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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Housekeeping

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K. Ken Fujimoto
This world is one of constant change. We point to this reality frequently in our services. The main concern is in the changes of the human condition, but changes are everywhere, including our temple. Every so often there is a need to explain and discuss some changes that will occur in our services. This will especially become important with the construction beginning and the adjustments that will be required because of this.
Housekeeping ...

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Eitaikyo Service

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You are welcome to attend.
Eitaikyo Service
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin 
Sunday November 15, 2015
9:30 am – Dharma School Service
10:10 am – English Service
2:00 pm – Japanese Service
Guest Speaker – Reverend Kodo Umezu, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of AmericaKeishiki Ceremony (Buddhist Name Ceremony)
10:10 am – English Service
16 Sangha members completed a course in preparation of receiving their Buddhist name. Reverend Umezu will conduct ...
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Annex renovation update October 2015

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We had a great month on the fundraising front and continue to average $75K/month. If we keep this pace up we will finish the Phase I campaign around $4.7M vs a $5M goal and therefore only have to use a small portion of the $1M line of credit. This is good news, as I understand how hard it is to keep up this pace. A big thanks to the Generations committee members (Janice Doi, Joyce Iwasaki, Kevin Kitagawa, Rev ...

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President’s Message

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Friends…
The Temple lost a very special person when Mas Horiuchi passed away last week. He served on the Board, was a Komon member, a Dharma School teacher, helped plan our annual Golf tournament and was always hanging around the church, helping out where he could. Mas and Bob Terasaki were fixtures in the office and were always there when you needed anything. Whether it was a hand to carry something or just someone to talk story with, he was ...

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Essential for Temple

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G Sakamoto

The Tannisho is a manuscript attributed to Yuien-bo who is thought to have been a student of Shinran. After Shinran’s death misunderstandings began to arise. Students could no longer ask Shinran for clarification. The Tannisho was compiled by Yuien, many years after Shinran’s death, in an attempt to address some of these misunderstandings. The title, Tannisho, has been translated as: “A Record in Lament of Divergences”.

In the first ten chapters, Yuien, recalls the words of Shinran. Probably collected from ...

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Dare to Grow

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Sometimes people talk to me and I have no idea what they are talking about. The best example of this is when some of the Lotus students are talking to me. Most of the time it is because I am not used to how they speak so I need one of the teachers or one of the assistants to translate what they are saying so I can respond. Other times they are talking about things ...

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Hair on fire

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G Sakamoto

“Even if one strives to the utmost with body and mind through the twelve periods of the day and night, and however importunate(troublesomely urgent) one’s action and practice may be as though swiping fire away from one’s head, it must all be called poisoned good acts, or empty, transitory, and false practices. It cannot be called true, real, and sincere action. Though one may direct the merits of such poisoned good toward birth in the Pure Land, it ...

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