Reflections on the Earthquakes in Kyushu

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K. Ken Fujimoto

In reading the Hongwanji Shinpo, the tri-monthly newsletter from the Hongwanji, it has been an education reading about the tragic events of the Kumamoto earthquake and the many ironic situations that have come to light surrounding the devastation. The articles probably do not communicate the depth and breadth of the impact on human lives, but even if they only reveal a portion of the effects, it does reveal the relative powerlessness of human beings.
First some facts:
In ...

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Annex Renovation update June 2016

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YES YES YES, We are going to make it for Obon. That is by far the #1 question I get and yes, we will be in the bldg. for Obon. In fact, our current plan is to move back in by mid/late June. Due to some long leadtimes, some items will be installed after Obon, like the stage curtains, digital bulletin boards and lobby canopy.
I hope everyone has had a chance to watch the progress video’s posted ...

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President’s article for June, 2016

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The most ambitious temple building project in a half century is almost finished!
As I write this (in mid-May), the $5.4 million gym seismic retrofit and remodeling project is still on schedule to be done by June 10. What that’s means is we’ll be able to use the gym on that date, although some finishing work still might be ongoing.
Moving everything back into the building and getting it ready for Obon will be a major task in itself. Steve ...

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$1,000,000

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G Sakamoto

A million dollars. That’s a lot of money. A million dollars can buy a lot of things. Things that are necessary, things that are important, things that might help others.

We are almost done with the first phase of our long term project. But we still need to raise nearly a million dollars for this first phase. Only with your participation can this phase be successfully complete without incurring any debt.

A million dollars is so big for most of us ...

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Odds and Ends

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Item #1 – As people can see and have probably heard from other sources as well, the renovation project is progressing well. We should be able to meet the target date of June 10, for the completion. As part of this, we are planning an “in-house” opening ceremony on June 12. In the event that there is a delay due to inspections and such, we will plan to do this on the first Sunday after ...

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Important Note about Obon Odori practice

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Practices are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. on June 20, 22, 23, 27, 29,30. There is one new song this year.

Update:

Because of ongoing final inspections in the annex building, the practices for Monday, June 20; Wednesday, June 22; and Thursday, June 23, have been moved outdoors into the Education Building (Lotus Pre-School) parking lot.

 

Practices will still be from 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Parking will be scarce because neither of the church lots will be available.

 

Practices for the week of ...

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Construction Update

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The construction is moving super fast now. I can see daily changes and if I don’t visit the site every day, I’ll miss the progress. I’m trying to document each stage for future reference and so everyone can experience it too. I’m also shooting weekly updates and posting them to YouTube and the SJBC website. Here’s a link to the latest update for your convenience https://youtu.be/8ms5YRqg-uc
If you’ve walked by the Annex lately, you’ll see that we’ve dug up the ...

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President’s article for May, 2016

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Safer, cooler, more convenient and more efficient. That’s how I would summarize our retrofitted and remodeled gym when it reopens in June.
Recently the members of the board of directors toured the construction site. Todd Tsudama, who has been spearheading the project, pointed out a long series of improvements and new features in the building. They will make the building more user-friendly and comfortable. I think everyone in the Sangha and the wider community will be pleased.
The project upgrades ...

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More than a meeting

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G Sakamoto

This year our National Council Meeting was convened in Visalia. For several years the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education have been presenting symposia in conjunction with the Council meeting. This year the subject was “Buddhism and Agriculture” a topic relevant to the location of the meeting, current environmental concerns and the influence of agricultural communities on the development of the early Shinshu sangha. One of the presenters was Professor Eisho Nasu of Ryukoku University. ...

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Gotan-e, Shinran’s Birthday

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K. Ken Fujimoto

We observe Gotan-e, the birthday of Shinran Shonin in May. This is a relatively new major service. This service was first observed at the Hongwanji, our mother temple in Kyoto at the end of the 19th Century. It may seem odd to say that it is relatively new when it has been observed for over a hundred years, but in the context of the history of our tradition and the fact that though it ...

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