No Self – No Problem = No Life (Keynote)
Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi
What is Self? Jodo Shinshu terminolgy in 21st century America can be confusing. We will clarify traditional Buddhist terms in how we experience them today.
Additional workshop: “Practicing No Practice”
How do we practice “Namo Amida Butsu” A common-sense method to experience
the meaning of the Nembutsu. How can saying “Namo Amida Butsu” lead to an awakening? You may be surprised in finding this simple technique of no practice. It sustained your grandparents in difficult times of prejudice and despair. Experiencing gratitude is a path of awakening.
Kirk Akahoshi (LMFT)
Anger is one of the most misunderstood emotions and has gotten a lot of bad press. In this dynamic and participatory workshop, you will learn the complexities, utility, and wisdom of anger. We will be playing with the positive expressions of anger and feel it’s empowering force to awaken our spirit.
Massage Workshop -
This will be a hands on workshop, on learning simple and effective methods of easing pain and tightness.
We will learn the importance of good attention and intention when giving a massage to another. We will go over what is pain and tightness and then what treatments will help for that. We will also go over different locations of pressure points effective for neck, shoulder, and back pain. There will demonstrations and then we will break up into pairs and have a hands-on experience of giving simple and effective way of easing pain and tightness.
Yang style tai chi as a form of meditation and tools to increase your ki energy.
Tai Chi is often thought of as a Chinese exercise, usually practiced in the parks, for the purpose of better health and longevity. Usually this is done through increasing the chi/ki energy and its flow within one's body. Tai Chi is also a form of self-control (of the body) and self-defense. Tai Chi is classified as a Northern style, an internal style of Chinese martial arts, and a Taoist martial art. Self-defense is not performed at slow motion speeds, but with normal speed.
The Chinese martial art and exercise of Tai Chi Chuan (aka taijiquan) originated in the Chen Jia Zhou, or Chen family village, in the Wu Tang Mountain range of Northern China. It was only taught to Chen family members, but over the years, it was finally taught to outsiders. Now there are five main styles of tai chi, including Chen, Wu (a family name mean "martial), Yang, Wu (Wu Hao and a different surname than the previous Wu), and Sun family styles. The most common style seen practiced in parks is the Yang style.
In this workshop, we will begin by learning how to breathe properly through diaphragmic or deep breathing techniques. From the breathing techniques, we will do energy ball meditation while standing (energy ball meditation can also be done while sitting in a chair). The instructor will teach approximately the first of the three sections of the Yang style form and demonstrate some self-defense applications (with no hard contact). The instructor will also demonstrate the difference between Yang and Sun styles of Tai Chi.
Religious Spaces & LGBTQ Communities in the US
The goal of this workshop is to foster an ongoing conversation where LGBTQ people and
their allies can hold solutions-based discussions on the challenges and opportunities that
religious communities face in including LGBTQ people. The general perspective of facilitators
is Shin Buddhist, and we would highly value input from all faith traditions as well as those
whose context is purely agnostic, atheistic, and/or secular in the spirit of working together to
promote inclusiveness for LGBTQ folks.
Many mainstream religious communities in the United States contribute to a culture of
heterosexual and cisgender normalcy that affect secular culture and government legislation,
all of which impact the safety and emotional well-being of LGBTQ communities. In this
workshop, we would like to consider ways that these forms of marginalization have harmed
LGBTQ people alongside strategies for religious communities to promote reconciliation,
inclusivity, and representation for LGBTQ people.
Discovering Our Authentic Self
Facilitators: Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi & Kirk Akahoshi, LMFT.
This inter-active workshop will utilize transpersonal (spiritual) psychology methods to
guide us toward a path of awakening to our real self. The Buddhist concept of “no self” means that there is no unchanging separate entity of self. The authentic self must be discovered in the context of a group. This path of awakening leads to our real purpose in life. There is joy, harmony, and fulfillment along this Shin Buddhist path of awakening.
Facilitator: Alan Kim
During the 75 minute session, I will be leading the group through an exercise of making wine from the ground up. Together we will create a plan that considers major questions and decisions that we will decide together. First we will look at what goes into site selection, or where to plant our vines. We will look at the important factors that go into considering a region and specific location for a vineyard. After that, we will move to the winery and harvest time. How are red and white wines different and how are they similar. We will finish the session by looking at how we taste and how our different senses work together when you drink wine.
Jodo Shinshu Q&A -Dharma & Drinks
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
This workshop will be lead by Kuwahara Sensei who has been our advisor throughout the years of TechnoBuddha. He would like to invite people as in informal session across the street to relax and chat about any questions one may have as a person who is new to Jodo Shinshu. You may also go if you have any basic or general questions about the religion you never understood growing up. This would also be a good opportunity to get to know how Sensei teaches the Dharma at a very introductory level.
Also Friday Night, Hatanaka Sensei (who will lead a short chanting service Friday evening) will also be around to ask questions if you already have decided on two other workshops. He would like to get to know the participants and is a chanting specialist who would also be happy to provide basic insights to the tradition.