Skip to main content
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.
Where to listen
Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Weekly Wasan - Episode 62 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 88-93
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we conclude the section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan called "Hymns in Praise of Prince Shōtoku" with six more verses.  As you know, Prince Shōtoku (574-622 CE) promoted Buddhism in Japan throughout his life and was greatly revered because of this.  Shinran was personally very devoted to him.  Shinran associates Prince Shōtoku with Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and believed that he appeared in Japan providentially as the world was entering the last dharma-age.  In the last dharma-age, as you already know, only the teachings remain.  The various Buddhist practices have become futile because beings lack the capacity to bring them to fruition using self-power.  The Great Vow of Amida Buddha is directed precisely toward beings in this last dharma-age.  Beings calling the Name-of-the-Buddha, Namo-Amida-Butsu, can attain liberation through Amida's directing of virtues in its two aspects. Please check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more Dharma content.  Please be well and stay safe! Palms together, Gary
09:19
August 04, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 61 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 83-87
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we begin the next section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan called "Hymns in Praise of Prince Shōtoku" in eleven verses.  This episode covers the first 5 Wasan in this section.  Prince Shōtoku (574-622 CE) is fondly remembered in Japan as having established the imperial government on a firm footing and also for vigorously promoting Buddhism there in his lifetime.  Shinran had a profound personal devotion to Prince Shōtoku.  The commentary in the Collected Works of Shinran tells us, "Prince Shōtoku's importance in the Hymns of the Dharma-Ages stems from Shinran's view of him as a manifestation of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara who compassionately appeared in Japan to deliver the nembutsu teaching just as the world was entering the last dharma-age." CWS, II, 100. I hope you have been enjoying the Wasan readings.  Please check out ambuddhist.org for more great Dharma content. Palms together, Gary
07:26
July 29, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 60 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns on the Dharma-Ages) 76-82
Hi Dharma-friends! This episode contains the concluding 7 verses of the section "Hymns on the Offense of Doubting the Primal Vow"  Throughout this section, Shinran has been encouraging us to entrust wholeheartedly, without any reservations at all, in the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha to bring all beings to awakening in his Pure Land.  Clearly, Shinran is trying very hard to make an impression about having absolutely no doubts or reservations!  But, as foolish beings, we always have such reservations when we try to achieve liberation using our own steam.  Fortunately, knowing our foolishness, Amida's Light & Life grabs us and brings us along anyway.  Shinran is telling us that we should just rely on that in gratitude and get over ourselves. Next time, we will cover the next section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan called "Hymns in Praise of Prince Shōtoku." Check out more good Dharma content on the American Buddhist Study Center's webpage, ambuddhist.org Until next time, peace!  Palms together, Gary
08:50
July 22, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 59 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 68-75
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, let's continue with eight more verses in the section entitled "Hymns on the Offense of Doubting the Primal Vow."  Shinran's purpose in this entire section is to encourage us to wholeheartedly entrust in Amida's Primal Vow to bring all beings, especially those of us living in this last Dharma-Age, to liberation in the Pure Land. We will conclude this part next time.  Until then, please be well, always saying -- following Shinran's advice -- Namo-Amida-Butsu. Check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content. Palms together, Gary
10:01
July 15, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 58 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 60-67
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we begin the next section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan entitled "Hymns on the Offense of Doubting the Primal Vow."  There are 23 verses in this part, and today you can hear the first eight. In this section, Shinran is focusing on "doubt," which is a key feature of his understanding. Shinran teaches that in this last Dharma-Age, only the teachings of the Buddha remain. Ordinary beings lack the capacity and conditions to put these teachings into practice by their own efforts. Amida Buddha, having great compassion for ordinary beings, established the Primal Vow calling all who call on Amida's Name to the Pure Land.    The important point is that the merit and practice is Amida's, not our own. If we rely on our own efforts, we cannot avoid doubting - fortunately, our situation is anticipated by the Primal Vow. Shinran encourages us in these verses to wholeheartedly entrust in the Buddha's great compassion. Hope you are well! Please check out the American Buddhist Study Center's webpage for more Dharma content. ambuddhist.org With palms together, Gary
10:38
July 08, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 57 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) 56-59
