Are you ready???

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As the summer comes to a close and the kids head back to school, it can mean only one thing….Sunday School is next. The first Dharma school service will be September 13th and will also be our annual Organization day. This is always a fun day as everyone comes back with energy, well most of the kids do, all ready for a new Dharma school year. Everyone is exchanging summer vacation stories and some even start planning for next year ...

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September 2015 Annex renovation Update

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Staying with the theme of ‘Are you ready?’, the renovation project will be starting soon. The original start date was supposed to be mid-August but due to a few personnel changes at our Architecture firm and a couple of permit drawing corrections, it has pushed the start date into late September or early October. All parties are aware of the hard construction end date of early June and all schedules reflect this date. We will sign our ...

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Foolishness as the Crux

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K. Ken Fujimoto
Recently, the Coast District Ministers Association hosted the annual BCA Ministers Association Seminar and Summer Meeting here in San Jose. As our main speaker, we were fortunate to have Rev. Haruaki Shirakawa, head of the Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin, the main institution for the training and education of ministers for the Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan. Part of his lecture to us covered a critical point for the understanding of our teaching. This is something many ...

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Infrastructure Update Aug 2015

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A huge thanks to Steve Onishi for managing the Move out process and working with the Church clean up crews to make sure the Annex is ready for construction and purged for all the unused items. I was at the Temple on Tuesday and saw many of the areas already cleaned up.
I hope many of you saw the ‘HELP!!” banner at Obon.
We need your help!!!
Please DONATE so we can seismically retrofit our J-Town community gym and ...

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Thank you Thank you Thank you……and Thank You

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I can’t say enough THANK YOU’s to all the Volunteers and everyone who helped make this year’s Obon another Success!!!
A special thanks to Jim McClure, George Yamaichi, the BWA, obon chairs and our retiring Game booth guy Henry Fujii. Thanks to Janice Oda for stepping up to take over from Henry, we’re in good hands. I know there’s many more people who helped out, so pls don’t be offended if I didn’t mention your name. Buy me a ...

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A Shallow Stream

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G Sakamoto

There is a story of a priest and disciple who traveled on a pilgrimage together. It was a time when people still walked. A time when going somewhere meant being outside. Sometimes having to contend with bad weather. But often just enjoying a walk, on the way to somewhere, alone or with family or friends. One day the priest and his student met such a traveler, a young woman who stood anxiously on the bank of a shallow stream.

As ...

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Fukashigi, Fukasetsu, Fukasho

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K. Ken Fujimoto
Shinran Shonin often uses the terms fukashigi (不可思議), fukasetsu (不可説), fukasho (不可称) to describe the wondrous workings of Amida’s compassion. The literal meanings are, in order, things are impossible to imagine, impossible to explain and impossible to express, yet they happen in our lives on a regular basis. How else can things that occur in our lives be described as being anything but wondrous?
When we talk about things being wondrous or miraculous, many people ...

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Random Thoughts

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K. Ken Fujimoto
#1 – Apparently, I hit the wrong key last month and ended up recycling a recent article. Sorry about the mistake, but my mind must have been in Canada with the BWA group attending the World Conference in Calgary. I hope I did not cause you too much confusion.
#2 – A minor awakening that I was able to realize during the Canada trip made me realize how minor things reveal the differences in countries ...

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Difficulties Resolved

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G Sakamoto

The Buddhadharma addresses and resolves the difficulties that we cause and experience. Difficulties that result from the value we place on how we see and engage the world. The practices of the Buddhadharma cultivate the mind that sees things as they are, correcting the mind that places value on prejudices with which I engage the world. This is core of the Buddhadharma. These are the Four Noble Truths. There are many ways to address the difficulties we experience. If ...

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Infrastructure update July 2015—Let the construction begin!!

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The board has approved the go forward plan with a few accommodations. Our current goal is $4.4M and that includes the Seismic work, ADA improvements, Elevator, Women’s/Men’s bathrooms, Kitchen, fire sprinklers and associated electrical and plumbing improvements. This does not include Air conditioning unless we raise another $200K by September in addition to our monthly projected current fundraising goals or if someone wants to sponsor this project and donate directly to install Air Conditioning.
Some of you may have ...

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