All welcome to gather outdoors and dance in our garden
with the famous
ShoJoJi Japanese Dancers
Chicken teriyaki rice bowl
Grilled vegetables tacos
Chicken teriyaki tacos
Plain or teriyaki hot dogs
For updates and more information as plans are finalized and on the Festival, please check future Buddha Posts and www.clevelandbuddhisttemple.org
Dhammapada, a collection of verses of Shakyamuni Buddha
Standing Buddha c. 900 India, Kashmir - Cleveland Museum of Art
The monk delighting in heedfulness, seeing danger in heedlessness, advances like a fighter burning fetters great and small.
The monk delighting in heedfulness, seeing danger in heedlessness, – incapable of falling back – stands right on the verge of Unbinding.
Did a loved one pass away between July 2019 and today? Please submit names to Rev. Anita no later than JULY 11 we will remember them with gratitude at our annual Obon Memorial Service.
In-person services resume Sunday, July 18 Annual Obon Memorial Service – 10:30 AM
Limited Reserved Seating at this Service. Due to Covid-19 requirements by Unitarian Universalist Church, limited attendance, social distancing and mask requirements continue to be enforced for indoors gatherings
Understanding change and impermanence intellectually is one thing. Not railing against it is another. While there is still breath, many of us fight with all our might to get our way, whatever that “way” is.
We do this with our family, our friends, our work, of what others should believe and how they should behave; in fact, we even do it with things we know we can’t control, like the weather. It’s exhausting work.
At what point do we let go of trying to control everything? Who among us hasn’t faced that question? Is there chasm between accepting the Buddha’s teachings and the reality we live? Is there a line where doing what is rational and prudent is crossed when we just cannot and will not accept the change and impermanence of things not going the way we want? The line where the harder we try to clench our hands around the sands of control, the more it slips through?
As much as I’d like to say I don’t, I continue to live in that burning house. The burning house of our desires – the burning house of the anger directed both inward to ourselves and outward to the world – and the burning house of our folly to expect what life “should be.”
These attachments, these burning houses are at one end of our experiences, but what about the other end? The end where we have our attachments and desires for the ordinary, the stuff made of materials? Stuff that makes up our expectations of how our lives should be; what we should possess; what we should be entitled to?
The teachings on impermanence of this beautiful, confusing and sometimes painful life, helps us gain awareness of our own need to control. Thinking about the impermanence all of things, including our own life, may awaken us to the unique opportunity to live this one life more fully.
At what point do we let go of trying to control the world around us? At what point do we experience the liberation of letting go?
Have you ever wanted something so badly you can’t stand it? Did you ever ask for a new toy or videogame over and over again? Maybe you felt sad when your parents didn’t buy what you wanted. Even so, did you really need it? Or did you forget about it the very next day?
In the heat of the moment, you might think you can’t live without something. But the truth is, you don’t really need everything that you want. Your heart has a mind of its own. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself wanting a great many things. If you ever feel greedy, try to remember the phrase, “I’m fine without it.”
Discussion: children will be at a disservice if their desire for material possessions is not checked at an early stage. It’s important that they learn to calmly distinguish between real needs and mere wants. The heart is fickle and has a mind of its own. Buddha taught that the wise guard there mercurial heart, as a protected mind brings about ease of mind. Just as meditation is an effective mean to bring order to one’s thoughts, it’s important to create quiet times isolated from external stimuli.
Excerpts of Buddhist voices across teachings, across contients, across time.
Kenneth K. Tanaka
Arriving at the realization that we are indeed foolish is a product of intense self -cultivation to become Buddhas. Shinran Shonin is our model, for he did not see himself as foolish during his early training as a monk. But 20 years of intense training bore no satisfying results. Shinran Shonin found that his greed, hatred and ignorance were deep-seated and truly with no hope of eradication through his own effort.
This discovery, however, was actually liberating. Surely, there was regret and even shame for being so ego centered but he experienced freedom in being able to accept his failings: selfish, stubborn, short tempered, etc.,; in modern Jungian psychological terms, he was able to acknowledge and accept part of his shadow. This process is liberating precisely because one has finally awakened to how he really is, stark naked and stripped of all pretensions, defenses and self-images. Some people think (Shinshu teaching is a little pessimistic…) so, this is because they understand human imperfection only from an ethical or moral perspective. Sure, some people are more thoughtful, kind, and giving than others. But limitation in Jodo Shinshu is to be understood in a spiritual context, not simply in the ethical or legal context. The point of reference for our limitations is the Buddha, not the next-door neighbors, coworkers, or fellow students at school.
The more a person comes to appreciate the immense caring they receive from others, the more they come to realize their own limitations. To use an analogy, the brighter the sunshine, darker shadows are projected. The brighter the spiritual life, the greater our sense of human limitations. When a 200 W lightbulb replaces a 25 W bulb, we see dirt, blotches in the shed heaviness of the room that we didn’t notice before.
Excerpt from: Ocean: An Introduction to Jōdo-Shinshū Buddhism in America by Kenneth K. Tanaka. WisdomOcean Publications, Berkeley, 1997
Annual Obon Service with Monthly Memorial Service :10:30 AM
If a loved one pass away between July 2019 and July 12, 2021 Please submit names to Rev. Anita no later than JULY 12 in order to be remembered with gratitude.
Sunday, July 18 Obon Japanese Festival
• Begins 12:00 noon in the garden • Obon Japanese Festival with folk dancing for all • ShoJoJi Japanese Dancers • Kiko’s Kitchen • All welcome – no outdoor attendance restrictions but all are requested to observe safe social behavior • Masks required for those not vaccinated for Covid-19