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we conclude the first part of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan, the collection known as "Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma-Ages."  Shinran encourages us ordinary beings of this Last Dharma-Age to take refuge in Amida's Great Vow and say the Name and, thereby, attain liberation through Power-Beyond-Self.  Shinran teaches that awakening or liberation through self-power practices is futile in this Last Dharma-Age in which we find ourselves.  Note the last verse, No. 59, is the famous "Ondokusan" recited or sung by Shin Buddhists everywhere as an expression of deep gratitude for this wonderful teaching of Amida's compassion and for those who have transmitted it to us across the centuries. Next time, we will continue with the next group of gathas or hymns in the Shōzōmatsu Wasan.  Please be well!  For more good Dharma content, please check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center, ambuddhist.org Palms together, Gary
08:19
June 24, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 56 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 51-55
Hi Dharma-friends! Today you can listen to five more verses by Shinran in the collection Pure Land Hymns of the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages.  Shinran reinforces his understanding of Power-Beyond-Self as Amida's directing of virtue for going forth and return.  How fortunate for us to hear this teaching!  Amida, though great love of sentient beings, directs virtue for our going forth.  We attain great compassion thereby which, Shinran explains, is Amida's directing of virtue for our return.  We are told that Amida (Light and Life), Mahāsthāmaprāpta (Wisdom), and Avalokiteśvara (Compassion) sail together on the ship of the Great Vow on the ocean of birth-and-death.  They call out to beings like us and bring us on board. Next time we'll finish this first section of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan.  Please be well.  For more Dharma content, be sure to check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center, ambuddhist.org With palms together, Gary
08:27
June 18, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 55 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 46-50
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we read five more verses of the Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages.  Shinran further explains his understanding of how only by completely relying (in Shinjin) on Amida's Vow to Liberate All can beings in this Last Dharma Age realize awakening.  It is Amida's directing of virtue for going forth from the Pure Land and returning that makes this possible.  How grateful we are! Next time we'll continue with five more verses by Shinran Shonin.  Until then, please be well!  For more Dharma content, please visit the American Buddhist Study Center's home page: ambuddhist.org With palms together, Gary
08:38
June 10, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 54 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 41-45
Hi Dharma-friends, Welcome back to Weekly Wasan!  Today, continue listening to the Shōzōmatsu Wasan or Hymns of the Dharma Ages with five more verses.  Shinran reflects in this group on the present age - the Last Dharma Age - and its difficulties and challenges.  Mired, as we are, in an endless and futile go-round of striving for Awakening through our own limited efforts, we find ourselves stuck.  However, Shinran says that, when we receive the true cause of birth in the Pure Land from Śākyamuni and Amida, we will unfailingly attain Nirvana.  All the Buddhas, countless as the sands of the Ganges, attest to this. Hope you are enjoying the podcast.  Please check out ambuddhist.org the website of the American Buddhist Study Center, for more good Dharma content. With palms together, Gary
08:12
June 03, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 53 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 36-40
Hi Dharma-friends! This episode's verses from the Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages are very powerful and are among my favorite expressions of the Dharma by Shinran Shonin.  Shinran is telling us not to worry that our own limitations due to distractions and self-indulgence are too heavy for Liberation.  The Light of Amida's Vow of Wisdom is like a great torch illuminating a dark place.  That Light is boundless and reaches everywhere.  Because saying the Name, Namo-Amida-Butsu, in Shinjin is Amida's own practice, it overcomes literally every obstacle.  Through the working of the wisdom of Amida's Vow, our limited good and evil minds are transformed into Amida's mind of great compassion.  Namoamidabutsu. Hope you have been enjoying the podcast.  Check out the website of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content. Palms together, Gary
11:35
May 27, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 52 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 31-35
Hi Dharma-friends! Today let's listen to five more verses in the collection "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages."  in today's group, Shinran explains how the Nembutsu teaching is a function of Wisdom.  Our own aspiration for Awakening is in itself caused by the compassion of Śākyamuni and Amida for sentient beings.  Amida entrusts his selected Primal Vow (the Nembutsu) to the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Mahāsthāmaprāpta.  It is Mahāsthāmaprāpta (Wisdom) who nurtures us on the Pure Land path.  Shinran says that "...since Amida's Vow is wisdom, the emergence of the mind of entrusting oneself to it is the arising of wisdom." Please be well! Palms together, Gary
09:24
May 20, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 51 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 26-30
Hi Dharma-friends! Today we hear 5 more verses from this collection by Shinran Shonin.  A striking image in these verses is Shinran's comparison of those who now follow the Nembutsu path with Maitreya Bodhisattva.  Maitreya Bodhisattva is the next fully enlightened Buddha after Śākyamuni who will appear in the world when causes and conditions are right to do so.  Nembutsu followers, saying the Name of Amida Buddha through Shinjin, realize the same Awakening or Enlightenment as Maitreya when this present life has run its course through the power of the Vow.  Amazing stuff!! Until next time, please be well!  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center website ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content. Palms together, Gary
