Music to Meditate and Self-Reflect
Thursday, March 20th, 7:30 pm
Feeling stressed out? The Buddhist Temple of Marin presents “Music to Meditate and Self-Reflect” on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 7:30pm. Local guest musician Perry Dexter will perform his own style of soothing meditative music. The event is open to the public, and donations are welcome.
A professional vocalist and guitarist, Perry is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, and incorporates chanting and mantras into his music. With his spiritual music, he hopes to calm the inner nervous system, and draw out the innate clarity and compassion of his listeners.
Why Buddhism and Why Shin Buddhism in Contemporary America:
Shinjin Awakening, Nembutsu “Meditation”, Amida Buddha, and Pure Land
Buddhists now account for a little over one percent of the U.S. population or about 4 million. If you then add the "Nightstand Buddhists" and those who have been "strongly influenced by Buddhism in regards to spirituality," it would mean that 10% of the people in the U.S. have been impacted by Buddhism. This means that Buddhism has finally entered a Western country on a popular level for the first time in close to 2,600 years of Buddhist history. The seminar will focus on the doctrinal and spiritual qualities of Shin Buddhism with a focus on its controversial "practice" and the nature of Shinjin as well as the teachings of Amida Buddha and Pure Land, which confound both long-time Buddhists and those new to Buddhism. It will be shown that Shin Buddhism lies squarely within the greater Mahayana Buddhist tradition rooted in the Bodhisattva spirit of wisdom and compassion for all beings.
Saturday, March 29th, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
A donation of $20 will be collected on the day of the event.
For more information or to register call the temple at (415) 388-1173 or send email to info@BuddhistTempleOfMarin.org.
The temple is located at 390 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley, just north of Whole Foods.
Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka was born in 1947 in Yamaguchi, Japan. He moved to California in 1958 with his Nisei parents. He was introduced to Buddhism at the Mt. View Buddhist Temple, where he attended Sunday school and YBA. After graduating from Stanford in 1970 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, he entered the M.A. program at Institute of Buddhist Studies to pursue Buddhist studies. In Japan, he studied at Tokyo University where he earned an M.A. in Indian Philosophy, followed by his ordination in 1978 as Jodo Shinshu priest. Returning to the U.S., he spent 8 years at the Univ. of California, Berkeley to earn a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies.
Dr. Tanaka’s first professional position was at the Inst. of Buddhist Studies, where he spent 11 years, serving much of the time as Assistant Dean and Associate Professor. He then took a leave for 3 years to become the resident minister at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church. In 1998, he was appointed professor at Musashino University in Tokyo.
He currently serves as President of two academic associations, 1) the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies and 2) Japanese Association for the Study of Buddhism and Psychology. He has been an active member of Buddhist-Christian dialogue, currently serving on the board of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. He produced and appeared in a weekly year-long Buddhist T.V. program, sponsored by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, which was aired in Los Angeles on Sundays in 2005.
Dr. Tanaka's published books include:
1) The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine: Ching-ying Hui-yuan’s Commentary to the Visualization Sutra. (The State Univ. of New York, 1990).
2) Ocean: An Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in America (WisdomOcean Publication, 1997)
3) The Faces of Buddhism in America (co-editor) (The Univ. of Calif. Press, 1998)
4) Pure Land Buddhism: Historical Development and Contemporary Manifestation (Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India, 2004).
5) American Buddhism: Buddhism Changes, America Changes (Musashino University, 2010) (In Japanese)
Class 1, Jan. 2: Foundations and Principles.
Class 2, Jan. 9: The Structure of Reality.
Class 3, Jan16: What To Do About It.
Class 4, Jan 23: Values, Virtues, Desiderata.
Class 5, Jan. 30: Bringing It All Back Home; co-taught with Rev. Ronald Kobata of Buddhist Church of San Francisco.
Day-long workshop with Reverend Mark Unno, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Great Compassion: The Miracle of Life and Death
The session is open to the public, and cost is $30, which includes lunch.
Rev. Mark Unno, an ordained Shin Buddhist priest, is head of the Dept. of Religious Studies and associate professor of Japanese Buddhism at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He holds a doctorate in classical Japanese Buddhism from Stanford University, with an emphasis on Shin Buddhism, Shingon and Zen. He has also worked in the areas of comparative religious thought, Buddhism and psychotherapy and interreligious dialogue.
