Category Archives: Buddhism

Letters of Rennyo Shonin

The senseis or their assistants lead a study group at the temple once a month.  I had the pleasure of attending the August session, which focused on Rennyo Shonin (1415-1499), eighth head priest of the Hongwanji branch of the Jodo … Continue reading

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Return to Bright Dawn

Seven months later, I’m returning to Rev. S.K. Kubose’s wonderful primer, Bright Dawn.  Two things that strike me as I read it are his ability to stay focused on the little acts of daily life as he is doing them … Continue reading

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Blog Mention and Saying Hi

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

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The Pure Land of Naturalness

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

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I alone am the World-Honored One

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

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Shinran and Shinjin

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

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Jodo Shinshu Daily Practice: a summary

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

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