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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
President's Message
President’s Message
 
I have some exciting news to share with you.  Over the past few months, we have been thinking about new ways to spread Buddhist teachings that would be easily and instantly available to everyone.  It is not using email, Facebook, Twitter, or even LinkedIn.  I think we are at our limits with all these methods of communication.  It is instead using Text or Dial-In. The choice is yours.
 
Tonight, we are launching these two new ways to hear the Dharma using your smartphone.  
 
Once a week, text messages (SMS).  All who sign up will receive a Buddhist-inspired text message.  All you have to do is provide us with your cell number, and each week you will receive a new Buddhist text message.  If this interests you, please respond to this secure link to give us your phone number.  No name or personal information will be asked of you, just your number.  Of course, you can opt-out at any time.  

Click here to register your phone number
 
The second way to hear the Dharma is Dial-In. All you do is dial in to listen to a Shinran Shonin, Wasan, as well as other Buddhist inspiring teachings. Each week will be a different message. 
The free phone service number is 607-350-ABSC (2272).
 
I hope you will take advantage of our ABSC Dharma Tech Services. With these two new ways of hearing the Dharma, you are only a fingertip away!
 
Gassho,
Hoshina
Understanding Buddhism
見真大師
Kenshin Daishi
Great Teacher - the Seer of Truth


In the nineteenth century, Shinran was given the posthumous name Kenshin Daishi by the Meiji Emperor.  It honors a man devoted to seeking a way to live within reality and teaching millions the compassion of Amida Buddha.  
A plaque written by the Emperor hangs in front of the central altar of the Goeido (Founder’s Hall) at the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto.   
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Agongyo
Part 3 of 3
Therefore, Gautama Buddha shows us various ways towards enlightenment. The first is morally to purify our mind. Through the good karma of the mind, we will be enlightened. The Buddha taught us the Eightfold Path, the Six Paramitas, the Five Precepts, etc.

The second is to cultivate our mind through meditation.  However, many human beings cannot truly practice good karma by their own power toward enlightenment.

Lastly and religiously, he taught us the doctrine of Amida Buddha, the Way of the Nembutsu.

In Japan, we say, “Let us taste Amida’s teaching,” instead of “Let us believe Amida’s teaching,” or “Let us listen to Amida’s teaching.”

Today let me taste Amida’s mind. I am sure that I failed to be enlightened by my power because my mind’s karma is very weak. The mind of Amida Buddha is the Great Compassion.  There is no discrimination on criticism and no conditions in Amida’s mind. It is the unconditional embrace for all sentient beings as they are. Amida’s mind is continuously embracing our minds.  When we are sunk in the deepest worldly ocean, Amida also is with us. He never asks our prayers, our confessions, our faith, our cries to be saved. The mind of Amida and my mind are oneness.  It is like water and ice. When we taste delicious food, we say, “How delicious it is!” When we taste the great compassion of Amida Buddha, we say, Namu Amida Butsu.

That is Nembutsu, the One-Mind: my mind is the mind of Amida.

The Great Natural Way, Rev. Hozen Seki, Part 3 next week
ABSC 70th Anniversary
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the American Buddhist Study Center.  We will give our forefathers and mothers gratitude and appreciation and all the unsung heroes and untold stories over the coming months.

The American Buddhist Academy was founded in 1951. In 1954 it raised enough funds to purchase a building and adjacent garden at 331-332 Riverside Drive. The following year Mr. Seiichi Hirose donated the Shinran Shonin statue.
Here is the first draft of the groundbreaking ceremony for the American Buddhist Academy Chapel and the Shinran Shonin statue’s unveiling in 1955.
Here is a picture of Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai with Rev. Hozen Seki in the foreground at the groundbreaking ceremony.

 
Coming Events in March
Seiza Meditation, Saturday, March 20, 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.

This is a free Zoom event join us on March 20, at 11 am EST

Zoom link
Buddhism, Saturday, March 20, from 1 to 2 pm EST

Buddhist Nations and their Practices,
an Informal Overview
 

Buddhism started in India and moved out to encompass most of Asia. Now Buddhists of many kinds are thriving in the West.  Three major Buddhist traditions survive today: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.  Within each there are various subgroups and denominations.  Join this session for an informal impression of how Buddhism looks and feels within these three traditions. See how they are both similar to and different from the Jodo Shinshu (Mahayana) tradition we know and love.  Minister's Assistant Rev. Gary Shobo Jaskula of the New York Buddhist Church and Albany Buddhist Sangha will lead our armchair voyage.   
 
This is a free Zoom event join us on March 20, at 1 pm EST

Zoom link
Rev. Dr. Mark Unno talk now on Youtube
The Future Past
The Unfurling of Great Compassion Beyond Time

In July of 2020, Rev. Mark Unno gave a virtual talk about compassion, Amida Buddha, Namu Amida Butsu, and recollections of his father, Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno.

 
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My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Your life, my life
Is attuned to the rhythm of the cosmos
And to the heartbeat of reality.

 

Please send us your favorite Buddhist quote at info@ambuddhist.org
Bookstore
The ABSC Bookstore is an excellent resource for Shin Buddhist books. We are stocking our shelves to give you more choices for books to purchase. Besides books, we will also have other Buddhist related items to choose from. So please check out our online bookstore often!

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Calendar of Events
Saturday, Mar 20, from 11am to 12 noon EST
Saturday, Mar 20,  from 1 pm to 2pm EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still Meditation Sessions led by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist Minister
Buddhist Nations and their Practices, an Informal Overview
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