Making Effort

and Pureland Buddhism in the Philippines


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A Basic Background on Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Pureland Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism. It applies Jiri Rita which means by helping others, I help myself. In contrast, to the more traditional way of self-teaching, Gari-gari. It is widely practiced in Japan and is also an important school in China, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The school of Pureland Buddhism that I practice is called Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. It was founded by Japanese Monk, Master Shinran and made to flourish by his disciple Rennyo.

It teaches that the ultimate purpose of life is to achieve Absolute Happiness that will never fail us even after death. This can be achieved thru Amida Buddha’s vow, which lifts the veil of ignorance or the dark mind and lets us gain a mind of light or Absolute Happiness. The way to achieving Amida Buddha’s vow is through these 3 things:

  1. Listening to Buddhism
  2. Chanting (is like a prayer venerating the teachings)
  3. Doing the 6 Good Deeds

At the core of these teachings is the Law of Cause and Effect, which essentially means, “Stop doing bad deeds and do good deeds.”

These are the foundations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, as one studies more about it the depth of each, and more teachings will be discovered.


If you are interested to learn more about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, we have regular Skype Live lectures. Alternatively, we also have a one-on-one study with a Buddhist teacher. This is great for people who are not comfortable listening with a group. Aside from that the teacher will pace this according to your availability and understanding so you can get the most from your study.

You can join or leave a message on these links if you  are interested:

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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: Basics of Buddhism (July 01, 2017, Saturday)

This is a FREE lecture on the Basics of Buddhism.
Learn Buddhism from a professional Buddhist teacher from Japan.
Questions will be allowed after the meeting.

Guests are welcome.

The lecture is in a private home, and therefore the address is not published. However, if you are certain you are going, please send a request for the location and it will be sent to you before the event day. Thank you for understanding.

Contact 0916-424-9359

The benefits of learning Buddhism from our group are:
Learn Buddhism deeply and accurately.
Listen to live streaming webinars by a Buddhist master (not available publically)
Receive a text book, Buddhist doctrine book and monthly newsletter
Receive the Object of Reverence, chanting beads, chanting booklet and CD
Access to animated learning videos
Attend Skype talks by Buddhist teachers, one to one or in groups.

Do I need to be Buddhist to join the meetings? No, you do not. People from every religious or non-religious background are welcome.

I want to learn and follow Buddhism, but I don’t want to give up my traditional beliefs that I grew up with. Is that OK? Yes, it is OK.

Do I need to have previous knowledge of Buddhism to join? No. We have newcomers joining all the time. We will introduce you gradually, step by step, to the teachings.

What is the purpose of your meetings? To share the teachings of Buddhism is the only reason these meetings are held. There are no obligations or commitments.

What can I hope to gain from attending meetings? You will learn about the Buddhist teachings first and foremost. Twenty-six hundred years ago Sakyamuni Buddha taught Buddhism to lead people to true and lasting happiness.

Is there a charge for these meetings? No.

I have some specific questions. Can I talk to someone one on one? Yes. 0916-424-9359 Frank

Where: New Manila, Quezon City

When: July 01, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please send a message to  0916-424-9359 or message Skype ID: frank.costelloe if you would like to join.

LISTEN // PRACTICE

Photo Credit: Lolit Choa

2017-07-01 Meetup and Lecture @ Lolits


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PAST – Lecture/Meetup: Making Effort – Diligence (June 25, 2017, Sunday)

Diligence or Making Effort is the 4th of the Six Good Deeds taught in Buddhism.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: The Columns Ayala Avenue Tower 1, Makati City, Philippines

When: June 25, 2017 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Please send a message to  0916-424-9359 or message Skype ID: frank.costelloe if you would like to join.

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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Purpose of Life in Buddhism (June 22, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Purpose of Life

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: June 22, 2017 | 8:00pm – 8:45pm (Philippine Time)

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The Law of Cause and Effect 2 (CONDITION)

The Law of Cause and Effect is actually The Law of Cause, Condition and Effect (Read here first about The Law of Cause and Effect for its detailed discussion). It states that for every Cause (action or deed) – regardless of its nature, there will be a corresponding inescapable Effect (result), and that our Own Causes will only give us our Own Effects.

Good Fate/Destiny < Good Actions | Bad Fate/Destiny < Bad Actions | Own Fate/Destiny < Own Actions

The CONDITION is what happens in between the Cause and Effect. This cannot eliminate the Effect but only affect the manner it is manifested. So the complete chart will be like something below:

Law of Cause Condition Effect

Take for example the cherry blossoms, they blossom every spring but during winter you see nothing but withered-looking trees. The tree has that energy or ability (CAUSE) to produce flowers (EFFECT) but this depends on the weather (CONDITION).

In our lives, our parents and partners are examples of Conditions that brings out the Effect of a past Cause. Living as a cruel and violent person in the past may birth us into an unloving and poor family but there are many such families out there why were you born into that specific family?

CAUSE: Living as a cruel and violent person in the past
EFFECT: Born into an unloving and poor family
CONDITION: Your parents / family

You could have been born to different parents where the Bad Effect is worse. Maybe aside from being an unloving and poor family they also live in a country at war.

The Law of Cause (,Condition) and Effect is also called The Law of Karma. It is inescapable. No Condition will make us escape our Karma, it only affects the manner of its manifestation.


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Teachers Kodama and Maeda visits the Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines

Last June 14, 2017, teachers Kodama and Maeda from Japan visited the Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines. They met with some of the members. Those who couldn’t come joined the get-together through Skype.

Photo Credit: Eishi Kodama | Hideo Maeda

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PAST – Skype Lecture: Life and Death are One (June 15, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: Life and Death are One.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: June 15, 2017 | 8:00pm – 9:00pm (Philippine Time)

LISTEN // PRACTICE