Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 - What does this year hold for you?

What does 2015 hold for you?

What do you plan to do with this new year?

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......


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Focus on the one.....

The actions of a few
have affected the hearts of the many
without focusing on the one,


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Light of Compassion

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

Thank you..
A beautiful sunny day here in my new home in
Deer Island, Oregon


Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's hard to feel good

It's hard to feel good, when my thoughts are scattered and not focused on the saving power of Amida's Vow...

Grateful that Amida is always focused on foolish folks like me...
Never scattered, always working towards my birth in the Pure land....Amida, Amida..thank you thank you...

Namu Amida Butsu


- Namu Amida Butsu

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A moment in the life of a Shin Buddhist

A moment in the life of a Shin Buddhist

Sometimes taking just one moment to sit, stay and type at the computer seems like a huge task that can not be completed.

My mind is racing and whirling with the daily tasks of life. still for one moment

Stay...stay in the moment

Breathe...take a deep breath...breathe in the moment

Namo Amida Butsu

Namo Amida Butsu is in every moment of my life...for me, there is no doubt.

I am grateful...

I am humbled...

I am foolish...

I am a Shin Buddhist.....I know no other way.....

Namo Amida Butsu

Thank you...


Sunday, February 23, 2014

It took a wise man to remind me

It took a wise man to remind me that being "just as I am" is ok.

It took a Buddha to remind me that I am assured birth in the Pure Land "just as I am".

It took a great teacher to remind me that what I have done in this life is a gift.

If my life ends this moment, I trust that Amida will guide me home.

Friends, Buddhas, Teachers....we need these Dharma friends along this path we call "our life"...embrace them always.

Thank you,

- Namu Amida Butsu

Monday, February 17, 2014

I don't wish...

I don't wish to be a little lonely flower petal floating on the rough sea of suffering...Instead, with the gentle breeze of Amida's Compassion, I wish to float sweetly and gently, glisten with great brightness and fade into depths of Amida's great ocean...floating, floating, then sinking deeper when the time comes....Namo Amida Butsu

Thank you

- Namu Amida Butsu