Boundless: The SLBF Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter by clicking on the Buddha. Featuring:  An essay by Jennifer Munson on finding her way to the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship. Elesha Morris gives us a guided meditation for grounding and gratitude, Myoshin looks at writing haiku as Buddhist practice, plus Buddhist spoken word, and teachings from  Koyo Kubose.  

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”

IN SHIN ‘LISTENING IS BECOMING AWAKENED’ (TAITETSU UNNO)

‘Even Dewdrops Fall’ – An Interview with Taitetsu Unno’, in:Tricycle, Summer 1995 Tricycle: Can you talk a little bit about how you understand surrender in Buddhist practice? Taitetsu Unno: In the first place, surrender is a Western religious category. In Buddhism, surrender is at the core of giving up the ego-self; but we don’t useContinue reading “IN SHIN ‘LISTENING IS BECOMING AWAKENED’ (TAITETSU UNNO)”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

Three New Poems

Blinded by Passions Blinded by passions , I complain out loud in the darkness of my own making, not noticing the one guiding the boat to the Other shore, not hearing in the light namu amida butsu   The Buddha Within The Voiceless voice she calls out to me, with these lips & this breath. Astonished thatContinue reading “Three New Poems”