DHARMA CLASS

WINTER 2018 (JANUARY TO MARCH)

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Reason to Live the Shin Buddhist Way by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM 

January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26 (5 week class: $50)

There are many religions and Buddhist Schools in this world. What is a reason to live the Shin Buddhist way? This class will focus on how Shin Buddhist Teaching applies to our daily lives and how the teaching changes and enriches our lives by reading the words of Rennyo Shonin, the 8th Monshu, who teaches us how to live a life of Shinjin.

 

Shinran Shonin’s Hymns by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM 

January 23, 30, February 13, 20, 27 (5 week class: $50)

Shinran Shonin composed about 500 hymns about Jodo Shinshu teaching. They are called Wasan, which literal-ly means Japanese hymns. Some wasans are chanted with the melody at the service. Shinran Shonin summa-rized the Jodo Shinshu teaching in a brief and poetic manner. The attendees will learn not only the meaning of each wasan but also the chanting of them. The class is always easy and fun.

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM 

January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the oth-er hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Rituals by Rev. Mas Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM 

January 25, February 1, 15, 22, March 1 (5 week class: $50)

We will be reading and discussing the text "What makes you not a Buddhist" by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. The author is the head of the Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar College in Bhutan. He wrote and directed the films "The Cup" and "Travelers and Magicians". He challenges people to know what they are talking about before they claim to be Buddhists. The book will be available at the first meeting for a cost of $21.85.

 

親鸞聖人のご和讃 Shinran Shonin's Hymns (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. Yoshiko Miyaji

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM 

February 24, March 10, 24 (3 week class: $30)

 

Freewheeling Discussions on the Seemingly Enigmatic Words of Shinran and his Great Myokonin Disciples by Rev. Tatsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM 

January 20, February 10, 17, 24, March 10 (5 week class: $50)

 

For example, when Shinran affirms that Amida’s Primal Vow is “entirely for the sake of myself (Shinran) alone” or when the Myokonin Saichi writes, “While one’s life is not over with, one is born in Ultimate Bliss.” Or when Genza, another Myokonin, says to a fellow believer who is bemoaning the fact that he is a “fake” be-liever, “If you’ve become a fake, that’s great! It’s really hard to become a fake,” what is the underlying Shin Buddhist truth that is being conveyed? That is the question on which this class will dwell, discuss, and medi-tate. 

FALL 2017 (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER)

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Reason to Live the Shin Buddhist Way by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM 

September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 (5 week class: $50)

There are many religions and Buddhist Schools in this world. What is a reason to live the Shin Buddhist way? This class will focus on how Shin Buddhist Teaching applies to our daily lives and how the teaching changes and enriches our lives by reading the words of Rennyo Shonin, the 8th Monshu, who teaches us how to live a life of Shinjin.

 

Shinran Shonin’s Hymns by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM 

September 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24 (5 week class: $50)

Shinran Shonin composed about 500 hymns about Jodo Shinshu teaching. They are called Wasan, which literal-ly means Japanese hymns. Some wasans are chanted with the melody at the service. Shinran Shonin summa-rized the Jodo Shinshu teaching in a brief and poetic manner. The attendees will learn not only the meaning of each wasan but also the chanting of them. The class is always easy and fun.

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM 

September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the oth-er hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Rev. Mas Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM 

September 7, 21, 28, October 5, 19 (5 week class: $50)

We will be reading and discussing the text "What makes you not a Buddhist" by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. The author is the head of the Dzongsar Monastery and Dzongsar College in Bhutan. He wrote and directed the films "The Cup" and "Travelers and Magicians". He challenges people to know what they are talking about before they claim to be Buddhists. The book will be available at the first meeting for a cost of $21.85.

 

蓮如上人と御一代記聞書 Rennyo Shonin (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM 

September 9, October 14, November 11 (3 week class: $30)

 

Explaining Shin Buddhism in the Simplest Way Possible by Rev. Tatsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM 

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, November 4 (5 week class: $50)

The entire focus will be on explaining, in the easiest way possible, what is being meant by “Faith (Shinjin),” “Primal Vow (Hongan),” “Nembutsu,” “Pure Land (Jodo)” etc. and how they all work to free us from our suffering, both in their mild and intense forms.Because of the simplicity of the explanations, numerous questions may arise, in which case, they’ll be both encouraged and welcomed.

