Friday, May 13, 2022

Two Dharma friends from Taiwan visited Amidaji

 

Recently, I was very pleased to welcome two of my Dharma friends and readers from Taiwan.  
We chanted Nembutsu and had many meaningful Dharma talks. As you know, Amidaji is open to visitors who are in a learning mood for its conservative and orthodox teaching style. 
Do not hesitate to contact me if you plan for a visit!
I am always here if you need me.

Namo Amida Bu 








Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Are we really free?

article by Michał Pasternak (Poland)

We wake up in the morning and say “Hello” to another day. After getting out of bed, we often think what we will do next. From Monday to Friday we think usually about our work, and at the weekend we think about the free time that we can spend with our relatives or friends.

When we are in the restaurant, we can choose what kind of food we will eat. In the supermarket we choose different goods. In the tourist office we can choose where we will travel during summer vacation. Turning on the computer we can choose what video game we will play. Going to the cinema we choose what movie we want to see. We think we are free because... we can choose. But are we truly free? Unfortunately... we are not. Our present existence is primarily focused on materialism. We forget about the impermanence that is the basis of reality. Even though we are confronted with impermanence: sickness, old age, death, loss, we push impermanence out of our minds. We want to be always young, beautiful and rich. We don't even want to think about the fact that everything is constantly changing. Changes. We want to think about something positive and do not worry about what will happen tomorrow. This is a really big mistake. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

On interfaith dialogue with non - Buddhists

 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

On past and present reincarnations of Moriya

Prince Shotoku
article by Shingyo Yuri Demianov - Amidaji Russia

In the Dharmaraja Sutra (AN 5.133), addressing an assembly of monks, the Buddha says:

“Monk, a wheel-turning monarch provides just protection and security for his court, relying only on principle—honoring, respecting, and venerating principle, having principle as his flag, banner, and authority. He provides just protection and security...”

Throughout history there have been many great statesmen who faithfully followed this and other teachings of the Buddha. One of these men was the father of Japanese Buddhism - Prince Shotoku Taishi. Being a true ruler-sage, striving to exalt his country and his compatriots, distinguished by an extraordinary breadth of views, open to new ideas, following the traditional mores of the Confucian way of life, Shotoku was a real example of a Buddhist layman, combining the life of a skilled student and preacher of the Teachings of the Buddha with the affairs of the court and his country.
Master Shinran Shonin highly valued the prince and revered him as the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Kuse Kannon:

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