NASBA Fellowship Manual

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Spirit of Shin Practice
"Simple" Sangha Model
Outreach Steps
Element I: Opening the Dharma
Element II: Go For Refuge
Element III: Meditation
Element IV: Prayer or Responsive Reading
Element V: Chanting
Element Vb: (optional ceremonies)
Element VI: Discussion
Element VII: Sharing the Merit
Element VIII: Fellowship
NASBA Site and Chapter Links

This NASBA Manual has been revised in 2008. Please review the Outreach Steps and Element I, IV, Vb for new material. Also, you may now listen to

 Elements I, II, IV via Podcast.


NASBA'S Buddhist Fellowship Manual




Buddhism is a life long education to learn how to realize

our human potential by transforming suffering

into peace, joy and liberation.



The North American Shin Buddhist Association (NASBA), headed by the Buddhist Faith Fellowship (BFF), is an innovative and expanding western Shin Buddhist community, with chapters and groups throughout North America and beyond. NASBA is deeply rooted in the teachings and practices of the Mahayana tradition. We offer an open, caring, and nurturing environment for all who seek the Buddhist experience. We see ourselves as spiritual pioneers of the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of the Buddha Dharma and helping to create a new American Buddhism.

NASBA Communities
A Buddhist Faith Fellowship gathering

Our Mission: Our task is to provide a positive and nurturing environment that explores our human potential and cultivates the spiritual awakening to the Oneness of Life, symbolized as Amida Buddha.  Together, we are actively engaged in the Buddhist teachings and practices to transform ourselves in service to other beings and the world. As equals, we encourage one another to understand, accept and live by the Buddha Dharma, sharing its message of hope and compassion with all.


Our Inspiration:  Anchored in the Mahayana tradition, we are dedicated to the teachings of the historical Buddha and the 13th century Japanese reformer, Shinran Shonin, the founder of Shin Buddhism or Jodo Shinshu. In addition, we are inspired by the iconoclastic and meditative Soto Zen tradition, as an effective skillful means to better cultivate a calm and lucid heart and mind to hear the spiritual light within us. We are also open to all Buddhist traditions and the entirety of world spirituality and wisdom.


Our Journey:  We are called to entrust ourselves to the heart of Great Compassion, symbolized as Amida Buddha, to live by her calling, to gracefully experience the unfolding of life and to practice love and compassion with others. As a result, we are spiritually transformed, experiencing a renewed life of joy, purpose, and gratitude and dedicated to promoting the welfare of all sentient beings. 


Our Practices: While our inclusion of Soto Zen practice acknowledges the value we place on inner silence through meditation, the heart of Shin practice is about integrating spirituality with daily living by developing deeper compassion; practicing monpo or deep hearing (mindfulness); and voicing the nembutsu (Namu-Amida-Butsu) as an expression of our trust in and gratitude for the ultimate Oneness of Life. We engage in community service, support one another’s spiritual growth, and strive to remember that we are all foolish humans doing the best that we can.

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