How Buddhism Leads to a Life of Gratitude
BASICS OF BUDDHISM
The path of Buddhism is the path to awakening or realization. The historical Buddha lived in ancient India over 2,500 years ago. To practice Buddhism or to be a Buddhist can have different meanings within the traditions across the world. This introduction presents common terms of the core Buddhist teachings, including the concepts of Non-Self, Impermanence, Nirvana, Samsara, and the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha).
Shin Buddhism is a non-monastic, family-friendly path that all ages can participate in together. Shinran Shonin (1173-1263), the founder of our tradition, wanted to make Buddhism available to everyone. Instead of framing enlightenment as something that select people can work to attain, Shinran considered it something we all receive. Learn about the heart of Shin Buddhism and the meaning of Namuamidabutsu, the truth of enlightenment beyond our selves.
BUDDHISM IN YOUR LIFE
Following the path of Buddhism is simply living our life in awareness. There is no Buddhism apart from our life, nor is there life apart from Buddhism. Our everyday experience is the vehicle to reflect on and deepen our spirituality, nurturing a Life of Gratitude. This section introduces Buddhist perspectives on Life and Death, Humility, Mindfulness, Social and Ecological Issues, Relationships, Work, and Self-Esteem.
BUDDHISM FOR KIDS
You might imagine Buddhism as a meditative practice done in a solitude. While self-reflection is part of listening to the teachings, families and friends of all ages come together at BCA temples
to share the dharma with each other. Youth are guided in the Buddha’s life lessons through BCA Dharma Schools, which may offer classes for different age groups through high school.
Find materials for further study of Shin Buddhism, including Jodo Shinshu: A Guide, which provides more information on the Buddhist teachings and our tradition’s founder, Shinran Shonin; the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, a computer-based, interactive study opportunity; and affiliated websites that may offer Shin Buddhist materials, events, and activities.
Shinran Shonin (1173-1263)
Founder of Shin Buddhism
“Although my eyes, blinded by passions, do not see the brilliant light which embraces me, the Great Compassion never tires, always casting its light upon me.”