Felix Crosser (A follower in Los Angeles) explained the Four Sufferings and Eight Sufferings.
Among the four sufferings, he explained the “Suffering of not gaining what one seeks” using PowerPoint. Beginning this January, he has organized meetings at Palos Verdes library where the percentage of wealthy people is very high. “I chose this location because I thought that the people were looking for a kind of happi- ness that money cannot buy. Rich people won’t be satis- fied for long because of the impermanence of their wealth.”
In America, when people hear the word Buddhism, they imagine meditation. Not many people even con- nect Buddhism with Sakyamuni Buddha. Since the background of the society is different between Japan and America, meetings like these are necessary to educate people about Buddhism more deeply.
L.A. members are currently focusing on the next topic: “The Foundation of Buddhism: The Law of Cause and Effect.”
From USA to The Buddhist Village, This Summer, Too
“It is easy to listen to Buddhism here and is also good for health; this environment is blessed with all,” said Naomi Miyasaka with a smile, who came from California. She and her daughter Ayla stay at Dharma Wheel Residence every summer.
They spend their days listening to Buddhism and working at the farm. They usually plan to stay for two months, but they keep extending it every year. They came to Japan at the beginning of May this year (which is their fourth year) and plan to stay till October when Master Shinran’s 750th commemorative lecture will be held.
Ayla who is a fifth grader goes to a local school and helps with the farm work as well. “I always wanted my daughter and I be bonded by Japanese language so that we could tell each other Japanese jokes; that is why I taught her Japanese since she was small. Thanks to it, now, we background of the society is different between Japan and America, meetings like these are necessary to educate people about Buddhism more deeply. L.A. members are currently focusing on the next topic: “The Foundation of Buddhism: The Law of Cause and Effect.” can listen to Buddhism together,” said Miyasaka with joy.
She harvested snap peas which are grown at the organic farm and are full of nutrients: “These are the best vegetables in the world as are raised by people whose hearts are being nurtured by Amida Buddha. I wish for people who eat them to have a chance to listen to Buddhism.”
Source: The Buddhist Village Times #06 | 2011, Teaching the Law of Cause and Effect
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