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American Buddhist Study Center

American Buddhist Study Center

By Hoshina Seki
Our passion is to introduce Buddhist Values and Japanese culture. We will have interviews with authors, scholars, ministers, and artists. There will also be discussions and, to liven things up, we will have live performances.
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Weekly Wasan - Episode 16 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 82-86
Hey Dharma friends!  Welcome to this episode of Weekly Wasan, which contains Five Hymns or Gathas on the Amida Sutra.  The Amida Sutra (also known as the Smaller Sutra or the Amida Kyo) is the third of the 3 Sutras on which the Pure Land school is based.  Next week, we will continue our traversal of the Jodo Wasan by starting Shinran's next section, "Hymns to Amida Based on Various Sutras."  I hope you'll be back for those.  Until then, please be well!  Namo-Amida-Butsu. With palms together, Gary
08:09
June 18, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 15 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 78-81
Hi Dharma Friends!  With this episode, we conclude the section "On the Contemplation Sutra."  These have been quite the tongue twisters - thanks for putting up with my reading.  You may wish to read or re-read the entire Sutra because it is a great story and the spiritual insights Shinran conveys using it are immense.  One good translation is that of Hisao Inagaki and Harold Stewart in The Three Pure Land Sutras, published by the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation & Research in their BDK English Tripitaka Series.  There are others out there as well.  If you are looking for the earlier episodes in the Weekly Wasan series, the easiest way is to go to ambuddhist.org (the American Buddhist Study Center home page) and find the link.  There is lots of other cool material to check out there as well! Palms together, Gary
07:30
June 11, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 14 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 73-77
Hi Dharma friends!  In today's episode, we begin the next part of the Jodo Wasan, consisting of nine Gathas or Hymns on The Contemplation Sutra.  We cover the first 5 in this episode and will finish them up next time.  This might be a great time to read or re-read The Sutra of Contemplation on Amida Buddha.  Shinran's verses guide us to appreciate the essence of the story of King Bimbisara, Queen Vaidehi, King Ajatasaru, etc., and what it should mean for us in our own lives. Please consider subscribing or following the podcast on your device and getting automatic notifications when new episodes are uploaded.  You can always hear the latest installment on the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Also, check out the ABSC website americanbuddhist.org for lots of other cool stuff.  Tell all your friends and please stay well, saying with gratitude NAMO-AMIDA-BUTSU.  All the best, Gary
09:53
June 4, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 13 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 67-72
Hi Dharma Friends!  With this episode, we conclude the reading of the Jodo Wasan section, "On the Larger Sutra."  Next time we will start another group, "On the Contemplation Sutra."  I really hope you have been enjoying these readings. Remember that when questions about Shinran's thoughts arise upon hearing some of these verses, those are golden opportunities to ask about them to your ministers, other reliable teachers, or knowledgeable Sangha friends.  In this way, your own understanding can deepen, and the Dharma will spread.  This is the true purpose of the writings of Shinran Shonin. We are "fellow travelers" in the Dharma. Please "follow" or subscribe to whatever podcast platform you use to access these readings.  That way, notifications of new episodes will go directly to your phone or device, and you can listen at your convenience.  Also, please check out the American Buddhist Study Center webpage at americanbuddhist.org for more good Shin Dharma content.  Until next time, be well! With palms together, Gary
10:38
May 28, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 12 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 61-66
Hi Dharma friends, Welcome back to Weekly Wasan!  This week we continue with the Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land), On the Larger Sutra.  If you are enjoying these readings, please select "follow" or "subscribe" on your Podcast Provider app, and you will get a notification on your device as soon as a new episode is uploaded.  You can also listen to the current episode over the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center website https://americanbuddhist.org for even more good stuff.  Palms together, Gary
10:23
May 22, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 11 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 55-60
Hi Dharma Friends! In this episode, you can listen to the next 6 Wasan verses from the Section "On The Larger Sutra."  I hope you are enjoying the readings each week. If you like this series, consider "following" it via your podcast provider. Your phone or device will get a notification every time a new episode is uploaded, and you can listen at a time convenient for you. You can also listen to the current episode of the podcast on the phone, 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272). There are other readings from the American Buddhist Study Center to enjoy there also.  Tell your friends!