08:21
May 13, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 50 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 21-25
Hi Dharma-friends! This is our fiftieth episode!  Today let's listen to five more wasan verses in the section entitled "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma Ages." Shinran really gets into the nitty-gritty of his understanding of the Buddha's teaching for our times.  Amida Tathagata has directed his Primal Vow universally towards sentient beings.  When ordinary people of this Last Dharma Age entrust themselves to this Vow and abandon their limited self-powered efforts to achieve merit, they are merged into Amida's universal merits and thereby attain the stage equal to perfect enlightenment.  Shinran says they "receive the benefit of being grasped, never to be abandoned." If you are enjoying the podcast, please check out the webpage of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more good content.  Why not send a message to the ABSC at info@ambuddhist.org Please be well.  Palms together, Gary
11:29
May 06, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 49 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 16-20
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan, we hear 5 more verses.  Shinran, in the earlier verses, having described in somewhat bleak terms the difficulties of the situation in which we find ourselves in this latter Dharma Age, now turns to the way open to us: entrust ourselves to the Vow of Amida Buddha (Unmeasured Light and Life) to liberate all beings through the Nembutsu, become reborn into Amida's Pure Land, and thereby enter into Awakening ourselves with others through the Buddha's great compassion.  Shinran, in the remaining verses in this part called "Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma-Ages," will give us his insights about how this wonderful dynamic works. Recall that Shinran wrote these verses toward the end of his life at around 85 years of age and his thoughts are a precious legacy. Please be well.  Tell your friends about the podcast if you are enjoying it.  You can find more good Dharma content on the website of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org Until next time, Gary
10:46
April 30, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 48 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma Ages) 11-15
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we continue the section "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance and Last Dharma Ages."  Shinran is really making the case that he finds himself (and, therefore, we also find ourselves) in the Last Dharma Age - a very difficult time to find Awakening for ordinary beings such as us.  Shinran is impressing upon us the need to entrust ourselves to the Primal Vow and say the Name, Namo-Amida-Butsu. That is the one guaranteed way to enlightenment.  As Shinran says "...The Buddha's path alone is pure. / Only by going forth and reaching enlightenment can we benefit others / In this burning house; this is the natural working of the Vow."  It is a message of supreme confidence. Hope you are well and peaceful.  Please come back for the next five wasan in this series soon.  Also, check out the American Buddhist Study Center website ambuddhist.org for more good content. Palms together, Gary
10:09
April 21, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 46 - Shōzōmatsu Wasan (Hymns of the Dharma-Ages) Introduction & 1-5
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, you can listen to the opening verses of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan collection.  These poems are from the end of Shinran's life when he was around 85 years old.  There are 116 verses in the collection.  The core of the book consists of 56 wasan on the Dharma-Ages, "Pure Land Hymns on the Right, Semblance, and Last Dharma Ages."  Shinran taught from the perspective that he was living at the beginning of the Last Dharma-Age, when only the teaching of Śākyamuni survived. Needless to say that this is the age in which we find ourselves as well. The practices and realization of the earlier ages are beyond the capacities of beings because of the defilements that mark the times.  Shinran wants us to understand exactly where we are and to rely on the only remaining sure path to awakening:  taking refuge in the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha and saying the Name-of-the-Buddha, Namo-Amida-Butsu. Throughout this podcast, we have been using the translations found in The Collected Works of Shinran (CWS), published by the Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto.  Volume 2 of that set has invaluable introductory notes and explanations, and everyone is referred to that resource for a nuanced discussion of the Shōzōmatsu Wasan. With palms together, Gary
10:39
April 01, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 45 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Hōnen 113-117 & Concluding Verses 118-119asan
Hi Dharma friends, This episode concludes Shinran's verses on his own teacher, Master Genkū (Hōnen) of Japan, the seventh master in Shinran's Jōdo Shinshū lineage.  In these verses, Shinran reverently recognizes Hōnen as a manifestation of Amida Buddha and describes his passing in terms familiar from the entry of Śākyamuni Buddha into Nirvana.  Shinran concludes the Kōsō Wasan collection with two concluding verses.  In the first, the teachings of all seven masters are summarized and restated:  When sentient beings of this world of five defilements (that is: all of us) entrust themselves to the selected Primal Vow (that is: saying Namo-Amida-Butsu), virtues beyond description, explanation, and conception fill those beings.  Finally, Shinran - our own Master and Teacher - directs the good that he received from these masters toward all sentient beings equally.  Great stuff. I hope you have enjoyed listening to the Kōsō Wasan.  Next time, we will continue with a third collection written by Master Shinran, the Shōzōmatsu Wasan or Hymns of the Dharma Ages.  There are 116 verses in that collection.
