Thank you pants

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G Sakamoto

 

Seat a little worn

Perhaps another season

Folded one last time

 

Pants don’t care if we thank them or not. Pants are indifferent to words, thoughts and actions. We wear them. Wash them. Throw them in the recycling when we’re done with them. Maybe we pass them down or on to someone else. Who might wear them, wash them, throw them in the recycling. Recently, I’ve noticed myself folding and thanking clothes going into the recycling pile. I should not say this ...

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Another Irony of Shinran

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K. Ken Fujimoto

In working on some translations for the Ministers Affairs Committee, I have come to see that the ideal for a Jodo Shinshu minister is based heavily on the image of Shinran Shonin. This may seem natural at first, but I find it ironic since Shinran never intended to start a sect and cultivate a following. Even the Continue Reading →

Building Project Update

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In August, the Board retained the services of a fundraising consultant, Bruce Davis, to guide us through the process of raising the capital to make our vision for the Betsuin a reality. Bruce has worked in the nonprofit community of San Jose for 20 years and has helped raise $40 million dollars for arts and culture, including for San Jose Taiko, as well as the arts programs at Yu-Ai-Kai. The Board has every confidence that ...

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Generations: Building Our Sangha in Appreciation for the Buddha Dharma

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Dear Sangha Members and Friends of the Betsuin,

We have selected the title “Generations: Building Our Sangha in Appreciation for the Buddha Dharma” to express our message for this capital and building campaign.

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A little over 100 years ago, in carving out a new life in a new land, the pioneer Japanese immigrants, the Issei, established our temples as places to hear the teaching of the Nembutsu, to hold the rites of passage in life and as safe havens to ...

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Nothing Wasted

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San Jose Obon, in partnership with the City of San Jose and Nothing Wasted Consulting, is a green event! Please do your part in helping us stay green by minimizing the amount of waste you bring into the event and to throw your waste into the proper recycling, compost, or landfill dumpster.

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Building Project Update

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The Board has retained the services of a fundraising consultant, Bruce Davis.  Bruce has already met with the Fundraising Committee and is guiding the Committee in laying the groundwork for a capital campaign.  Bruce will be conducting a feasibility study.  Sangha members in a wide range of demographics will be interviewed in the next couple of months.  If you are one of those contacted, we hope that you will participate so that we can get your input.

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Sad Good Byes

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In addition to Obon, for another very busy weekend last month, the Sangha mobilized for two events:  Mum Arii’s Service and Kenji and Karen Akahoshi’s Appreciation Reception.

The funeral service for Mum Arii was a Betsuin-sponsored service, which means that the Betsuin hosts the service.  My understanding is that Betsuin-sponsored services are reserved for those who are truly outstanding in their support of the Betsuin.  Mum contributed so much to the Betsuin over the years that it seemed a fitting tribute.  ...

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Guitars in the Hondo

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G Sakamoto

My first assignment as a minister was to the Honolulu Betsuin. I was a part of the English Department where one of my responsibilities was helping with the layout of the monthly newsletter, The Goji. The department office was downstairs and away from the main office. Although I was usually upstairs occasionally I would spend time downstairs looking through old files and newsletters discovering things about our history. One of the things that really struck me was the concern ...

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Collecting Complaints

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Reading an article recently in the Hongwanji Shinpo, the Hongwanji newspaper that comes out three times each month, I found out about an interesting project started by some graduate students at Ryukoku University assisted by other Hongwanji affiliated schools.  What they are doing is that a group of them position themselves outside the main Kyoto train station and offer to listen to peoples’ complaints.  They call it a complaint collection project and they ...

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July and August Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets

July 13 and August 03, 2013 Betsuin Board of Directors Meetings

by Joyce Iwasaki

The intent of the Betsuin Board Bullets is to highlight Board actions, decisions, special events and projects.  Please contact the Betsuin board officers, directors, or the ministers for more details on any item.

An additional Board Meeting was convened on Saturday, July 13th during lunch at Obon.

July 13, 2013 Meeting

  • Motions

Fundraising Consultant

It was moved/seconded/pass to offer Bruce Davis, fundraising consultant, a contract for planning, development ...

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