Hello dear Dharma Friends far and wide. I find it hard to believe that so many years have gone by since my last posting. I should say Happy New Year 2016, 2017, 2018! I feel like a stranger to my own blog. So, here I am again humbly submitting some thoughts and poems that pop into the head of this bumbling priest.
The plan for this year is to continue to live a life grateful in the Nembutsu.
We will begin construction of a permanent altar for Myoko-in Temple NW. In March of 2014, we purchased a large historic school in Deer Island, Oregon. The main two room school has been converted on the inside into our home. Deer Island Manor was originally built in 1908 and served as a school to the small community of Deer Island up until 2009. The school comes with a gymnasium. The gym, now known as "The Great Hall" houses an art collection and library. It will soon be the permanent home to Myoko-in Temple NW, a Jodo Shinshu Temple run by Rev. Diane Jishin (Johnson) Dunn (me). The new altar (Naijin) will be installed during the months of February and March 2015. Services are bring held the second Sunday of each month. Once the Naijin is complete services will be held twice a month with Dharma talks and other Dharma activities. Deer Island Manor also hosts guests as a Bed and Breakfast and has two large guest bedrooms with king sized beds. We are located on AIRBNB and Facebook. Come visit, share a meal with us and share the Dharma with us!
I will be working on a second book of poetry and will be collaborating with Shin poet, Marcus Jishin Cumberlege. I am hoping for wonderful things to come about as I work with my dear friend Marcus.
I hope this little note reaches you and finds you well and happy and living a full life in the Nembutsu.
I encourage all of you to write, write write...write your thoughts and feelings about being a Shin Buddhist. What does it mean to you? What does Shin Buddhism do for you? Is Amida in your daily life? Have you said the Nembutsu today?
Let's say it together.... Namu Amida Butsu.....Namo Amida Butsu....Na-Man-Da-Bu......Na-man-da-bu.....Na-man-da-bu......
If it were not for the light of Compassion
I would be hiding in the shadows of my dark self
The blinding light helps me to see clearly
I am grateful to know
I am ok
Just as I am.........
Namu Amida Butsu
A beautiful sunny day here in my new home in
Deer Island, Oregon