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.
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BCSF VIRTUAL NEW YEAR'S DAY SERVICE
Deep gratitude to BCA Bishop Rev, Marvin Harada for sharing his wonderful New Year's Day Dharma Talk with the BCSF sangha. If you missed this special Zoom service, please click below to watch. It's a lovely way to welcome in 2021...
Namo Amida Butsu 🙏
youtube.com Online New Year's Day Service with BCA Bishop Reverend Marvin Harada. Today's service includes: Kansho, welcome and group reading of the "Three Treasures" by...
My eyes being hindered by blind passions,
Cannot perceive the light that grasps me;
Yet great compassion, without tiring,
Illumines me always.
Today is a new day.
Yesterday is a memory.
Tomorrow is the unknown.
Now is the knowing.
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below and all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
BCSF NEW YEAR'S EVE - METTA SERVICE - 7 pm (PST)
Please join in closing out 2020 with our annual New Year’s Eve service led by Rev. Elaine Donlin. We'll begin with a Dharma Reflection, Metta Meditation, Group Recitation and close with Ringing of the Bell 108 times.
This service will be posted on our BCSF YouTube channel at 7:00 pm (PST)
Please stay safe and healthy this New Year's Eve. Namo Amida Butsu 🙏
youtube.com Online New Year's Eve Joya-e Metta Service with Minister's Assistant Reverend Elaine Donlin. Tonight's service includes kansho, dharma talk, "Metta Meditatio...
You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. But one who is able to be mindful of the present moment as it arises, should develop wisdom that cannot be dragged away by attachment.
Buddhism is not about freedom from the world, but freedom in the world.
Wisdom is not merely something to be gained with old age. One can be wise in every stage of one’s life. To manifest wisdom means simply to step back and see.
(Seido Ray Ronci)
If you know how to observe yourself, you will discover your real nature, the primordial state, and then all will become clear because you will have discovered everything.
Even when the world is filled with a great fire, pass through it and seek to hear the Dharma.
Many wishes of joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season.
Please stay safe and physically distanced. 🙏
Life is a vast, unknowable movement of wholeness with no one separate from it and nothing outside of it.
For all of us, love can be the natural state of our own being; naturally at peace, naturally connected, because this becomes the reflection of who we simply are.
We can all practice beginning anew. We can always start over.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
This is a brilliant time to develop loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity – the Buddha’s four Divine Abodes
BCSF VIRTUAL SUNDAY SERVICE
Please join us this morning for our Sangha service with a Dharma Talk by BCSF Minister's Assistant, Rev. Elaine Donlin.
Namo Amida Butsu
youtube.com Online Sangha Service with Minister's Assistants Reverend Elaine Donlin, Reverend Dr. David Sensei and Camille Sensei. Today's service includes: Kansho, welc...
May there be peace in the world,
and may the Buddha’s teaching spread!
Give courage to the fearful,
freedom to the enslaved,
strength to the weak,
mutual affection to all sentient beings.
Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.
Please join Rev. Elaine Donlin for this annual vigil to remember our 342 unhoused neighbors who've passed in 2020.
Namo Amida Butsu 🙏
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Ego and compassion are inversely related. When one goes up the other goes down, just like a balance scale or teeter totter. So when we are preoccupied with our own needs, we forget the needs of others. That is when ego clinging goes up and compassion goes down. On the other hand when self-preoccupied ego clinging goes down, concern for the welfare of others increases.
The greatest obstacle to connecting with our joy is resentment.
Fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.
Thank you to everyone who joined in our live, Zoom Dec. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service this morning at 10 am. Gratitude to Leo Sensei for offering a wonderful Dharma Talk. This service was recorded and will be posted to our BCSF YouTube channel tomorrow / Monday.
Namo Amida Butsu 🙏
Where is Saichi’s Pure Land?
Saichi’s Pure Land is in my heart,
It is, it is,
Namo Amida Butsu.
Time does not wait for anyone; there is change in every moment. If, in our short lives as human beings, we are able to be of some benefit to someone else, then that is the activity of an enlightened being,
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.
(Buddha, The Dhammapada)
By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.
If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than fear, people who can open to the web of life that called us into being, and who can rest in the vitality of that larger body.
Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
HAPPY BODHI DAY!
Deep gratitude to everyone who participated in our live Zoom Friday evening Bodhi Eve youth service (with Dharma talk by Camille Sensei) and/or this morning's Zoom Sunday Bodhi Day service (with a Dharma Talk by Rev. Henry Adams). It was wonderful to hear the stories of Siddhartha Gautama's Awakening under the Bodhi tree over 2,600 years ago in India. The insights that Siddhartha awakened to continue to inform and enrich our lives today!
These services were recorded and can be found on our BCSF YouTube channel..
Please note that the 1st and 2nd Sunday of every month will be a live Zoom service. The 3rd and 4th Sundays will be pre-taped to our You Tube Channel on Sunday mornings..
Namo Amida Butsu 🙏
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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