SPRING 2017 (APRIL TO JUNE)

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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) -Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu- by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM                                                                                                   April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (5 week class: $50)         

“Shoshinge” is composed of 120 lines in 60 verses and is most widely chanted among Jodo Shinshu followers, was written by Shinran Shonin summarizing the Teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It is Shinran Shonin’s expression of joy and gratitude for encountering the Nembutsu teaching in being guided by the Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and the seven masters from India, China, and Japan.

 

Introduction to the Three Pure Land Sutras by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM                                                                                                   April 18, 25, May 2, 16 (4 week class: $40)             

The Larger Sutra, The Contemplation Sutra, and Amida Sutra are known as the principle three Pure Land Sutras in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The story of Dharmakara Bodhisattva, 48vows of Amida Budda, and the description of Pure Land are appeared in these sutras.  The attendees of this class will understand the overview of the three sutra with an easy and simple guidance. This semester, the attendees will learn about the Amida Sutra. 

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM                                                                                               April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 (5 week class: $50)         

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.   

 

Japanese Buddhist Art by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM                                                                                          

April 20, 27, May 4, 18, 25 (5 week class: $50)

This class helps you to understand how Buddhism produces art in Japan.

 

蓮如上人と御文章 Rennyo Shonin (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM                                                                                               April 22, May 13, June 3 (3 week class: $30)

 

Listening to Great Zennists as a Means of Broadening and Deepening One’s Shin Buddhism by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM                                                                                              April 15, May 6, 13, 20, 27 (5 week class: $50)      

As a way of deepening their Zen Buddhism, Zennists have unhesitatingly turned to Shin Buddhism. For example, to the words of Shinran Shonin or the Myokonin Shomatsu. Or more concretely, in the case of the Zen Matser Asahina Sogen, to the extraordinary Shin Priest Murata Josho. These lectures, conversely, turn to great Zennists as a means of broadening and deepening one’s Shin Buddhism.

WINTER 2017 (JANUARY TO MARCH)

2017 Winter (January to March).pdf
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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) - Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu - by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20 (5 week class: $50)

“Shoshinge” is composed of 120 lines in 60 verses and is most widely chanted among Jodo Shinshu followers, was written by Shinran Shonin summarizing the Teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It is Shinran Shonin’s expression of joy and gratitude for encountering the Nembutsu teaching in being guided by the Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and the seven masters from India, China, and Japan. 

 

Introduction to the Three Pure Land Sutras by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 24, 31, February 7, 21 (4 week class: $40)  

The Larger Sutra, The Contemplation Sutra, and The Amida Sutra are known as the principle three Pure Land Sutras in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The story of Dharmakara Bodhisattva, 48vows of Amida Budda, and the description of Pure Land are appeared in these sutras.  The attendees of this class will understand the over-view of the three sutra with an easy and simple guidance. This semester, the attendees will learn about the Contemplation Sutra.   

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones 

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contem-porary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Japanese Buddhist Art by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 19, 26, February 2, 16, 23, March 2 (6 week class: $60)

This class helps you to understand how Buddhism produces art in Japan.

 

蓮如上人と御文章 Rennyo Shonin (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

February 18, Match 25 (2 week class: $20)

 

An Attempt to Make Hard-to-Understand Shin Buddhist Tenets Understandable: Defile-ment (Bonno), Faith (Shinjin), Pure Land, etc. by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

January 21, February 11, 18, March 11, 25 (5 week class: $50)

For help these lectures will turn to the luminous insights of thinkers such as the Shin Priest-Scholar Ryojin Soga, the Zen Master Kodo Sawaki, and of Western figures such as the Depth Psychologist C.G. Jung, the Poet Charles Simic, the Religious Thinker Soren Kierkegaard and others.

 

日本語講座 Buddhist Education (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Every Thursday, 10:00-11:00AM (free) 

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free) 

 

Preteen Jodo Shinshu Practicum by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Sunday, 9:00-9:45AM (free) 

January 15, 22, 29, February 26

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

January 8, 15, 22, February 5, 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26

 

FALL 2016 (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER)

2016 Fall (September to November).pdf
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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) - Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu - by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10 (5 week class: $50) 

“Shoshinge” is composed of 120 lines in 60 verses and is most widely chanted among Jodo Shinshu followers, was written by Shinran Shonin summarizing the Teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It is Shinran Shonin’s expression of joy and gratitude for encountering the Nembutsu teaching in being guided by the Sutra of the Buddha of Im-measurable Life and the seven masters from India, China, and Japan. 

 

Introduction to the Three Pure Land Sutras by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25 (5 week class: $50)

The Larger Sutra, The Contemplation Sutra, and The Amida Sutra are known as the three principal Pure Land Sutras in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The story of Dharmakara Bodhisattva, the Forty-Eight Vows of Amida Bud-dha, and the description of Pure Land appear in these sutras.  This class will give an overview of the three sutras with an easy and simple guidance. 

