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.”

Meditation Can Hold Feelings, But Only Other People Heal Our Pain

a Repost from Josh Korda T he dharma teacher at DharmapunxNYC since 2005; visiting teacher at Zen Care & Against the Stream. Josh’s talks: dharmapunxnyc.podbean.com       http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-korda/meditation-can-hold-feeli_b_7840596.html “Dear Josh. I have been struggling with a great deal of loneliness and fear of late, and feel the need for some new meditation techniques to get through it. WouldContinue reading “Meditation Can Hold Feelings, But Only Other People Heal Our Pain”

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”

Buddhism is a Religion by Dr. David Brazier

Here is a different take on Buddhism then the current “Mindfulness” Movement or “Scientific Buddhism” of late, which I have some affinity toward. At the same time I appreciate some of the points that Dr. Brazier makes. I think this shows the wide variety and richness of Buddhist experience and ideas. Buddhism is a ReligionContinue reading “Buddhism is a Religion by Dr. David Brazier”

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”

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.”

Amazed and Confused

For those who are first introduced to Shin Buddhism, there can be some initial confusion about the tradition. This can even be more confusing since our fellowship is Shin-Zen hybrid and not a traditional Shin Buddhist Sangha. For most of  people and for those in our community, the confusion usually revolves about Amida Buddha andContinue reading “Amazed and Confused”

Our Sangha is growing!

Our Sangha is growing! and how lovely it is.  We are growing and sharing more of the Dharma, more of the joy, light and compassion that is symbolized by Amida Buddha.  It is amazing to see the fellowship deepen with each passing week as we share our practice and start to truley wake up the the OnenessContinue reading “Our Sangha is growing!”

Transformation

This transformation expresses the boundless compassion, nonjudgmental and all-inclusive, that is the moving force in the Buddhist tradition. It is not, however, a simple, naive optimism, for the starting point of Buddhism is a recognition of the universal fact of human suffering, born of both personal and collective karma. In fact, it is a realisticContinue reading “Transformation”