LIVING IN GRATITUDE
100 years of Buddha Dharma in Canada
GRATITUDE FOR COINCIDENCE
There are so many events and coincidences that had to occur to make me the person that I am, and you the person that you are; and I am grateful for this because I’m awesome and you’re awesome. But the coincidence that brought us awesome people together is being introduced to Jodo Shinshu. (Tacky, I know, but I am truly grateful for this.)
For as long as I can remember, my family has always been connected to Jodo Shinshu by association. My dad’s best friend has always been connected to Vancouver Buddhist Temple and we would often attend their events. We never went to services, but always enjoyed the bazaars, Obon festivals, and the lasting tradition of the Family Retreat at Manning Park in British Columbia. (If you haven’t been before, you really should join us!) Fast forward a few years, and my mom is looking for a new job and is offered one as temple secretary. (Coincidence?)
Sensei Kuwahara, Anthony Chor, and Socho Aoki
Having nothing else really planned, I made it to the retreat. It changed my perspective on Jodo Shinshu and the community. Since then, through the teachings of the dharma, I understand the interdependence of our lives colliding with each other; I understand that loss is unpreventable and that everything is impermanent; I understand that life is suffering and that my attitude towards the way I see the world depends on me. The world of Jodo Shinshu has opened my eyes to the world around me, all because of this string of remarkable events that have brought me to the now. Pretty remarkable coincidences I must say.
Being in my mid-twenties, life can get pretty busy and a little bit scary sometimes, but I plan to continue to remain mindful of the remarkable events that have brought me to the teachings and continue to be there for the Jodo Shinshu community. The community is changing and I want to be part of all of the remarkable coincidences that are changing with it. Thank you for being part of that too.
February 29, 2016