Random Thoughts

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K. Ken Fujimoto
#1 – Apparently, I hit the wrong key last month and ended up recycling a recent article. Sorry about the mistake, but my mind must have been in Canada with the BWA group attending the World Conference in Calgary. I hope I did not cause you too much confusion.
#2 – A minor awakening that I was able to realize during the Canada trip made me realize how minor things reveal the differences in countries ...

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Difficulties Resolved

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G Sakamoto

The Buddhadharma addresses and resolves the difficulties that we cause and experience. Difficulties that result from the value we place on how we see and engage the world. The practices of the Buddhadharma cultivate the mind that sees things as they are, correcting the mind that places value on prejudices with which I engage the world. This is core of the Buddhadharma. These are the Four Noble Truths. There are many ways to address the difficulties we experience. If ...

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Things We Can All Learn

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K. Ken Fujimoto

There are times when people have suggestions for new programs or improvements for ongoing programs that show they have little, if any, idea of what is actually happening here. At best, it seems like they are making suggestions for what they think is happening. This shows that there is much to be learned by all of us on many different levels.
The first thing that we need to learn from this is that we need to ...

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Mindfulness

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G Sakamoto

There is a burn mark on the onaijin carpet. Its about three inches long and an eighth of an inch wide. I have seen this mark in the onaijin of other temples. Sometimes the mark is on carpet. Sometimes the mark is on wooden floors. For some ministers this may be a familiar mark.

Sunday mornings can sometimes be hectic. There are parents and students arriving for the Sangha and Padma class I teach that is supposed to start at ...

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No Difference

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G Sakamoto

If we are already assured of the resolution of difficulties why do we have to do anything? There is really no reason to do anything. The Vows of Amida have already be fulfilled. Regardless of what we do or not do the Vows of Amida are not affected. Our behavior does however affect how we experience the world.

“There was, in those days, a person who had fallen into wrong views. He asserted that since the Vow was made ...

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Kids these days…..and their Tiger parents…Are we ready for them???

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I was recently asked and honored to lead a workshop at the annual Coast District JR YBA conference. The theme of the conference was “Alice and Wonderland…Who am I?” This was a very intriguing theme as I haven’t seen Alice in Wonderland in many years. Luckily I was able to find it on line and watched it for free (I’m so Sekoi sometimes :) There were many subplots and connections to Buddhism that made it hard to choose a ...

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Random Reflections

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K. Ken Fujimoto

There are times that events trigger thoughts that need to be discussed and this is one of those times. Talking about Hanamatsuri may seem more appropriate, but these following points may be more necessary.
Reflection #1 – A recent service brought to light how much inertia seems to affect us. People seem to forget how things should be done and go with how things have been done lately without thinking about the differences in the circumstances.
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Do Not Be Afraid!

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K. Ken Fujimoto
I am a link in Amida’s golden chain of love that stretches around the world. I will keep my link bright and strong.
I will be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all who are weaker than myself.
I will think pure and beautiful thoughts, say pure and beautiful words, and do pure and beautiful deeds.
May every link in Amida’s golden chain of love be bright and strong, and may we all ...

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Dharma Dogs

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G Sakamoto

The sun felt good. Although the wind had stop blowing it was still cold in the shade. The trees were beginning to show green on the tips of branches. People, his regular customers and passers by, would be out on the sidewalks enjoying this beautiful day. Hopefully, hungry for his offerings.

He needed to find a way to support himself. He was mindful of the words of his teacher, “No work. No eat.” When his teacher became too old to ...

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Mahaparinirvana: The Great, Ultimate Extinction

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K. Ken Fujimoto

 

Our major service observed in February is Nirvana Day, the memorial for Siddartha, the Sakyamuni Buddha. The memorial date is generally accepted as being February 15, and we usually observe it on the closest Sunday to that date. This year, we are fortunate to be having our service on that date. We are also going to be fortunate in having Dr. Scott Mitchell from the IBS ...

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