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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
信心
Shinjin
True Entrusting

Even though we defined the meaning of Shinjin in a previous email, it is used in today’s Dharma message below.  So here is a reminder of its meaning, which is one of the essential terms in Shin Buddhism.

Shinjin means the true, real, and sincere heart and mind (‘makoto no kokoro’ in Japanese) that is given by Amida Buddha or Tathagata, according to the Glossary of Shin Buddhist terms. This clearly means that Shinjin is not the heart and mind developed or cultivated by ordinary beings like us through our efforts. Shin, as an adjective, has the meaning of ‘true, real, and sincere.’ As a verb, it means ‘to entrust oneself to the Buddha,’ which is an act made possible by the working of the true, real, and sincere heart and mind of Amida Buddha. Thus, Shinjin is translated as ‘True Entrusting’ in English.
 
Daien T. Haseo, Buddhist Minister, Touzenji Buddhist Temple

 
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
A Life Worth Living
 
Please do not forget this. Even when life is difficult, we are not alone. We are on a trip with Amida Buddha.
 
Life is a ride on the boat of Great Compassion on an ocean of great light. To the right, to the left, in front, and behind us, all is on (indebtedness).  t is a joyous world in which this most evil of persons has been enlightened. It is a world of Great Compassion in which light shines all over.  Ah…mottai-nai, arigatai, we should be gratefully received and live this one day now.
 
We are always within Amida Buddha’s bosom, while we sleep and while we are awake. This is what makes life utterly worth living.
 
Dengyo Daishi wrote that those who light up even one small corner are the national treasures. But politicians and the educated with their PhDs are not the only national treasures.Those with shinjin, and thereby rejoice, are really the world’s treasures.
 
Life is short. The average lifetime is 70 years or so is just the dream of a night. Please rejoice in shinjin and express your gratitude and appreciation toward it. When you do, you will experience the value of being born, and the sacredness of being a follower of the Buddha becomes apparent.
 
That is what a life worth living is.
 
Part of Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai sermon at the 11th Meeting of the National Buddhist Women’s Federation, November 1967
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.

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Coming ABSC Events in April
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.
The Katana
The history of the katana and its three parts.
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

Do not dwell in the past, 
do not dream of the future, 
concentrate the mind on the present moment.


Dhammapada
 

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