11:55
March 19, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 44 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Hōnen 108-112
Hi Dharma friends! Today's episode contains five more Wasan verses by Shinran Shonin on Master Genkū (Hōnen), who lived in Japan 1133-1212 CE.  Hōnen was Shinran's personal teacher, and in these verses, he reiterates how Hōnen is the embodiment of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas teaching the Pure Land Way (that is the Way of Nembutsu).  Having received this wonderful and guaranteed teaching from such a great master himself, our teacher Shinran is saying that we too should follow the same way with confidence. Next time we will conclude the Kōsō Wasan with the remaining five verses on Master Hōnen.  Hope you have been enjoying listening to them as much as I have reading them!   Check out the webpage of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more cool content. Palms together, Gary
07:54
March 12, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 43 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Hōnen 103-107
Hi Dharma-friends, We continue with five more Wasan verses by Shinran Shonin on his own teacher Master Hōnen, also known as Master Genkū.  Hōnen lived 1133-1212 CE in Japan and was Shinran's personal teacher.  Shinran's devotion to Hōnen was profound, even to seeing him as manifestations of Mahāsthāmaprāpta, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and Amida Buddha himself.  Shinran wishes us to understand the profound import of Hōnen's teaching and to say Nembutsu ourselves with complete confidence. Next time we will cover five more of Shinran's Wasan verses on Master Hōnen.  Until then, please be well.
08:56
March 05, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 42 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Genkū (Hōnen) 98-102
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we begin the section of the Kōsō Wasan on Master Genkū, also known as Master Hōnen.  Hōnen (1133-1212 CE) is the seventh master in Shinran's Jōdo Shinshū lineage.  Hōnen was Shinran's personal teacher, and Shinran -- although a great master himself and the founder of Jōdo Shinshū -- never regarded himself as anything other than a true disciple of Hōnen.  Master Hōnen was a very distinguished Tendai monk and was famed as a master of the entire Buddhist canon of scriptures.  While studying the Pure Land Sutras and the Commentary on the Contemplation Sutra by Shan-tao, he was struck by Shan-tao's exhortation to just repeat the Nembutsu, the Name-of-the-Buddha, ceaselessly with all one's heart and that this is the one practice that will unfailingly lead to enlightenment because it is on accordance with Amida's Primal Vow.  This was exactly what Hōnen was seeking in his own heart, and he resolved to share it with others.  He started teaching the exclusive Nembutsu in the city of Kyōto, attracting many people.  It was there in the year 1201 CE that Shinran, having his own spiritual crisis on Mt. Hiei, met him and became his follower. If you are enjoying this podcast, why not share it with your friends?  Better yet, become a member of the American Buddhist Study Center and mention the podcast when you contact the center at info@ambuddhist.org. Peace to you, Gary
09:51
February 26, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 41 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Genshin 93-97
Hi Dharma-friends! In this episode, we conclude the section of the Kōsō Wasan on Master Genshin, who lived in Japan 942-1017 CE.  He is the sixth master in Shinran Shonin's designated Jōdo Shinshū lineage.  Master Genshin greatly popularized the Nembutsu teaching in the Japan of his day, and Shinran greatly admired him.  He is known as the master who distinguished the "fulfilled" and "transformed" lands, always encouraging us to rely on saying Amida's Name of the Primal Vow and thereby ensuring our own births in the fulfilled Pure Land without fail. Next time, we'll begin the final section of the Kōsō Wasan with gathas or hymns on Master Genkū, also known as Master Hōnen.  Please check out other cool content at ambuddhist.org, the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center. Palms together,  Gary
09:40
February 19, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 40 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) - Genshin 88-92
Hi Dharma-friends! Today we begin Shinran Shonin's Wasan verses on the Sixth Master in the Jōdo Shinshū lineage: Master Genshin.  Shinran moves from China to Japan with Genshin.  Genshin lived from 942-1017 CE and was a Tendai monk on Mt. Hiei (as were Shinran's own teacher Master Hōnen and Shinran himself for a long time).  Genshin was really huge in making the Pure Land teaching popular in the Japan of his own day.  Shinran greatly admired Genshin's virtue and broad learning.  He regarded Genshin as a Buddha who, having returned to Japan in this latter age, taught the difference between the fulfilled and transformed lands.  The person who singleheartedly says Nembutsu will unfailingly be born into the fulfilled land (i.e., Nirvana). Hope you are enjoying listening to the podcast (40 episodes, woo-hoo!!).  Check out other good content on the American Buddhist Study Center home page, ambuddhist.org Until next time,  Gary
10:16
February 12, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 39 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Shan-tao 82-87
