|Join us this coming Saturday|
||Rice Pounding (Mochi-Tsuki)
Legend has it that rabbits make rice cakes (mochi) on the moon. They pound the rice (tsuki) in mortars with mallets.
Everyone is welcome to join in this rich tradition. Help pound the rice, make the rice cakes with sweet bean filling and, of course, eat.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 8:30 am to 1 pm
Mochi-Tsuki video from
NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE (Joya-E)
Tuesday, December 31 at 11:30 pm
Join us in ringing out the worries and troubles of 2013 so we can start 2014 fresh.
Everyone is welcome to join us New Year's eve for a brief service, including a Dharma Talk by Rev. Ron Miyamura followed by the participation of everyone in striking the temple bell 108 times. Then, toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles), symbolizing longevity will be served.
New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan. Years are traditionally viewed as completely separate, with each new year providing a fresh start. Consequently, all duties are supposed to be completed by the end of the year, while bonenkai parties ("year forgetting parties") are held with the purpose of leaving the old year's worries and troubles behind.
Buddhist attitude of mind
Dec 5, 12, 19 ($30)
The freedom of thought encouraged by the Buddha is necessary because our freedom depends on our own “realization of Truth, and not on the benevolent grace of a god or any external power as a reward for ... obedient good behavour.
~ What the Buddha taught by Walpola Rahula
All are welcome to explore self-awareness through everyday mindfulness.
The art of communication
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 ($40)
Shirleen Kajiwara, Bright Dawn Lay Minister
Thursdays, 7 pm to 8 pm
A practical approach
to daily living
Be a Man Samurai School (Sakigake! Otokojuku)
in Japanese with English subtitles
Inheriting the Samurai Spirit, Otokojuku is a private boys’ school to nurture true men. As usual, 1st-year students enroll. What awaits them is grilling training – 300 push-ups, oil bath punishment, disciplinary twin cells. With blood and sweat, Momotaro and Hidemaro live through the Otokojuku days and become true friends. Meanwhile, Omito Date, a former student leader with a grudge leads an evil army of Kanto Gogakuren students to take over Otokojuku.
Saturday, January 11 – 1 pm in the Social Hall
Popcorn and snacks will be served
Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we know how many chairs to setup.
call (312) 943-7801 or email the office
Visit the Garden website
Learn more about MBT's Garden project and development.
All are welcome
Zen Shin Meditation
8:30 am to 9:30 am
try Zen Shin on Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Service (Bodhi Day)
December 8– 10:30 am
Rev Gyodo Kono's
Dec 15– 10:30 am
New Year's Day
January 1– 10:30 am
January 5– 10:30 am
January 12– 10:30 am
February 2– 10:30 am
February 9– 10:30 am
March 2– 10:30 am
(Ohigan) – Guest
March 16– 10:30 am
April 6– 10:30 am
April 13– 10:30 am
May 4– 10:30 am
Shinran Shonin's birthday (Gotan-E)
May 4– 10:30 am
June 1– 10:30 am
8:30 am - 1 pm
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
June 14 and 15
9 am - 5 pm