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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
値遇
Chigū
A rare encounter
 
Chigū used to describe an encounter with a buddha or the Buddhist teaching.
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message

This week’s message is from Bearer of the Light, The Life and Thought of Rennyo, by Jitsuen Kakehashi. Please note this is an abridged version
 

Restoration of Shinjin

Rennyo made it possible for the relationship between the Tathagata and us to be discussed in the language used in ordinary, everyday life. People were able to listen to the words of the Tathagata in their tongue and engage in intimate conversation with the Tathagata. For the first time, people could connect with the Tathagata and feel the Pure Land with a sense that they really exist. They could confirm the meaning of their existence, as “a child of the Buddha” living within Tathagata’s love, and the importance of their life directed toward the Pure Land.

Rennyo established terminology that made possible a heartfelt, human interchange between Tathagata and us. Moreover, his expression, “single-heartedly entrust in Amida to save me in the life-to-come,” was teaching that anyone could understand simply by listening to it. As a result of the perfection of this tenet, Shin Buddhism indeed became the religion of the masses. This phenomenon to which Jitsugo was referring when he praised Rennyo as “the Master who restored the tradition.”

Rennyo first used the phrase “entrust in Amida to save me” in a letter dated the eight-month of 1474. From that date until the sixth month of 1492, he produced over one hundred letters whose dates are known, including duplicates. Yet, in those letters, the phrase “entrust in Amida to save me” (tasuketamae) appears only twelve times. After the year 1493, when he was 79 years old, however, its usage suddenly increased. Currently, there exist forty-four letters, including duplicates, whose dates are known to run from 1493 up through his final letter dated the fifteenth day of the twelfth month of 1498. In those letters, the phrase “save me in the life-to-come” is utilized forty-one times.

These letters allow us to understand how often Rennyo employed the expression, “entrust in Amida to save me” during his final years. Perhaps we might even consider this expression of shinjin to be the crystallization of all the struggles that Rennyo had to experience throughout his life.

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Friday Night 
with 
D.T. Suzuki
On Shin Buddhist, Shinran, and Saichi

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.    

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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
Shinran Shonin

Professor Aaron Proffitt will continue his series on Buddhism.  Next week we will announce his upcoming talk.  If you missed parts one and three, it is on the American Buddhist Study Center YouTube Channel.

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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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Art Exhibit - Ken Horii

Ken Horii, featured artist in the 2019 ABSC fundraiser, is showing selections from his "Temporal Architecture" series, including a 2021 drawing titled, "Convergent Topologies" in a two-person exhibit -Drawings and Prints- at Chazan Gallery, in Providence, RI  from September 16 - October 6 with artist Yizhak Elyashiv.  

For information on the exhibit go to: 
http://www.chazangallery.org

For more information on the artists go to:
Ken Horii: https://www.kenhorii.com
Yiz Elyashiv: http://www.yizhak-elyashiv.com
 
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.

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Seiya Gatha
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.
Japanese Music of Hawaii
Wakare No Isochidori (Parting Song): Here is a classic from Club Nisei:  Arguable, Hawai’i-born Francis Zanami’s most famous composition.  First performed in the Islands – it became a hit in Japan in 1952. “Sparky” Iwamoto, backed by the Club Nisei singers, pays homage to the Japanese Hawaiian composer. Sadly, Mr. Zanami’s promising career was cut short.  In 1949, at age 44, he died of a heart attack.
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Do not kill.
Do not steal.
Do not commit wicked acts of evil.
Do not give deluded testimony of being awakened.


Shigetsu
 

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2022 Buddhist Desktop Calendar
Get ready for the holidays with this beautiful 2022 desktop calendar with a different image of the Buddha each month.  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. 
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ABSC Podcast
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The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

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