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Out of the Mud Grows Wisteria                                             $10.00

by Rev. LaVerne Sasaki

Rev. LaVerne (formerly of Mountain View Buddhist Temple) shares his experiences in life and as a Jodo Shinshu minister.  He shares insightful and often humorous stories stretching from his childhood, to internment camp, education, and ministerial training, along with his world travels and interfaith and community outreach.  He also includes essays and reflections on Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu. 

Paperback, 198 pp

Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life                                       $10.00

by Rev. Marvin Harada

The Buddhist way of life is this kind of life.  It is to live with a freshness, a newness, a joy of life as if today is the first day of one's life.  And, it is to live life with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude that today might possibly be the last day of our life.  A simple teaching like impermanence has this cind of deep implication on our life.

Buddhist Education Center (2011), paperback. 248 pp


What Makes You [Not] a Buddhist?                                                $20.00

by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

One of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, incense, or exotic robes—straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught.

Shambhala (2008), paperback, 208 pp

Dharma Talks of the Four Seasons                                                $10.00

This is a collection of Dharma Messages from the ministers of the Southern District of the BCA dating back to the early 1980's.  The contents point to the significance of the 7 major Buddhist holidays, and is presented partly in English (31 pages) and partly in Japanese (72 pages).  This collection is a nice remembrance of our ministers, past and present.

BCA Southern District Ministerial Association (1984), paperback, 104 pp

Death: Rites of Passage                                                               $10.00

by Revs. Arthur Takemoto, Masao Kodani, and Russell Hamada

This book presents the rites of passage, their significance and meaning, as practiced in the Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha tradition of the Buddha-Dharma.  This informational book has been a Hongwanji Place best seller for many years.  

Pureland Press (1997), Paperback, 81pp

Dharma Chatter                                                                       $10.00

by Rev. Masao Kodani

​Dharma Chatter is a collection of articles written by Rev. Kodani as prepared for Prajna, the Senshin Buddhist Temple newsletter.  The short articles cover many subjects and this collection was prepared in commemoration of Rev. Kodani's 25 years at Senshin Buddhist Temple back in 1993.

Paperback 91993)  118 pp