Hi Dharma friends! In this episode, we conclude our traversal of Shinran Shonin's Wasan verses on Master Shan-tao of China (613-681 CE).  Shan-tao was so important to Shinran's understanding of the Buddha Dharma.  In this group Shinran again affirms that true-entrusting or awakening, which he calls "Shinjin," arises from the spontaneous working of Amida's Primal Vow through Nembutsu.  After reflecting on the various obstacles this teaching has encountered, Shan-tao and Shinran urge us to persevere and gratefully receive the Pure Land Way - according to Śākyamuni Buddha, the only authentic way to Awakening for ordinary people of the latter ages, that is, for people like ourselves. Next time, we move to Japan and start the section on the Sixth Master in the Jōdo Shinshū lineage:  Master Genshin.  Hope you will join us and tell your friends.  Please check out ambuddhist.org for more content offerings of the American Buddhist Study Center. Palms together,  Gary
10:47
February 04, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 38 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Shan-tao 77-81
Hi Dharma-friends, In this episode, you can listen to 5 more of Shinran's Wasan verses on Master Shan-tao of China (613-681 C.E.)  Building on what he said previously, Shinran further describes the qualities of diamond-like (or doubt-free) Shinjin or true entrusting -- how it alone fulfills Śākyamuni Buddha's intent as well as the teaching of the other Buddhas for ordinary people in our present circumstances.  We are taught to remember that this diamond-hard confidence is not our own doing but is part of Amida Buddha's aspect of benefitting others.  We are grasped and never abandoned in the Nembutsu or Name-of-the-Buddha, Namo-Amida-Butsu. Next time, we'll conclude the section on Master Shan-tao with the final six Wasan based on his writings.  I hope you have been enjoying the readings, and please recommend this podcast to your friends.  Check out ambuddhist.org for more Dharma content. Palms together, Gary
09:27
January 28, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 37 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Shan-tao 72-76
Welcome back, Dharma friends! In the episode, you can listen to the next group of 5 Wasan verses based on the writings of Master Shan-tao (613-681 CE).  This group contains some wonderful images by Shinran conveying his understanding of the Buddha Dharma through Shan-tao's thought.  One is "diamond-like Shinjin," or leaving our own blind passions and relying exclusively on the power of the Primal Vow.  Another powerful image is that of Śākyamuni and Amida as our own father and mother, guiding us by any means it takes to obtain that diamond-like assurance which will bring us to Awakening without fail. If you are enjoying this podcast, please share it with a friend.  Also, check out the American Buddhist Study Center website ambuddhist.org for more cool content. May the peace of the Buddha Dharma and the Nembutsu touch your heart!  Until next time, -- Gary
09:04
January 21, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 36 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Shan-tao 67-71
Hi Dharma friends! Today we cover 5 more of Shinran Shonin's Wasan verses on Master Shan-tao (Zendo in Japanese). Shan-tao (613-681 CE) lived in China and is the Fifth of the Seven Masters, making up the Jōdo Shinshū lineage. We learned in the last episode that one of the most basic contributions of Shan-tao to Shinran's thought is how simply saying or vocalizing the Name of Amida Buddha is the only essential practice for Awakening or Enlightenment. In today's group of verses, Shan-tao teaches that we should focus exclusively on the Pure Land Way. The fundamental intent underneath all Śākyamuni Buddha's 84,000 dharma gates is that those who think on Amida Buddha will attain Awakening without fail. If you are enjoying these readings, please recommend them to your friends. Also, check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more Dharma content and programs. Consider joining ABSC as a member! You'll be helping to spread the Dharma by making more programs possible. With palms together,  Gary
11:22
January 14, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 35 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Shan-tao 62-66
Hi Dharma friends! Welcome back to the Weekly Wasan podcast.  Today we begin Shinran's Wasan verses on Master Shan-tao, who lived in China 613-681 CE.  Master Shan-tao (Zendo, jp.), the Fifth Master in the Jōdo Shinshū lineage, was a direct disciple of Master Tao-ch'o the Fourth Master.  His influence on Hōnen (Shinran's teacher) and thereby on Shinran himself is really huge.  There are many points where Master Shan-tao clarifies and expands on the teachings of the prior Pure Land Masters.  The most important one is how simply saying (or vocalizing) the Name of the Buddha is sufficient for salvation.  We know this as saying Nianfo or Nembutsu.  Saying the Name of the Buddha, Namo-Amida-Butsu, is the one essential practice, as the Name contains within itself the roots of all good. Next time, we'll continue with 5 more Wasan verses on Master Shan-tao.  Let's always say the Name of the Buddha, Namo-Amida-Butsu. If you are enjoying the podcast, check out some other good Dharma content on the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center page, ambuddhist.org With palms together, Gary
10:58
January 07, 2022
Weekly Wasan - Episode 34 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Tao-ch'o 55-61
