Faith, Trust or Shinjin

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K. Ken Fujimoto
A number of recent incidents have made me rethink how we explain the term shinjin (信心)and other concepts in our tradition. One of those events was during the temple tours during our Obon festival. In explaining features in our naijin, I remembered how one elementary school student asked me many years ago, why the statue of Amida Buddha was standing on an artichoke. At first, this had me confused, but looking at the statue, ...

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Amida’s Assurance

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G Sakamoto

We know that the promise of Amida is the resolution of difficulties of all. As we are. Without conditions. There is nothing we need do.

In ShinranÕs time this offered hope to people who had no possibility of changing the conditions of their life. Conditions that were harsh and unforgiving. War that threw conscripts into battle. Famine, so intense, a war was halted. Those who were not a part of the aristocracy had little prospects other than to serve. The ...

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Thoughts for July

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Some Clarification Regarding the Generations Campaign

Along the lines of misspeak, misinformation and misperception that I have written about in the past few months, there is something that needs to be clarified regarding the Generations Capital Campaign. There seems to be much confusion and misunderstanding surrounding this issue.
The goal is to the raise $10 million in 5 years so that we can renovate and retrofit the annex and then build a new education building. We are ...

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Happy in Nembutsu

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G Sakamoto

There is much in our lives to be happy about. The experience may not be a giddy happy, but a feeling of well being and joy. A feeling of joy that acknowledges difficulties. We may not be able to recognize happiness at times, but happiness is always there. Even in the most difficult of times happiness is there. When we lose something important happiness is there. When someone we care for deeply dies happiness is there. In all our ...

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Misspeak or Mistake?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

One of the spokes of the Eightfold Noble Path is Right Speech. People usually take this to mean simply not to tell lies, but there can be much more to this. Many aspects Right Speech have become increasingly apparent recently. There have been many situations where the use or misuse of inaccurate terms or mistakenly understood terms used in ways can cause confusion or ...

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Left Turns

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G Sakamoto

Do you swerve right just as you make a left turn? Swerving right prevents our rear left tire from ending up on the median strip. Avoids damaging the rim of the wheel and possible damage to the tire. It also avoids getting scolded and/or laughed at. However, when we swerve right we can endanger the driver in the lane to the right of us. It is certainly not our intent but entering the lane to our right can have ...

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Ondobo Ondogyo, Heirarchical or Collaborative

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G Sakamoto

Shinran thought of himself as neither priest nor layman. Until he was exiled from Kyoto Shinran led the life of a priest. He spent twenty years as a monk on Hieizan and six years with Honen. When they were exiled their stripped of their religious identity. Shinran no longer thought of himself as a priest, but having lived that life for so long, he did think of himself as a layperson. He no longer shaved his head ...

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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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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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