You may have heard about the internment of American citizens of Japanese origin during the Second World War. Most of them practiced a form of Buddhism known as Jodo Shin. I once heard my friend Rev. Ryo Imamura give a talk about his Jodo Shin Practice. His family, like many others in the camps, had been in the U.S. for several generations. He spoke about how Jodo Shin practice, even in the internment camps, was centered on gratitude. Imagine, your own government puts you in an internment camp, confiscates your property, and you spend years there practicing gratitude every day!!
As I listened to him I thought, “Wow! Impressive!” And I was proud too because I feel deeply connected to these Japanese-Americans through my own Japanese heritage. Read More