Hi Dharma friends! This episode contains all 7 of Shinran's Wasan verses on Master Tao-ch'o, who lived in China 562-645 CE.  Master Tao-ch'o is the fourth in Shinran's lineage of Seven Masters.  Tao-ch'o, employing T'an-luan's distinction between self-power and other-power, divides the whole of Buddhist teachings between the "Path of the Sages" or the Sacred Path and the Pure Land Path.  The Sacred Path leads to attainment by one's own efforts and the Pure Land Path through the Other Power of Amida Buddha.  Tao-ch'o teaches that no one in this Dark Age of the Declining Dharma ("Mappo') can attain enlightenment by means of the Sacred Path and that only the Nembutsu of the Pure Land Path is effective in leading one unfailingly to Buddhahood. Next time, we'll begin Shinran's 26 Wasan verses on the Fifth Master, Shan-tao, who lived in China 613-681 CE. With palms together, Gary
11:05
December 11, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 33 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 50-54
Hi Dharma-friends! With this episode, we conclude our traversal of Shinran's 34 Wasan verses on Master T'an-luan, who lived in China 476-562 CE.  Master T'an-luan is the great teacher of Other Power or Power Beyond Self, which is a core feature of Shinran's understanding of Buddhism.   In today's verses, T'an-luan explains that whether one's practice is fully in accord with reality is determined by Shinjin (entrusting or awakening).  The shinjin of Self-Power is shown to be lacking, while the shinjin of Other-Power is in accordance with ultimate reality.  Other-Power or Power Beyond Self quickly leads to the enlightenment of Nirvana, according to Master T'an-luan. Other-Power is the power of Amida Buddha, the Primal Vow, encapsulated in the Name-of-the-Buddha, NAMO-AMIDA-BUTSU. In the next episode, we will cover the Wasan verses on the fourth great master of the Jōdo Shinshū lineage, Master Tao-ch'o, who lived in China 562-645 CE.  Hope you are enjoying this series!  Check out the website of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more interesting Dharma content.  Please be well, always saying the Buddha's most honored Name, NAMO-AMIDA-BUTSU. With palms together, Gary
08:49
December 03, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 32 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 45-49
Hi Dharma friends! Today's episode covers 5 more verses written by Shinran Shonin based on the writings of Master T'an-luan, who lived in China (476-542 CE). As you know already, Shinran relies on Master T'an-luan for the teachings on Other Power.  In today's Wasan verses, we learn that only the Shinjin of Other Power is sufficient for birth in the Pure Land.  Shinjin is often understood as "true entrusting" or "awakening."  T'an-luan explains why Shinjin based on Self Power is not adequate for birth in the Buddha-land of happiness -- thereby implying which qualities the Shinjin of Other Power supplies. Hope you are enjoying the Weekly Wasan Podcast.  Check our home page of the American Buddhist Study Center for other cool content at www.ambuddhist.org Palms together, Gary
09:54
November 26, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 31 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 39-44
Hi Dharma friends, We're continuing with Shinran Shonin's verses on Master T'an-luan of China (476-542 CE). Today we encounter the marvelous image of ice and water - how the ice of our blind passions melts into the water of virtues through the power of Amida's Vow and ultimately flows into the great ocean of Enlightenment.  This analogy was beloved by Shinran and subsequent Shin Buddhist masters and teachers ever since.  Enjoy these Wasan verses, and please tell your friends about the podcast. Palms together, Gary
10:25
November 20, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 30 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 33-38
Hi Dharma friends!  In this episode, Shinran delves into the nitty-gritty of Master T'an-luan's teaching.  We hear about the important concept of Amida's "directing of virtue," which we are told has two aspects: that of going forth and that of return.  T'an-luan is the master upon whom Shinran relies for his understanding of Other Power or Power Beyond Self, a key part of his understanding of Buddhism.  Next time we'll continue with six more verses in this collection. If you are enjoying the podcast and the Wasan readings, please tell your friends to check it out as well.  Also, please visit the American Buddhist Study Center's home page ambuddhist.org for more good Dharma content. Palms together, Garyzzzzzz
10:33
November 13, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 29 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 27-32
Hi Dharma friends, Welcome back to our reading of Shinran Shonin's verses on Master T'an-luan, the third master in the Jōdo Shinshū lineage.  T'an-luan, who lived 476-542 CE in China, is the one who best explained the teaching of Other Power, a key concept in Shinran's understanding of Buddhism.  While today's verses lean more toward the biographical end of the spectrum in this collection, there are tantalizing intimations of the powerful teachings that follow.  Please enjoy them! If you like hearing the regular Wasan verses, please encourage your friends to listen also.  Check out the home page of the American Buddhist Study Center ambuddhist.org for more great Dharma content.
