Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism
 悟りor 覚り 
(Here are two kanji characters with the same meaning)

Enlightenment is the ultimate fulfillment of the
human being: perfect Wisdom, the perfection of the intellect, and Compassion, the ideal purification of emotions.  The supreme purpose of Buddhism is to turn illusion into Enlightenment.

Wisdom: a Dharma Message

It is a common belief that Enlightenment occurs suddenly and that it is the single great religious experience in life, but Enlightenment is a growing experience that never stops. Each day we experience the joys and sadness of life. With each living experience, we come to a deeper understanding of the totality of life – its beauty and ugliness, success and failures, victories and defeats, birth and death. However significant, every activity of life as absolute meaning, for every motion, is the Enlightenment experience.

Enlightenment is found in the earthly realms of suffering, hunger, instinct, conflict, human frailties, and pleasure.  For the spiritually awakened person, Enlightenment is here and now, amidst the trials and tribulations of human existence.  So, it was with the Buddha, Shinran Shonin, and all the other great religious leaders.

When Prince Siddhartha Gautama set out on his long search for Enlightenment, it was undoubtedly to attain Enlightenment for himself to find deliverance from the suffering of life. However, once he had attained Enlightenment and became a Buddha, he could not just sit in meditation, enjoying his ultimate religious experience.  The very nature of his Buddhahood moves him profoundly and immediately to enlighten others.

The Buddha said:
Enlightenment has no definite form or nature by which it can manifest itself, so in Enlightenment itself, there is nothing to be enlightened.
Enlightenment exists solely because of delusion and ignorance; if they disappear, so will Enlightenment.  And the opposite is true also; when Enlightenment ceases, ignorance and delusion will end too.
Therefore, be on guard against thinking of Enlightenment as a “thing” to be grasped, lest it, too, should become an obstruction.  When the mind that was in darkness becomes enlightened, it disappears, and with its passing, the thing which we call Enlightenment also disappears.
The Heart of the Buddha-Dharma, Rev. Kenryo T. Tsuji
ABSC 70th Anniversary
In 2016, ABSC held a gala event honoring Dr. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki.  Our speakers included Dr. James Dobbins, Dr. Akemi Iwamoto from the D.T. Suzuki Museum in Japan, Dr. Mark Unno, and Roshi Nelson Foster. We start the program with a Japanese Tea Ceremony. There was a dance performance by Sahotae Tachibana, a recital by Josephine Seki, a Kendo demonstration, Soh Daiko drummers, and contemporary Japanese dance by the Ai Dance Theater.  Here is what was written in the program booklet.

We are honoring D.T. Suzuki for his leading role in introducing Zen and Shin Buddhism to the English-speaking world.  His books became standards that marked a profound change in the American public’s appreciation of Asian religions.  He is a true pioneer in a long line of internationally prominent Buddhist figures in America. What better place to hold this tribute than at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  The city where D.T. Suzuki met his wife, Beatrice. The city where he lectured at Columbia University and at the American Buddhist Academy and the city where he gave the keynote address at the unveiling of the Shinran Shonin statue that once stood in a park outside of Hiroshima, witnessing the dropping of the first Atomic bomb.
March and April Events
Free webinar / History of Hiroshima Castle: From a fortress of warlord to a target of Atomic bombing / Thursday, March 25, 7:00PM-8:00PM, PDT (West Coast Time)
Cultural News is presenting a free webinar on “History of Hiroshima Castle: From a fortress of warlord to a target of Atomic bombing” on Thursday, March 25 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, PDT.

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The original Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by warlord Mori Terumoto. Major area plan of the castle was completed by Fukushima Clan around 1600. The castle was occupied by Asano Clan for 250 years in Edo period. In modern Japan, the castle site was used as Army’s regional headquarters, and the caste became a target for Atomic bombing. In post war era, Hiroshima Castle plays a symbol of reconstruction of homeland.      
It has been just over a year since we held our first in-person workshop back in February 2020. Back then, we presented the Asian LGBTQ history. Now with Asian hate crimes rising and the pandemic, it’s time for a virtual workshop.  

Please join us to learn about what is going on in the Asian LGBTQ community today. More information and registration will open next week as well. Stay tuned.

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.

Enka Duo Harumi Miyako & Kiyoshi Hikawa
Harumi Miyako and Kiyoshi Hikawa performing "Naniwa Koishigure" Naniwa Shower of Love and "Osaka Aijou Shigure" Osaka Shower of Love
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.  

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My Favorite Buddhist Quote

A greedy person is like snowfall.
The more snow, the deeper it covers the Way.

Rev. Kosho Yukawa

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Thursday, March 25, 7PM - 8PM PDT (West Coast Time)
Free webinar / History of Hiroshima Castle: From a fortress of warlord to a target of Atomic bombing presented by Cultural News
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