Our ministers assistants led the
Sunday service at
2017 Eastern Buddhist League conference
at Midwest Buddhist Temple


    Periodic reflections from TCBA Members

Sangha ...

Taking refuge in the Sangha is one of the 3 treasures that we recite at every service.  Why is this important?
To me, being part of the Sangha, having these relationships, and understanding the interdependence of our community is important.  It is possible to read as much as you can on Buddhism to gain knowledge, but without the interaction with others, it is a very dry, academic knowledge.  Your interpretation of the information may be self-centered and narrow.  discussing the Dharma with others and observing the Dharma in the lives of our Sangha members is what makes Shin Buddhism alive and dynamic.  We have a great opportunity to learn from Rev. Miyamura, vising sensei and each other.  Trying to do it alone with self-power is pretty much impossible for most of us goofy Buddhists!  If you look around, especially at each TCBA gathering, you will find many teach for us all.
Todd Tsuchiya, February 2013

Nehan-e – Nirvana Day

Sakyamuni Buddha realized Nirvana at the age of 35. For the next 45 years he dedicated his life to teaching the Dharma. However, the nature of reality is that all things that are born will one day pass away. When he was about to enter Parinirvana (Nirvana after death for those attaining enlightenment in this lifetime) he said to the bhiksus, “From this day on, rely on dharma, not on people who teach it. Rely on the meaning, not on the words. Rely on wisdom, not on the working of the mind. Rely on the sutras that fully express the meaning, not on those that do not.” (Collected Works of Shinran, p241). On Nehan-e we commemorate the passing of Sakyamuni Buddha and reflect on his teachings.
Todd Tsuchiya, January 2016


At our services we pay respect by offering incense, or oshoko.  Here is a brief video clip on how to properly offer oshoko.