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Our passion is to introduce Buddhist Values and Japanese culture. We will have interviews with authors, scholars, ministers, and artists. There will also be discussions and, to liven things up, we will have live performances.

American Buddhist Study Center Hoshina Seki

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

Our passion is to introduce Buddhist Values and Japanese culture. We will have interviews with authors, scholars, ministers, and artists. There will also be discussions and, to liven things up, we will have live performances.

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 57 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 56-59

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 57 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 56-59

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    In this episode, we conclude the first part of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan, the collection known as "Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma-Ages."  Shinran encourages us ordinary beings of this Last Dharma-Age to take refuge in Amida's Great Vow and say the Name and, thereby, attain liberation through Power-Beyond-Self.  Shinran teaches that awakening or liberation through self-power practices is futile in this Last Dharma-Age in which we find ourselves.  Note the last verse, No. 59, is the famous "Ondokusan" recited or sung by Shin Buddhists everywhere as an expression of deep gratitude for this wonderful teaching of Amida's compassion and for those who have transmitted it to us across the centuries.

    Next time, we will continue with the next group of gathas or hymns in the Shōzōmatsu Wasan.  Please be well!  For more good Dharma content, please check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center, ambuddhist.org

    Palms together, Gary

    • 8 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 56 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 51-55

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 56 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 51-55

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    Today you can listen to five more verses by Shinran in the collection Pure Land Hymns of the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages.  Shinran reinforces his understanding of Power-Beyond-Self as Amida's directing of virtue for going forth and return.  How fortunate for us to hear this teaching!  Amida, though great love of sentient beings, directs virtue for our going forth.  We attain great compassion thereby which, Shinran explains, is Amida's directing of virtue for our return.  We are told that Amida (Light and Life), Mahāsthāmaprāpta (Wisdom), and Avalokiteśvara (Compassion) sail together on the ship of the Great Vow on the ocean of birth-and-death.  They call out to beings like us and bring us on board.

    Next time we'll finish this first section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan.  Please be well.  For more Dharma content, be sure to check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center, ambuddhist.org

    With palms together, Gary

    • 8 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 55 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 46-50

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 55 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 46-50

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    In this episode, we read five more verses of the Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages.  Shinran further explains his understanding of how only by completely relying (in Shinjin) on Amida's Vow to Liberate All can beings in this Last Dharma Age realize awakening.  It is Amida's directing of virtue for going forth from the Pure Land and returning that makes this possible.  How grateful we are!

    Next time we'll continue with five more verses by Shinran Shonin.  Until then, please be well!  For more Dharma content, please visit the American Buddhist Study Center's home page: ambuddhist.org

    With palms together, Gary

    • 8 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 54 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 41-45

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 54 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 41-45

    Hi Dharma-friends,

    Welcome back to Weekly Wasan!  Today, continue listening to the Shōzōmatsu Wasan or Hymns of the Dharma Ages with five more verses.  Shinran reflects in this group on the present age - the Last Dharma Age - and its difficulties and challenges.  Mired, as we are, in an endless and futile go-round of striving for Awakening through our own limited efforts, we find ourselves stuck.  However, Shinran says that, when we receive the true cause of birth in the Pure Land from Śākyamuni and Amida, we will unfailingly attain Nirvana.  All the Buddhas, countless as the sands of the Ganges, attest to this.

    Hope you are enjoying the podcast.  Please check out ambuddhist.org the website of the American Buddhist Study Center, for more good Dharma content.

    With palms together, Gary

    • 8 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 53 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 36-40

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 53 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 36-40

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    This episode's verses from the Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages are very powerful and are among my favorite expressions of the Dharma by Shinran Shonin.  Shinran is telling us not to worry that our own limitations due to distractions and self-indulgence are too heavy for Liberation.  The Light of Amida's Vow of Wisdom is like a great torch illuminating a dark place.  That Light is boundless and reaches everywhere.  Because saying the Name, Namo-Amida-Butsu, in Shinjin is Amida's own practice, it overcomes literally every obstacle.  Through the working of the wisdom of Amida's Vow, our limited good and evil minds are transformed into Amida's mind of great compassion.  Namoamidabutsu.

    Hope you have been enjoying the podcast.  Check out the website of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content.

    Palms together, Gary

    • 11 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 52 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 31-35

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 52 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 31-35

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    Today let's listen to five more verses in the collection "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages."  in today's group, Shinran explains how the Nembutsu teaching is a function of Wisdom.  Our own aspiration for Awakening is in itself caused by the compassion of Śākyamuni and Amida for sentient beings.  Amida entrusts his selected Primal Vow (the Nembutsu) to the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Mahāsthāmaprāpta.  It is Mahāsthāmaprāpta (Wisdom) who nurtures us on the Pure Land path.  Shinran says that "...since Amida's Vow is wisdom, the emergence of the mind of entrusting oneself to it is the arising of wisdom."

    Please be well!

    Palms together, Gary

    • 9 min

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