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary is-sues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Traditions of Nishi Hongwanji by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27 (6 week class: $60)

Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist temples in U.S. The temple floorplan and use; clerical and religious arti-cles; the basic ritual; Jodoshinshu holidays and festivals, ritual chanting; the family obutsudan; Orei and Oiwai; miscellaneous objects and terms. Lectures based on the book “Traditions of Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha.”

 

妙好人 Myokonin (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

September 24, October 22, November 12, December 17 (4 week class: $40)

 

Being Guided, Once Again, by Shin Buddhists of a Transcendental Spiritual Depth, Such as the Lady Takeko Kujo, the Poet Muso Kimura, and the Great Layman Goromatsu Maekawa and others by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

September 10, 24, October 1, 22, 29 (5 week class: $50)

Within the world of Shin Buddhism, the Lady Takeko Kujo is revered for her extraordinary Beauty, Grace, Em-pathetic Compassion, Activism and also for her Genius as a Poet and Writer. These lectures, however, will focus wholely on her stunning religious depth. Muso Kimura is a prolific Shin Buddhist poet; Goromatsu Maekawa is a Myokonin-like layman, both, like the Lady Kujo, of an incomprehensibly profound depth of “Faith” (Shinjin).

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

This class will be held right after the Sunday service. There will be Q & A for Dharma message from Sunday service. It will help you to understand the basic teachings of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

September 11, 18, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 20, 27, December 18

This course fully covers “Sangha Award” and “Padma Award for Cadettes and Senior” requisites. Main Purpose of this course is to cultivate the ability of the critical problem-solving, the sense of the mindfulness, the skill to reduce/manage one’s stress, the character of gentleness and the mind to make one’s life more appreciative through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. 

 

SPRING 2016 (APRIL TO JUNE)

2016 Spring (April to June).pdf
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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) - Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu -

by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 (5 week class: $50)

“Shoshinge” is composed of 120 lines in 60 verses and is most widely chanted among Jodo Shinshu followers, was written by Shinran Shonin summarizing the Teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It is Shinran Shonin’s expression of joy and gratitude for encountering the Nembutsu teaching in being guided by the Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and the seven masters from India, China, and Japan.

 

Introduction to the Three Pure Land Sutras by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 19, 26, May 3, 17, 24 (5 week class: $50)

The Larger Sutra, The Contemplation Sutra, and The Amida Sutra are known as the three principal Pure Land Sutras in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The story of Dharmakara Bodhisattva, the Forty-Eight Vows of Amida Buddha, and the description of Pure Land appear in these sutras.  This class will give an overview of the three sutras with an easy and simple guidance.

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Traditions of Nishi Hongwanji by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 26 (5 week class: $50)

Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist temples in U.S. The temple floorplan and use; clerical and religious articles; the basic ritual; Jodoshinshu holidays and festivals, ritual chanting; the family obutsudan; Orei and Oiwai; miscellaneous objects and terms. Lectures based on the book “Traditions of Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha.”

 

浄土真宗の葬送儀礼   Jodo Shinshu Ritual on Death and Dying (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. Koho Takata

Friday, 10:00-11:00AM (6 week class: $60)

April 15, 29, May 13, 27, June 3, 17

浄土真宗における葬送儀礼の意義について(臨終勤行、出棺勤行、葬儀、年忌法要等)

 

Drawing Closer to and Learning from Extraordinary lay Shin Buddhists, Such as the Myokonin Shomatsu, Saichi, Kichibe, and Others by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11 (5 week class: $50)

Suffice it to say that the Shin Buddhist understanding (i.e. “Shinjin” or Faith) of the Myokonins is simply stunning in its clarity and depth. And yet, they convey that depth in the simplest of words, examples, and action. These lectures focuses on those words, examples, and actions.

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

This class will be held right after the Sunday service. There will be Q & A for Dharma message from Sunday service. It will help you to understand the basic teachings of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

April 3, 17, 24, May 8, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 

This course fully covers “Sangha Award” and “Padma Award for Cadettes and Senior” requisites. Main Purpose of this course is to cultivate the ability of the critical problem-solving, the sense of the mindfulness, the skill to reduce/manage one’s stress, the character of gentleness and the mind to make one’s life more appreciative through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

WINTER 2016 (JANUARY TO MARCH)

Please click below for the Registration Form.

