On Orlando

There was a beautiful discussion on our Facebook feed with great tenderness and concern. It is an example of spiritual friendships and on how to deal with what happened in Orlando and I wanted to reiterate what was shared and make a formal statement on behalf of our community as our hearts go out toContinue reading “On Orlando”

The Grace of Oneness

“ This realization of oneness. It involves the highest type of communication and respect.  IF your life is realized in the this sense…you would see that the whole world supports you.  You exist because others; everything supports your life.  This totality, this oneness evokes a gratitude and a great joy beyond explanation.” Gyomay Kubose  Continue reading “The Grace of Oneness”

Our Chant and What it Means.

We chant a version of the nembutsu which means to keep remember the Buddha.  Here is the chant that we do  every Sunday as a part of our practice and a brief explanation of what it represent? Here it is. Namu Amitabhaya Buddhaya Dharmaya Shanghaya Namu Amitabhaya Buddhaya Dharmaya Shanghaya Namu Namu Amitbhaya Namu NamuContinue reading “Our Chant and What it Means.”

Spiritual Community and Spiritual Ego

As a fellowship we share and focus on similar values and ideals that we see and feel as important, worth while.  We also look for commonalities within and without the group. We find strength and refuge in our common values and ideas.   At the same time in expressing and practicing these commonalities we also identifyContinue reading “Spiritual Community and Spiritual Ego”

Mind of Embracing All Things – Haya Alegarasu

At our last gathering we read a few pieces from a great Shin writer and priest, Haya Akesarasu.  Most of his writings are currently out of print or not translated but there are a few in existence.  This essay gives a feeling of his style of writing, He By Haya Akegarasu  Reading an early passage ofContinue reading “Mind of Embracing All Things – Haya Alegarasu”

The Nembutsu Society Book Club – Starts Feb 3rd

Our book club starts up again after a little vacation on February 3rd – 7:00 PM Salt Lake Roasting Company. (upstairs) Join us for a lively and engaged reading group, reading books from the  Buddhist tradition and specifically from the Shin tradition.  The reading group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month. TheContinue reading “The Nembutsu Society Book Club – Starts Feb 3rd”

Faith and Belief in Shin Buddhism

Here is a great blog post by James Standard regarding Faith and Belief from a Shin perspective.  For those who are under the assumption that Buddhism is void of faith, should realize that a lot of what we know of Buddhism is filtered through a Western Modernist point of view and the history of BuddhismContinue reading “Faith and Belief in Shin Buddhism”

Bowing Bodhisattva Dharmakara

We are liberated, not by an external being or force, but by the bowing that is realized in us. – Nobuo Haneda In the midst of timeless time, Bodhisattva Dharmakara, being filled With great compassion, began bowing. He bowed to each blade of grass, And to each flower that ever bloomed, He bowed to the oceanContinue reading “Bowing Bodhisattva Dharmakara”

Who Am I

by Haya Akegarasu  My thought is thought, It is never myself. I had thought that my thought is myself, but now I’m aware I made a terrible mistake. My experience is experience. It is never myself. I had thought that experience is myself, but now I’m aware I made a terrible mistake. My feelings are feelings,Continue reading “Who Am I”