Ask Reverend Ron

Ask-Rev-Ron-SidebarIs there something about Shin Buddhism or our temple that you’ve been wondering about and would love to have some one-on-one time with Rev. Ron Miyamura to ask him? Now you can by following his blog: Ask Rev. Ron.

Each month on this page we’ll post Rev. Ron’s answers to questions received from our members, friends of the temple or others interested in Buddhism who may have discovered our website. As you read this blog, just remember to click the title or “read more” to see Rev. Ron’s full answer.

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At Obon, we light the way for spirits’ return

Why do we light candles at Obon in honor of loved ones who have passed? How did this tradition start?   Obon is traditionally the time to remember and honor loved ones. By legend, it is said that our loved ones come back from the land of the spi [...]

June 24th, 2018|

Deflecting Negative Energy

What is the Buddhist way to handle when somebody publicly attacks you (verbally, (not physically)?   As always, when attacked, one should deflect that energy back to the person attacking. When attacked verbally, the first reaction is no reactio [...]

May 27th, 2018|

Let’s Learn from each other

Why come to MBT?   At the Midwest Buddhist Temple, we encourage people to come as they are and stay a while. As Shin Buddhists (Jodo Shinshu), there are no requirements to come to the temple and become a member. We would like to share the Dharm [...]

May 6th, 2018|

What to say when someone sneezes?

Rev. Ron, what do you say to someone when they sneeze? There are a variety of explanations for why people say "God bless you" or "bless you" when someone sneezes. Among them is the belief that it is said to prevent the devil from stealing your soul [...]

April 1st, 2018|

The mystery of attaining enlightenment

If a person reaches enlightenment, will she or he know it? And, if so, how will they know it? Will others? This is a trick question . . .Yes, each person will know (or sense) for him- or herself that things have changed, and one would sense a change [...]

January 24th, 2018|

Shinran’s teachings: And justice for all

If Shinran were alive today and happened to be on the playing field (or basketball court or baseball diamond, you get the picture) as the National Anthem played, do you think he would take a knee? And can you please elaborate on your answer?   [...]

October 18th, 2017|

Am I meditating now?

What is meditation? And how do I know I'm doing it?   Meditation, in the current context, has come to mean the physical discipline of sitting meditation and using techniques to focus the mind. Many people assume Buddhism means physical meditati [...]

July 30th, 2017|

What does Enlightenment really mean?

I know we strive to reach Enlightenment, but I'm not really sure what Enlightenment means? Is it seeking truth? And, if so, what is "truth" in terms of life?   Enlightenment is really to discover Wisdom and Compassion. It is important to know t [...]

June 25th, 2017|

What does Buddhism say about guilt?

What do Buddhist teachingssay about feelings of guilt?   Guilt is not really found in Buddhism. Buddhism teaches us to take responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. If we make our decisions with the best of our abilities, then as long [...]

May 28th, 2017|

Will I See You Again?

Buddhists sometimes talk about seeing someone who has passed again, or the deceased being with other loved ones who have passed. How does this thinking fit in with Buddhist teachings? To personalize death and our seeing our loved ones after this ear [...]

April 21st, 2017|

Temple welcomes weddings for same-sex couples

Can a same-sex couple get married at the Midwest Buddhist Temple?  Yes. It is not an issue. We certainly encourage all people who want to be married to have a ceremony at the temple.The Midwest Buddhist Temple and the Buddhist Churches of America (BC [...]

March 22nd, 2017|

Life, death: Where do we go from here?

What are Buddhist beliefs of the moment a person dies? They pass from their earthly life to what?   One passes into the Pure Land. This is difficult to explain. Each Buddha lives in a home, as all people do, but his home is a “land” or more like [...]

January 24th, 2017|

What is the meaning of the Makura-gyo?

My mother died in June 2012. Moments before she passed, you came to the hospice center in Skokie to perform a ceremony I believe is called Makura-gyo? Can you tell me the meaning, purpose and intent of that ceremony? Also, at her memorial service, yo [...]

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