Annex renovation update October 2015

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We had a great month on the fundraising front and continue to average $75K/month. If we keep this pace up we will finish the Phase I campaign around $4.7M vs a $5M goal and therefore only have to use a small portion of the $1M line of credit. This is good news, as I understand how hard it is to keep up this pace. A big thanks to the Generations committee members (Janice Doi, Joyce Iwasaki, Kevin Kitagawa, Rev ...

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President’s Message

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Friends…
The Temple lost a very special person when Mas Horiuchi passed away last week. He served on the Board, was a Komon member, a Dharma School teacher, helped plan our annual Golf tournament and was always hanging around the church, helping out where he could. Mas and Bob Terasaki were fixtures in the office and were always there when you needed anything. Whether it was a hand to carry something or just someone to talk story with, he was ...

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Essential for Temple

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G Sakamoto

The Tannisho is a manuscript attributed to Yuien-bo who is thought to have been a student of Shinran. After Shinran’s death misunderstandings began to arise. Students could no longer ask Shinran for clarification. The Tannisho was compiled by Yuien, many years after Shinran’s death, in an attempt to address some of these misunderstandings. The title, Tannisho, has been translated as: “A Record in Lament of Divergences”.

In the first ten chapters, Yuien, recalls the words of Shinran. Probably collected from ...

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Dare to Grow

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Sometimes people talk to me and I have no idea what they are talking about. The best example of this is when some of the Lotus students are talking to me. Most of the time it is because I am not used to how they speak so I need one of the teachers or one of the assistants to translate what they are saying so I can respond. Other times they are talking about things ...

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Hair on fire

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G Sakamoto

“Even if one strives to the utmost with body and mind through the twelve periods of the day and night, and however importunate(troublesomely urgent) one’s action and practice may be as though swiping fire away from one’s head, it must all be called poisoned good acts, or empty, transitory, and false practices. It cannot be called true, real, and sincere action. Though one may direct the merits of such poisoned good toward birth in the Pure Land, it ...

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Are you ready???

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As the summer comes to a close and the kids head back to school, it can mean only one thing….Sunday School is next. The first Dharma school service will be September 13th and will also be our annual Organization day. This is always a fun day as everyone comes back with energy, well most of the kids do, all ready for a new Dharma school year. Everyone is exchanging summer vacation stories and some even start planning for next year ...

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September 2015 Annex renovation Update

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Staying with the theme of ‘Are you ready?’, the renovation project will be starting soon. The original start date was supposed to be mid-August but due to a few personnel changes at our Architecture firm and a couple of permit drawing corrections, it has pushed the start date into late September or early October. All parties are aware of the hard construction end date of early June and all schedules reflect this date. We will sign our ...

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Foolishness as the Crux

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K. Ken Fujimoto
Recently, the Coast District Ministers Association hosted the annual BCA Ministers Association Seminar and Summer Meeting here in San Jose. As our main speaker, we were fortunate to have Rev. Haruaki Shirakawa, head of the Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin, the main institution for the training and education of ministers for the Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan. Part of his lecture to us covered a critical point for the understanding of our teaching. This is something many ...

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Infrastructure Update Aug 2015

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A huge thanks to Steve Onishi for managing the Move out process and working with the Church clean up crews to make sure the Annex is ready for construction and purged for all the unused items. I was at the Temple on Tuesday and saw many of the areas already cleaned up.
I hope many of you saw the ‘HELP!!” banner at Obon.
We need your help!!!
Please DONATE so we can seismically retrofit our J-Town community gym and ...

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