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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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 [...]

November 25th, 2016|

Turning to Amida in difficult times

When a Christian is going through a difficult time, he often turns to his religion, his faith in a higher being for comfort, guidance and strength. Since Buddhism does not profess a belief in God or a god or higher power, where can a Buddhist turn wh [...]

October 20th, 2016|

Loving Kindness

How does the Midwest Buddhist Temple show loving kindness to others?   I hope that MBT is a beacon of Wisdom and Compassion. We can teach the community by example what cooperation and kindness can do. Perhaps, we share why the Legacy Garden has [...]

September 21st, 2016|

Reading up on Buddhism

Christians have "The Bible." Jews have the Torah. Muslims have the Quran. If someone wanted to go to one source to learn as much as they could about the essence of Buddhist teachings, what book should they turn to? And what will they find in it? &nbs [...]

July 26th, 2016|

What do memorial numbers signify?

I have always been curious about the numbering system of the special memorial services held for the deceased. What is the significance of 7th Day, 35th Day, 49th Day, 100th Day? Do these “numbers” signify some special place or stage of passage into t [...]

May 18th, 2016|

Is there life after death?

We sometimes talk about seeing someone who has passed away 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 seeing our loved ones after this ear [...]

April 20th, 2016|

Chanting: Only on Sunday?

Should I practice chanting at home?   In theory, everyone should chant sutras at home. However, I know that it is not practical in every home and in this busy world that we live in. But, yes, it is suggested that at home, one should have both a [...]

March 23rd, 2016|

How a California boy became a Shin Buddhist minister

What led to your decision to become a minister? Was religion/Buddhism very integral in your life as a child?   Buddhism was not a big part of my life as a child. I went to Sunday School (what Dharma School was called at the time). It was just so [...]

February 24th, 2016|

Reaching a state of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion

What does it mean to “become a Buddha” especially after one dies since we say that we all become Buddhas once we die?   To “become a Buddha” means to become Enlightened. In our tradition of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu), it is the workings of Ami [...]

November 19th, 2015|

What does it mean to be “enlightened?”

What does it mean to be “enlightened?”   To be “enlightened” means to become a Buddha. It means to be “Awakened” to the meaning of life. It is a spiritual state of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion. One cannot use logic to define Enlightenment beca [...]

October 22nd, 2015|

What makes someone a ‘good Buddhist?’

What does it mean to be a “good” Buddhist? And do you have to come to temple to be a “good” Buddhist?   There is not really any such thing as a “good” Buddhist, or a “bad” Buddhist. We are just who we are. We are just ordinary human beings with [...]

September 23rd, 2015|

Some thoughts on chanting

What do you think about when you are chanting?   When chanting, one should just listen, hear and chant. We should chant by following the leader and try to stay in tune, in time and chant naturally. We should hear what others around us are chanti [...]

July 22nd, 2015|

What difference does it make if a Buddhist comes to temple?

Why should Buddhists come to temple? Is it important to reaching Enlightenment?   Buddhists should try to come to the temple because part of the Three Treasures is the Sangha (the group of “fellow travelers”) who support the Buddha and the Dharm [...]

June 23rd, 2015|

Did Shinran Shonin marry and did he have any children?

Did Shinran Shonin have children? If so, whatever became of them?   Shinran, the founder of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu), was among the first priests to openly acknowledge being married. Honen, who expressed the idea that whether priests or nuns [...]

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