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The Want Monsters

At today’s Buddhist Family Practice, Jessica read an excerpt from “The Want Monsters: And How They Stopped Ruling My World”.  We discussed the lessons of the book, including how some “wanting” can be beneficial how patience and time can help to reduce our excessive wants how practicing acceptance can be helpful Afterwards the kids had…

How to Practice Boundless Love

In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva; is an enlightened (bodhi) being (sattva). Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone on the Buddhist path who, motivated by great compassion, seeks enlightenment for the benefit of all beings but decides to forgo supreme enlightenment for the benefit of working for the benefit of all sentient beings. This talk will explore…

The Gospel of Thomas: the Buddhist Jesus?

Lost for 1,600 years… The below website link will connect you with a different image of Jesus of Nazareth that most of you are not familiar with. Our Gospel of Thomas website offers an open-minded exploration of the parallel mystical sayings and belief system of Jesus with Shin and Zen Buddhist teachings. Included are wonderful…

Buddhist Prayer

 Prayer in Buddhism by Senpai Sensei(BFF Senior Teacher & Founder) Prayer should be part of our spiritual journey, transforming confusion into clarity and suffering into joy. However, some mistakenly believe that the Absolute is separate and/or different from us. Believing this, their prayers ask for favors, such as health, salvation, fame, victory or the winning…

Eightfold Daily Practices and Chants

“Live simply with gratitude, peace, purpose, and compassion”                                                                                                                  — Rev. G. Lewis-Bastias The following Eightfold Daily Observances and Practices are recommended for our Fellowship’s members and friends, communities, and interested parties. We highly encourage you to diligently practice them on a daily basis so that your life can manifest its potential for peace, gratitude,…

The Noble Eightfold Path for Shin Buddhists

The Buddhist Faith Fellowship stresses daily practice as the best skilful means to transform our muddy ice of delusions and suffering into the clear water of enlightenment.  Below is its condensed and adapted version of the Noble Eightfold Path first taught by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni over 2, 600 years ago. This North American Shin Buddhist…

Shinran Shonin: The Humble Reformer

Early Years Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) was the founder of Shin Buddhism. He was born at the close of the Heian period, when political power was passing from the imperial court into the hands of warrior clans. It was during this era when the old order was crumbling, however, that Japanese Buddhism, which had been declining into…

What is Shin Buddhism?

By Takamaro ShigarakiAuthor of the aclaimed Shin book “A Life of Awakening”   What is Shin? I am a Shin Buddhist. Zen, which arose in Japan in the same thirteenth century period of religious reform as did Shin Buddhism, became popular in America and Europe through the writings of D.T. Suzuki and others. Suzuki’s writings…