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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
往相回向、還相回向
Oso Eko, Genso Eko
Water flowing to the sea – Raindrops falling to earth.

In Japanese, the water flowing to the sea is called oso eko or the going phase of the movement; the raindrops falling on the earth may be called genso eko, or the return to the place of origin.

 
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Oso Eko, Genso Eko

The river waters flow down to reach the vast ocean.  In time the water evaporates and becomes clouds, and when cumulus clouds are saturated with moisture, it is released to return to the surface of the earth as rain.  The raindrops that fall from the skies sustain the life of all living things, from the tallest redwoods to the tiniest insects that crawl on the ground.
 
I believe that this cycle is analogous to the dynamic cycle of human life.  When the body is buried in the ground, it becomes the soil where other living things grow.  When the body is cremated, the smoke rises to the heavens, and the gas molecules enter the atmosphere, which all living things breathe.  We, humans, are so attached to the body we think that death is the absolute end.  Death is only the dissolution of the physical body; death is the end of the physical existence but not the end of life.  It is the beginning of significant interaction with the universe.
 
Further, human life is more than physical energy; it is moral and spiritual energy.  This energy released upon the world will continue to influence and operate throughout the universe.  How many times have we read the Buddha and other masters’ words and found an eternal source of inspiration, comfort, strength, and a practical guide to living?  How many times have you picked up an old letter written by your long-departed mother or father, wife or husband and quietly contemplated its contents?  That person’s karmic energies or the person’s Dharma – their visions, dreams, activities, words, and thoughts – will continue to exert their powerful influence on the minds and hearts of those who knew them.
 
Every human life is a source of the energy of compassion stored in the depth of its innate Buddhahood. It may be but a microscopic part of the Cosmic Compassion of the Universe, which religiously we call Amida Buddha. Still, once the part becomes immersed in the Cosmic Compassion, it flows in harmony with its mighty current.  Just as the waters of the river return from the depth of the ocean to quench the thirsty surface of our planet, so does human energy, now purified in Buddhahood, return to this world to continue its perpetual work of compassion.
 
The Heart of the Buddha-Dharma, Rev. Kenryo T. Tsuji
 
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.

Last Saturday, we showed the groundbreaking ceremony and the Shinran Shonin statue’s installation at 331-332 Riverside Drive.  This could not have been accomplished without the New York Buddhist Church ministers and Sangha members’ help and support.   The original location for the American Buddhist Academy was going to be 86thStreet and Fifth Avenue.  
          
In 1950, Rev. Hozen Seki, Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai of Denver, and Rev. Zaishin Mukushina of Seabrook traveled to Hawaii to give lectures and raise funds for the Academy.  

 
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

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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

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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.

 
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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(For international orders contact us for price) 
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My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Before we observe the teaching of Shin,
The teaching of Pure Land Buddhism,
We must first behold the 
Enlightenment of Gautama Buddha

 

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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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