Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Buddhist Church of San Francisco

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Happy New Year, Dharma Friends.

Let's support the wider Jodo Shinshu ministry this year by *sharing* the Dharma wherever and whenever possible.

To help in this, you are invited to join this community Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/howadharmatalks

You are invited to join, post Dharma talks and services, links to seminars and promote your temple activities.

As we've learnt from our shared experience of 2020; we are all deeply interconnected.

If you view or listen to a Dharma talk/message and feel inspired; Share it. If you feel that you can do something for your community; do it.

".... continue to share the Dharma"

Nanmandabu!
Todd MM
I thought this group will be interested in the interview of a bishop of Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), the Rev. Marvin Harada to discuss about ”Practical Buddhism and Truth Level Buddhism," and as a subtopic how Buddhism helps us to resolve the matter of life and death. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

But to truly experience Buddhism and get the benefit of Buddhism we need to go beyond “Practical Buddhism” and reach “Truth Level Buddhism.” How can we achieve that? Well, Rev. Harada will give us the taste of that in the Shin Buddhist way! You never know, you might even get a hint of how to overcome fear of death itself!

Please join us for a short discussion of Practical Buddhism and Truth Level Buddhism! I guarantee that you will have a blast!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gElpULmQ2VM

Just in case you missed the first practitioner episode of Shin Buddhism (True Pure land/Jodo Shin Shu) episode with Rev. Kenji Akahosh, please check it out before you watch the episode with Rev. Harada. To have your own a-ha moment in this episode, you might need a little bit of background information about Shin Buddhism. Here is the link of the episode with Rev. Akahoshi: https://youtu.be/QiXoVaxDCDE


Rev. Marvin Harada was born and raised in Eastern Oregon on a family farm. He attended the Idaho Oregon Buddhist Temple in his youth. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Religious Studies. Following that, he attended and graduated from the Institute of Buddhist Studies, and then went on to Japan and studied for five years, for two years at Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin, and three years at Ryukoku University, completing a Masters Degree. He was assigned to the Orange County Buddhist Church in 1986 and served there until April of this year when he became the Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America.
I have a crazy request: Is there anyone in San Francisco that can give me an in person lesson on how to do the Obon dance "Goshu Ondo?"

Fuku Nakatani was my great grandmother, and the Seattle Betsuin is doing a "virtual dance" in her honor. I want to participate, but I have 2 left feet, which make it especially difficult when dancing the counterclockwise circle. 😳

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csVMXyX7zZ8&t=125s

Hit me with a dm if you can help.
Thank you for the online services for Ohigan 3/15 and for 3/8. These are unsettling times and hearing the dharma and nembutsu brings some calm and perspective to our lives. There are so many more videos to view/reflect on at the BCSF Youtube channel. What an online dharma storehouse!

Thank you. I would like to say that in the events leading up to and surrounding my near death that made clear the guiding voice to me in such a clear way as I'd never experienced before, and now after that experience, I have discovered a tangibleness to both the samsaric presence of Amida and the avenue to that Pure realm, almost as if I could hold it in my own two hands and feel it. Although there is a dimension of mythic representation to Amida and the path-after all can it not be said that each of us is a mythic representation of the entirety express in person-hood and our journey to enlightenment?- that withing this context of a subjective world with a frail and flawed "myself", lost as I am in the darkness of my karmic action, that there is both a remedy and a commiserate experience that is just as real in relationship to me as any other component of my world. And beyond any intellectual reckoning, for myself, is an intuitive surety that this is true, a love and joy in my heart of a heart- knowledge that is beyond my doubt. At the risk of sounding heretical in the face of orthodox teaching I have both seen, for lack of any totally accurate description, that conscious unlimited light and have glimpsed a congregation of infinite light to which is my destination after this life is over. I hovered at the precipice of death. You may pass it off as a mind in crisis resolving this crisis in delusion. But you cannot deny the possibility that my my mind, on the edge of being unshackled of its mooring to this life, saw the reality of the Infinite Light Buddha and my destination afterward. I'm convinced of the latter. Namo Amida Butsu
This a good article everyone should read even Buddhists!
WinterFaith Shelter Walk to benefit the Interfaith Winter Shelter This Sunday April 7th at 1:30 pm at Lake Merced! Please register and/or donate today! Thank you for your support! https://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com/
Waseda Glee Club Concert started!
Their voice reminds me a joy of singing.
Buddhist Church of San Francisco is an amazing place.
WinterFaith Shelter Walk Supporting Interfaith Winter Shelter - Sunday May 6 at 1:30 pm around Lake Merced. Register and/or donate today! http://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/a418c82/regPages/pages/?p=109933
Don't forget to use www.smile.amazon.com and choose Buddhist Church of San Francisco as your charity. Small purchases add up over the year. I was surprised at how much went to my charity of choice last year.

