Awakening and Shinjin Awareness

By Rev. Kenjun Kawawata

When the one thought-moment of joy arises,

Nirvana is attained without severing blind passions;

When ignorant and wise, even grave offenders and slanderers of the dharma,

All alike turn and enter shinjin,

They are like waters that, on entering the ocean, become one in taste with it.

  (excerpt from Shoshinge, written by Shinran Shonin)

Shinran Shonin says the moment we rejoice with shinjin, deep spiritual awareness, we attain Nirvana without shedding our blind passions. Shinjin means truly awakening to the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion. Continue reading “Awakening and Shinjin Awareness”

Who Am I?

By Rev. Noriaki Fujimori

In Hawaii, a health treatment center’s sign welcomes people with, “We understand the connection between the body, mind, and spirit,” reminding me of Shin Buddhist teacher Ryojin Soga, who said, “My life connects with mountains, river, and land.” Continue reading “Who Am I?”