2018 SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SLO BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Resident Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
March 10: Temple clean up
18: 10am - Intro to Buddhism
25: 11am - Ohigan service
April 8: Hanamatsuri Service
May 6: Gotan-e
13: Eshinni/Kakushinni Service
19: Annual Golf Tournament
AUGUST 4: OBON
To be foolish and to recognize that one is a fool,
Is better than to be foolish and imagining that one
Dhammapada, The Teaching of Buddha,
Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
Many people have commented, Buddhists are so happy. They are always smiling and friendly. Little do these strangers know what lurks deep down inside of Buddhists. There is that mysticism or generality that we are always happy. But in fact, there is greed, anger, impatience and ignorance. Yes, there is this huge ugly monster inside all of us and it is called ego.
This ego is filled with strength and vitality. There are times when it gets us into trouble. Unfortunately we cannot or do not want to search deep within our selves to seek what is causing this monster to attack. We have many teachings, but even the best Buddhist forgets or refuses to heed its encouragement. That is human nature: blame others; find faults in others; and do not take responsibility for our actions, thoughts or speech.
Along with ego, there is another ugly creature that hides inside of us: that is arrogance. There are many forms and they may appear as a combination of several of them. In the book River of Fire River of Water by Dr. Rev. Taitetsu Unno, he states there are 7 types of arrogance. They are common arrogance, great arrogance, multiple arrogance, arrogance of believing in enduring self-hood, vain arrogance, humble arrogance, and deceitful arrogance.
The common arrogance is to feel superior to others. An example is our judgment of the homeless. We have stereotypes of the homeless but in reality we never bother to understand or know their situation. Great arrogance is to think that we are better than our equals. It is the idea that we are just as good as or better than our superiors. We start to identify with a specific group, instead of examining the self. Multiple arrogance is to feel superior to someone who has everything. We start to claim that we have some special knowledge or unique possession. We are not immune to these three types of arrogance.
There is arrogance of self-hood and that is the belief in I. We begin to believe in this small word and only I am right, I can do anything and do everything better, etc. We have vain arrogance. This is expressed through the claim of attainment of a spiritual level. However, if one does attain this spiritual level, one does not boast about it. We now have humble arrogance. We see it in those who pretend humility to attract attention and to gain some type of recognition. There are people in this world who seek sympathy or pity from others to lift up their self-image. We now come to the last of arrogance and that is deceitful arrogance. This is an inflation of self through bragging, speaking half-truths and sometimes, engaging in double talk. This is the ego. These are the people who criticize others without looking within their own selves.
These are only a brief look at arrogance and we all desire to eliminate them from our true selves. We can start by examining what and who we truly are and to try to free our selves from arrogance. It is a most difficult thing to do, however, we can begin by admitting our inability to free our selves from arrogance. We put our palms together, take a deep breathe and rely on Namu Amida Butsu to give guidance, direction and bits of wisdom.
Gassho, Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano