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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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  • Dharma Talk – December 2021

    Eitaikyo ServiceWe were gathered together at the TorontoBuddhist Church for the Eitaikyo Service on November 21st. Eitaikyo comes from “EITAI-DOKKYO :永代読経” which literally means, Perpetually (eitai:永代) Chanting (doku:読) Buddhist sutras (kyō:経).  We have changed from the idea of accumulating individual virtue to the spirit of dedication to and appreciation for those who have come before […]

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  • Dharma Talk – November 2021

    Preparing Rivers of blind passions, on entering the ocean –The great, compassionate VowOf unhindered light filling the ten quarters –Become one in taste with that sea of wisdom.From Hymns of the Pure Land Masters (CWS p.371 Summer is coming to an end and a new season is starting, but are you ready for the fall […]

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  • Dharma Talk – October 2021

    FALL OHIGAN “EQUINOX” SERVICEThe Toronto Buddhist Church held Fall Ohigan service in September. Ohigan services are held twice a year around the spring and fall equinox when the daylight and nighttime are equal. In many ancient cultures, it was a time of celebration to remind us of our deep connection with people who have passed […]

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  • Dharma Talk – September 2021

    Isshiji “state of regarding each being as one’s only child.” When a person realizes the mind of nondiscrimination,That attainment is the “state of regarding each being as one’s only child.” This is none other than Buddha-nature;We will awaken to it on reaching the land of peace. The above is from Wasan, which was written by […]

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  • Dharma Talk – July / August 2021

    Shinjin (信心) Half of the year has already come and gone. I am surprised that time goes by so quickly. Ontario government announced that we moved to stage one in June. But as you know that we shouldn’t let our guard down yet. Even though our temple will reopen the doors for Sunday services, we […]

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  • Dharma Talk – June 2021

    “Ittekimasu” and “Itterasshai” The Toronto Buddhist Church changed many things from last year because of COVID19.  For example, we used to invite many temple members into the building for a monthly memorial service. When I held this service, I saw over 100 or 200 people in the Hondo. We used to have refreshments after every Sunday service […]

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  • Dharma Talk – May 2021

    Shorihouju & Gimyoshicho The notes of C&D and a Two-headed bird清風宝樹をふくときは “Pure winds blow in the jewel trees, いつつの音声いだしつつProducing the five tones for the scales.宮商和して自然なりAs those sounds are harmonious and spontaneous, 清浄勲を礼すべし Pay homage to Amida, the one imbued with purity.” Shinran Shonin’s wasan poem This Wasan explains to us the Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. […]

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  • Dharma Talk – April 2021

    Control our stress through breathing 本願力にあいぬれば (Hongwanriki ni Ainureba) むなしすぐるひとぞなき (Munashikusuguru Hitozonaki) 功徳の宝海みちみちて (Kudoku no Hokai michimichite) 煩悩の濁水へだてなし (Bonno no Jokusui Hedatenashi) Of those who encounter the power of the Primal Vow,  Not one passes by in vain,They are filled with the treasure ocean of virtues;The defiled waters of their blind passions not separated from […]

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