Mindfulness

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G Sakamoto

There is a burn mark on the onaijin carpet. Its about three inches long and an eighth of an inch wide. I have seen this mark in the onaijin of other temples. Sometimes the mark is on carpet. Sometimes the mark is on wooden floors. For some ministers this may be a familiar mark.

Sunday mornings can sometimes be hectic. There are parents and students arriving for the Sangha and Padma class I teach that is supposed to start at ...

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Summer is right around the corner and so is Obon…..

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June is such a fun time and month. You have High School and College Graduations, no school, vacations and the last day of Dharma school. Don’t get me wrong, I love coming to church but it’s nice to sleep in during the summer. It’s a time to recharge the batteries, spend time with the family and of course, help out at Obon. A big thanks to Jim McClure, all the chairs and committee members for making Obon happen. If ...

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June Gym/Annex renovation update

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We made good fundraising progress during the month of May by bringing in over $100K and a large part of that is due to the Yuki Matching program, however we are still approx. $900K short of our $4M goal. I have asked the Board to personally raise $25-30K with the hope that if all 25 Board members and Reverends do this, we can hit out goal. We also need your help, if you have donated and know someone who hasn’t, ...

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No Difference

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G Sakamoto

If we are already assured of the resolution of difficulties why do we have to do anything? There is really no reason to do anything. The Vows of Amida have already be fulfilled. Regardless of what we do or not do the Vows of Amida are not affected. Our behavior does however affect how we experience the world.

“There was, in those days, a person who had fallen into wrong views. He asserted that since the Vow was made ...

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April Annex/Gym Renovation Update

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I wanted to follow up on our announcement to start the Annex and Gym renovation project this year. We are starting for the following reasons:
1) Given the booming economy, the Board felt we can ‘buy’ more construction with the current dollars we have today vs waiting until we have the entire amount and potentially see the costs go up another 20%.
2) We have enough money to complete the key safety and security items which is the key purpose ...

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Kids these days…..and their Tiger parents…Are we ready for them???

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I was recently asked and honored to lead a workshop at the annual Coast District JR YBA conference. The theme of the conference was “Alice and Wonderland…Who am I?” This was a very intriguing theme as I haven’t seen Alice in Wonderland in many years. Luckily I was able to find it on line and watched it for free (I’m so Sekoi sometimes :) There were many subplots and connections to Buddhism that made it hard to choose a ...

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Random Reflections

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K. Ken Fujimoto

There are times that events trigger thoughts that need to be discussed and this is one of those times. Talking about Hanamatsuri may seem more appropriate, but these following points may be more necessary.
Reflection #1 – A recent service brought to light how much inertia seems to affect us. People seem to forget how things should be done and go with how things have been done lately without thinking about the differences in the circumstances.
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