programs. 

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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, Nov. 20, from 1 to 2pm EST
Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8pm EST
Introduction to Buddhism Part 5
Buddhism In Japan
Led by Aaron Proffitt
The Path to the Pure Land Book Discussion
Stay Safe, Stay Calm, Stay Mindful.
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