By Daiei Kaneko
Jodo Shinshu Buddhism can seem mystifying and irrelevant with abstract jargon and symbolism. Imagine explaining to a group English speaking diplomats, scholars and clergy. Continue reading “eBOOK: When We Entrust to the Long Held Wish”
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”
By Rev. Patti Nakai
While visiting the Vatican recently, I heard Pope Francis using the words “ego” and “liberation” several times, making me think he was giving a Dharma talk. Even in Italian, I could hear the nembutsu coming through the Pope’s words. Continue reading “The Pope’s Nembutsu”
By Rev. Ryoko Osa
People unfamiliar with Jodo Shinshu Buddhism may think “Namu Amida Butsu” is a mysterious mantra with magical powers. But rather than imagining it’s changing the world, think how it changes our perception. Continue reading “Infinite Compassion’s Call”