A religion labeled anti-American, its leaders arrested, buildings shot at and burned, followers viewed with suspicion. The target? Not Islam, but Buddhism. Continue reading “American Sutra”
“Eitaikyo” is a tradition that started in Japan’s Edo Period, hundreds of years ago. Literally it means “perpetually chanting Buddhist sutras” and it has become an annual service at our temples. They are held in January or February, depending on the temple.
Our lives are created by many causes and conditions, such as our environment, education, nature and society. Probably the most meaningful connection we have is to our family and friends, especially those people who have lived before us, such as our parents, grandparents and others. Without them, we would not exist.
Continue reading “Meaning of Eitaikyo”
By Rev. Peter Hata
Currently, in response to the ongoing crisis surrounding the issue of immigration, there’s a certain poetic passage that is frequently quoted: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Continue reading “Amida and the Statue of Liberty”
Hisako Mori is a second generation Japanese, or Nikkei, who was born in Brazil. Her parents emigrated from Japan to Brazil after World War II.
As a teenager, she felt a typical adolescent rebelliousness towards her mother. Then she met a Jodo Shinshu minister and began looking within herself, rather than outside herself.
Continue reading “Buddhism of Obrigada (thank you)”
By Rev. Marcos Sawada
In Hawaii at the Halemaumau crater, lava is flowing and there are explosions and lots of earthquakes. Every one of these occurrences is a manifestation of Mother Nature. Are they good or bad? Is reality good or bad? Continue reading “A Volcano and Power beyond Self”