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”
By Dr. Yasushi Kigoshi
The greatest earthquake on record struck a peaceful town in Eastern Japan. The disaster, known as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, changed the residents’ lives forever. About 800 people in the town lost their lives or were missing due to the tsunami that followed the quake on March 11, 2011. Continue reading “A Great Earthquake and 14 Students”
Reiko Ikehara Nelson first encountered the Shinshu teachers when her father passed away, more than two decades ago.
At his funeral, she heard a reading of “White Ashes,” a letter written 600 years ago by Honganji abbot Rennyo Shonin that is traditionally read at funeral services. Rennyo writes about impermanence, how a person may have a healthy face in the morning, but suddenly may die and become “white ashes” (cremated) in the evening. The service was held at the Los Angeles Betsuin temple. Continue reading “At Sorrow’s Edge”
By Masago Asai
Masago Asai was born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan. She moved to Honolulu in 1986 to study at Hawai‘i Pacific University where her future husband, who originally came from Bangladesh, was also studying. After their graduation, they married and had two daughters. Masago, who is a second-generation A-bomb survivor, currently is engaged in activities to create and enhance “inner peace” in her community. Continue reading “My Inner Strength”