Rev. Unno is the author of “Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light” (2004) and editor of “Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures” (2006). He lives in Eugene with his wife Megumi and their two cats.
What are the intellectual currents which have animated Buddhist thought from its inception twenty-five hundred year ago in northern India to today? In this course we will examine the life and teachings of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, the development of the Buddhadharma in India and beyond, and how Buddhism has adapted to the various cultures it has encountered in its spread first across Asia and now into the modern world. We will study how Nagarjuna formulated the Prajna Paramita teachings and how Asanga and Vasabandhu developed Yogacara; how Buddhism left India and became a world religion; and some of the differences between the thoughts, customs, and cultures of the various "Buddhisms" that have resulted. Registration for this course is required. A donation of $40 will be collected at the first class, or $10 per class thereafter.
Week I, March 7: The life and times of the Buddha: history, myth, and symbol.
Week II, March 14: Early Buddhism: What the Buddha taught, India and Sri Lanka, Asoka, the first written texts.
Week III, March 21: Buddhism becomes a world religion: Monks, merchants, missionaries, and Maitreya.
Week IV, April 4: India again: Nagarjuna, Santedeva, Yogacara and Madyamika, the beginnings of Tantra.
Week V, April 11: Buddhism in today's world: Thich Nhat Hahn and Engaged Buddhism, new and old ideas, Buddhism in the West, the current major Buddhist schools.
Catherine Shaw has been a member of the Buddhist Temple of Marin since 1985. Her first encounters with Buddhism occurred while she was a high school student in the 1950s, and were from books. She likes to say (more or less accurately) that it was ten years between when she first decided she was a Buddhist and when she met another one. In 1974 she discovered (and fell in love with) the academic discipline of Buddhist Studies when she attended the first session of Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Returning to the Bay Area, she was fortunate to study Nyingma Buddhism under Lama Gonpa Tseden, Rinpoche. In the nineties she attended the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley and completed her Buddhist Studies M.A. degree in 2000. She loves discussing Buddhadharma with anyone and everyone.
John Marmysz received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of The Nihilist’s Notebook (Moralinefree Publishing, 1996), Laughing at Nothing: Humor as a Response to Nihilism (SUNY Press, 2003), and The Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder, and Distress (Wadsworth, forthcoming 2011). He is co-editor (with Scott Lukas) of Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade (Lexington Books, 2009). He currently teaches philosophy at the College of Marin.
• Sept. 29, Buddha - The history, myth and legend of the man known as The BuddhaSeries two: Introduction to Jodo Shinshu
• Oct. 6 , Dharma - The basic Teachings of the Buddha
• Oct. 13, Sangha - The history and background of the original followers of the Buddha.
• Oct. 27, Bodhisattvas and Pure Lands - Development of Mahayana school and the Bodhisattva spiritReverend Carol Himaka was ordained as a Jodo Shinshu minister in 1979 (Kyoto, Japan). She achieved Kyoshi ordination in 1980 and Kaikyoshi in 1982. Currently Rev. Himaka is the resident minister at Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol, Ca. and the supervising minister at the Buddhist Temple of Marin. Other assignments include chairman of the Bay District Minister’s Association, Secretary of the BCA Minister’s Association and is an instructor for the correspondence course, Jodo Shinshu level 1, available through the Center for Buddhist Education. Reverend Himaka was raised in San Diego, California and completed her bachelor of arts degree in Fine Art at San Diego State University. She also has Master of Arts degrees from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (1979, Buddhist Studies) and California State University at Hayward (1989, English Literature).
• Nov. 3, Shinran Shonin - The founder of Jodo Shinshu, his contribution to the Pureland Buddhism.
• Nov. 10, What is a Pureland? - Purelands explained and the significance of Amida Buddha's Puredland.
Buddhist Temple of Marin to host second event in this series on April 16, 7:00 pm
The Marin Interfaith Council's Intra-faith Education Series to be held on the third Monday of March, April, and May. Each evening will feature a particular religion with speakers addressing the diversity and rich history within one faith tradition.
John Marmysz received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of The Nihilist’s Notebook (Moralinefree Publishing, 1996), Laughing at Nothing: Humor as a Response to Nihilism (SUNY Press, 2003), and The Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder, and Distress (Wadsworth, forthcoming 2011). He is co-editor (with Scott Lukas) of Fear, Cultural Anxiety and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films Remade (Lexington Books, 2009). He currently teaches philosophy at the College of Marin.______________________________________________________________________________________________