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Resident Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
July 8: Chanting class (10 am)
        14: Temple clean up (9 am)
        15: Intro to Buddhism (10 AM)
        22: Guadalupe Obon
               (NO SERVICE in SLO)


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the
past, not to worry about the future, and not to anticipate troubles, but
to live wisely and earnestly for the present.
Shakyamuni Buddha’s first sermon after attaining Enlightenment spoke of the Four Noble Truths. The first truth, called dukkha, relates to suffering or in modern terms, dissatisfaction. This suffering is the result of our reluctance to understand the principle we call impermanence. All things are constantly changing and nothing remains the same, yet, we want things to remain the same. We tend to overlook our interdependence on each other and the Buddha. We overlook the assistance, support and cooperation of others. We are the ones who create these sufferings. It is easier to blame others rather than take responsibilities for our thoughts and actions.
These sufferings (samudaya) arise because of our ego or delusions. It is through our own greed and an-ger that causes this dukkha. We continue to fall into samsara, which is the “rollercoaster of life”. At times, life is a high and all is well; then life throws us “lemons”. We become angry or want more. We then suffer. We fall into a slump of sorts. We feel sad and begin to make irrational choices. This is our ego speaking.

However, there are teachings to alleviate our dukkha and it is called nirodha or cessation. This depends on the individual, for it is the “self” that must change its greed, anger, ego and delusions. We must evaluate the situation or circumstances truthfully, and to “look within” to find the solutions to our suffering. Yet, how of-ten do we actually stop and think? Do we ask our selves how much is too much? Where is this anger and greed coming from? The answer is right in front of us, yet we continue to suffer.

Shakyamuni Buddha can lead us to a “path” or marga. This path is the Eightfold Path that can instruct us how to end our duhkkha. These eight paths are teachings that help us to understand the Oneness of all life. It can guide us in the right direction. The presence of Buddha lives in his teachings. They are:
Right Views: a path to free us of prejudices and superstitions that aid us in seeing the true nature of life.

Right Thoughts: turning our minds away from violence and hatred. We must learn compassion and con-sideration for others.
Right Speech: to avoid gossip or spreading rumors. It also helps us to say pure and beautiful words before harming others.
Right Conduct: realization that our deeds can come from peace and goodwill. This path guides us to grow in Buddha’s teachings.
Right Livelihood: to try to earn a living that would avoid causing any sufferings to our selves and others.
Right Energy: our effort to overcome our ignorance and detrimental desires.
Right Mindfulness: to think, for every action is rooted in the mind. Each movement and thought in-volves the mind.
Right Meditation: to study, think, and practice all of the above to the best of our ability.

However, it is the person’s conscientious effort to awaken to the Buddha’s teachings. It is our Namu Amida Butsu that will give us the time to stop and think. As simple as it sounds, it is most difficult to follow. We continue to hear and “look within” to find the truth of our true self.

Gassho, Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
6996 Ontario Rd., SLO
Bon Odori Practices: July 8 &15 at 1:00pm
                                     July 12, 19, and 26 at 7pm