A debate rages these days on whether Jodo Shinshu temples should offer meditation. Proponents say meditation appeals to many people and will attract new members.
In Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, we already are doing meditation, says Toshikazu Arai, professor emeritus of Soai University in Osaka. It’s called nembutsu (also: nenbutsu). Continue reading “Nembutsu as Meditation”
I first noticed what the Muslim prayer hall and our Buddhist temple had in common: no sign.
Continue reading “Shared History: Buddhists and Muslims”
Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams’ recently published book American Sutra has been attracting much attention for its description of Buddhism in World War II internment camps. We asked Professor Williams more about his book, its origins and its message for today’s world. Continue reading “Q & A with Duncan Ryuken Williams”
This month the Buddha’s birth is commemorated with a special service called Hanamatsuri. It’s our most festive service of the year. Continue reading “This month: Buddha’s Birthday”
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”