2016 Winter (January to March).pdf
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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) - Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu - by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 week class: $50)

“Shoshinge” is composed of 120 lines in 60 verses and is most widely chanted among Jodo Shinshu followers, was written by Shinran Shonin summarizing the Teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It is Shinran Shonin’s expression of joy and gratitude for encountering the Nembutsu teaching in being guided by the Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and the seven masters from India, China, and Japan. 


Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 26, February 2, 16, 23, March 15 (5 week class: $50)  

“Tannisho (A Record in Lament of Divergences)” is a Jodo Shinshu classic. This record of Shinran Shonin’s words and teachings is easy to read, and each chapter is not long, so it is often read as an introduction to Jodo Shinshu teaching. To deepen the understanding of Shinran Shonin’s thought, several translations and the texts will be used at the class, such as “Collected Works of Shinran,” Dr. Rev. Taitetsu Unno’s translation, and Japanese original text.


Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.


Rituals by Rev. Masao Kodani

Monday & Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 4, 11, 18 (Mondays), January 28, February 4, 18 (Thursdays) (6 week class: $60)


日本語浄土真宗講座   Jodo Shinshu Buddhism taught in Japanese by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

January 8, 15, 22, 29 ($5 per class)


Seeking a Final Solution to (One’s) Life, Guided by Shinran Shonin and Helped by Insights from Zen and Western Thinkers by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

January 9, 23, February 20, 27, March 5 (5 week class: $50)

For Shinran Shonin, the “Final Solution to (One’s) Life,” in a word is “Shinjin” (Entrustment, Faith, etc.). But what is “Shinjin?” In an attempt to answer that question, these lectures will turn first to Shinran and secondly, to supportive insights of Zen and Western thinkers.


Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

This class will be held right after the Sunday service. It will help you to understand the basic teachings of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.


Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

January 17, 24, February 7, 21, 28, March 13, 20

This course fully covers “Sangha Award” and “Padma Award for Cadettes and Senior” requisites. Main Purpose of this course is to cultivate the ability of the critical problem-solving, the sense of the mindfulness, the skill to re-duce/manage one’s stress, the character of gentleness and the mind to make one’s life more appreciative through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.


FALL 2015 (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER)

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Jodo Shinshu in Daily Life by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19 (6 week class: $60)

Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu, taught us the importance of actualizing and realizing the Buddha-Dharma in our daily life. Let us fill our life with joy of the Nembutsu and live together in the Light and Life of Namo-Amidabutsu.

 

Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 1, 15, 22, 29, October 6 (5 week class: $50)  

“Tannisho (A Record in Lament of Divergences)” is a Jodo Shinshu classic. This record of Shinran Shonin’s words and teachings is easy to read, and each chapter is not long, so it is often read as an introduction to Jodo Shinshu teaching. To deepen the understanding of Shinran Shonin’s thought, several translations and the texts will be used at the class, such as “Collected Works of Shinran,” Dr. Rev. Taitetsu Unno’s translation, and Jap-anese original text.

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 2, 9, 16, 30, October 7 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the oth-er hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Death and Dying - Jodo Shinshu Tradition - by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 3, 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22 (6 week class: $60)

 

日本語浄土真宗講座   Jodo Shinshu Buddhism taught in Japanese by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

Friday, 10:00-11:00AM ($5 per class)

 

恵信尼さま 親鸞聖人ご内室   Lady Eshinni, Wife of Shinran Shonin by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 9:30-11:00AM

September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 7, 21 (6 week class: $60)

 

Shin Buddhism on ‘Dukkha’ (Suffering): When it begins; Why it persists; When it comes to an end by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

September 26, October 10, 17, 24, November 7 (5 week class: $50)

Paraphrasing Aristotle, all human beings are in search for ways to end their suffering. Psychology, for ex-ample, is one way; Philosophy is another. So is Zen Buddhism. Finally, there is the Great Way of Shin Bud-dhism which will be the focus of these lectures. 

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

This class will be held right after the Sunday service. There will be Q & A for Dharma message from Sunday service. It will help you to understand the basic teachings of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

September 13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 13, 27

This course fully covers “Sangha Award” and “Padma Award for Cadettes and Senior” requisites. Main Purpose of this course is to cultivate the ability of the critical problem-solving, the sense of the mindfulness, the skill to reduce/manage one’s stress, the character of gentleness and the mind to make one’s life more appreciative through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

SPRING 2015 (APRIL TO JUNE)

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Origin and Establishment of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-7:30PM (class) followed by Annon Café (Q & A, fellowships)

April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1 (5 week class: $50)

In the long history of the Buddha-Dharma, Jodo Shinshu Buddhism has been a unique tradition lasting from ancient to modern times. The Buddha-Dharma (teaching of the Buddha) never change even though time changes. We will learn about how the history and the teachings were coped with in order to spread and maintain the Buddha-Dharma.

