[shinlist] Re: Interesting Article but where do I join in?
- Dear Meg,
It sounds like what you are looking for is the Cyber Sangha for
people just like you who follow or are interested in Shin Buddhism.
It is $30 a year. Here is the website information:
"Welcome to the Shin Dharma Net Cyber Sangha, initiated by the Honpa
Hongwanji Betsuin in Honolulu! We're here to provide a focal point on
the Internet, where anyone studying Shin Buddhism, or wishing to
identify with it, can get information and nurture their spiritual
By talking with ministers and others, you can seek answers to your
questions and gain insight into the various aspects of Shin Buddhism.
Essentially, it is for those who don't have access to a temple
community. Where there is a temple, we encourage you get to know the
Shin Buddhist community by participating in that temple's life -- but
we welcome you as a member of the Shin Dharma Net Cyber Sangha as
Shin Dharma Net Cyber Sangha dues is $30 per year, and includes:
the monthly Goji, Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin (print) Newsletter and
Metta, the newsletter of the Buddhist Study Center in Honolulu.
Through both publications, members will be able to get a sense of the
life of the Shin community in Hawaii, and be a part of that
community. In addition to the publications, members receive a 10%
discount from the Honpa Hongwanji Bookstore and also have access, by
e-mail, to ministers located at the Honolulu temple or other temples
in the Hawaiian islands.
At present the following ministers are available for dialogue:
Rev. Ruth Tabrah -- Honolulu Betsuin, email rutab@...
Rev. Alfred Bloom -- Honolulu Betsuin email: albloom@...
If you wish to make contact with another member minister, please
e-mail Rev. Bloom for a referral. We hope people throughout the world
who are linked together through their trust in Nembutsu will become
one in a spiritual fellowship that will develop online through the
teaching of Shinran.
Though he lived in the 13th century, Shinran's spiritual insight
remains relevant and vital today. If you share this conviction,
please join us here as part of the Shin Dharma Net Cyber Sangha so we
can establish a true network that transcends all boundaries and
To join, please send your dues to:
204 Kuuhoa Pl.
Kailua HI, 96734
Checks or money orders (in U.S. currency only) must be made out to the
Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin."
Richard St. Clair
(feel free to mention my name to Rev. Bloom if you want to)
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Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 21:47:11 -0000
Subject: [shinlist] Re: Interesting Article but where do I join in?
After reading that very interesting article about The Buddhist
Churches of America, it makes me wish I belonged to a group of like
minded individuals. I've been interested in Japanese culture since
childhood and it would be good for me to make friends and join in
Japanese celebrations and events centered around Jodo or Shin.
I've lived all over the world but am now living in Arkansas and,
needless to say, there are no Japanese buddhist groups here that I
know of (Little Rock area)....I so wish there was someone in Little
Rock I could meet with now and then to learn and chat and share
Would a long-distance affiliation with a Shin buddhist center benefit
me in studies and friendships and, if so, where is there a temple for
I have Multiple Sclerosis and I don't travel much anymore but I'd
still like to reach out by phone, mail or internet.
Many Thanks for this group !
:) Meg the Snowmonkey