Greetings Friend
Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism
The four stages of one’s life

(1) The moment of birth. (2) The period of continued existence up to the time of death. (3) The moment of death. (4) The intermediate state of existence between death and a new life.
Wisdom: a Dharma Message

This week’s message is from The Heart of the Buddha-Dharma by Kenryu T. Tsuji. 

Buddha-nature is the innate capacity to look upon all beings with great Compassion.  Every human being possesses this potentiality.  Buddha-nature is the very basis of human dignity and the spiritual foundation of enlightened human relationships.  The spirituality of man is more significant than his physical or intellectual being. This spirituality, his Buddha-nature, which, when cultivated to its highest state, makes man a Buddha – perfect in Wisdom and perfect in Compassion.  The ultimate message of the Buddha was, “Awaken the Buddha-nature in yourself.”  It is this message that we must clearly hear.

Buddha-nature is not restricted solely to human beings.  The fundamental Dharma teaches us that even “the mountains, rivers, trees, grass and all possess Buddha-nature.”  This means not only human beings but all sentient beings, all things in the universe, possess the capacity to become Buddha.  Once a scientist asked me, “How can a rock become a Buddha?”  I replied, “When you have become a Buddha.”

ABSC Fundraiser

Get ready for the holidays with this beautiful 2022 desktop calendar with a different image of the Buddha each month and the ABSC baseball cap. With the calendar, we worked with Shutterfly to put together a high-quality calendar that will not only look great on your desk but anywhere you put it. And the ABSC baseball cap is hand embroidered with 100% cotton.

We ordered a limited supply for our end-of-year fundraiser.  So order yours today! 

 The 2022 Buddhist Desktop Calendar is $17 each plus $5 for handling and shipping. Total $22.  

The ABSC Baseball Cap is on $15 plus $5 for handling and shipping. Total $20.

Note: You can pick each up at the Study Center for $17 and $15.
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New Publication Coming Soon
Friday Night 
D.T. Suzuki

We are working on a new D.T. Suzuki book to be published later this year.  Friday Night Talks with D.T. Suzuki: on Shin Buddhism, Shinran, and Saichi is a collection of Suzuki’s Shin Buddhist works. It includes a missing chapter that never made it into the original Shin Buddhism publication. His keynote address at the dedication of the Shinran Statue and other essays and poems.    

We need your help to get "Friday Night Talks with D.T. Suzuki: On Buddhism, Shinran, and Saichi" published. Please help us with a donation. Thank you. 

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ABSC Programs Coming in October
Saturday, October 16th, from 11am to 12 noon EST

The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Sessions

Led by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
Would you 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. 

Click here to register
Saturday, October 16th, 2021, from 1pm - 2pm EST

Introductions to Buddhism, Part 5
Mahayana Buddhism

According to tradition, after the passing of the Buddha, his monastic disciples memorized and recited his teachings, passing them down for hundreds of years. It began perhaps 200-100BCE; these teachings were written down and continued to evolve and change as Buddhism spread. In this lecture, we will consider different theories about the origin of the diverse movement now known as the Mahayana and some of the common features or genre conventions of Mahayana literature. Finally, we will meet some of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas commonly associated with this form of Buddhism.

A free Zoom event
Click here to register
Events Going on Around the United States
South Carolina
Life in an American War Relocation Camp
October 20 from 12 to 1 pm EST

On February 19, 1942, following the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which required all Americans of Japanese ancestry to enter internment camps.
Join special panelists Catherine Ladnier, Greg Robinson, and Karen Korematsu to discuss everyday life for Japanese American citizens that were denied their freedom and rights due to their Japanese ancestry.

Click here to register
Art Exhibit - Ken Horii

Ken Horii, featured artist in the 2019 ABSC fundraiser, is showing selections from his "Temporal Architecture" series, including a 2021 drawing titled, "Convergent Topologies" in a two-person exhibit -Drawings and Prints- at Chazan Gallery, in Providence, RI  from September 16 - October 6 with artist Yizhak Elyashiv.  

For information on the exhibit go to:

For more information on the artists go to:
Ken Horii:
Yiz Elyashiv:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Yoshitomo Nara art exhibit extended to January 2, 2022.

Click here for more information
Introduction to Buddhism Part 3 - Pure Land Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt laid the foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices in his talk series, Introduction to Buddhism - Pure Land Buddhism. We now have up on YouTube part 1 and 2 – the third series of his talks.

Click here to watch part 1 and part 2
Arigato Gatha
Another popular Jodo Shinshu Gatha, Arigato. Performed by the Kyoto Women’s University Chorus.
Autumn in Kyoto
Here is a nice relaxing video tour of autumn in Kyoto.  You will see various temples and the beautiful colorful autumn leaves on parade.
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

In each Nembutsu,
the Buddha calls me.

Shinshu Kyodan Renmei

Please send us your favorite Buddhist quote at
ABSC Podcast
Starting this week, Rev. Shobo Gary Jaskula is back reading Shinran Shonin's Wasans and commentaries.  If you missed any of the previous Wasans, they are up on the ABSC Podcast Channel.  

Click here to listen to the podcasts.
Dharma on the Go!
SMS text messages. Sign up to receive each week a Buddhist-inspired text message. Click here to register

Dial 607-350-ABSC (2272) listen to the history of the ABSC and an inspiring Buddhist message. 

To listen to our past recordings from Lady Kujo and other various books, please click here.
Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 16th, from 11am to 12pm noon EST

Saturday, October 16th, from 1pm to 2pm EST
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
Introduction to Buddhism, Part 5
Shinran Shonin
Led by Professor Aaron Proffitt
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