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This blog represents the best thinking of lay members of the Seattle Betsuin, who should not be considered authorities on Jodo Shinsu Buddhism. This is strictly lay contribution.
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Hello all, Folks here in Seattle Betsuin have been pretty busy as of late looking down the road on projects and gearing up for Bonodori this year. In the meantime, we want to call out an excellent bi-lingual Buddhist blog … Continue reading
While in Japan recently, I spent some free time (what little there was) catching up on reading including a nice book I purchased recently that summarizes all of Shinran’s writings, called The Essential Shinran. Shinran, who founded the Jodo Shinshu … Continue reading
Taken by me while visiting Japan recently at Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto. This was a small altar to the infant Shakyamuni Buddha traditionally done around the time of the Buddha’s Birthday: The title comes from the traditional Buddhist story that … Continue reading
From the book, The Essential Shinran, I found this quotation in one of Shinran’s letters: Shinjin that is the inconceivable working of the power of the Vow [of Amida Buddha] Is none other than the mind aspiring for great enlightenment; … Continue reading
While visiting the temple of Tsukiji Honganji in Tokyo, Japan, my wife and I picked up some nice Buddhist gifts, when I noticed something on the shopping the bag. The words were: 朝に礼拝, 夕に感謝 Asa ni reihai Yū ni kansha … Continue reading
In Japanese Buddhism the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism the religion, is celebrated on April 8th in a holiday called Hanamatsuri or the “flower festival” in English. In honor of the Buddha’s birthday, I wanted to pass … Continue reading