Dharma Exchange on “Our Pledge”, Sunday 9/22/19, 12 PM Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry, Spokane
This is an open discussion, led by Reverend Melissa Opel, of “Our Pledge”, written by Ohtani Kojun, Monshu, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, the leader of our Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. Come sit around the table and share your thoughts on this pledge. His pledge reads:
Breaking out of my shell
I will share a warm smile and speak gentle words
Just like the kind Buddha.
Not becoming lost in my greed, anger, and ignorance
I shall think and act with an open-mind
Just like the calm and peaceful Buddha
Not putting myself first
I will share in the joy and sadness of others
Just like the compassionate Buddha
Realizing the gift of life I have received
I shall strive to live each day to its fullest
Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all.