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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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 [...]

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|
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