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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
書道
Shodō
The Path to One's Life

The original meaning for Shodō is the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy.  However, for Honen, Shodō represented the Buddhist scriptures.  

Shodō is closely linked to Zen Buddhism and is influenced by its ideas and values. Japanese calligraphy goes far beyond simply writing characters or words. The key to true calligraphy is to bring the mind and soul into the work and write with your heart. Otherwise, it isn’t significant. The calligrapher only has one chance since the brush strokes can’t be corrected. The work must express the artist’s deep emotions, personality, and passion. It is also said that the way of writing is the path to enlightenment.

Go! Go! Nihon.
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
A Life Without Resentment

This dharma message was written to the Japanese, and Japanese Americans interned during WWII.  I felt with all that is going on today; it could have been written yesterday. Here is part 1. 
 
Peace is the basis of a society, so a society without peace is not really a society. We must always work towards peace and be careful not to bring about discord. If discord should arise, we should make every effort to resolve it as quickly as possible.  Shedding blood is not corrected by shedding more blood, and hatred is not overcome by hate.  Only by substituting love for anger does anger disappear.
 
There is nothing more pathetic than living in a society without peace.  Education, money, or ability will not help you at all in such a society.
 
Just as we appreciate health only when we become ill, so, in this time of war, we keenly feel the sacredness of peace.
Buddha-dharma is the teaching of peace.  The teaching of peace that the Buddha taught is kindness towards all things.
 
Long ago in India, there was a king named Chowasai.  His kingdom was captured by the wicked king of his neighboring land, named Hondatsu.  Chowasai was taken captive while hiding with his queen and son.  Fortunately, his son, the young prince, was able to escape.
 
The day to execute Chowasai came.  The prince mixed with the crowd that came to see the execution, seeking a way to save his father.  Unfortunately, there was absolutely no chance for him to do so.  All the prince could do was weep tears at the sight of his poor father.
 
When Chowasai was placed on the platform to be executed, he saw his beloved son.  He wanted to shout, “Oh my son, I see you are safe.  How happy that makes me!”  But of course, he could not do that, for then his son would also be captured by the evil king.
 
So King Chowasai said, as if to himself:
 
Do not hold resentment.
And do not take revenge.
The mind of hatred is subdued,
only by the mind of non-hatred.
 
These words struck the young prince deeply.
 
Ichinyo, Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai, Part 2 and final next week
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.
Next Week: ABSC LGBTQ Workshop
Saturday, April 24th from 1pm to 2:30pm EST
A Buddhist Perspective on Harassment and Discrimination
Please join our free Zoom LGBTQ workshop to confront crimes of discrimination and hatred against Asians and Asian LGBTQ’s. We will talk about all the mental health issues it created in our LGBTQ community, including:
Stress and chronic stress
Depression (low self-worth)
Identity and self-esteem
Rejection
Self-efficacy
Pride and hope
Social Media
America, the land of the free, is not free of racism. Understanding the cause and effects from a Buddhist perspective is a path through this terrible darkness.


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Black Ants and Buddhas
Rev. Taitetsu Unno, Historic Dharma Talk Series: Black Ants and Buddhists

On Sunday, May 7, 2006, ABSC recorded Rev. Unno’s Dharma talk Black Ants and Buddhas at the New York Buddhist Church. The original recording was a cassette tape transferred to digit and then made into this YouTube video.
Japanese Jazz
Plastic Love – Mariya Takeuchi
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

 Even though you may be doing something else,
Let that be done while you go on with the main work of life, which consists in the practice of the Nembutsu, and do not let it be a sort of side work to anything else.

Honen
 

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Saturday, April 24th, 1pm - 2:30pm EST
LGBTQ Workshop, A Buddhist Perspective on Anti-Asian Violence
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