10:26
November 05, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 28 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) T'an-luan 21-26
Hi Dharma friends!  Today we begin the series of Wasan verses written by Shinran Shonin on Master T'an-luan, who lived in China 476-542 CE.  Shinran wrote 34 verses based on T'an-luan's writings, regarding him as the clarifier and teacher of Other Power, a very important part of the Jōdo Shinshū understanding of Buddhism.  Other Power has been sometimes misunderstood or criticized by those unfamiliar with it as being "non-dualistic."  However, for Shinran, that was not the case at all.  T'an-luan is the Master who takes the lid off the box of Other Power, as it were, and shows us what it really is, why it is essential for us, and how it works.  Cool stuff!  This episode covers the first six of Shinran's verses about T'an-luan and Other Power. The next few episodes will continue with this collection six verses at a time. If you're enjoying the podcast, tell your friends to listen also.  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center home page - ambuddhist.org - for more good content on Shin Buddhism. Palms together, Gary
09:30
October 29, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) - Vasubandhu 16-20
Hi Dharma Friends, This week we cover the five remaining Wasan verses by Shinran on Bodhisattva Vasubandhu.  The teachings of Bodhisattva Vasubandhu on "the mind that is single" is central to Shinran's understanding of Buddhism.  That is why Shinran regarded Vasubandhu as the second of the seven masters in the Jōdo Shinshū lineage.  The Wasans in this episode are among my personal favorites. See what you think!  Next time we will start the next section, which is on Master T'an-luan, 34 gathas or hymns based on his writings. If you "follow" or "subscribe" to this podcast on your provider's platform, each episode will be delivered to your device as soon as it is published and you can listen at your convenience.  Please be well and, if you are enjoying the Wasan readings, please tell your friends to listen as well. With palms together, Gary
08:16
October 23, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 26 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Vasubandhu 11-15
Hi Dharma Friends! Welcome back to our traversal of the Kōsō Wasan by Shinran Shonin.  Today's verses are based on the writings of Bodhisattva Vasubandhu, who lived in India from around 320-400 C.E.  Shinran particularly wishes us to pay attention to Vasubandhu's understanding of "the mind that is single," the mind that focuses completely on the path to awakening, which is Nembutsu Path.  This episode covers the first five of Shinran's verses on Vasubandhu.  Next time, we'll hear the second five.  Please be well, always saying Namo-Amida-Butsu! With palms together, Gary
08:28
October 15, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 25 - Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Nāgārjuna 6-10
Hi Dharma Friends! Today, please listen to the second group of Master Shinran's verses based on the writings of Bodhisattva Nāgārjuna.  Nāgārjuna taught that there were two paths to reach Enlightenment: the Difficult Path (the Great Path of the Sages or the way of Self-Power, for deeply accomplished people) and the Easy Path (the Nembutsu Path or the way of Other-Power, for ordinary people such as ourselves).  Shinran encourages us to listen to Nāgārjuna and follow the Easy Path, always saying the Name of Amida Buddha.  Next time, we'll continue with the first group of verses based on the writings of Bodhisattva Vasubandhu.
08:20
October 08, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 24 Kōsō Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land Masters) Intro. & Nāgārjuna 1-5
Hi Dharma friends! With this episode we begin a new collection of Wasan by Shinran Shōnin, The Kōsō Wasan or Gathas of the Pure Land Masters. The Seven Masters comprise the lineage of Jōdo Shinshū from Śákyamuni Buddha to today, as transmitted to us through the teaching of Shinran. The Seven Masters are: 1. Nāgārjuna (c. 150-250) 2. Vasubandhu (c. 320-400) 3. T’an-luan (476-542) 4. Tao-ch’o (562-645) 5. Shan-tao (613-681) 6. Genshin (942-1017) 7. Genkū (Hōnen 1133-1212). Each wasan verse is about a point on the Master that Shinran considered important for us to know and understand. Shinran wrote ten wasan verses on Bodhisattva Nāgārjuna. This episode covers the first five and next time we’ll continue with the remaining five. As before, we are using the translation in The Collected Works of Shinran. Maybe you will be inspired to read the works of the Seven Masters in translation where they are available (or in the originals if you are fortunate to possess the language capacities)! Palms together, Gary
10:18
October 01, 2021
Interview with Professor Aaron Proffitt
In this episode, learn about how a Southern Tennessean ended up teaching East Asian Studies at the University of Albany.  Professor Aaron Profit talks about his love of Buddhism that took him out of the back hills of Tennesse to the University of Colorado and then on to Japan.  
