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Greetings Friend
Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
Understanding Buddhism
無常
Mujō
Impermanence

Sk. Anitya that all things are impermanent is one of the basic principles of Buddhism.

 
Buddha
Wisdom: a Dharma Message
Here is part 2, on the philosophy of Buddhism from a small pamphlet entitled Bodhi Leaves No. 3. Written by Nyansatta Thera. Please note this is an abridged version.
 

The Parable of the Serpents

In this Parable of the Serpents, we have the essence of Buddhist philosophy, which, when rightly understood, leads to its practical application; this application means detachment from the things of the world and effort for liberation.

Do you know what it means to apply this philosophy in our daily life?  If we regard our body and all human things as venomous serpents, we shall not envy others their more attractive bodily appearance nor be dejected if we are less handsome.  We shall not spend too much time tending our bodily form; we shall never hurt others if we know that they and we are similarly conditioned, being endowed with frail bodies and sensitive minds.  Putting into practice that new philosophy implies that we should aid others in their escape from suffering to the best of our capacity. Though we shall not crave for the possession of more ‘serpents’ to tend, we shall assist all near us in their material and spiritual needs and point out to them the way to liberation.

What is most needed for the practical application of our new outlook on life is either a systematic study and training in the discipline or a sudden insight into the true nature of life.  This insight or effortless pure awareness may at times be so powerful that the ‘flood’ is crossed in a single moment or a series of such moments that may come suddenly.  However, this intuitive insight is the result of the cumulative effect of past training, study, complete detachment in moments of contemplation, and of merit acquired in former lives.

We must create conditions favorable to this final realization by repeated efforts in leading a life in conformity with our new norm of conduct, the Philosophy of Life of the Enlightened One.  We ought to be constantly mindful, especially in crucial situations of our life, of the dangers of being wholly addicted to the pursuit of worldly pleasures, reputation, fame, or power.  We must sublimate our will to power into a selfless choice to community. With conduct ennobled and alive to the true nature of things, we can extend our goodwill to all, irrespective of race, creed, rival, or friend, and will be ready to aid all in the crossing of the Flood of worldliness and passions.

The best moments of our daily life must be devoted to cultivating this vision or insight into the true nature of our life and the possibility of liberation.  Progress in detachment from life makes the ‘Yonder Shore’s bliss more real until it becomes the only reality worth striving for.  What at first had appeared a dreamy vision becomes a reality to those who earnestly and continually seek and exert themselves in the practical application of this Philosophy of life.
New Publication Coming Soon
Friday Night 
with 
D.T. Suzuki
On Shin Buddhist, Shinran, and Saichi

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.    

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ABSC Programs Coming in September
Saturday, September 18, 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. 

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Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 1pm - 2pm EST

Introductions to Buddhism, Part 4
Shinran Shonin

Shinran (1173-1263) is regarded as the founder of Jodo Shinshu, the largest school of Buddhism in Japan and one of the largest and most influential Buddhist traditions in the world. And yet, many people in the English-speaking world either misunderstand the radical nature of his teachings or have never heard of him. In this short lecture, I will introduce some of the basic teachings found in the works of Shinran and fill in the context within which his thought took shape. In particular, we will explore key philosophical and psychological dimensions of the teachings of Shinran.
 
Introduction to Buddhism series is a free Zoom event.

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Events Going on Around the United States
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: 
http://www.chazangallery.org

For more information on the artists go to:
Ken Horii: https://www.kenhorii.com
Yiz Elyashiv: http://www.yizhak-elyashiv.com
 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Yoshitomo Nara art exhibit extended to January 2, 2022.

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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.

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Arigato Gatha
Popular Jodo Shinshu Gatha, Arigato, performed by the Kyoto Women’s University Chorus
How 3 Star Michelin Sushi Legend Masa Cooks at Home
If you like cooking shows, here is one with master chef Masa.
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

The best grades of miso do not give off a miso odor.
Similarly, if you smell of shinjin, that is proof you do not have it.


Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai

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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 18th, from 11am to 12pm noon EST
 

Saturday, September 18th, from 1pm to 2pm EST
 
The Art of Sitting Perfectly Still
Meditation Session

Led
by Rev. Miki Nakura, a Shin Buddhist minister
Introduction to Buddhism, Part 4
Shinran Shonin
Led by Professor Aaron Proffitt
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