Basic Rites of Passage in Shin Buddhism

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...
Ringing the Temple Bell 108 Times

Ringing the Temple Bell 108 Times

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...
Gratitude

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...

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...
Why Meditate?

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...