17:53
September 24, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 23 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 115-118
Hi Dharma friends! With this episode, we conclude our journey listening to the Jōdo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) of Shinran Shonin. In this section, Shinran venerates Mahāsthāmaprāpta, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, who Shinran especially associates with his own teacher, Master Hōnen.  Just as he received his own profound understanding of Nembutsu through Master Hōnen, Shinran now passes it along to us.  How truly grateful we are!  It has been a joy reading this collection of Wasan verses with you.  I hope we will be able to hear other collections of Shinran's Wasan verses going forward; there are many more. You can also hear the current episode on the phone by calling 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  For more good Dharma content, be sure to check out the American Buddhist Study Center website www.ambuddhist.org. Please be well, always saying Namo-Amida-Butsu. Palms together, Gary
06:57
August 13, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 22 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 111-114
Hi Dharma friends! Let's start the final section of the Jōdo Wasan, "Hymns To Mahāsthāmaprāpta, Based of the Sutra of the Samadhi of Heroic Advance"  Mahāsthāmaprāpta is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Shinran Shonin identified his own teacher, Master Hōnen (who he also calls Master Genkū), with this bodhisattva in particular.  It might be helpful to keep this in mind as you listen to the verses. Thanks for listening!  Next time we'll finish up the Jōdo Wasan. You can also hear the latest episode on the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center webpage ambuddhist.org for more good content. Palms together, Gary
06:40
August 06, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 21 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 106-110
Hi Dharma Friends! Thanks for listening to Weekly Wasan.  Today we conclude the section "Hymns on Benefits in the Present."  Next time we'll begin the final section of the Jodo Wasan, which is called "Hymns To Mahasthamaprapta: Based on the Sutra of the Samadhi of Heroic Advance," which consists of eight gathas.  It's been quite a journey.  Please tell your friends about the podcast and kindly "follow or subscribe" via your podcast provider app.  You can also hear the latest verses by phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center home page ambuddhist.org for other cool content. Please be well!  Gary
06:30
July 30, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 20 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 101-105
Hi Dharma Friends, Welcome to the 20th Episode of the Jodo Wasan of Shinran Shonin!  We're in the section called "Hymns on Benefits in the Present." This week, enjoy listening to the middle five Wasan verses in this section. Next week, we will conclude the section with the remaining five.  Please tell all your friends who might be interested in the podcast and help share the Dharma.  As you know, the latest episode can also be heard on the phone by calling 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Check out the American Buddhist Study Center's webpage for more cool Dharma-centered content at ambuddhist.org Palms together, Gary
06:41
July 22, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 19 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 96-100
Welcome back, Dharma-friends! Today we begin a new section of Shinran's Jodo Wasan, "Hymns on Benefits in the Present."  This section consists of 15 Gathas or hymns, and we will split them up into 3 groups of five Wasans.  If you enjoy these Wasan readings, please tell your friends and check out the American Buddhist Study Center webpage ambuddhist.org for more good content.  Also, if you know someone who has difficulty using the internet, please let them know that the latest episode can be heard over the phone at 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272). Palms together,  Gary
07:45
July 16, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 18 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 91-95
Hi Dharma friends!  In this episode, we conclude the section "Hymns in Praise of Amida Based on Various Sutras."  Next time, I'll start the next group of the Jodo Wasan, "Hymns on Benefits in the Present," consisting of Fifteen Gathas or Hymns.  The current episode is also available on the phone by dialing 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  Check out the ABSC website ambuddhist.org for more cool programs and links! Namo-Amida-Butsu With gratitude,  Gary
08:32
July 01, 2021
Weekly Wasan - Episode 17 - Jodo Wasan (Hymns of the Pure Land) 87-90
Hi Dharma friends!  Let's begin the next section of the Jodo Wasan, 'Hymns to Amida Based on Various Sutras (Nine Hymns).  I am using the text found in The Collected Works of Shinran Kyoto: Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Shin Buddhism Translation Series), 1997.  I hope you are enjoying the verses and, if so, please tell your friends about the podcast!  The latest episode can also be heard over the phone by dialing 607-350-ABSC (607-350-2272).  In addition to the Wasan, there are other nice things to hear there as well.  Check the American Buddhist Study Center's webpage ambuddhist.org for lots of cool Dharma content.  Palms together, Gary
07:06
June 25, 2021
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 04, 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 08, 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 01, 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 09, 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 03, 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 08, 2020