Buddhism and the Winter Olympics?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Like many of you, I have been watching the Winter Olympics and much of what I see totally amazes me. Who comes up with the ideas for some of these events? Who came up with the idea to jump off a cliff after skiing down a steep slope to try and land over 100, 200, even 300 yards away? Who decided that they should go head first down ...

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President’s Message

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2013 December Dharma

Thank You!

It is with great relief that I write this last Dharma article, as my term as board president draws to a close. Every month for 2 years and 11 months, I would sit down at the computer the day before the Dharma deadline and try to think of something worthy of occupying space in the Dharma. It wasn’t easy. However, this last one came easily, as I knew months ago what I would be writing about.

I have ...

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Do what we can

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G Sakamoto

There was a very devout Shinshu follower who lived in Japan many years ago. One day he heard that a fire was burning at the Hongwanji. Unable to go and help fight the fire he did the only thing he could do: he shook a wet blanket in the direction of the Hongwanji.

With so much going on in the world, sometimes we might feel overwhelmed. Swept under by the flood of news coming to us from around the world. ...

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Discourteous driver

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G Sakamoto
When people first begin to hear the Buddha’s Vow, they wonder, having become thoroughly aware of the karmic evil in their hearts and minds, how they will ever attain birth as they are. To such people we teach that since we are possessed of blind passions, the Buddha receives us without judging whether our hearts are good or bad.
When, upon hearing this, a person’s trust in the Buddha has grown deep, he or she comes to abhor such a ...
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Learning from Students

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K. Ken Fujimoto

We have been fortunate here in San Jose and the Coast District to have the four International Ministers Orientation Program (IMOP) students visiting and participating in events and programs here. These students are young ministers who are going to be overseas ministers in Hawaii, Canada or our BCA or are strongly considering the possibility. They come to the Jodo Shinshu Center and the BCA ...

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Lemon Tree

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G. Sakamoto

We have an old lemon tree in our backyard. ThereÕs a lot of history to that tree; how it got there, the lemons it produces, the uses the lemons have been put to. The fruit are large and delicious. Now the tree is dying and weÕre trying to save it.

This past winter we noticed that large sections of the foliage was turning brown, something that had not happened before. We thought maybe the trees behind it were beginning to ...

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and the Nembutsu

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K. Ken Fujimoto

An interesting point came to me while reading a novel for pleasure.  One scene depicted the main character, a female chef in Tokugawa Japan, toasting some pumpkin seeds for a snack for a neighborhood boy.  She peeled and gave him one and he seemed to enjoy it immensely.  His mother took one seed and commented how much better it was then when she toasted the seeds.  There were other neighborhood women around and they all commented that they ...

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President’s Message July

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How Did I Get Here?

As I get older, I frequently find myself in situations where I wonder,” how did I get here?”  This is not the same “how did I get here?” as when I am driving and realize that I was on autopilot and ended up on the wrong freeway.  This is the question I ask when it is a joyous occasion, a sad one or a stressful one, or just an odd one.  I think about all of ...

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SAVE THE DATE

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We realize that Rev. Akahoshi will be leaving us in the near future, so we have reserved:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

After the Obon Service

as an opportunity to express our gratitude to him, so please mark your calendars; more details will follow.

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