Founded in 1898, this church is the oldest Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land) Buddhist temple that is affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA).

Buddhism is founded on the teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha. His teachings originated in India and came to the United States through Asia. The Jodo Shinshu sect is one of the major religions of Japan. Our sect's mother temple is the Nishi Hongwanji temple in Kyoto. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism teaches us to live a life of gratitude,knowing that boundless Wisdom & Compassion (Amida) surrounds all living beings.

Operating as usual

10/16/2021

Haiku for Fall

Haiku for Fall

10/12/2021
10/08/2021

“Recognizing that the path to truth is nowhere to be found in my self-centered mind, I turn my ears to truth of awakening expressed in the teachings of the Buddha.”
— Rev. Henry Toryo Adams, Supervising minister for BCSF (Oct 2021, Light of Dharma newsletter)
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#buddhistteachings #bcsf #lightofdharma

“Recognizing that the path to truth is nowhere to be found in my self-centered mind, I turn my ears to truth of awakening expressed in the teachings of the Buddha.”
— Rev. Henry Toryo Adams, Supervising minister for BCSF (Oct 2021, Light of Dharma newsletter)
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#buddhistteachings #bcsf #lightofdharma

10/04/2021
09/30/2021

“We suffer every day
From this we learn the Noble Truths.
It’s only when we let it go will suffering cease,
We’ll attain right view and be at peace.”
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Lyrics, “The Four Noble Truths”
printed with permission

“We suffer every day
From this we learn the Noble Truths.
It’s only when we let it go will suffering cease,
We’ll attain right view and be at peace.”
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Lyrics, “The Four Noble Truths”
printed with permission

09/26/2021
09/22/2021
09/19/2021

Deep gratitude is extended to former BCA Bishop, Rev. Kodo Umezu, for his wonderful Dharma Reflections for today's Fall Ohigan Service. Gratitude is also extended to Rev. David Pating, Rev Elaine Donlin and Kevin Yoza (AV support) for their participation in today's service via live-streaming from the BCSF Hondo.

Please join us every Sunday as we continue to offer services live at 10 am from BCSF via Zoom. Please contact the BCSF office if you need the live-streaming Zoom link. Thank you! 🙏

Photo L-R: Rev. Pating, Rev. Donlin, Rev. Kodo Umezu and his wife, Janet Umezu.

Deep gratitude is extended to former BCA Bishop, Rev. Kodo Umezu, for his wonderful Dharma Reflections for today's Fall Ohigan Service. Gratitude is also extended to Rev. David Pating, Rev Elaine Donlin and Kevin Yoza (AV support) for their participation in today's service via live-streaming from the BCSF Hondo.

Please join us every Sunday as we continue to offer services live at 10 am from BCSF via Zoom. Please contact the BCSF office if you need the live-streaming Zoom link. Thank you! 🙏

Photo L-R: Rev. Pating, Rev. Donlin, Rev. Kodo Umezu and his wife, Janet Umezu.

09/18/2021
09/15/2021
09/15/2021

Thank you to Leo Balambao Sensei, Rev Keisuke Lee-Miyaki , Rev Elaine Donlin and Kevin Yoza (AV support) for Sunday's service via live-streaming from the BCSF Hondo. Please join us every Sunday as we continue to offer services live at 10 am from BCSF via Zoom.
Please contact the BCSF office if you need the live-streaming Zoom link. Thank you! 🙏

Thank you to Leo Balambao Sensei, Rev Keisuke Lee-Miyaki , Rev Elaine Donlin and Kevin Yoza (AV support) for Sunday's service via live-streaming from the BCSF Hondo. Please join us every Sunday as we continue to offer services live at 10 am from BCSF via Zoom.
Please contact the BCSF office if you need the live-streaming Zoom link. Thank you! 🙏

09/10/2021
09/10/2021

The Jodo Shinshu International Office presents “Intersections of identity: Generations” on Saturday, September 11 at 11am, Pacific. Hosted by the Jodo Shishu Buddhism Club on the Clubhouse app. https://www.clubhouse.com/join/jodo-shinshu-buddhism/iaT2SMf2/P0Ry7J3M 🙏

