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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:

October 31, 2020 Edition

Wasan 42

Beams of light,
thirty-six hundred
Thousand billion in number,
Shine brilliantly from within
each flower;
There is no place they do not

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


Due to Covid–19, The Cleveland Buddhist Temple has suspended in person Shin Buddhist Services until further notice. Please contact us to request a special service. We look forward to resuming in person services soon!

Fake News? Asked and Answered

Yes, where IS the door? The wisdom in this cartoon is fundamental to our understanding of Buddhism.  We need to understand what is fake and what is real, each one of us, for ourselves.

We all have questions about this life: the suffering, the inexplicable way things happen to the person next to you and not you, and more.  Many of us are converts to the teachings of the Buddha because the answers to questions we were given were not satisfactory in the absence of “blind faith.”

Commands carved in stone demand adherence.  We read Dante’s Inferno and the rings of Hell he populated with people from history and shiver.   Our teachers taught a history now being challenged.  We watched Father Knows Best and so wanted to believe that such a family was the norm. 

Deep down, we want there to be one truth that is unchanging and real.  It is comforting to know there is a truth.  It is comforting to believe in a dualist “other.” One who can be petitioned for your football team to win or a cure for a dying child and then expect this “other” in an omnipotent and omniscient position to determine who wins, who loses, who lives, who dies.  

It is when our own experiences of the real world continually fail to match belief systems we were taught, or the world view from school, we begin to search for answers we can work with.  

Buddhism is not an easy path.  There is no door to enter.  The door is the teaching, the Buddha Dharma. The Buddha taught us how to discern fake from real, for all aspects of this life we are living.   

For me, the words of the Buddha, printed below, reminds me it is my responsibility to sort out fake information.  That means to explore all opinions, not just the ones that match my current beliefs. The Right Speech (see Tanaka excerpt below) aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path helps with this.  Is what we are hearing conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then can I  live up to it?  The Buddha’s teaching on Fake News was asked and answered.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

― Buddha Siddhartha Gautama Shakyamuni

Namo Amida Butsu.

In Gassho,
Rev. Anita

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

Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts, and the Young at Heart by Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka BKD American, 2020.



Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka

Excerpts from Chapter 6 – The Eightfold Noble Path, continued from 1) Right View…

2) Right Intention

Right Intention points to the promise we make to conduct our lives based on Right View. Right View was our understanding, but Right Intention is our firm promise to put our understanding into practice in our everyday lives.

Right View is the theory and Right Intention is our promise to put that theory into practice. In any sport, we learn the basic rules of the game (= theory) from the coach, but as we play the game we must have a strong intention to follow the rules (= promise).

3) Right Speech

Right Speech encourages us to refrain from four things: false speech, divisive speech, hurtful words and idle talk.

False speech or lying is not allowed in almost all religions. So it requires no detail explanation. It is simply the act of saying something that is different from the facts or opposite of what is in your heart.

Divisive speech includes slandering, backbiting and talk that can lead to hatred among individuals or groups of people.

Hurtful words include harsh, rude, hateful and abusive language that is hurtful to others.

Idle talk refers to the act of talking about things that have very little value, such as gossip, which is based on hearsay and is often used just to pass the time or build a false sense of camaraderie in the spirit of self-righteousness.

Buddhism discourages wrong speech because they are often carried out with G. A. S. or greed/hatred, and stupidity/ignorance. However, when we practice Right Speech, it helps to reduce our G. A. S., As well as to speak more pleasantly, thoughtfully and compassionately.

To be continued from Chapter 6 – The Eightfold Noble Path, parts 4-8

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