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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:

August 29, 2020 Edition

Wassan 33

Bodhisattvas of the Buddha
land in the nine other quarters
Likewise go to pay homage
to Amida,
Sakyamuni Tathagata has
taught in verse
The praise of the Buddha’s
immeasurable virtues.

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


The symbol of the intertwining wisteria blossoms is the Kujo Clan Hanging Wisteria family crest and the official crest of our Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha school of Buddhism. The pair of hanging wisteria blossom is called the Sagari Fuji. It is a symbolic representation of humility.

Humility isn’t easy to come by. Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji said, in his August 24 2020 address at Jōdo Shinshū Correspondence Course August workshop that “It is harder to bring two hands together than move two massive mountains together.” This can be said of ‘humility.’ When I think about being humble it feels like a double edged sword. If I’m humble outwardly but aware of it and feeling a bit good about it, am I truly humble?

I came across this drawing about humility from the mathematics field. Give it your best shot before you look for the answer (hidden of course) in this newsletter.

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 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…

Buddha’s Final Words

As he lay dying, Gautama Buddha offered in his final words to his followers a straightforward explanation of the fundamental principles of the Buddhist teachings. These words are preserved in the Pāli text, the Dīgha Nīkīya, and have also been transmitted in a Chinese scripture, known as the Last Teaching Sutra, which appears in the Long Agama Sutras. Briefly summarize a state:

Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself; do not depend upon anyone else.

Make my teachings you’re right. Rely upon them; do not depend on any other teaching.

This, we are told, is the final teaching of Gautama Buddha. I believe that these words reveal the fundamental principles of Buddhism.

Here Gautama Buddha instructs each human being to live by relying upon him or herself. None of us has chosen on our own to live this human life we have each been born into this world-into a life that utterly transcends work our own wills, a life that has been given to us. We have each appeared in this world, bearing our own set of problems, yet in a manner not determined by our own wills. This is the real beginning of our human lives; they harbor much contradiction and are filled with suffering. Nevertheless, Gautama Buddha teaches us that, no matter how much or what kind of contradiction or suffering may have, we must each take full responsibility to stand up and bear the burden of our own lives, as if we had in fact chosen or even requested those lives. This is the meaning of the words, “Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself.”

He then turns to his own teachings. The Dharma, he says, is a universal principle that pervades the world, all humanity, and more broadly, the universe itself. In this world, at all times and in all places, there exists a universal principle holds true for all human and can be understood by anyone. The Buddha teaches us to live our lives in reliance on this universal principle, making it our light. This was the final teaching of Gautama Buddha.

Let us discuss this in a way that may be a little easier to understand, by viewing it in terms of vertical and horizontal axes. The instruction is to take responsibility for our own lives may be said to represent a vertical axis. The Dharma-the universal principle that pervades the world and all humanity-would then be the horizontal axis. Gautama Buddha instructs us to live out a point at which the vertical axis and the horizontal access intersect.

That is to say, we humans all have our own egos, and as a result, we always make judgments and act according to whatever is most convenient to ourselves; yet it is only because there is a universal principle that permeates our lives that we become able to live truly as human beings. We must take responsibility for our own lives and bear the responsibility for our lives resolutely, and yet, at the same time, we must be in accord with the universal principle that pervades everything in our lives. The truth is, however, that our lives are always far removed from this point of intersection. For that reason, Gautama Buddha teaches us that we must constantly strive to live at that point.

According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama was the first person to stand at this point of intersection. Therefore, he was called the “Buddha.”

(to be continued…)

Section IV

Cleveland Buddhist Temple Members,

Be a 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 one of the following BCA member temples 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

Welcome to the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA)! We look forward to having you as a member in sharing the Buddha Dharma.

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.

By becoming a member, you help to support its vision of sharing the Dharma with others. Membership includes subscription to the Wheel of Dharma, our monthly newsletter of articles and essays on Buddhism. You will also receive Bishop Marvin Harada's book, "Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life," to begin your path with the BCA.

Register on our web page today -

Section V

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

Check out the Institute of Buddhist Studies for the Fall 2020 semester. Take a class or sign up for a certificate or degree program.

Why spend your precious time binge watching media that profits Wall Street? Profit by 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.

In addition to numerous graduate degree and certificate programs, IBS produces excellent and innovative scholarship, and fosters engaged and inclusive community through conferences, symposia, and other events of interest for scholars and practitioners alike.

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

Sat., Sept. 5, 11 am – 1 pm (PDT): "Finding the Spiritual Heart in Turbulent Times: Naikan Self-Reflection" - Guest speaker, Gregg Krech, ToDo Institute Registration link

· 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

Why was the equal sign so humble? He knew he wasn’t greater than or less than anyone else.

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.

Cleveland Buddhist Temple

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Ohio 44122 United States

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