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Prof. Keiko Toro – June 4th & 5th

Write Your Own Eulogy.

Come and reflect on your own life and those around you by writing your own eulogy.

Prof. Toro will share with us her memories of encounters with devout Nembutsu practitioners which taught her about Jodo Shinshu in everyday life, and speak about the awareness and appreciation of encountering the Dharma. People who touched her life include her grandfather and Ayako Suzuki, who expressed her appreciation through writing Nembutsu poems. These stories and poems enable us to reflect on our own lives through the experiences and words of others. The seminar will be part lecture, part interactive, as the intention of this workshop is to do self-reflection. In Jodo Shinshu teachings, we are questioned by Amida’s wisdom and compassion instead of asking for it. The attitude toward the Dharma becomes reversed, therefore we can receive the teachings from Amida.

Prof. Keiko Toro is a lecturer at Jin-ai University in Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture. Born to a ministerial family, her home temple is Honshuji in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. Presently on sabbatical from teaching, she is on a world-wide journey to research Jodo Shinshu outside of Japan; she plans to use her research to write a book about the Kyogyoshinsho.

Her area of research focuses on the Kenjōdo Shinjitsu Kyōgyōshō Monrui (Kyogyoshinsho)

We are very fortunate to have Professor Toro visiting Toronto. Despite her very busy schedule, she has agreed to do a workshop at our temple on June 4 at 10:00 am, as well as, be our Guest Speaker for the service on June 5 at 11:00 am (She will present Dharma Messages in English and Japanese)