TRANSATLANTIC SANGHA

Welcome to the Transatlantic Sangha!  This is a Thursday morning gathering bridging continents across the Atlantic Ocean.  Come and join members from the U.S., Europe & Africa for this 60 minute service with a Lotus Sutra recitation, Dharma talk by rotating Ministers, and Q & A.  Everyone is welcome!

For the last TA gathering of this year, Nov.19, we will have a guest speaker from the Italian Focolare Movement.  We hope it will be a befitting last session, especially for all who are dedicated to working for a world in which people of all persuasions will be linked by bonds of friendship. 

MIDWINTER SUTRA RECITATION PRACTICE

This is the first practice of the year to purify our hearts and minds. Members will gather early morning on zoom to recite the complete Threefold Lotus Sutra.

Over 14 days, we will recite 32 chapters of the sutra together.   It will start at 6am-7am PT and will recite a few chapters of the sutra each morning.  See schedule.

We will be reciting from The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Translation for Contemporary Readers translated by Michio Shinozaki, Brook A Ziporyn, and David C. Earheart.   

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RKINA101: BASIC BUDDHISM COURSE 

March 7- May 9 (10 Weeks), Sunday 1pm-2pm Pacific Time

This is an introductory course, open to anyone interested in learning basic Buddhist concepts.  Great for beginners and as a refresher class for veterans!   In 10 sessions, we will cover: The Three Treasures, The Law of Causation, The Three Seals of the Dharna, The Four Noble Truths, the Ten Suchnesses, the Twelve Link Chain of Causation, The Eightfold Path, The Six Perfections, Transmigration and Karma, and the Three Thousand Realms in One Mind.  Members get 50% off!  Its still not late to register!

RKINA 201: Lotus Sutra Course
This is a 34-week advanced Threefold Lotus Sutra course.  Each week, we will be studying a chapter in detail as interpreted through the writings of Nikkyo Niwano, founder of Rissho Kosei-kai.  Before taking this course, it is recommended that you have knowledge or taken the Basic Buddhism course (RKINA 101)  and the Introduction to the Threefold Lotus Sutra course (RKINA 103). 

7/23 "Abandon the idea that you are the only one who is right.  There is no need for praise from others and there is no reason to trouble others.  We are all equal."

8/21"Realization that death is the conclusion for all who are born into this world, and live each and every second to the fullest."

9/22 "If you change, others will change."

10/5 "To overcome suffering, the first step is to see ourselves as we really are, to see how we live in interconnection with our surroundings,."

1/4 "Let us reflect and create. Nurturing people and endowing them with an abundance of compassion is human development in the true sense."  Nichiko Niwano

1/17 "If you change, others will change."

1/24 "Being content with little is a sure cure for the heart sickness of dissatisfaction."

2/7 "Everyone has a unique role to fill."

2/21 "Even a hellish heart can be transformed intot he heart of the Buddha."

2/14 "Even a hellish heart can be transformed intot he heart of the Buddha."

2/28 "Always consider others first."

3/6 "What is important is what you are doing now and what you do next."

3/14 "Charity arises from the wish to use one's possessions to bring happiness to others."

3/21 "What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life to tomorrow: our life is the creation of our minds."

3/28 "To receive guidance is not as easy as it seems, and such an encounter with the Buddha does not happen in just a day or two.  It occurs as a result of the profound course of our karmic affliations with previous existences."

4/4 "Never forget to smile and respond to others clearly and cheerfully."

4/11"When you know there are happy and unhappy occasions in life, you can recognize the seeds of happiness in unhappy events."

4/17 "Charity arises from the wish to use one's possessions to bring happiness to others." Dhammapada

4/25 "Remember, you have been born human of your own wish."

8/7 "To see others just as they are is to recognize their individuality and accept them as unique and precious beings...Those who know their own existence is sacred, know that others are equally sacred."

7/23 "Abandon the idea that you are the only one who is right.  There is no need for praise from others and there is no reason to trouble others.  We are all equal."

8/14 "To see others just as they are is to recognize their individuality and accept them as unique and precious beings...Those who know their own existence is sacred, know that others are equally sacred."

9/1 "Begin by doing one thing thoroughly."

9/4 "Take some time, go outside and take your shoes off.  Let your feel the earth.  Take a deep breath and become aware of the sky, the trees, the grass and the sounds.  Re-connect.  Hear the pulse of nature and breathe together with it."

8/21"Realization that death is the conclusion for all who are born into this world, and live each and every second to the fullest."

8/28 "We can't physically live forever, but living now, this moment, is precious.  When we awaken to this solemn reality, we can shift our focus for living and make every effort to spend the rest of our time in the best way possible."

10/1"In order to discipline your body and mind, there are 3 basic steps:  

Adjust your posture. Adjust your breathing. Adjust your mind.  

This also applies to our daily lives."

10/5 "To overcome suffering, the first step is to see ourselves as we really are, to see how we live in interconnection with our surroundings,."

10/12"In this transient world, neither sweetness nor bitterness will remain permanently--everything changes by the minute....

By tasting both, we can live a richer life."

11/1"The heart of gratitude for having been born and raised is the origin of thankfulness.  We are not born and raised solely under our own power."

9/13 "Those who work silently for the benefit of others are far more precious than those who aim to be clever."

9/22 "If you change, others will change."

9/25 "In order to discipline your body and mind, there are three basic steps:  Adjust your posture.  Adjust your breathing.  Adjust your mind."

10/19 "Rather than speaking out what you have on your mind, the important thing is to have the mind of peacefulness to listen to what others have to say first."

10/26 "Acknowledge the natural course of things.  Instead of trying to be extraordinary and special, lead your life simply and truthfully."

10/26 "Acknowledge the natural course of things.  Instead of trying to be extraordinary and special, lead your life simply and truthfully."

11/8 "A person is not considered wise because they talk a lot.  But is secure and called wise, because they are free of hate and do no harm.."  

Dhammapada

11/22 "We lead ordinary lives, but understanding, believing and practicing the teachings of the sutra, we can approach a state of mind free from illusion and suffering."

11/15 "You, yourselves, must walk the Path.  Buddhas only show the Way."

Dhammapada

11/29 "When they are free from delusion, they will go beyond birth and death.  No one whose thoughts are only of this world can be a follower of the awakened."

12/13 "When we face death squarely, we awaken to the mystery of our existence in that moment.  Then we can sincerely appreciate this wonderful opportunity called life."

12/6 "Real peace will arise spontaneously when your mind becomes free of attachments, when you know that the objects of the world can never give you what you really want."