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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

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 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
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 51 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 26-30

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 51 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 26-30

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    Today we hear 5 more verses from this collection by Shinran Shonin.  A striking image in these verses is Shinran's comparison of those who now follow the Nembutsu path with Maitreya Bodhisattva.  Maitreya Bodhisattva is the next fully enlightened Buddha after Śākyamuni who will appear in the world when causes and conditions are right to do so.  Nembutsu followers, saying the Name of Amida Buddha through Shinjin, realize the same Awakening or Enlightenment as Maitreya when this present life has run its course through the power of the Vow.  Amazing stuff!!

    Until next time, please be well!  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center website ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content.

    Palms together, Gary

    • 8 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 50 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 21-25

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 50 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 21-25

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    This is our fiftieth episode!  Today let's listen to five more wasan verses in the section entitled "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma Ages." Shinran really gets into the nitty-gritty of his understanding of the Buddha's teaching for our times.  Amida Tathagata has directed his Primal Vow universally towards sentient beings.  When ordinary people of this Last Dharma Age entrust themselves to this Vow and abandon their limited self-powered efforts to achieve merit, they are merged into Amida's universal merits and thereby attain the stage equal to perfect enlightenment.  Shinran says they "receive the benefit of being grasped, never to be abandoned."

    If you are enjoying the podcast, please check out the webpage of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more good content.  Why not send a message to the ABSC at info@ambuddhist.org

    Please be well.  Palms together, Gary

    • 11 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 49 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 16-20

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 49 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 16-20

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    In this episode of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan, we hear 5 more verses.  Shinran, in the earlier verses, having described in somewhat bleak terms the difficulties of the situation in which we find ourselves in this latter Dharma Age, now turns to the way open to us: entrust ourselves to the Vow of Amida Buddha (Unmeasured Light and Life) to liberate all beings through the Nembutsu, become reborn into Amida's Pure Land, and thereby enter into Awakening ourselves with others through the Buddha's great compassion.  Shinran, in the remaining verses in this part called "Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma-Ages," will give us his insights about how this wonderful dynamic works. Recall that Shinran wrote these verses toward the end of his life at around 85 years of age and his thoughts are a precious legacy.

    Please be well.  Tell your friends about the podcast if you are enjoying it.  You can find more good Dharma content on the website of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org

    Until next time, Gary

    • 10 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 48 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 11-15

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 48 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 11-15

    Hi Dharma-friends!

    In this episode, we continue the section "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma Ages."  Shinran is really making the case that he finds himself (and, therefore, we also find ourselves) in the Last Dharma Age - a very difficult time to find Awakening for ordinary beings such as us.  Shinran is impressing upon us the need to entrust ourselves to the Primal Vow and say the Name, Namo-Amida-Butsu. That is the one guaranteed way to enlightenment.  As Shinran says "...The Buddha's path alone is pure. / Only by going forth and reaching enlightenment can we benefit others / In this burning house; this is the natural working of the Vow."  It is a message of supreme confidence.

    Hope you are well and peaceful.  Please come back for the next five wasan in this series soon.  Also, check out the American Buddhist Study Center website ambuddhist.org for more good content.

    Palms together, Gary

    • 10 min
    Weekly Wasan - Episode 47 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 6-10wasan

    Weekly Wasan - Episode 47 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 6-10wasan

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    • 11 min

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