In Search of Meaning

In Search of Meaning

By Rev. Jon Turner

When we read different types of books we actually read them differently. For example, when we read a cookbook we simply follow the steps in order to get to the desired result: a cake or soup or a main dish of some sort. However, a history book is read literally while a novel is read for feeling or meaning.  This switching of mindsets from book to book is so natural and effortless that we are rarely aware of it but it is actually a pretty sophisticated process. 

The Buddha's Mother's Day

The Buddha's Mother's Day

By Rev. Jon Turner

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, it will be Mother’s Day.  I had always thought that this was a day for all mothers to celebrate.  But this is not how Anne Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day had intended it.  In 1908, she envisioned a much more personal day.  A day where each person would remember their own mother.  You can see this reflected in the name of the holiday. 

“Shallow” by Lady Gaga

By Rev. Marvin Harada

Recently I gave a Dharma talk at the Sacramento Betsuin and also at OCBC that was based on the recent popular song, “Shallow,” composed by Lady Gaga.  It received an Oscar for best song at the Academy of Awards this year.  The song featured a duet with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and was in their movie, “A Star is Born.”