We're continuing our discussion on Clubhouse. Join us for our next session on Sept. 11 at 11am (Pacific Time) on Intersections of Identity: Generations.
https://www.clubhouse.com/join/jodo-shinshu-buddhism/iaT2SMf2/P0Ry7J3M

09/06/2021
Body Scan Meditation — Leo J. Sensei — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 09/05/2021

Body Scan Meditation — Leo J. Sensei — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Body scan meditation led by Minister's Assistant Leo J. Sensei. This body scan meditation was recorded during the Buddhist Church of San Francisco's weekly Mindful Meditation session (on Zoom) on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 🙏
https://youtu.be/7hdbh6uNw9o

Body Scan Meditation — Leo J. Sensei — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Minister's Assistant Leo J. Sensei leads a body scan meditation.The body scan meditation was recorded live during the Buddhist Church of San Francisco's week...

09/03/2021

The Jodo Shinshu International Office presents “Intersections of identity: Buddhist and Converts” on Saturday, September 4 at 11am, Pacific. Hosted by the Jodo Shishu Buddhism Club on the Clubhouse app. Rev. Elaine Donlin is one of the featured guest speakers at this event. 🙏 https://www.clubhouse.com/join/jodo-shinshu-buddhism/8seujEvo/MwrG8JDY

We're continuing our discussion on Clubhouse. Join us for our next session on Sept. 4 at 11am (Pacific Time) on Intersections of Identity of being Buddhist and a convert. We hope you can join us and hear the diverse perspectives of our speakers! You'll need to download the Clubhouse app to listen in.
https://www.clubhouse.com/.../jodo.../8seujEvo/MwrG8JDY

09/01/2021

Haiku.
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Today is precious
Today and tomorrow too
Try to be grateful

Haiku.
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Today is precious
Today and tomorrow too
Try to be grateful

Online Sangha Service — August 29, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 08/29/2021

Online Sangha Service — August 29, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Please join Minister's Assistant Rev. Keisuke Lee-Miyaki for this week's Online Sangha Service on YouTube. 🙏
https://youtu.be/y-LLc_OSUuk

Online Sangha Service — August 29, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Online Sangha Service with Minister's Assistant Rev. Keisuke Lee-Miyaki. Today’s service includes: Kansho, welcome by Chairperson Minister's Assistant Camill...

08/27/2021

…Lyrics by BJ Soriano, “Let’s Weave Dharma in our Lives”

…Lyrics by BJ Soriano, “Let’s Weave Dharma in our Lives”

Photos from Jodo Shinshu International Office's post 08/26/2021

The Jodo Shinshu International Office presents “Intersections of identity: Buddhist and LGBTQ” on Saturday, August 28 at 11am, Pacific. Hosted by the Jodo Shishu Buddhism Club on the Clubhouse app. Rev. Elaine Donlin is one of the featured guest speakers at this event! 🙏

08/25/2021

The Jodo Shinshu International Office (JSIO) is pleased to bring you all three of the Pure Land Sutras!

Please join us for this special live-stream event where we will have the rare opportunity to listen to all three pure land sutras chanted in their entirety. This event is ONE DAY ONLY and will not be posted to YouTube after, so please don’t miss it!

Chanting books can be purchased through Hongwanji Place so you can also chant along! Dharma talks will also be given in between each segment.

Event Details
Date: August 28, 2021
Time:12pm-4pm (pst)
Link: https://youtu.be/_W0Et4xlKpw

Chanting Leaders: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, Rev. Tadao Koyama, Rev. Kerry Kiyohara, Rev. Satoshi Tomioka, Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, Rev. Yoshimichi Ouchi, Rev. Etsuko Mikame, Rev. Ryoei Nanjo, Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

Dharma Talks by Rev. Ko’e Umezu, Rev. Enrique Galvan-Alvarez, Rev. Isabelle Bernard

Romanized chanting books can be ordered at Hongwanji Place. https://hongwanjiplace.com

The Jodo Shinshu International Office (JSIO) is pleased to bring you all three of the Pure Land Sutras!

Please join us for this special live-stream event where we will have the rare opportunity to listen to all three pure land sutras chanted in their entirety. This event is ONE DAY ONLY and will not be posted to YouTube after, so please don’t miss it!

Chanting books can be purchased through Hongwanji Place so you can also chant along! Dharma talks will also be given in between each segment.

