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”

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”

Dharmakara Bodhisattva. Alfred Bloom

In the “Larger Pure Land Sutra,” the story of Dharmakara’s attainment of Buddhahood offers an eloquent testimony to the depth of compassion which Mahayana Buddhists perceived in the Buddha reality and which they felt impelled to express in the constant refrain of the Bodhisattva: unless and until all other beings can achieve the same goal,Continue reading “Dharmakara Bodhisattva. Alfred Bloom”

Why Shin Buddhism

Here is a great essay from Scott Mitchell published by Patheos. I thought I would reblog it here. Here is the original link http://www.patheos.com/blogs/asthewheelturns/2010/06/why-shin-buddhism/   Why Shin Buddhism     I have been asked on more than one occasion why I’ve chosen to follow the Shin Buddhist path. Many times, I get the strong impression that the asker isContinue reading “Why Shin Buddhism”

The Compassionate Light of the Buddha Amida

The Buddha of Infinite light casts her compassionate light on every finite living being; regardless – even though we are blinded by passions & run in circles, her light is unobstructed. Is there anyone among you who can out run the sun? Where are you running too anyway? It is true we are foolish …Continue reading “The Compassionate Light of the Buddha Amida”

Nembutsu for your home altar

Here is an original nembutsus for you to to use for a home altar. The written nebutsu was first introduced by Shinran Shonin when he was teaching the poor in the outer districts of Japan. The people were so poor they could not afford a Buddha statue so the name of the Buddha was written out and took the place of the BuddhaContinue reading “Nembutsu for your home altar”

Jodo Shinshu featured in Tricycle Magazine.

For the most part, Jodo Shin Buddhism is almost unknown in the West up until recently. The work of the Unno’s have done a lot to bring interest to the tradition in the States. Before the Unno’s there was Dr. Alfred Bloom and you will find both of there writings in these articles in TricycleContinue reading “Jodo Shinshu featured in Tricycle Magazine.”

The Pure Land a Place or a Symbol or Both?

When I first came to Buddhism, I was fascinated about how doctrinaire it could be and it felt a lot like the judeo-christian world with all the arguments about purity of doctrine and who was right and wrong.  For those new to Buddhism, you will see that in the different schools.  thankfully there are the 84,000 Dharma-doors – there areContinue reading “The Pure Land a Place or a Symbol or Both?”

On Right Livelihood a few Thoughts.

A few thoughts on Right Livelihood.  from Wikipedia Right livelihood (samyag-ājīva / sammā-ājīva). This means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings. And what is right livelihood? There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones, having abandonedContinue reading “On Right Livelihood a few Thoughts.”