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India trip presentation Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Ken Yamada   
Thursday, 02 February 2017

 Rev. Ken will show pictures and give a presentation on his trip to India and Buddhist historical sites at the Feb. 12 Sunday/Shotsuki service, which starts at 10 a.m. Service will end early and the presentation will be held in the social hall on the wide screen TV.

 
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Monk Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Ken Yamada   
Thursday, 10 February 2011

Perhaps you’ve heard of a new book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” by Amy Chua, who argues that a Chinese-style of pushing children to excel in school and other activities is best, even at the expense of play dates, sleepovers and sports. Her book caused a firestorm of criticism and debate.

 

After one of her daughters came in second in a math competition, Chua forced her to do countless math problems nightly until she came out on top. Chua constantly prodded and pushed her children to excel in school and music. She threatened to burn all of a daughter’s stuffed animals unless she played a musical piece perfectly. As a result, the girls won musical competitions and got straight A’s in school.

 

As you can imagine, many people denounced Chua’s methods, saying for example that they will result in unhappy children who may have skills, but won’t have a true love for what they are doing, nor will they have initiative or creativity of their own. This debate parallels as similar one in Buddhism and which I think holds an important lesson for us.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 February 2011 )
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Dharma School Print E-mail
Written by Mayumi Beppu   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

The Dharma School meets every Sunday morning and is for children pre-school age through the 7th grade. Students learn about Jodo Shinshu through stories, arts and crafts, and discussions. In addition to our weekly classes, Dharma School activities include our annual Bodhi party, Hanamatsuri skit, and snow trip. Please see the temple calendar for dates and contact the temple office with any questions.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 May 2008 )