Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone ! Our Services are back on a regular schedule, and is as follows:

January 5, Sunday at 10:00 AM Dharma Service

January 11, Saturday at 11:00 AM Ho-onko and Shostuki Hoyo Services Special Guest Reverend Y. Motoyoshi from Stockton

Buddhist Church

January 19, Sunday at 10:00 AM Dharma Service

January 26, Sunday at 10:00 AM Dharma Service

Taiko Drumming is held every Thursday Night at 7:00 PM.

 

Everyone is welcome, please join us.

The Buddhist Flag

The Flag is a recent addition to Buddhism. Col. H. S. Olcott, who was born in New Jersey in 1907, first presented it in India. The flag is just a small part of his total contributions to Buddhism and his death date is still celebrated throughout India and South-East Asia. A large photo of him hangs in most of the Buddhist schools and colleges he helped to establish. Continue reading “The Buddhist Flag”

Basic Rites of Passage in Shin Buddhism

SHO SAN SHIKI
(FIRST- VISIT- CEREMONY)

This is a presentation to the temple of a new baby. If there are lots of new babies, it is held once a year. If there are fewer babies, the babies are brought to the temple when they are 33 or 100 days old. It is a joyous occasion for the entire Sangha (congregation) but it is not a baptismal event. It is an acknowledgment that a Buddhist family has a new baby that will become part of the Temple family. Continue reading “Basic Rites of Passage in Shin Buddhism”

Ringing the Temple Bell 108 Times

Temple Bell

A Buddhist tradition of ringing the big, outside Temple bell 108 times at year’s end is both welcomed and significant. And, if it is not possible to be among those gathered at a temple to observe this tradition, the home Obutsudan (shrine) or a quiet place where you slowly count to 108 can be your gathering place.

The ringing traditionally begins at midnight of the last day of the year. The last striking of the bell takes place at 1:00 AM on New Year’s morning. More modernly, we gather earlier that evening for the ringing of the bell. Continue reading “Ringing the Temple Bell 108 Times”

Gratitude

We can’t be there until we get there!

1.We are born self-centered in order to survive. Helpless! How long does it take to become non-self-centered?

2.We are born greedy and impatient in order to survive: strong survival instinct! How long does it take to become non-greedy and become patient? Continue reading “Gratitude”

Why Do We Chant?

Chanting goes back to the timeless past. Probably long before there were languages there were sounds that clans could make together. Maybe they even could make these sounds with others who were of different clans. Maybe it was to feel a connection to each other, maybe it was a primitive prayer or healing mechanism, or maybe it was thought to be a “spell” someone could sustain. Whatever the initial reasons, chanting is ancient. Continue reading “Why Do We Chant?”

Why Meditate?

Very simply put, it is a quieting, a balancing, of the mind and other senses (the mind is one of the senses in Buddhism). Meditation is a means to discover what is in our mind and discover how what is in our mind affects us. It is not a means to Enlightenment for us as we cannot utilize such a focus complete enough for Enlightenment to take place. Continue reading “Why Meditate?”

The Monks' Robes

Cambodian Buddhist Monks in Cambodia

The Monks’ Robes came to be because of the wishes of those who were followers of the Buddha. As ascetics, they were nude or nearly nude. As monks, their clothing was more modest since they traveled and encountered many people. Also, they had decided that they wanted to look alike, as that would signify that they were followers of the Buddha. Since it seemed to be so important to the monks, the Buddha told them to utilize rags to make their robes. They would find rags on decayed corpses and in rag heaps. Because the cloth, itself, was neither good nor bad, it was usable and available. Continue reading “The Monks' Robes”