Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
Understanding Buddhism

The Buddha-dharma is the teaching of oneness. It is the teaching in which, from the very beginning, the “enlightened” and the “unenlightened” are one.
Wisdom: a Dharma Message

Oneness (Ichinyo)is the teaching in which all creation is one, in which all things have the same basis.  And that is why all things are looked upon as being the same.
We must not set things in opposition to each other and then glare at the opposition.  Because there are people who work, there are those who put up capital. Because some people put up the money, others can work.  Because there are people who buy, others can sell.  Because some sell, others can buy.  Because of the physician, patients are healed; and conversely, because the patient is healed, the physician becomes a physician.
That is why everything is Ichinyo, why everything is one.  The mother-in-law cannot be happy by venting anger at the young bride.  The bride cannot be happy by hating the mother-in-law.  They cannot stand in opposition to each other.  They cannot glare at each other.  They will never be happy unless they help each other.  This is what the ichinyo teaching of Buddha-dharma is, what funi (non-duality) teaching is all about.
We must not go around merely asserting our right to live.  Please consider that we are allowed to live only by the grace of all others in the world.
How small our world would be if we opposed all those who are not on our side.  But the world of ichinyo, which considers all things as part of us, is a big world.  Because there are no enemies in such a world, it is a peaceful world.
Okage-sama-de (it is all due to your help)!
Mottai-nai (how unworthy I am)!
When we consider how indebted we are in this way, our heads automatically bow in gratitude. This is where happiness is found.  
Ichinyo, Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai
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
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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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.

Kyoto Ramen
There is no food more beloved in Japan than ramen, and there’s no town more ramen crazy than Kyoto’s Ichijoji neighborhood. It’s considered the most competitive ramen area in the country, where famous national chains are born ー and hopes and dreams soar and crumble in the ramen industry. 
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

To straighten the crooked, you must first do a
More Harder thing – straighten yourself.

The 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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