Fall Rummage Sale!

Sat., Oct. 7th (9am* – 3pm) and Sun., Oct. 8th (11am* – 3pm) *No early birds. All are welcome!  Join us Saturday & Sunday for our biggest rummage sale of 2017. Hosted by the SACBC Buddhist Women’s Association. There will be a large selection of Adult & Children’s Clothing, Homewares, Kitchenware, Books, Games, Toys, Tools…

Dharma Discussion — Part of a Series: “Heart of Mahayana – Bodhisattva Practices”

Topic: Charity / Giving and Morality (Dana Paramita and Sila Paramita) Sept. 24, 2017 (Sunday) The first two qualities listed in the Six Paramitas. Dana and Sila are practiced to enable one to turn one’s focus from “self-orientation” to “other- orientation.” Dana develops the ability of giving to others, freely and without regard to favoritism, with a…

Dharma Discussions

April 16: Dharma as Walking the Path to the Pure Land What is the Dharma? How can we incorporate it into our everyday lives? Why is it essential for reaching the Pure Land? On Sunday, April 16, 2017, the Buddhist Education Committee will sponsor another Dharma Discussion.  This will be an interactive and informal session.…

Does the sky reach the ground?

When I was in elementary school I remember having art periods. My favorite kind of art was finger painting – it was so gushy and messy! I didn’t like glue and construction paper – for mosaics and stuff – because the glue always stuck to my fingers. I also remember one boy loved to eat…

FEAR

When I first started studying life my focus was on understanding Fear. It was the one threat to my existence that did not have to physically touch me, yet could kill me. I was about ten years old and influenced by horror movies and stories at the time. The Edgar Allen Poe story of being…

Where Does Enlightenment Come From?

   Disputes have arisen, with companions in the singlehearted practice of the nembutsu claiming this practicer as their own disciple and numbering that one among someone else’s. Such contention is totally senseless.    I have not a single disciple. For if I were to guide someone to the nembutsu through my own devices and efforts,…

Is Buddhism a Religion?

This question, although discussed many times, tends to cause more misunderstandings about the Buddha Dharma than it helps to clarify anything.  Part of the reason for such confusion is that the very term “religion” has such a clear and definite meaning in Western civilization. When we try to understand Buddhism through a primarily Western, i.e.…

Is Karma Fate?

There is a very funny commercial comparing a cable TV service with a satellite dish company. It starts out with a man watching TV and his reception is poor. The narrator then tells us that the man starts to get angry and desires to do something about feeling helpless. He ends up taking up hang…