08/18. Boundless Grace. How is it that lost, despair and confusion can
be transformed in the substance of purpose, love and understanding? What is the
shadow? What is the Primal Vow of Grace? How can we experience faith,
hope and salvation? Participants of the previous weekend Shin retreat will
reflect on and share their retreat experience. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
Amida Buddha is Everywhere - Shinran Shonin wrote, “Countless
Amida Buddhas reside/In the
light of the Buddha of Unhindered Light”; What does this mean? This talk
explores the Mahayana teaching that enlightenment (nirvana) is the transformation,
not the elimination, of defilements (samsara).
Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
09/01. No gathering.
Labor Day Weekend.
Ceremony - Ocean of Infinite Life and Light. Our very spiritual annual Water
Ceremony witnesses the Shin experience of interdependence,
faith and gratitude. Please bring a vial of water from a location visited
during the summer months (it can be tap too that symbolizes the place) that
represents an experience of either interconnectedness, deep gratitude or
entrusting faith. All vials will be poured into a large vase that symbolizes
the Oneness of Reality. Participants may share their spiritual experiences.
Members, friends and guests are invited to participate. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
09/15. Buddha of Infinite Light – This teaching will looks
into who is the Buddha of Infinite Light and Shin’s central practice. How does
our deepest reality express itself in daily life? Importantly, what is the
relationship between the Nembutsu and shinjin awareness? Inspired from the Tricycle
magazine, article Buddha of Infinite Light, featuring the
teachings of Drs. Taitetsu and Mark Unno.
Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
09/22. Southward Equinox -
Heart of Reverence. The equinox is the time of year when day and night are the same
length. In the Shin tradition, it is during this astronomical event when we
commemorate Higan which means "Other Shore." Higan is a community event to reflect
rededicate ourselves to the Buddha's Middle Way. Come and join us to deepen
your engagement with the Buddha teachings.
This year's Higan talk
will explore the source of Shin veneration and how do we express it in everyday
life. To whom do we take refuge? What is the attitude behind our devotion? What
are the challenges to really
experiencing true reality within us? How does interconnectedness play into our
reverence? Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
09/29. The Shin Effect. How has the Shin path inspired us, moved our
hearts, given us faith, and awakened us? This discussion will look into the
meaning of Shin in our lives and its vast transformative power. Presented by
Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
Lunch and Learn Seminar. Learn more about Buddhism with this
open house Q & A seminar. Free of charge and open to the public. from 12: 30 p.m. - 2: 30 p.m. See our web page for more
10/06. What's Your
historical Buddha inspired his disciples by offering various activities to
engage the dharma that suited to their individual needs. What are some daily
Shin practices? Why do we
practice? Shoju will lead this discussion based on a variety of source
materials. Presented by Shoju.
10/13. Dream Land or Pure
Buddha taught us that we are from one life, and we will return as one life. The
origin of our life is one. We are now sharing the One Life. This insightful
talk will cover how the reality of impermanence can awaken us to the
preciousness of life and each moment. Inspired by an essay by Motohiro Kiyota. Presented
10/20. How to Erase a
Permanent Marker. Like the ink from a
permanent marker, we tend to get stuck in our ways, lost in attachments and
aversions, and pride. However, when we
are exposed by the Buddhist teachings, a natural process of transformation
arises within our minds and hearts. This talk will uncover how this process
occurs and how it affects our lives. Inspired by an essay by Karen Vielle.
Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
Obon: The Buddhist Day of the Dead. On this day, we remember with gratitude our ancestors and those
friends who have passed on. We recognize that we are a direct
continuation of our ancestors and they still exist within us, in our DNA,
and without them we would not exist. Our Obon event includes reflections and
the Flower Ceremony in which participants will receive a small white or
red carnation pin symbolizing the living or deceased parents. This is an
emotionally moving experience and underscores the Buddha's teachings of
interconnectedness, gratitude and love. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs of deceased parents or grandparents
to be placed on altar during gathering. Non-traditional date.
11/03. The Golden Chain. This talk will explore
the popular Shin
prayer, The Golden Chain, which begins with the words, "I will be kind and
gentle to every living thing..."
However, is it possible to be kind to every living being? To practice
absolute kindness would require
an unqualified compassion and respect. Therefore, when we strive to put into
practice the prayer’s message, are we being hypocritical? Presented by Rev.
11/10. As You
"What does practicing Buddha's
mean to you in your daily life? Does it mean to donate money to the poor, to
help the homeless, or to refrain from discriminating against minorities?" Learn
how we can awaken to radical acceptance
of others but more importantly, ourselves. Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
11/17. The Nature of My Faith.
Based on the inspired readings from the late 18th century Shin reformer Kiyozawa Manshi. What is faith according to
Shin? How does it evolve? What are its benefits? Presented by Shoju.
