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Organizing and Disciplining the dogyo 

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Neil McMullin

Saturday, August 4, 2012 from  1:00 – 3:30 pm

At the Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

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This lecture will examine the birth and early development of Shinshu in the three centuries following the death of Shinran. It will focus on “the establishment of moral codes in the emerging Shin tradition in that period, and the ways in ...

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IHOPE Report

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By Rev. Henry Adams Oxnard Buddhist Temple


From April 10 to April 13, the first International Hongwanji Overseas Propagation Exchange (IHOPE) seminar was held at the Jodo Shinshu Center (JSC) in Berkeley, California. This historic gathering was the first time that ministers and minister’s assistants with Tokudo ordination serving at temples in the four Hongwanji Overseas Districts of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of ...

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TechnoBuddha Conference 2012

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Who Am I? The Search for Spiritual Self in the Digital Age

By Steven Tamekuni, San Jose Betsuin

The 5th Annual TechnoBuddha conference took place on March 2 to 4 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California. This year we had about 62 attendees and were fortunate to have a great keynote speaker in Rev. Dr. Mark Unno. This year’s theme was: “Who Am I? The Search for Spiritual Self in the Digital Age.” We wanted to examine personal identity and ...

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A Trip to Rome and Assisi with Shinmon-sama

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By Dr. Kenneth K. Tanaka

Musashino University, Tokyo

Article from the 2012 February Edition  of the Wheel of Dharma

I had the privilege of accompanying His Eminence Otani Kohjun, Shinmon (henceforth, Shinmon-sama, which is how I address him) to participate in the gathering of world religious leaders convened by Pope Benedict XVI on October 27 and 28, 2011. Named the “Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Justice ...

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“Shikata ga nai”

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By Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, San Mateo Buddhist Temple

The Japanese phrase “Shikata ga nai,” or “shoganai” is often used among Japanese and Japanese Americans. “Shikata ga nai” means “It’s beyond my control, so it cannot be helped.” I find myself saying, “Shikata ga nai” at least once a day. When I am late for a meeting because of traffic, when ...

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The Jodo Shinshu Center – Fifth Anniversary Milestone

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By Glenn Kameda, JSC Facility Manager

The Jodo Shinshu Center will mark five years in operation (8/3/2006 – 8/3/2011) this August. Five years is not a long time line, but I guess it depends on your point of reference. For me five years ago was a turning point from retirement to active retired.

Today, the BCA greatly benefits from active retired kaikyoshi ministers; so why shouldn’t I join the ranks of active retired in the capacity of “Interim ...

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Debt Relief Fund

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Dear Sangha Members,

We take this opportunity to gratefully thank you for your continued kindness and generosity in support for our organization.  We are writing at this time to make a special request and appeal to help with an important issue affecting the future of the BCA: reducing the current debt burden of our organization.

Representatives of the BCA churches/temples addressed this financial issue head-on at this year’s National Council ...

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