10:15
May 14, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 10 Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 51-54
Welcome back, Dharma Friends!  Today we begin the next part of the Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land).  In prior episodes, we heard 50 Hymns on Gathas in Praise of Amida Buddha.  In today's installment, we hear the first 4 Hymns On the Larger Sutra.  Master Shinran wrote 22 Wasan Hymns in this group.  I hope you enjoy them.  Please tell your friends about the Weekly Wasan series, and please remember that the latest episode can also be heard on the phone by dialing 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Peace to you all! Namo-Amida-Butsu. With palms together, Gary
09:22
May 8, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 9 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 45-50-
Hi Everyone!  Hope you all enjoy Episode 9, Hymns of the Pure Land, Numbers 45-50.  This concludes the first section of Shinran's Jodo Wasan. There are 118 Hymns in the collection.  Next week, we'll begin the next section, "On the Larger Sutra, Twenty-Two Hymns."  Hope you will listen and please tell your friends if you are enjoying the podcast.  You can also hear the latest episode over the phone by calling 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Please be well.  Namo-Amida-Butsu.
10:37
May 1, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 8 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 39-44
Welcome back for today's Wasan verses!  We are using the translation found in the Collected Works of Shinran, published in Kyoto by Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, Shin Buddhism Translation Series.  There are other great translations out there.  Why not find one and read it as a comparison?  Each translation has different nuances.  If you can read in the original Japanese and have access to that text, even better!  The latest episode of this podcast can also be heard by phone: 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Tell your friends who may have difficulties using the internet to call. Until next time, be well.  In Gassho (with palms together), Gary
09:00
April 24, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 7 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 33-38
Hi Dharma friends!  Please enjoy six more verses of the Jodo Wasan.  You can also listen to the latest episode on the phone by dialing 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Tell all your friends!  Wishing you peace of mind and heart,  Gary
09:53
April 17, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 6 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 27-32
Dear Dharma Friends, Hope you are enjoying our podcast of Shinran Shonin's Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land)!  There are 110 verses in this collection and we are reading them six at a time.  You can also hear the most recent episode on our phone line: 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Tell your friends!!  Palms together, Gary
08:59
April 9, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 5 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 21-26
Hope you are enjoying the Weekly Wasan!  Those without internet facilities can also listen to the latest episode on ABSC's phone number: 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).
10:00
April 3, 2021
An interview with Rev. Miki Nakura
In this episode, I interview Rev. Miki Nakura, a Jodo Shinshu minister in New York City.  Rev. Nakura holds monthly Seiza (silent sitting) meditations for the Study Center over Zoom.  Later this year (hopefully) he will once again have in-person meditation at our Study Center. I think you will enjoy this podcast with Rev. Miki Nakura. He openly talks about his path to becoming a Shin minister. 
27:32
March 28, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 4 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 15-20
You can also listen to the latest episode on our phone number: 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272), ideal for friends and relatives with sight impairment issues!  Listen every week to six more Wasan by Shinran Shonin.  We are using the translation in The Collected Works of Shinran published by Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto.   
09:10
March 27, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 3 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 9-14
We continue our reading of the Jodo Wasan, Hymns of the Pure Land, by Shinran Shonin.  This episode contains Numbers 9-14.  You can also listen to the current episode over the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Ideal for the sight impaired!  Tell your friends.
10:31
March 20, 2021
An interview with Karl Palma
In this episode, I'm talking to Karl Palma the building manager and caretaker of the New York Buddhist Church, where the ABSC is located in.  Karl has a passion for Buddhism and Japanese culture.  Karl talks about how a Filipino ended up working for a Buddhist Church for the past ten years.  During that time he learned Japanese cooking and opened his own Japanese street food business.  
47:49
March 18, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 2 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 3-8
Welcome to Weekly Wasan!  We're reading Shinran's Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) in little groups.  Episode 2 contains Jodo Wasan 3-8. You can also listen to the current episode over the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272), which might be easier for some people.  Tell your friends!
09:46
March 14, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Introduction & Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 1-2
Welcome to Weekly Wasan!  In today's episode, you can listen to a brief introduction to our podcast of Shinran Shonin's Wasan.  Wasan are short poems (also translated as Gathas or Hymns) in collections.  Shinran wrote them in the vernacular and, while they of course repay detailed study, they also make a very beautiful listening experience on their own.  Today, listen to the Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land), Gathas 1 & 2.  We'll be back each week with 6 more Gathas until the collection is completed.
09:40
February 27, 2021
Illuminating Reflections a Fine Art ABSC Fundraiser
A Fine Art Virtual Auction in support of the American Buddhist Study Center, will be open for bidding at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 30, and will close at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, Dec. 6. You may view the auction items now at the ABSC Fine Art Gallery on our website www.ambuddhist.org. The artist, Ken Horii, sees his work as a confluence of contemporary art practice and Buddhist philosophy and is presenting 25 pieces for auction, ten works on paper, and 15 sculptures. A portion of each art purchase will go directly to support the ABSC and our mission.
11:13
November 29, 2020
American Buddhist Study Center
Welcome to the American Buddhist Study Center's first podcast show.  Our mission is to introduce Buddhism Values and Japanese culture. Interview with Rajnesh Avtar.
06:59
September 8, 2020