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Shinran’s teachings: And justice for all

This column originally appeared in the November 2017 Bulletin. We thought its relevance today makes it worth re-sharing. If Shinran were alive today and happened to be on the playing field (or basketball court or baseball diamond, you get the pictur [...]

June 24th, 2020|

What is the purpose of Buddhism?

What is the purpose that Buddhism is meant to fulfill? I've learned about escaping samsara and becoming enlightened but is there another purpose or reason? Buddhism has a broad spectrum of understanding. The “purpose of Buddhism” is to fulfill our f [...]

May 18th, 2020|

Are there naturally evil people?

What does Buddhism say about impure thoughts and immoral impulses? In other religions it is looked at as temptation from evil spirits and such, but how does Buddhism explain the root cause behind the temptation of sin and what can be done to help ou [...]

April 18th, 2020|

Where is the justice?

Why does Belle Knox get to make pornographic videos to pay for her Duke education and other people like myself take FAFSA student loan debt with interest and have to do honest work to repay? Where is the justice? As a Buddhist, we cannot control w [...]

March 18th, 2020|

How do I become a Shin Buddhist?

Do I need to go through a formal ceremony in order to take refuge or is this "informal" in Shin Buddhism? There is no requirements or initiation ceremony to be a Shin Buddhist, just come as you are and be part of our Sangha (that is, to be a part of [...]

February 28th, 2020|

Who can offer comfort?

Who offers comfort to a person who is grieving but cannot be comforted though he himself has already achieved enlightenment? Is there ONE higher being that is acknowledged as a creator that can bring that comfort through Buddhism? No, giving and rec [...]

January 23rd, 2020|

Sending a meditation of loving kindness

May I please request you say a prayer so my health and finances improve? As Shin Buddhists, we do not practice petitionary prayer, as such. The reason is that our founder warned us about asking for temporary things, and we reallyshould be concerning [...]

October 24th, 2019|

A lesson from the big screen

Have you seen a movie lately (say in the last five years!) that made you think: Why, there's a good Buddhist lesson there! If so, what was the movie and what was the lesson? I am not a movie person, and have not seen any recent movies. That being sa [...]

October 2nd, 2019|

Looking for statue for home altar

I am a new practitioner of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism from Florida, and I have a question. Unfortunately, there is no BCA-affiliated temple in my state. However, I'm interested in creating an altar in my home that includes a statue of Amida Buddha. I'm wo [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

Helping others and one’s self

In many areas of my life, I am the one people seem to feel comfortable confiding in or coming to for guidance; it seems I just have one of those faces. But at the end of the day, I can only be an expert on my own experience (and even then, who knows [...]

June 1st, 2019|

What are Buddhist views on organ donations?

I am doing a presentation for my comparative religion class and I wanted to know your views on donating organs and donating the body to science? The Shin Buddhist view on organ donations, like all decisions, it is up to myself (a personal decision) [...]

April 24th, 2019|

Can Christian faith and Buddhism practice coexist?

I was raised Catholic and grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Although I do believe in Jesus Christ and the Creator, I feel that's where my common beliefs end when it comes to the Catholic faith. I feel my beliefs are more in line with the Buddhist [...]

April 7th, 2019|

Observances of Buddhist holidays at MBT

Please tell me when Vesak is celebrated here. I have found many dates for various countries but have been unable to determine which date applies to Japan. Are there special observances of the holiday at MBT?   The Midwest Buddhist Temple does no [...]

March 11th, 2019|

Can Christians become Buddhists?

I discovered Buddhism on a project I had to do back in school on world religions. I picked Buddhism and spiritualism. However ever since researching Buddhism, I’ve been wanting to become a Buddhist. Is it possible to join Buddhism after being baptiz [...]

January 28th, 2019|

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 [...]

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