President’s Message

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As I have met with members of many temple organizations in the past month, I’ve been impressed with their friendliness, dedication and the work they do to help not only the Betsuin, but with the community at large. We’re fortunate to have so many people who practice dana, selfless giving.
We have annual awards recognizing our volunteers. I also wanted to highlight some groups and individuals who give their time generously to making a positive impact.
We featured some of ...

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Annex Renovation project update March 2016

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The project is moving full steam ahead and have completed 90% of the demo and have started to the rebuild. The Kitchen and pantry floor have been poured. New drains, water lines, fire sprinklers, gas and electrical have been installed. In fact, we’re going to provide 4 outlets for the work island in the middle of the Kitchen. This should help clear the counters of any appliances during food prep.

The Air Conditioning ducting is being installed in the gym (see ...

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President’s article for March

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Generations

The Generations Campaign is nearing the end of the beginning.

I say that because the gym/multipurpose room/kitchen retrofit and remodel is just the first step of a plan to help ensure the long-term future of the temple and the Sangha. As we complete the initial phase, we must keep an eye toward the equally important second phase of Generations: A new building across from the Hondo that will be the home of a wide variety of activities such as Lotus Pre-School, ...

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Not the First Time

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G Sakamoto

Nearly twenty five years ago the national Ministers Association was asked to support a Human Rights Statement. The statement intended to affirm basic conditions that every human being should have. There was much discussion and revisions. In the end the idea was rejected. We did not affirm the statement of basic human rights.

In 2003 the following statement was adopted by the Ministers Association:

The Ministers Association of the Buddhist Churches of America opposes preemptive military action by a nation against ...
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Bridges or Walls?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

The recent exchange between Donald Trump and Pope Francis seems to be creating quite a stir with one stating that a true Christian should not be talking about building walls, but about building bridges. The other fired back that a religious leader should not be questioning an individual’s religious beliefs. This exchange seems to be unprecedented and seems to be newsworthy because of the supposed transcending the lines ...

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Rites of Passage: Death and Dying

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Betsuin Buddhist Education Department

 

Invites you to

 

Rites of Passage

 

Death and Dying

 

Seminar

 

Saturday February 20, 2016

 

2:00 – 4:30 pm

 

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

 

Featuring

 

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Mean Man

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G Sakamoto

The other day as I was driving to work I saw a man running along the sidewalk. He turned back to the oncoming traffic waving frantically. Behind me I could see a bus on its approach to the stop up ahead. The man still had half a block in front him. He would not make it. As the bus crossed the intersection it slowed down and opened its doors for the out-of-breath man.

With all the difficult things we hear ...

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Nirvana = Pure Land?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

As I have mentioned before, many people seem to confuse Nirvana with enlightenment or as being the same birth in the Pure Land.  Nirvana, literally means extinction and is properly used in reference to the death of the Sakyamuni Buddha, where his body and all the inherent passions that accompany life were extinguished.  However, the term is sometimes used to refer to the extinguishing of the worldly passions during his life as a part of his attainment of ...

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