Gratitude to Termites?

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Gratitude to Termites?
K. Ken Fujimoto

The other day at our Spring Ohigan service, Rev. Shibata referred to the Four Gratitudes, gratitude to parents, gratitude to the ruler of the nation, gratitude to sentient beings and gratitude to the Three Treasures, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The one that caught my attention the most was the gratitude we should feel towards sentient beings.

Buddhism often refers to all life and not just humans by talking about sentient beings. Most people will understand this ...

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No Make Hard

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No make hard
G Sakamoto

I have thought of the Three Poisons of hatred, greed and ignorance as drivers that push us along through the six realms of existence, through samsara, through the rounds of birth-and-death. The samsara mandala depicts this as a wheel with six spokes. The spokes separate the realms of hells, hungry ghosts, fighting spirits, heavenly beings, humans and animals. On the outer rim of the mandala is the twelve chain of causation. At the hub, around which ...

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March 2013 Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets

March 07, 2013 Betsuin Board of Directors Meeting

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.

Prior to the March Board Meeting, the Board Members and Members of the Komon Group were invited to meet Chris Wasney, AIA, of Cody Anderson Wasney Architects. This is the architectural firm the Board ...

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Cub Scouts Annual Activities

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Annual Activities

  • Pentitencia Creek Cleanup
  • Spirit of Japantown
  • Pinewood Derby (January)
  • Blue & Gold Dinner (February)
  • Boy Scouts Sunday
  • Scout-o-rama (May)
  • Scout Olympics (June)
  • Nikkei Matsuri (April)
  • Obon (July)
  • Cemetery Cleanup
  • All-Scouts Picnic (August)
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February 2013 Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets

February 07, 2013 Betsuin Board of Directors Meeting

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.

The majority of meeting time was set aside for a Board members discussion of expectations of managing our renovation project tasks, raising money to do so, managing ongoing temple activities, and coordinating all the ...

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Presidents Message – June 2012

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JUNE DHARMA ARTICLE

IN GASSHO

I have found that our Sangha members are very humble and don’t like to call attention to all the wonderful and varied things that they do for us.  The Betsuin relies heavily on our Sangha, so I want to make sure that we are mindful of their efforts and express our gratitude to them whenever possible.

Have you seen the new Betsuin Photo Directory? Mas Horiuchi and his committee did a wonderful job, putting a lot of work ...

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Housekeeping 2012

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By K. Ken Fujimoto
From the June 2012 edition of The Dharma

As I have mentioned before, there are times that we need to do housekeeping chores to inform people of upcoming events.  This tends to happen just before the summer vacation/Obon season and this year seems to be no different.

Item #1 – Some of you may have heard that there is a Hongwanji Temple in Katmandu, Nepal.  The temple was founded in 2006, and has its roots in a group ...

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BAFTT Day

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G Sakamoto
From the June 2012 edition of The Dharma

When was the last time you invited a friend to a Sunday morning service at the temple? Have you ever invited a friend? Most likely the last time was when you were in grade school. Ever wonder why that is.

We should feel comfortable with our religious life. Things have changed over the years. Although some may still see Buddhism as an exotic Oriental tradition, many people, and probably your friends are ...

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