 

Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 19 (5 week class: $50)

“Tannisho (A Record in Lament of Divergences)” is a Jodo Shinshu classic. This record of Shinran Shonin’s words and teachings is easy to read, and each chapter is not long, so it is often read as an introduction to Jodo Shinshu teaching. To deepen the understanding of Shinran Shonin’s thought, several translations and the texts will be used at the class, such as “Collected Works of Shinran,” Dr. Rev. Taitetsu Unno’s translation, and Japanese original text.

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (5 week class: $50)

Issues like same sex marriage, immigration, global warming were not an issue during Shinran's life, on the other hand there was war, sexism, and poverty during his time. What is our understanding of these contemporary issues living a life of Nembutsu? These five lectures will discuss current events and issues that effect our way of life and how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism influences our view point.

 

Buddhist and Jodo Shinshu Vocabulary from the Japanese by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

April 2, 16, 30, May 7, 21 (5 week class: $50)

This class will help you to understand that we, as English-speaking Buddhists, are woefully inadequate in a vocabulary which is unique to our religion.

 

日本語浄土真宗講座   Jodo Shinshu Buddhism taught in Japanese by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata 

Friday, 10:00-11:00AM ($5 per class)

 

親鸞聖人の御生涯と御教示   Life of Shinran Shonin and his Teachings taught in Japanese by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 9:30-11:00AM

April 11, 25, May 9, 23, June 6, 20 (6 week class: $60)

 

Focusing on and Being Guided by the Transcendently Profound Religious Experiences of Great Shin Buddhists and also, of Great Zennists by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

April 25, May 2, 9, 23, 30, June 20 (6 week class: $60)

These six lectures will focus on those accounts that describe how great Shin Buddhists and Zennists strove and eventually broke through, respectively, to “Shinjin” (Entrustment) and “Satori” (Enlightenment). Attention will then turn to the content and nature of what had been attained and finally, to how that attainment manifests itself, ethically speaking, in their everyday lives.

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rimban William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

This class will be held right after the Sunday service. There will be Q & A for Dharma message from Sunday service. It will help you to understand the basic teachings of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free)

May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7, 14, 28     

This course fully covers “Sangha Award” and “Padma Award for Cadettes and Senior” requisites. Main Purpose of this course is to cultivate the ability of the critical problem-solving, the sense of the mindfulness, the skill to reduce/manage one’s stress, the character of gentleness and the mind to make one’s life more appreciative through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

 

WINTER 2015 (January to March)

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Understanding Shinran Shonin by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 (6 week class: $60)

Shinran Shonin is the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism lived in the Kamakura Era, Japan. In a time of dis-unity and violence, Shinran Shonin sought a way for all beings to attain perfect peace equally. This class will help you to understand what kind of nembutsu life he spent with his family and how he opened up the path to Buddhism to the common people.


Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Guide - To be a good listener - by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 20, 27, February 3, 17, 24, March 3 (6 week class: $60)

In Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, to “hear” the Buddha-Dharma is most essential for awakening to Universal Truth. This class will help you to understand about how to hear the Buddha-Dharma to not only gain intel-lectual understanding but also to embody and experience the Buddha-Dharma in our daily lives.


Life of Sakyamuni Buddha by Rimban William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 (5 week class: $50)

There are many characters in the life story of Sakyamuni Buddha who play an important role on his path to the realization of Buddhahood. This class will help you to understand how the life of the Buddha speaks to your own life by learning the life of Sakyamuni Buddha as examples.


Historical Perspectives of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the JA Communities and Beyond by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

January 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 5, 19 (6 week class: $60)

This class will help you to understand the essentials of Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a religion and Jodo Shinshu as a religious institution through learning the historical perspectives.


Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Taught in Japanese by Rev. Kaz Nakata 

Every Friday, 10:00-11:00AM ($5 per week)

This class will help you to understand Jodo Shinshu Buddhism teachings by reading books in Japanese writ-ten by various followers of Shinran Shonin.


Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Explained from Traditional and Western Perspectives by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

January 24, 31, February 21, 28, March 21, 28 (6 week class: $60)

Traditional explanations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist terms followed by commentaries from relevant western sources.

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rimban William Briones

Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (admission free)