Protests, Patriotism, and Jodo Shinshu

By Rev. Ken Yamada

What does Jodo Shinshu say about social and political activism? An important question amid today’s social unrest.

Buddhists sometimes are criticized for being passive and uninvolved, too focused on their own personal enlightenment. But according to Rev. Junshō Tamamitsu, a Higashi Honganji teacher focused on activism, Jodo Shinshu urges us to look outward and face society’s problems. Continue reading “Protests, Patriotism, and Jodo Shinshu”

The Art of Listening

By Rev. Marcos Sawada

A confession: I’m more a speaker than a listener. Are you a good listener? Many people are not.

Generally, I think people like to talk more than listen. That’s strange, given we have two ears but only one mouth. Mouths have two functions which keep them busy—speaking and eating. The job of ears is merely to hear. So why is listening so difficult? Continue reading “The Art of Listening”

Nirvana Day: World of Awakening

By Bishop Kenjun Kawawata

Traditionally, many people on February 15 observe Nirvana Day, the day when Shakyamuni Buddha passed away.

When we hear about the Buddha, we often think he was not like us, but rather someone more like a super human being. We should not forget he really was the same as you and me. He was born as a human being and he died as a human being.

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