Discrimination, racism and police brutality have no place in a free society. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans prove there’s still much wrong in our world. Now is the time to protest against a system that breeds injustice and the senseless taking of human life. We must all work together towards much needed change. Continue reading “Statement Against Injustice and in Support of Black Lives”
James Fredericks is professor emeritus of Loyola Marymount University and a Roman Catholic priest in Northern California, who has been active promoting dialogue and cross-religious studies between Buddhists and Christians for many years. We recently asked him about his activities and thoughts. Continue reading “Buddhists and Christians: Dialogue of Fraternity”
by Rev. Mauricio Ghigonetto
Higashi Honganji landed in South American a generation later than in North America and Hawaii, which perhaps explains why our growth lags. Still, it’s a reminder we face a long road ahead to grow and thrive in our South America district, especially if we want to train and ordain new ministers. Continue reading “Looking Ahead: Higashi Honganji in South America”
By Rev. Patti Nakai
In the face of the suffering of others, whether in large groups of people or as individuals, how do we as Shin Buddhists respond?
Describing relief efforts in eastern Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Otani University president Prof. Yasushi Kigoshi gave two poignant presentations related to his personal involvement. The discussion took place at a March 10, 2018 seminar for Dharma Seeds (lay leaders from the North America district temples) held at the Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Betsuin temple. Continue reading “Shin Buddhist Responses to Suffering”
By Joey Deschenes
Part of me wanted to stay away to protest what I heard in the news about atrocities committed by Buddhists against a Muslim minority group. But my longing for adventure and the opportunity to see a place filled with Buddhist art and culture proved too strong, spurring me to travel to Myanmar.
Continue reading “Dirty Hands in Myanmar”