Samsara is Nirvana

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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.”
Shinran, Shoshinge, CWS p 72

When someone asks, “What is Buddhism?” we should confidently respond, “A way to resolve difficulties.” The next question can be scary since it may be about anything in the world of Buddhism. “How do you do that?”, “What is karma?”, “Do you transmigrate?”, ...

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Annex Renovation project update

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Here’s a brief update and little game for you…

Over the last 30-45 days, we’ve brought in over $72K in donations! This is due to the work of our Board and the general letter that went out.

 

We had our Generations General Campaign kick off last Sunday at our annual Organization day and first day of Dharma school. The event went over really well and we got the Dharma school kids involved with the ...

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What did you think about the Kickoff???? (hint, not the 49er one)

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Thanks to everyone who came to Organization day and our Generations Capital Campaign kickoff event. It was nice to see some familiar faces and all the kids. What a great way to start off a new Dharma school year. For those who didn’t make it, I presented an overview of what the Generations Capital Campaign is. It’s a $10M campaign over 5 years to raise funds to renovate the Annex/Gym and rebuild the Education Bldg to meet ...

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Cultural Differences

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Cultural Differences
G Sakamoto

In the postscript of the Tannisho, Yuien recalls the words of Shinran,

“In truth, myself and others discuss only good and evil, leaving Amida’s benevolence out of consideration. Among Master Shinran’s words were:

‘I know nothing at all of good or evil. For if I could know thoroughly, as Amida Tathagata knows, that an act was good, then I would know good. If I could know thoroughly, as the Tathagata knows, that an act was evil, then I would ...

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Betsuin Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets
San Jose Betsuin Board of Directors Meeting
January 08, 2015

submitted 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 to for details on any item.

Motions

It was moved/seconded/passed to accept the December 2014 minutes as corrected.

It was moved/seconded/passed to donate one of our incense tables and incense urn to the Monterey Temple.

In accordance with an agreement from ...

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Betsuin Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets
San Jose Betsuin Board of Directors Meeting
November 06, 2014

submitted 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 to for details on any item.

The November Board Meeting was dedicated to the Annual Board Planning session. The President, Ministers, Vice Presidents, and Committee Chairs shared information in their specific areas to report on strategy/goals, roles/responsibilities, ...

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Betsuin Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets
October 02, 2014 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.

Motions

It was moved/seconded/passed to accept the September meeting minutes as corrected.

It was moved/seconded/passed to approve the Application for Use of Betsuin Facilities to the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation for the use of the annex ...

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Betsuin Board Bullets

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Betsuin Board Bullets
September 04, 2014 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.

Motions

It was moved/seconded/passed to accept the August meeting minutes as corrected.

It was moved/seconded/passed to approve the Japantown Business Association’s request to offer a sponsorship status to the Betsuin for the October 31st Halloween Night ...

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Welcome back to a new Church year!!

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A little over a 100 years ago, the Issei came to America to create a new life for themselves and part of that life was the Church. Temples sprouted up like the cherry trees and strawberries they planted and cultivated. Like in Japan, the church was always the center of the community, a gathering place for celebrations, weddings, obons, festivals and funerals. In times of prejudice, it was one of the few places you were always welcomed. Through the good ...

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