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Cleveland Buddhist Temple Newsletter

Dharma from the Forest City

Supervising Minister Rev. Ron Miyamura, 
Midwest Buddhist Temple

Contact Rev. Anita, Resident Tokudo Minister, CBT at:

September 12, 2020 Edition

Wasan 35

The hall and body-tree of
seven precious materials
Belong to the Pure Land of
the transformed
Buddha-body, a provisional
Numberless are the beings
born there from throughout
the ten quarters,
So pay homage to the sacred
hall and body-tree.

(Excerpt from A Pure Land Teaching Jōdo Shinshū Song of True Shinjin… Compiled by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii 1999.)

Ten Commandments? Aspirations? Truths?

As bonbus, foolish human beings, we like guideposts to show us the way. Commandments don’t work with Buddhism, no commander. Aspirations work, we all have them but that is what they are, aspirations. How about “truths” of the Buddha-Dharma?

See if these ring true, or not. Send in your own suggestions!

  1. Thou shalt not expect to find things in this life as thou hast imagined them in your mind, for thou hast come to Buddhism to find a path toward enlightenment.
  2. Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for an unattached mind is the beginning and purpose of this path
  3. Thou shalt not let others on the path get on thy nerves, for thou will lose your own precious time to walk this path if you do.
  4. Remember thy Four Noble Truths so thou knowest it at all times, for a person without the Four Noble Truths is a person without direction.
  5. Less confused is the person who can understand the concept of impermanence, for lo, they shall have taken the first steps.
  6. Less confused is the person who can express gratitude – it shall be worth more to them than money.
  7. Thou shalt not worry about thy progress on the path. They that worrieth hath no pleasure – remember, you are embraced just “as you are.”
  8. Thou shalt not judge the teachings by one person with whom thou hast had trouble.
  9. Thou shalt, when with Buddhists, do somewhat as the Buddhists do; if in difficulty, thou shalt use thy innate common sense and good humor.
  10. Remember thou are on a path with all sentient beings – and they that treateth all sentient beings with respect shall contribute to the well-being of all.

Namo Amida Butsu.

In Gassho,

Rev. Anita

Note: Thank you to those sending in their comments/thoughts on sentient beings, please keep sending them in.

Please email me at Would really like to hear from you, your comments, thoughts, or just to say “Hi.”

Contents of this edition

Section I

For weddings, infant presentation, memorial service or funerals, please contact for information and an appointment (virtual, phone or in person).

Section II

Rev. Ron Miyamura - Resident Minister of Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago. Every Sunday morning, live Service and Dharma talk

Section III

Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path – A Life of Awakening by Takamaro Shigaraki. Translated by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, President and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Institute of Buddhist Studies - Berkeley, CA. Translator’s Notes.

Section IV

Buddhist Churches of America Membership.

Join directly with the BCA or join a BCA temple in our Eastern District: Midwest Buddhist Temple, New York Buddhist Church, Ekoji Buddhist Temple or Seabrook Buddhist Temple. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Anita

Section V

Institute of Buddhist Studies – Schools Open!

Section VI

The Dharma in Your Life

  • Dial the Dharma
  • Dharma Surfing on the Web – Everyone is invited. Stay for a minute or the entire service, and remember, come as you are!
  • Calendar of Events

Section VII

From Ara Ryokan

Wisdom, from calendar page for September

Section I

Wedding plans?

A Cleveland Buddhist Temple Wedding: simple or elaborate, traditional or non-traditional.

We welcome you to “Come as you are”

Please email rev.anita.cbt@outlook to make an appointment to visit and learn more.

Section II

Rev. Ron Miyamura, Supervising Minister of Cleveland Buddhist Temple

Midwest Buddhist Temple - every Sunday 11:30 AM Eastern Time.

Midwest Buddhist Temple, Chicago. Weekly on Facebook Live, at 10:30 am (CT) 11:30 am Eastern Time), short Service with Chanting and short Dharma Talk by Rev. Ron Miyamura. Rev. Ron is the Supervising Minister of Cleveland Buddhist Temple.


Rev. Ron Miyamura delivers weekly Dharma messages while our Temples are closed. Listen to all of his Dharma Talk podcasts. Rev. Miyamura begins his podcast with Sutra chanting and then delivers his message.

LIVE STREAMING VIDEO: Rev. Miyamura is streaming his Dharma Talks live on MBT’s Facebook page. If you wish to view Rev. Ron’s Dharma Talk “live” visit MBT’s Facebook page at 11:30 Eastern Time, on Sunday mornings or use the links below to view or listen to recorded talks.

CHANTED TEXTS: For those who would like to chant during service this document provides texts and English translations of some of the Sutras chanted by Rev. Miyamura during services. Chanted Texts

Section III

Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path


Takamaro Shigaraki

Translated by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Chapter 1 excerpts continued…

Aim of Buddhist Teaching

Buddhist teaching is intended to enable us to cultivate this type of awakening within ourselves. When we are able to cultivate even just a small amount of wisdom, we become human beings in the truest sense. That is to say, and awakening we subjectively engage in true human growth. We personally cast of our old human skin and become the kinds of persons that we are capable of being.

Normally, we lead self-centered lives, wearing the skin of ego attachment. Typically we think, “I like her; I hate him. She is my friend; he is my enemy.” In a variety of ways we reject some persons, while accepting others. And yet, as we do away with this kind of life and way of looking at things, even little by little, or as we come to grasp objects directly, without making them into objectified or scientific abstractions, then we will come to see objects by becoming one with them.

