Thank You for Another Great Obon!

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Every year when Obon rolls around everyone starts to work on making the temple grounds look its best and to ensure the comfort of our visitors. Many of these things are not immediately noticed and, many times, taken for granted, but they are all very significant to the overall effort and all are greatly appreciated.

After our last Board meeting, Reverend Sakamoto, Joyce Iwasaki, Al Hironaga and I stayed longer to discuss a couple of other things, and it was ...

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Unexpected

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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”
Shoshinge, Collected Works of Shinran, page 72

My unenlightenment shapes my experience of nirvana. Nirvana is the world of birth-and-death because of my unenlightenment. As an unenlightened person I cause and experience difficulties. The resolution of these difficulties is the purpose of the Buddhadharma.

Difficulties are the result ...

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A Bittersweet Obon

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K. Ken Fujimoto

With the help of many volunteers, this past Obon bazaar was a successful one, but it was also a sad one with the passing of Mum Arii, who had been an integral part of the Obon, especially the odori, the street dancing portion, for so many years. Many people wondered why I did not say anything at the closing on Sunday. I thought about it for quite a while, but decided not to do so because ...

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June 2013 Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets

June 06, 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 temple received a photo book and two DVDs, Aratana Hajimari (A New Beginning) about the 750th Shinran Shonin Memorial events throughout Japan and the world, from the Hongwanji.  The book was passed around ...

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Lemon Tree

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G. Sakamoto

We have an old lemon tree in our backyard. ThereÕs a lot of history to that tree; how it got there, the lemons it produces, the uses the lemons have been put to. The fruit are large and delicious. Now the tree is dying and weÕre trying to save it.

This past winter we noticed that large sections of the foliage was turning brown, something that had not happened before. We thought maybe the trees behind it were beginning to ...

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and the Nembutsu

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K. Ken Fujimoto

An interesting point came to me while reading a novel for pleasure.  One scene depicted the main character, a female chef in Tokugawa Japan, toasting some pumpkin seeds for a snack for a neighborhood boy.  She peeled and gave him one and he seemed to enjoy it immensely.  His mother took one seed and commented how much better it was then when she toasted the seeds.  There were other neighborhood women around and they all commented that they ...

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President’s Message July

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How Did I Get Here?

As I get older, I frequently find myself in situations where I wonder,” how did I get here?”  This is not the same “how did I get here?” as when I am driving and realize that I was on autopilot and ended up on the wrong freeway.  This is the question I ask when it is a joyous occasion, a sad one or a stressful one, or just an odd one.  I think about all of ...

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SAVE THE DATE

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We realize that Rev. Akahoshi will be leaving us in the near future, so we have reserved:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

After the Obon Service

as an opportunity to express our gratitude to him, so please mark your calendars; more details will follow.

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Building Update

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Although it appears relatively quiet, there is work being done on the plans to retrofit and remodel the annex.

The Fundraising Committee has begun interviewing potential fundraising consultants and should have a decision on whom to hire by the end of June.

The Infrastructure Committee is waiting for the first set of deliverables from CAW, which will include base sheets and schematics.  They will provide materials to and coordinate with General Contractor to prepare a schematic design cost estimate.  The Committee will ...

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