by Rev. Ken Yamada
In these tough times, giving to others is more important than ever. Buddhism teaches “dana” or charity—helping others. Today, wearing a mask to prevent the Covid-19 virus from spreading may be considered “dana,” because we’re helping to protect others. Yet, people don’t wear masks, thinking first about themselves and personal freedom. Continue reading “Dana: Meaning of Giving”
Beginning this month, sitting meditation sessions begin via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join and there is no charge. Continue reading “Starting December: Online meditation”
Buddhists officially don’t celebrate Christmas, but many of them decorate trees that suspiciously look like the holiday tree. The running joke is that they’re really “Bodhi” trees. Continue reading “Up Next: Bodhi Day”
By Rev. Ken Yamada
Somebody once told me she learned Buddhism from books and alone tried to practice its ideals. She also tried to teach her kids Buddhism. It was all quite difficult and trying. She said, “It’s hard to be a Buddhist by yourself.” Continue reading “New Book: Handbook for Shinshu Followers”
Now you can watch live this year’s Hōonkō services broadcast from Higashi Honganji’s mother temple in Kyoto, Japan. See below for the schedule of services and speakers honoring Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, beginning November 20th for one week. Continue reading “Watch: Hoonko Service in Kyoto”
A succession ceremony for new Abbot Chōyū Õtani will be held today at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Watch this historic event live at this link, or later on the Shinshu Ōtani-ha (Higashi Honganji) Youtube channel.