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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism

Every thought-moment

1. Every moment. 2. Every thought; continuous thought of Amida.

Wisdom: a Dharma Message

This week, we will look at Jitsuen Kakehashi’s writings on Rennyo in his book “Bearer of the Light, The Life and Thought of Rennyo.”  Here is another refresher for some, and others, the teachings of Shinran Shonin.
Entrusting and “Amida, please save me” (tasuketamae)
The tradition of giving expression to shinjin of the Primal Vow through the word “entrusting” has existed since the time of Shinran.  It was Rennyo, however, who went on to transmit the essence of Shinjin to the ordinary people by selecting “entrusting” as the central expression for shinjin and by then articulating it in everyday language through such phrases; as “entrust ourselves to Amida.”

However, Rennyo went even further than that.  With expressions such as “single-heartedly entrust in Amida to save us in the life to come,” and “Amida, please save me” (tasuketamae), he brought to even greater clarity the content of the mind that entrusts.  In the Words of the Master Rennyo, his son, Jitsugo’s words are recorded as follows,

The most important matter in the tradition of the Master Shinran is the one thought-moment of entrusting.  For this reason, succeeding generations of leaders have spoken of “entrusting.”  Yet, people did not know exactly how to entrust.  Therefore, during the days of the former-former head priest (Rennyo), he wrote in his Letters to clarify that, discarding all sundry practices, we should entrust ourselves single-heartedly to Amida Buddha to save us in the life to come (goshō tasuketamae).  Thus, he is the Master who restored the tradition.

In the one thought-moment of entrusting in the Other Power of the Primal Vow, we receive the benefit of being embraced, never to be abandoned, and are made to dwell in the ranks of truly settled beings, who will realize enlightenment upon attaining birth.  This is “the essential meaning of the teaching of the Master Shinran and his tradition.”  For that reason, generations of teachers had been endeavoring to impart the teachings, using the centrally important expression of “entrusting.”  However, followers did not know precisely how they should entrust.  Rennyo brought shinjin, as taught by Shinran, fully back to life by stating clearly that we should “discard all sundry practices and entrust ourselves single-heartedly to Amida Buddha to save us in the life to come.”  This is the reason we call Rennyo “the Master who restored the tradition of the Founding Master, Shinran.”

Indeed there is deep meaning in Jitsugo’s acclamation that Rennyo’s message to “entrust ourselves to the Buddha to save us in the life to come” was both the core of his teaching and his greatest accomplishment.  In addition, we can understand through Jitsugo’s words that Rennyo utilized the phrase “save us in the life to come” to have us know precisely the content of Shinran’s instruction to “entrust in the Other Power of the Primal Vow.”

ABSC Upcoming Programs in November

Saturday, November 20, from 1 to 2 pm EST 
Introduction to Buddhism, Part 6
Buddhism in Japan 

Professor Aaron Proffitt will talk about the different Buddhist practices in Japan.  He will cover their history, traditions, and how they each played a significant role in the Japanese culture.
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Saturday, November 20, from 7 – 8 pm EST 
Book discussion 
The Path to the Pure Land 

Please join us for a special book discussion with Dr. Toshikazu Arai, the translator/author of “The Path to the Pure Land.”  Shinran wrote this book at a ripe age of 85 about the teachings of his mentor Hōnen. Followers of Jōdo-Shinshū and Jōdo-shū will gain new insights into the teachings of Hōnen and Shinran through this book.

“The Path to the Pure Land, A Translation of and Commentary on Shinran’s Saihō-Shinan-shō” is now available as an eBook on Amazon.

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Events Going on Around the United States
Scottsdale, Arizona
Phoenix-based Ken Koshio, an influential taiko artist in the U.S., invites the public to TAIKO EXTRAVAGANZA 2021
December 17 at 7:30 pm

To learn more about this Taiko event with Ken Koshio, click here
Introduction to Buddhism Part 1- Pure Land Buddhism
Professor Aaron Proffitt will lay the foundation for exploring Buddhist ideas and practices. Learn what Buddhism is. Is it a religion or philosophy? Who was the founder? What do Buddhist believe? How does one become a Buddhist? How did Buddhists come to practice in North America?
Seiya Gatha
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.
Japanese Tea Ceremony 101
Enjoy this short YouTube video on the Japanese Tea Ceremony
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

Those who feel that their birth is completely settled should, mindful of the Buddha’s benevolence, hold the nembutsu in their hearts and say it to respond in gratitude to that benevolence, with the wish, “May there be peace in the word, and may the Buddha’s teaching spread!”

Rennyo Shonin 

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The American Buddhist Study Center (ABSC) was founded in 1951 by Reverend Hozen Seki, a Jodo Shinshu minister.  His vision was to create a learning center to teach Buddhist values and Japanese culture to America.  Following in his footsteps, we are carrying on his mission.
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ABSC Podcast
This week Rev. Shobo Gary Jaskula continues his reading with Episode 29 with Kōsō Wasan by Shinran Shonin. If you missed any of the Wasan’s, you could hear them all on the ABSC Podcast. We also have interviews up as well.  So, select your favorite Podcast provider to be always up to date with the latest ABSC podcast programs. 

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Calendar of Events

Saturday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 2pm EST
Saturday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8pm EST
Introduction to Buddhism Part 6
Buddhism In Japan
Led by Aaron Proffitt
The Path to the Pure Land Book Discussion
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