Berkeley Obon 2018
By Rev. Ken Yamada
A crowd of people wearing Japanese clothing recently formed a circle on a Berkeley, California, street and began dancing, following the Buddhist observance “Obon.” Even more unusual, this was a gathering of two different Jodo Shinshu Buddhist groups—Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji.
For more than 30 years, the two Berkeley temples have held a joint Obon dance, each alternating as host. This tradition is ironic considering their histories rooted in conflict that resulted in their split—twice. Continue reading “Berkeley’s Unique Obon”
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”
By Rev. Patti Nakai
One day Rev. Gyoko Saito filled in to lead a study class at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Instead of showering us with knowledge about Buddhist history and concepts, Rev. Saito spoke not to our heads but aimed for our guts.
Continue reading “Translating Hongan with his Life”
By Rev. Hideaki Nishihori
For ten years, I was stressed out and frustrated. I couldn’t sleep and was always tired. My life was hell. Then I discovered Shin Buddhism. Continue reading “Music and Arrogance”
Summertime for many Buddhists means the season of Obon.
Many people associate Obon with Japanese dancing, when crowds of people wear traditional clothes, line up in circles in front of temples and happily dance to folk songs. However, there’s a deeper meaning.
Continue reading “Season of Obon”