In this sense, the Buddhist path indicates an ongoing process in which our own self-centered ways of living are constantly being examined and the old skin of those lives is being cast off. Further, casting off the old skin means, at the same time, that we are growing into an becoming our new selves.

As we cast off, we become; as we become, we cast off. The process of casting off our old selves and becoming our new selves, becoming an casting off, continues on and on without end. This idea helps us to understand whether we can indeed come close to standing at the point of intersection of the vertical and horizontal axes, which we saw earlier. In our actual state, we learned it is impossible for us to reach that point we are not able to cast off our old skin and realized growth, as we might like. However, we can aim for that, and as we earnestly learn the Dharma, ourselves will be constantly brought under the severe scrutiny for as long as we live. This, I believe, is the basic aim of the Buddhist teachings.

Buddhism calls the current state of our existence into question and teaches us the true way to live as human beings. As a result, each of us undergoes a change, for we are made to realize personal, subjective growth let me say this in a different way: as we learn the Buddha-Dharma, we who are not so become so, little by little.

In this way, Buddhism is different from theistic religions which begin by affirming the existence of God as an absolute being. They then teach that people must live in relationship with that absolute God. Buddhism, however, is not founded on any dualistic conception of human beings and an absolute being. What Buddhism teaches is that, as we learn the Dharma-the universal principle that pervades the world and the universe-we come to question, through the Dharma, the state of our own existence and exhaustively search for our own ideal way of being. This is the teaching of Gautama Buddha.

(Chapter One to be continued…)

Section IV

Consider joining the Buddhist Churches of America member as an individual. The BCA individual option became available this year. You may also be a BCA member by joining the Midwest Buddhist Temple where Rev. Ron is the Resident Minister. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Anita

Established in 1899 as the Buddhist Mission of North America in San Francisco, CA, and subsequently in 1944 as the Buddhist Churches of America in Topaz, UT, the BCA today consists of 59 temples and churches across the Continental US dedicated to fulfilling the educational and spiritual needs of those who have chosen to follow the Nembutsu path. BCA is one of several overseas districts of the Nishi Hongwanji-ha, the mother temple of the Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land Buddhism) tradition in Kyoto, Japan.

Register on our web page today -

Section V

Curious about Buddhism? Want to learn more? School’s open!

Learning the answers to questions you always had about Buddhism, the world and you.

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is a leading American Buddhist graduate school and seminary that provides graduate-level education across the full breadth of the Buddhist tradition, with specialized training in academic studies of Buddhism, Buddhist chaplaincy, and Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist ministry.

Section VI

Buddhist Churches of America

Dial the Dharma: toll free number is 1-800-817-7918

English language message, press 1

Japanese language message, press 2

Midwest Buddhist Temple, Chicago. Weekly on Facebook Live, at 10:30 am (Central Time), short Service with Chanting and short Dharma Talk by Rev. Ron Miyamura. Rev. Ron is the Supervising Minister of Cleveland Buddhist Temple.

Calendar of Events

Please check last week’s post for details

Every Sunday 11:30 AM Eastern time – Rev. Ron Miyamura Dharma Talk and Service, live

BCA Center for Buddhist Education YouTube Channel

Videos of most CBE seminars that have taken place recently can be viewed at

Sept 26, 1-3pm Ichi-Mi will be having a Gender Language Workshop

October 21 The Dharma in Your Life – Registration begins August 1

Sat./Sun: Oct. 3 & 4: Women in Buddhism Webinar - "Tools for Spiritual Wellness"

Speakers: Carmela Javellana Hirano, M.D. ("Radical Humility - Jodo Shinshu Path to Joy"); Bonnie Duran, Ph.D. ("Dharma for Undoing Internalized Stereotypes"), Sharon A. Suh, Ph.D. (Meditation & Yoga for Healing Trauma"), Sheri Mizumori, Ph.D. ("Brain Health & Everyday Well-Being"); Tara Tamaribuchi, B.F.A. ("Art as healing")

Sat. Oct. 10, 10 am- 12 pm: Technobuddha Seminar - Good Trouble! " I don't think Slavery ended in 1865... I think it just evolved." ~ Bryan Stevenson . Guest speaker: Rick Stambul

Sat. Oct. 24, 10 am - 12 pm: "Dharma in Your Life"- Guest speakers: Rev. Marvin Harada, Rev. Maribeth "Smitty" Smith, and Rev. Jon Turner. Presented by the CBE Every Day Buddhism Committee. Flyer:

Registration link

Sat. Oct. 31, 11 am – 1 pm PDT: “Shin Buddhism & the Supernatural”- Speaker: Rev. Jerry Hirano

Registration Link

(Previously Dr. John Paraskevolopous was scheduled to speak on Oct 31st but due to his work he had to cancel and a new date is TBD)

Sat., Nov. 7, 7-10 pm (PT): BYR and Friends Reunion - An online gathering for HS participants from the BCA Buddhist Youth Retreats (BYR) from all years, and all others interested.

Section VII

From Ara Ryokan

Wisdom, from calendar page for September

One cannot avoid disaster that has already occurred.

However, one can avoid a possible future disaster

if one understands that everything is the result of a

series of causes and conditions.

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