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Namu Amida Butsu

Northampton Shin Buddhist Sangha


It's a Gift

The Northampton Shin Buddhist Sangha Board of Directors will be exploring new web options in 2009. There will be no more updates to this web site, but a new web site should be arriving in 2009. The new domain name will be:

I will leave this web site in place indefinitely as a source of historic information.

If you want to receive monthly email updates, or if you have questions about the new web site, please direct them to

If you have inquiries specifically about the Family Dharma program, you may continue to direct them to
Thank you!

Namu Amida Butsu

I once heard a story about a visit to heaven and hell.
In both places the visitor saw many people seated at a table
on which many delicious foods were laid out. In both places
chopsticks over a meter long were tied to their right hands,
while their left hands were tied to their chairs.

In hell, however much they stretched out their arms, the
chopsticks were too long for them to get food into their mouths.
They grew impatient and got their hands and chopsticks tangled
with one another's. The delicacies were scattered here and there.

In heaven, on the other hand, people happily used the long
chopsticks to pick out someone else's favorite food and feed
it to him, and in turn they were being fed by others. They all
enjoyed their meal in harmony.

(Quotation from Zen Seeds: Reflections of a Female Priest by Shundo Aoyama)

Namu Amida Butsu

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