Shinshu Sangha

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G Sakamoto

Enlightenment is not the goal of Buddhism. To become Buddha is not the goal of Buddhism. Enlightenment and being Buddha are the characteristics of things as they are. To think of enlightenment as the goal would be like taking a prescription without knowing what its for. Shakyamuni was not trying to make things more difficult, Shakyamuni shared how to resolve the difficulties we cause and experience. Those difficulties result from my inability to see things just as they are, ...

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Another New Year’s Eve Service

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Last year, in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a temple at night before the availability of electricity or, even gaslight, we held our Joya-e, or New Year’s Eve service in the dark, using only candle light in the gejin Continue Reading →

Still Going

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G Sakamoto

(Here’s something from August 1978. Most recently re-published in 1998. I’ve added comments this time around.)

It seems that a very necessary event in the life of a Jodo Shinshu practitioner is a time when the individual is inescapably and absolutely incapable of determining, that is knowing and directing, the future of his life. Until this occurs much of what is done is a vain pursuit of some preconceived notion of what Jodo Shinshu might be. If I am not ...

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Re-read, Re-visit, Re-member

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K. Ken Fujimoto

I had mentioned in a previous article that I often re-read books because I find things I had forgotten and/or discover things I had overlooked. Since then a number of people have mentioned that they do the same thing and that they, too, find things that they had forgotten or had overlooked in previous readings. To have such input is encouraging since it shows that a connection is ...

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Samsara is Nirvana

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G Sakamoto

“When foolish beings of delusion and defilement awaken shinjin,
They realize that birth-and-death is itself nirvana;
Without fail they reach the land of immeasurable light
And universally guide sentient beings to enlightenment.”
Shinran, Shoshinge, CWS p 72

When someone asks, “What is Buddhism?” we should confidently respond, “A way to resolve difficulties.” The next question can be scary since it may be about anything in the world of Buddhism. “How do you do that?”, “What is karma?”, “Do you transmigrate?”, ...

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Cultural Differences

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Cultural Differences
G Sakamoto

In the postscript of the Tannisho, Yuien recalls the words of Shinran,

“In truth, myself and others discuss only good and evil, leaving Amida’s benevolence out of consideration. Among Master Shinran’s words were:

‘I know nothing at all of good or evil. For if I could know thoroughly, as Amida Tathagata knows, that an act was good, then I would know good. If I could know thoroughly, as the Tathagata knows, that an act was evil, then I would ...

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Re-alignment

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G Sakamoto

Our regular services are starting up again. Dharma School students will return to new teachers and new experiences. Parents will gather in the hondo again with their family to hear the dharma. To share with one another the way of seeing and experiencing the world that comes from the original insight of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,500 years ago. At the core of the Buddhadharma is the observation that we see the world through our preferences and prejudices. Difficulties result from ...

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A Brief History – Lady Takeko Kujo

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Recently, it was brought to my attention that, arguably, the most important person in the history of the Buddhist Women’s Association (BWA) movement has been forgotten or totally ignored in this area. Much attention has been given, and deservedly so, to Eshinni, Shinran’s wife, Kakushinni Continue Reading →

Idle Distraction

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G Sakamoto

She stood quietly beside him now. He would go on this trip, this time alone. He held the furoshiki wrapped bundle in one hand. His mother had put together some things she thought heÕd enjoy on the trip. A tablet, his toy car, a musubi and snacks. He was excited thinking about traveling on his own. He look up at his mother who was gazing at him. She smiled.

The train pulled slowly up to the platform. It hummed ...

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