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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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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