Dana for World Peace, Part 3

by Rimban Katsuya Kusunoki

Before Sakyamuni Buddha was enlightened, he had been reborn as different beings many times to fulfill the Buddhist Practice. The Jataka Tales tell the stories while Sakyamuni Buddha had reincarnated. I would like to introduce “The King Shibi and an Eagle” in the Jataka Tales and have you think about what Dana (Giving) is to you.

There was a King whose name was Shibi. One day a pigeon flew into his palace and said, “King Shibi, please save me from the Eagle. The Eagle trying to catch me.” Then, the eagle flew in to catch the pigeon.

“King Shibi, give me the pigeon. The pigeon is my game,” demanded Eagle.

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Dana for World Peace, Part 2

The NW District of Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) is going to hold its annual Convention in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Renton, Washington February 19 – 23, 2020. Seattle Betsuin is hosting both these big conferences. The theme is “Dana for World Peace”. We took this theme from the slogan of our sect, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha. Our Gomonshu also mentioned this slogan in his New Year greeting message. (Please see the January Wheel of Dharma.)

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Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited Seattle Betsuin

Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited the Seattle Betsuin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He had a visitation ceremony in the Hondo, participated in the Yabunouchi tea ceremony served by Rev. Castro, officiated Kikyoshiki confirmation ceremony, and joined the welcome BBQ dinner in the gym. It was a very precious and significant time for all of us. I truly appreciate that he spent time at the Seattle Betsuin. Many members were involved in this precious event. I would like to express my appreciation for all your work, contribution, and kindness. Today, I would like to share the Seattle Betsun’s introduction which I read to Gomonshu-sama on that day.

Seattle Bukkyo Seinenkai (Seattle Youth Buddhist Group) was founded on November 15, 1901. Rev. Kakuryo Nishijima from San Francisco conducted the first service. Continue reading “Gomonshu Kojun Ōtani-sama visited Seattle Betsuin”