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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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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Thank you pants

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G Sakamoto

 

Seat a little worn

Perhaps another season

Folded one last time

 

Pants don’t care if we thank them or not. Pants are indifferent to words, thoughts and actions. We wear them. Wash them. Throw them in the recycling when we’re done with them. Maybe we pass them down or on to someone else. Who might wear them, wash them, throw them in the recycling. Recently, I’ve noticed myself folding and thanking clothes going into the recycling pile. I should not say this ...

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