Shinshu Sangha

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G Sakamoto

Enlightenment is not the goal of Buddhism. To become Buddha is not the goal of Buddhism. Enlightenment and being Buddha are the characteristics of things as they are. To think of enlightenment as the goal would be like taking a prescription without knowing what its for. Shakyamuni was not trying to make things more difficult, Shakyamuni shared how to resolve the difficulties we cause and experience. Those difficulties result from my inability to see things just as they are, ...

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Another New Year’s Eve Service

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Last year, in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a temple at night before the availability of electricity or, even gaslight, we held our Joya-e, or New Year’s Eve service in the dark, using only candle light in the gejin Continue Reading →

Annex renovation update-Dec

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We’re FAMOUS!!! Have you seen the last Nikkei West Newspaper??? The church is on the front page with a huge article on the Generations Capital Campaign!! A huge thank you to John Solomon and Jeff Kimoto from Nikkei West. They reached out to me and asked me if we were interested and I immediately said yes!! I’m hoping this will give our fund raising a big boost by reaching a larger audience.

Speaking of Fund raising, have you seen the updated ...

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Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!!

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and ate just enough….shoots, I know I’ll over eat again and go back for more. I always try not to but I love the tako and sashimi my in laws bring over. Last year we had a bunch of crab thanks to a big haul my friend’s dad made.

I hope everyone is planning on attending the Town Hall mtg on 12/4 at 6:30pm in the Annex. This will be our first community event ...

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Still Going

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G Sakamoto

(Here’s something from August 1978. Most recently re-published in 1998. I’ve added comments this time around.)

It seems that a very necessary event in the life of a Jodo Shinshu practitioner is a time when the individual is inescapably and absolutely incapable of determining, that is knowing and directing, the future of his life. Until this occurs much of what is done is a vain pursuit of some preconceived notion of what Jodo Shinshu might be. If I am not ...

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Annex Renovation Project Update-Nov

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We have been meeting with our Architects to finalize design concepts and are on track to receive our final design drawings in late November, early December. These drawings will be the basis of the construction drawings that each sub-contractor will get. These drawings will also include potential ‘phase building’ in the event we do not hit our $3.8M goal. For example, if we only raise $3.3M, we would not do the lobby (this is an Example). Here are the building ...

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You’re invited!!!!

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Can you believe November is here already??? Time to start planning the big feast, getting out the winter clothes and pulling together the naughty and nice lists. It’s also time for our Annual General Meeting. It will be on December 4th at 8:30pm. I know it’s a little late but come out for the Generations Town Hall meeting right before and make it a night at the Temple. The Town Hall Meeting starts at ...

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Re-read, Re-visit, Re-member

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K. Ken Fujimoto

I had mentioned in a previous article that I often re-read books because I find things I had forgotten and/or discover things I had overlooked. Since then a number of people have mentioned that they do the same thing and that they, too, find things that they had forgotten or had overlooked in previous readings. To have such input is encouraging since it shows that a connection is ...

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Samsara is Nirvana

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G Sakamoto

“When foolish beings of delusion and defilement awaken shinjin,
They realize that birth-and-death is itself nirvana;
Without fail they reach the land of immeasurable light
And universally guide sentient beings to enlightenment.”
Shinran, Shoshinge, CWS p 72

When someone asks, “What is Buddhism?” we should confidently respond, “A way to resolve difficulties.” The next question can be scary since it may be about anything in the world of Buddhism. “How do you do that?”, “What is karma?”, “Do you transmigrate?”, ...

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Annex Renovation project update

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Here’s a brief update and little game for you…

Over the last 30-45 days, we’ve brought in over $72K in donations! This is due to the work of our Board and the general letter that went out.

 

We had our Generations General Campaign kick off last Sunday at our annual Organization day and first day of Dharma school. The event went over really well and we got the Dharma school kids involved with the ...

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