Today’s bit of Dharma comes from my good friend Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge. This is a talk he gave last fall at the San Francisco Zen Center. Not only is it a good overview of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, he spends a good bit of time answering questions from those in attendance.
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Here’s a bunch of stuff that you’ve probably already seen (and some you might not have) around the Internets.
“Although the hyperreal operates as its own type of reality, this does not mean that its provenance is divorced from the material conditions in which we live. The fact that the images that the media project can be readily identified as “representations,” rather than the truth of the matter, works to further mask the political, social, and cultural interests involved. At the same time, these images have the force of reality and serve as a conduit of meaning. No doubt, viewers can recognize the Arab terrorists in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film True Lies (1994) as fictional characters (“It’s just a movie!”), but these images undoubtedly reinforce, if not substantively inform, American viewers’ notions of Islam and the U.S.-Middle East conflict.”
Doing something a little different around these parts. It’s Monday, and we could all use a little Dharma. So, here’s a quote from Rev. Patti Usuki on two important Buddhist women from the Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism: Eshinni and Kakushinni. Her whole piece is worth a read.