Not the First Time

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G Sakamoto

Nearly twenty five years ago the national Ministers Association was asked to support a Human Rights Statement. The statement intended to affirm basic conditions that every human being should have. There was much discussion and revisions. In the end the idea was rejected. We did not affirm the statement of basic human rights.

In 2003 the following statement was adopted by the Ministers Association:

The Ministers Association of the Buddhist Churches of America opposes preemptive military action by a nation against ...
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Bridges or Walls?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

The recent exchange between Donald Trump and Pope Francis seems to be creating quite a stir with one stating that a true Christian should not be talking about building walls, but about building bridges. The other fired back that a religious leader should not be questioning an individual’s religious beliefs. This exchange seems to be unprecedented and seems to be newsworthy because of the supposed transcending the lines ...

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Rites of Passage: Death and Dying

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Betsuin Buddhist Education Department

 

Invites you to

 

Rites of Passage

 

Death and Dying

 

Seminar

 

Saturday February 20, 2016

 

2:00 – 4:30 pm

 

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

 

Featuring

 

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Mean Man

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G Sakamoto

The other day as I was driving to work I saw a man running along the sidewalk. He turned back to the oncoming traffic waving frantically. Behind me I could see a bus on its approach to the stop up ahead. The man still had half a block in front him. He would not make it. As the bus crossed the intersection it slowed down and opened its doors for the out-of-breath man.

With all the difficult things we hear ...

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Nirvana = Pure Land?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

As I have mentioned before, many people seem to confuse Nirvana with enlightenment or as being the same birth in the Pure Land.  Nirvana, literally means extinction and is properly used in reference to the death of the Sakyamuni Buddha, where his body and all the inherent passions that accompany life were extinguished.  However, the term is sometimes used to refer to the extinguishing of the worldly passions during his life as a part of his attainment of ...

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Happy New Year

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G Sakamoto and Family

Another year is opening up before us. A time of renewal. A time of reflection. What will we do with these new days before us? We hope that we will be safe and well. That our family and friends will be happy in the days to come. These wishes and hopes are shared by many. They are not empty but filled with the deepest aspiration for things to be well.

There is a well known phrase in the ...

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Annex Renovation and Generations Update January 2016

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Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Annex Renovation update

By time you read this, we will have completed approx. 25% of the construction project!! Can you believe it?? Everything is on schedule and within budget. The next big steps are upgrading and replacing the roof and the contractors are just waiting for a stretch of good weather to start. As part of the contract, we will never have the gym floor exposed or unprotected. ...

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Happy New Year! And hello!

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I’m the new temple president. I know many of you and hope to meet those I don’t know in the weeks and months to come.

I begin my term in the midst of one of the most exciting and at the same time challenging periods in the long history of the temple and its members.

After some 18 years of hoping, discussing and planning, last year we started the temple’s most ambitious building ...

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Happy New Year – X

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Time for yet, another New Year’s greeting. With the pending Super Bowl coming to the area, I decided to go with Roman numerals this year.

As I re-read the article I wrote last year, there has been a lot of progress. The Girl Scout troop who had undertaken the task of cataloging our altar pieces have pretty much finished their project. There ...

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