Welcome, and thank you for your interest in GBC Ichi-Mi! Ichi-Mi was established as a GBC affiliated group in 2019. The Ichi-Mi mission statement is:
We pledge our best efforts as Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ identifying people within the Sangha, their family members, and allies, in order to create conditions for everyone to safely hear the Nenbutsu teaching.
“Ichi-Mi (一味)” is a term found in Shinran Shonin’s Shoshin-Nembutsu-Ge, which is chanted daily at GBC morning services Monday through Saturday. The original passage written by Shinran Shōnin in classical Chinese is as follows:
bonjō gyaku hō sai e nyu 凡聖逆謗斉回入
nyo shu shi nyu kai ichi mi 如衆水入海一味
The translation of this passage is as follows:
When ignorant and wise, even grave offenders and slanders of
the dharma,all alike turn about and enter shinjin,
They are like waters that, on entering the ocean, become one in taste with it.
The meaning of this passage is that all beings, both the foolish and saintly and virtuous, once encountering and hearing Amida Buddha’s name, Namo Amida Butsu, are all of the same flavor or essence. In other words, under Amida Buddha, we are all of the same essence and value.
It is from this Nenbutsu spirit that we have established the Ichi-Mi group.
During this time of COVID-19, we are not holding any in person activities, however we hold monthly meetings on the second Sunday of each month, 12:30-2pm via Zoom.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: E-mail is only checked about once every two weeks.
Thank you again for your interest in and support for GBC Ichi-Mi! We hope you are able to stay safe.
Namo Amida Butsu