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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
尽十方無碍光如来
Jin-jip-po-mu-ge-ko-nyo-rai
The Buddha's name

Buddha is always shining His rays of compassion on us, always keeping us in His embrace and always leading us along the proper path. 
Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Say Namo Amida Butsu as if
You were saying “Hello” to the Buddha.

 
Namo Amida Butsu: Do you know what it means?

Namo Amida Butsu has its origins in Namo-A-mita-Buddha, a saying that appears in the sutras of India. Namo means, “I put my trust in you, I will follow you, I entrust my life to you.” A-mita-Buddha means the Buddha that cannot be measured. What is it that cannot be measured? It is this Buddha’s light and life. Immeasurable light symbolizes a light that will not be stopped from reaching those in despair. Immeasurable life expresses the life that transcends time. In other words, we can think of A-mita, or Amida Buddha, as the Buddha not limited by time or space, which illuminates us constantly, wherever we may go.
 
Namo Amida Butsu thus expresses the feeling, “I entrust everything to Amida Buddha.”
 
It is a great comfort to know someone is always calling out to us.
 
When you become a person, who senses the presence of Amida Buddha in your life, you will say the Nembutsu naturally and spontaneously.
 
Sensing the presence of the Amida Buddha, you will realize the Nembutsu you have been saying is not just a word of greeting. It is Amida Buddha calling to you.
 
Does it then mean Amida Buddha is responding to my request to save me?  No, that is not the case.  Amida Buddha calls us from even before that time, saying, “There is no need to worry. Leave it all to me.”  Namo Amida Butsu is Amida Buddha urging us to “leave it all to me.”
 
When our Nembutsu, which started as a greeting to the Buddha, becomes natural and spontaneous, we realize Amida Buddha has been calling to us from long before.  We are always Amida Buddha’s deepest concern.  When we recognize that, we say, “Thank you,” with a heart full of gratitude.
 
That is the Nembutsu.
 
The Buddha Wish for the World, Zenmonsama Koshin Ohtani, Part 2 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.
Coming Events
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Please ioin ABSC in supporting
MAY WE GATHER

A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors,
 a national event that brings together Asian American Buddhists and their allies in healing and solidarity. This free online event will be live-streamed on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, at 4 pm PT (7 pm ET).
You will find instructions about how to watch the live-stream and how to spread the word at:
 www.maywegather.org
 
Wednesday, May 5th, 2020
Please join the San Mateo Buddhist Temple
The Path to the Pure Land
Rev. Henry Adams will introduce author Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Arai to share his insights on Shinran’s record of teaching by his master Honen.
Click here for more information.
Seiza Meditation, Saturday, May 15th, 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.
 Seiza medications is a free Zoom event. 

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Buddhist course, Saturday, May 15th, from 1 to 2 pm EST
Introduction to Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt

Around 2600 years ago, a seeker born near the border of India and Nepal, left home to find answers to fundamental questions. After some time studying yoga, meditation, and philosophy, this seeker realized the truth that all conditioned things are interconnected, subject to change, and arise dependent upon causes and conditions. Having awakened to the true nature of reality, this seeker came to be known as the Buddha, the Awakened One. The Buddha taught that all beings have the potential to wake up and experience Nirvana, perfect peace, the state beyond conditioned existence, beyond life and death, beyond stress and anxiety.  
 
What is Buddhism? Is it a religion or a philosophy? Who was the founder? What do Buddhists believe? What do Buddhists do? How does one become a Buddhist? How did Buddhism come to be practiced in North America? In this “Introducing the Study of Buddhism” lecture, we will lay a foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices, as well as the diversity of the traditions now grouped together under the label Buddhism. 
 
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Seiya (Peaceful Nights)
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.  
Do you remember Sukiyaki?
Kyu Sakamoto’s classic song Sukiyaki, re-edited 
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

O mist of spring, thou hint all things beautiful and bright,
As if there did not shine the true, imperishable light!

Honen
 

Please send us your favorite Buddhist quote at info@ambuddhist.org
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Calendar of Events
Saturday, May 15th, from 11 to 12 noon EST
Saturday, May 15th, from 1 to 2 pm EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

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