11/24. Everyday Thanksgiving. A look into the Shin Buddhist teachings and lifestyle of gratitude
and grace. Also, this gathering will explore the practice of mindful eating and drinking, and suggest Buddhist mealtime prayers
in preparation to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
12/01. The Universe is in Everything.
This talk will involve white paper bulbs which will be given out to all
congregants. The them is the universe is a totality and seeds have everything they need. You may ask what does this have to
do with Shin? Come and join us and find out. Presented
12/08. The Zen of Recovery. How does one apply Buddhist principles to addiction recovery? Can
these principles help anyone on the Buddhist Path? How can the Buddhist perspective on recovery be integrated the traditionally
Christian based 12 step approach and the medical model of addiction treatment? How can Buddhist wisdom help all of us deal
with our daily cravings?” Inspired by the book, The Zen of Recovery by Mel
Ash. Presented by Jinshu.
12/15. Searching for
Buddhists at some point we ask, “What am I?” Engaging in the teachings we
discover that the answer is: no one, nothing.
How can this be? Isn’t there some eternal soul or spirit in all of us?
This talk will look into our true and real nature. Inspired by an essay
by Ed Parker. Presented by Rev. Senpai.
12/22. Bodhi Day. Celebrate the holiday
season with Buddha's enlightenment. This Buddhist
holiday remembers the day the historical Buddha attained enlightenment under
the bodhi tree over 2,500 years ago in Bodh Gaya, India. Event includes video
presentation of the story, music and chants and more. All are welcome.
Great from families. Presented
by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
Mansfield Freeman Center is closed.
Start off 2014 with inner renewal and hope. The annual Beginning Anew
Ceremony is a powerful and intensely emotional experience. It allows
participants to look deeply within their hearts, share their feelings about
others and events, and to let go of personal obstacles in order to awaken to
peace and inner balance.
will be 4 main phases: 1) mindful incense offering, 2) sharing regrets, 3)
expressing hurt, 4) sharing a difficulty & asking for support.
Sharing is purely voluntary but listening is equally a powerful
experience. After each phase, a short meditation and loving
kindness prayer will be given the participants. Lead by Senpai
01/19. The Two Pure Lands. This talk will discuss the two dimensions or two kinds of Pure Land One is a skillful but "tentative" Pure
Land, while the other is the True Pure Land. In Shin teaching, our goal is not the Primal Vow or being one with Amida, our goal is the true Pure Land. So, what is the Pure
Land? Why is it important to our religious life? Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
01/26. Drum of the
historical Buddha began his ministry by saying, “I will now travel to the city
of Benares and beat the drum of the deathless. “ This talk will talk about
the rhythm of the
teachings from the Buddha to Shinran Shonin and how it allows us to be touch by
the deathless nature deep within us. Inspired by an essay by Sensei Ulrich.
Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
02/02. Why Shin? Why Not? Many religions attract flowers by offering
of mind. Shin Buddhism is different; it offers self-examination. The Shin path
is the dynamic process of examining and accepting our shortcomings, our
self-centeredness and arrogance. It is a humbling experience. So, why should a
seeker take on the path? What is its central essence? Why is this essence so
important that a seeker would forgo “peace of mind” to attain it? Inspired by
an essay by Peter Hata. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
02/12. The Wise Heart. Was Buddha the first
psychologist? How can Buddhism help to alleviate the suffering that people
bring to mental health therapy sessions? Inspired by the book, A Guide to the Universal
Buddhist Psychology is by Jack Kornfield, Presented by Jinshu.
02/16. Why Am I A Buddhist and particularly a
Shin Buddhist? Shoju
will explore the Buddha's teachings to discover how they inspire us the path to
true entrusting and ease suffering. What makes the Buddha’s way so attractive to
people? Why is the Shin Way so appealing? Presented by Shoju.
02/23. Deep From
Within. Explore the power of words and how the “inconceivable
power” that lies deep within our
hearts nurtures and can transform us with an active universal compassion amidst the suffering of everyday life. Inspired by an essay by Sensei Ulrich. Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
Buddha Is My Personal Trainer. How does Buddhism view our youth and
body image obsessed ideas about "Fitness"? Dharma teacher Shoju talk and discussion
will be based on his 30+
years as a health professional and regular exerciser. Presented by Shoju.
Our Greatest Fear. Learn about death from the buddhist perspective. What do Buddhists mean by the statement, “nothing is born, nothing
dies?” Is there eternal life? How does Namu Amida Butsu come into the picture of living and dying? Two short readings
from the books, No Fear, No Death by Thich Nhat Hanh and River of Fire, River of Water by Dr. Taitetsu Unno will be
discussed. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
03/16. Two Rivers and One White Path. "The Parable of the Two Rivers and the White Path," a story frequently heard at Shin circles about a traveler walking
down a narrow path between a river of raging fire and a river of surging water. This talk will look into the parable and answer
the question, what does it mean to transcend the secular world and then transcend the religious world? Presented by Rev. Senpai
03/23. To be announced.
03/30. to be announced.