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Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
不可思議
Fukashigi
(Ineffable) Mind/Heart

We do not have a fixed mind; rather, our mind becomes what it is because of the conditions it encounters.  Our minds become ugly if disturbed, but enlightened when controlled.
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Fukashigi

Knowledge without reflection becomes a murderous sword and gives birth to hell.
 
Even if it has a storehouse full of treasures, there is no happiness in a household without faith. Rather than judging the actions of others or blaming others for things that happen, let us judge our own actions. Let us blame ourselves for what happens. If we do, a happy life will be born, and a peaceful household will be attained.
 
We are all deceived by our mind and brag that “we are alright.”
 
We feel we are incapable of the sort of evil we hear others do, but that is sure proof we are deceived by our mind.  That is what we should be most careful about.  The following is a true story:
 
A mother, worried about her teen-age daughter, said, “Don’t go with them. You will become delinquent as they are if you do. I am telling you this because I worry about you!”
 
The daughter was very indignant when she heard this.  “I’m not a baby!” she said. “As long as I act according to my conscience, I don’t have anything to worry about. I’m not stupid; trust me!”
 
The daughter thought she was strong enough to resist temptation, but within a year, she had fallen into a delinquent life.
 
A friend once warned a woman against starting a business of a shady nature. “Many people who start such a business are hurt, so I recommend that you not engage in such a venture,” the friend said. “It will destroy your family!”
 
“Don’t worry about me,” the woman answered. “I won’t do anything disreputable. I am starting this business only for my children’s education. As long as our characters remain strong, there is nothing to worry about.”
 
This was a fine speech, but within a year there were many rumors about this woman and her work, and from then on, her family was transformed into a world of fighting animals.
 
What strange minds and hearts we are!
 
We must never be deceived by this mind of ours that works in accordance with the conditions that it encounters – this mind that does frightful things I do not understand, this mind that cannot be relied upon.
 
We must always be wary and be eternally vigilant about what our mind might do. Above all else, we should abstain from evil. When we enter in deeply, we are unable to get out. We must be vigilant above vigilance.
 
The power of faith is the armor that protects us from this mind of ours.
 
Thinking of doing good is a blessing of the
Buddha’s that is bestowed on us.
Considering discarding evil is also
due to the Buddha’s blessing. 
 
Whether suffering or sorrowing, always keep indebtedness to the Buddha in mind. If we do, and live in the joy of our indebtedness, even the terrifying flames of hell will be transformed into a cooling breeze. Even the calamity that destroys our body will eventually be transformed into the sacred seed that leads to joy and happiness.
 
Let us not be deceived by our mind nor become conceited. Just earnestly relying on the reality of the Buddha is the most important thing that this bombu that I am, can do.
 
The world is illusionary and temporary.
Only the Buddha is true.
 
Ichinyo, Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai
Coming ABSC Events in April
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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:
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Rejection
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Social Media
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Rev. Taitetsu Unno, Historic Dharma Talk Series
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.
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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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My Favorite Buddhist Quote

What a joy it is that I place my mind in the soil of
Buddha’s Universal Vow and I let my thoughts
flow into the sea of inconceivable Dharma.


Shinran Shonin
 

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