Happy New Year! And hello!

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I’m the new temple president. I know many of you and hope to meet those I don’t know in the weeks and months to come.

I begin my term in the midst of one of the most exciting and at the same time challenging periods in the long history of the temple and its members.

After some 18 years of hoping, discussing and planning, last year we started the temple’s most ambitious building ...

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Happy New Year – X

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Time for yet, another New Year’s greeting. With the pending Super Bowl coming to the area, I decided to go with Roman numerals this year.

As I re-read the article I wrote last year, there has been a lot of progress. The Girl Scout troop who had undertaken the task of cataloging our altar pieces have pretty much finished their project. There ...

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Annex renovation update December 2015

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It’s time to make your lifetime donation to the Generation’s Campaign and here’s the top 3 reasons why:
1. To help us provide a safe, accessible and nice gathering spot for your kids, grandkids, parents, cousins, friends….We have ALL been to some kind of event, dance, meeting, basketball game or service in the gym. Make that lifetime donation so it’ll be here for the next 50 years with air conditioning!
2. You can write off your Donation. With the end ...

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Thank you and goodbye….Part deux (for you Hot Shots! Movie fans)

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Well I guess this is it. It’s been a fun ride and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. For anyone who is thinking about joining the Board, please do. It’s not the Board of old, where the meetings last 4 hours and nothing gets decided. We shoot for a 2 hour meeting and have been trying to push minor decisions to the committee level so we can reserve the precious Board time for the Major decisions or items that ...

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Falling

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G Sakamoto

Most of us have fallen. We may have slipped and fallen or lost our balance and fallen. Sometimes we fall on purpose like off a diving board or onto a comfy bed. Usually we fall alone, sometimes we fall with friends as we might when we ride a roller coaster or skydive together. I don’t skydive. I don’t roller coaster anymore. It has been suggested that not getting on a roller coaster may have more to do with control ...

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Homyo

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Through this Affirmation Ceremony, I shall endeavor to live a life guided by the Nembutsu teaching from this day forward.

The statement above is the affirmation by the recipients of their homyo at the recent ceremony performed by Bishop Umezu. This affirmation reflects the true intent of the tradition of receiving a homyo. It is vow and commitment to live as a Buddhist in our Nembutsu tradition.
Our recent homyo or Buddhist (more correctly, Dharma) name classes and ...

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Annex renovation update November 2015

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THE ANNEX RENOVATION PROJECT IS OFFICALLY STARTED!!!!!
A huge thanks to the infrastructure committee (Rev Sakamoto, Janice Doi, Steve Onishi and Mary Sasaki) for all the help and guidance that got us to this day. It has been a long haul for us and even longer for the Sangha. I understand this day has been 15+ years in the making but its finally happening.
The construction fences went up on 10/15, abatement is happening right now and the demo starts ...

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Thank you and goodbye….Part 1

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After 2 years of serving as your President, I will term out after December. I really didn’t realize this until recently but understand why these policies are put in place. As I was reminded of this policy, I had a flashback to my 6th grade history class and the term limit lesson. Funny how little memory bits are triggered and what is recalled….anyway, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Sangha members for being so friendly ...

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Practicing Kindness

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G Sakamoto

I left the check out line I was in and got into a line that I thought was moving faster. I watched the line I was in to see if I had made a good decision. The person who was just in front of me was still waiting in the same place. I had moved up by one person. Good choice. The man at the cashier in our line had just completed his payment and now trying pay with ...

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