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  • Dharma Talk – November 2022

    Reflecting and Cicadas Such stillness——–  The cry of cicadas Sinks into the rocks. This seventeen-syllable haiku was written by Basho (1644- 94), who was a poet and thinker of the first rank. When first I came to Toronto in 1970, I was 25 years old. If I had seen that poem then, I would not have […]

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  • Dharma Talk – October 2022

    DOKI-DOKI Yui-enbo asked “Although I say the Nembutsu, I rarely experience joyful happiness nor do I have the desire to immediately go to the Pure Land. What should be done about this?” Then Shinran responded “I have been having the same question also, and now you, Yui-enbo, have the samethought.” (abbreviate) “It is the working of blind passion which suppresses […]

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  • Dharma Talk – September 2022

    Meaning of “Arigato” 3 years ago, I joined a translation project. There were Buddhist ministers from America and Japan who have a Jodo Shinshu liturgy specialist license because we need to translate a book that tells how to prepare and provide Shin Buddhist services and the meaning of rituals for Buddhist ministers. When I joined […]

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  • Dharma Talk – July / August 2022

    We are already halfway through the year 2022. As you all know, it is a wonder how quickly time flies. Time is funny. Its value is fixed, but depending on our situation, it can seem so much longer or shorter. When I studied history in high school, I felt the class was forever. When I […]

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  • Dharma Talk – June 2022

    GasshoLast week, I had dinner with my friends. My friend’s son taught me a good word. I would like to talk a little about it at the beginning of this Dharma article. We had home-cooked sushi for dinner. He asked me to pass the soy sauce. When I handed it to him, he looked at […]

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  • Dharma Talk – May 2022

    “Sounds of C and D” For the past two months, I visited Montreal and Winnipeg to hold their Buddhist memorial services. It was a great opportunity for me to do Gassho and recite Nembutsu with them again, because I was not  able to visit there for a long time due to Covid. When I took […]

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  • Dharma Talk – April 2022

    Light of Joy & Ganges River Our temple reopened its doors for Sunday service in March. I knew it was difficult to chant a sutra with a mask, but wearing a mask and keeping social distance was required in the Hondo to protect each other. Even though we held in-person service on Sunday, we continued […]

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  • Dharma Talk – March 2022

    Light of Wisdom, Mother’s lap 無碍光如来の名号と かの光明智相とは 無明長夜の闇を破し 衆生の志願をみてたまふ The Name of the Tathagata of unhindered light And the light that is the embodiment of wisdom Dispel the darkness of the long night of ignorance And fulfill the aspirations of sentient beings. [Hymns of the Pure Land Masters –Master T’an-luan. CWS page 373] We live our lives […]

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  • Dharma Talk – February 2022

    SELF CONFIDENCE As you know, our temple closed its doors in January due to Omicron. It was a difficult decision for us, but I hope you understand. Even though we cannot invite you to the temple on Sunday, we continue the online Buddhist Sunday service over zoom. I hope you enjoy attending our Buddhist service […]

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  • Dharma Talk – January 2022

    “The Sounds of the Bells– Listening to Every Sound” Happy New Year!! January in Toronto seems to be a month of cloudy skies with rain, snow and hail. However, if you look carefully at the cloudy sky, you will see that no two clouds have the same shape, and they all change their shape depending on […]

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