Happy Girls day…get those dolls out and celebrate Hina Matsuri on March 3rd

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Wow, February flew by and we’re heading into March full steam ahead with regards to the Annex Renovation project. We’ve started the General Contractor (GC) interviews and have received the Pre-Construction bids. These are the costs the GC will charge us to run the project. The construction bidding will start later, once we raise enough money. Speaking of fund raising, several organizations have asked if they can donate….the overwhelming answer is YES!! The Generations fund raising campaign is a 5 ...

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Ondobo Ondogyo, Heirarchical or Collaborative

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G Sakamoto

Shinran thought of himself as neither priest nor layman. Until he was exiled from Kyoto Shinran led the life of a priest. He spent twenty years as a monk on Hieizan and six years with Honen. When they were exiled their stripped of their religious identity. Shinran no longer thought of himself as a priest, but having lived that life for so long, he did think of himself as a layperson. He no longer shaved his head ...

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Buddhism and the Winter Olympics?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Like many of you, I have been watching the Winter Olympics and much of what I see totally amazes me. Who comes up with the ideas for some of these events? Who came up with the idea to jump off a cliff after skiing down a steep slope to try and land over 100, 200, even 300 yards away? Who decided that they should go head first down ...

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President’s Message

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2013 December Dharma

Thank You!

It is with great relief that I write this last Dharma article, as my term as board president draws to a close. Every month for 2 years and 11 months, I would sit down at the computer the day before the Dharma deadline and try to think of something worthy of occupying space in the Dharma. It wasn’t easy. However, this last one came easily, as I knew months ago what I would be writing about.

I have ...

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Do what we can

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G Sakamoto

There was a very devout Shinshu follower who lived in Japan many years ago. One day he heard that a fire was burning at the Hongwanji. Unable to go and help fight the fire he did the only thing he could do: he shook a wet blanket in the direction of the Hongwanji.

With so much going on in the world, sometimes we might feel overwhelmed. Swept under by the flood of news coming to us from around the world. ...

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Discourteous driver

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G Sakamoto
When people first begin to hear the Buddha’s Vow, they wonder, having become thoroughly aware of the karmic evil in their hearts and minds, how they will ever attain birth as they are. To such people we teach that since we are possessed of blind passions, the Buddha receives us without judging whether our hearts are good or bad.
When, upon hearing this, a person’s trust in the Buddha has grown deep, he or she comes to abhor such a ...
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Learning from Students

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K. Ken Fujimoto

We have been fortunate here in San Jose and the Coast District to have the four International Ministers Orientation Program (IMOP) students visiting and participating in events and programs here. These students are young ministers who are going to be overseas ministers in Hawaii, Canada or our BCA or are strongly considering the possibility. They come to the Jodo Shinshu Center and the BCA ...

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President’s Message

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Prior to the period October 11-13, I was a little stressed abut how hectic it was going to be with everything I wanted to fit in. I had signed up to attend the California State Bar Convention, which was held in San Jose, on Thursday and Friday, so I could get some of my training requirements out of the way; then on Saturday, I had to fly down to LA for the day to attend the FBWA Delegates Meeting; then ...

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