Event Details
Date: August 28, 2021
Time:12pm-4pm (pst)
Link: https://youtu.be/_W0Et4xlKpw

Chanting Leaders: Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, Rev. Tadao Koyama, Rev. Kerry Kiyohara, Rev. Satoshi Tomioka, Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, Rev. Yoshimichi Ouchi, Rev. Etsuko Mikame, Rev. Ryoei Nanjo, Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

Dharma Talks by Rev. Ko’e Umezu, Rev. Enrique Galvan-Alvarez, Rev. Isabelle Bernard

Romanized chanting books can be ordered at Hongwanji Place. https://hongwanjiplace.com

08/23/2021

Find peace in the rain.

—Fresh Quotes

Find peace in the rain.

—Fresh Quotes

Online Shōshinge Service — August 22, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 08/22/2021

Online Shōshinge Service — August 22, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

PLease join Minister's Assistant Leo Balambao Sensei for this week's Online Shōshinge Service on YouTube. 🙏 https://youtu.be/TjWzZhONFng

Online Shōshinge Service — August 22, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Online Shōshinge Service with Minister's Assistant Leo Balambao. Today's service includes: Kansho, sutra chanting of "Shōshinge" lead by Minister's Assistant...

08/20/2021

Wherever you are, be all there.
—Jim Elliot

Wherever you are, be all there.
—Jim Elliot

Online Bishop's Memorial Service — August 15, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 08/18/2021

Online Bishop's Memorial Service — August 15, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Please join our Supervising Minister Rev. Henry Adams for this week's Online Bishop's Memorial Service. 🙏 https://youtu.be/zASog9wEZMA

Online Bishop's Memorial Service — August 15, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Online Bishop’s Memorial Service with Supervising Minister Rev. Henry Adams of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple. Today's service includes: kansho, welcome by Ch...

08/18/2021

The JSIO is kicking off a discussion series on Clubhouse, with a 3 part series on intersections of identity. The first session is on the topic of intersections of identity: Buddhist, Asian-American, and Young Adult, and will take place next Saturday, August 21 at 11am Pacific. We hope you can join us and hear the diverse perspectives of these four speakers! You'll need to download the Clubhouse app to listen in; please click on this link for this event: https://www.clubhouse.com/join/jodo-shinshu-buddhism/sdT82uie/xovBy7Ay

08/17/2021

This Dharmathon, which will be streamed on You Tube, features ten Hawaii ministers speaking on the topic "Building Healthy Sanghas: Nurturing Empathy and Respect."

It will be interesting to hear different perspectives on this topic which is so relevant today.

08/13/2021

Though tough days prevail
The tunnel’s light appears dim
Say the Nembutsu

Haiku by BJ Soriano

Though tough days prevail
The tunnel’s light appears dim
Say the Nembutsu

Haiku by BJ Soriano

Photos from Densho's post 08/13/2021

Photos from Densho's post

08/10/2021

A peaceful calmness
Awaits our souls’ attention
Quietly calling

A peaceful calmness
Awaits our souls’ attention
Quietly calling

Online August Shotsuki Hoyo Memorial Service — August 8, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 08/09/2021

Online August Shotsuki Hoyo Memorial Service — August 8, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Please join Minister's Assistant Camille Sensei for this week's Online August Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service. 🙏 https://youtu.be/-cciDBHEtsc

Online August Shotsuki Hoyo Memorial Service — August 8, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Online August Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service with Minister's Assistant Camille Sensei. Today's service includes: Kansho, welcome by Chairperson Minis...

08/07/2021

Peace
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Author unknown

Peace
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Author unknown

Online Sangha Service — August 1, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco 08/04/2021

Online Sangha Service — August 1, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Please join Minister's Assistant Leo J. Sensei for this week's Online Sangha Service. 🙏 https://youtu.be/j-wFwbcGcD0

Online Sangha Service — August 1, 2021 — Buddhist Church of San Francisco Online Sangha Service with Minister's Assistant Leo J. Sensei for Sunday, August 1, 2021 at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.Today's service includes: Ka...

08/01/2021

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees - Amelia Earhart

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees - Amelia Earhart

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Buddhism is founded on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama/Shakyamuni Buddha. His teachings originated in India and came to the United States through Asia. The Jodo Shinshu sect is one of the major religions of Japan. Our sect's mother temple is the Nishi Hongwanji temple in Kyoto.

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism teaches us to live a life of gratitude,knowing that boundless Wisdom & Compassion (Amida) surrounds all living beings.

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