It’s Obon time!!

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Wow, July is already here and Obon is right around the corner. This is our #1 fundraiser for the year and proceeds go directly to the daily operations and the Generations Capital Campaign. I know I mentioned this last month but a huge thanks to Jim Mclure and all of the Obon committee chairs and members. If it wasn’t for them, our Temple could not sustain itself. Really, if we didn’t have obon then we wouldn’t be able to offer ...

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Things We Can All Learn

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K. Ken Fujimoto

There are times when people have suggestions for new programs or improvements for ongoing programs that show they have little, if any, idea of what is actually happening here. At best, it seems like they are making suggestions for what they think is happening. This shows that there is much to be learned by all of us on many different levels.
The first thing that we need to learn from this is that we need to ...

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Mindfulness

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G Sakamoto

There is a burn mark on the onaijin carpet. Its about three inches long and an eighth of an inch wide. I have seen this mark in the onaijin of other temples. Sometimes the mark is on carpet. Sometimes the mark is on wooden floors. For some ministers this may be a familiar mark.

Sunday mornings can sometimes be hectic. There are parents and students arriving for the Sangha and Padma class I teach that is supposed to start at ...

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Summer is right around the corner and so is Obon…..

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June is such a fun time and month. You have High School and College Graduations, no school, vacations and the last day of Dharma school. Don’t get me wrong, I love coming to church but it’s nice to sleep in during the summer. It’s a time to recharge the batteries, spend time with the family and of course, help out at Obon. A big thanks to Jim McClure, all the chairs and committee members for making Obon happen. If ...

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June Gym/Annex renovation update

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We made good fundraising progress during the month of May by bringing in over $100K and a large part of that is due to the Yuki Matching program, however we are still approx. $900K short of our $4M goal. I have asked the Board to personally raise $25-30K with the hope that if all 25 Board members and Reverends do this, we can hit out goal. We also need your help, if you have donated and know someone who hasn’t, ...

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No Difference

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G Sakamoto

If we are already assured of the resolution of difficulties why do we have to do anything? There is really no reason to do anything. The Vows of Amida have already be fulfilled. Regardless of what we do or not do the Vows of Amida are not affected. Our behavior does however affect how we experience the world.

“There was, in those days, a person who had fallen into wrong views. He asserted that since the Vow was made ...

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April Annex/Gym Renovation Update

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I wanted to follow up on our announcement to start the Annex and Gym renovation project this year. We are starting for the following reasons:
1) Given the booming economy, the Board felt we can ‘buy’ more construction with the current dollars we have today vs waiting until we have the entire amount and potentially see the costs go up another 20%.
2) We have enough money to complete the key safety and security items which is the key purpose ...

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Kids these days…..and their Tiger parents…Are we ready for them???

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I was recently asked and honored to lead a workshop at the annual Coast District JR YBA conference. The theme of the conference was “Alice and Wonderland…Who am I?” This was a very intriguing theme as I haven’t seen Alice in Wonderland in many years. Luckily I was able to find it on line and watched it for free (I’m so Sekoi sometimes :) There were many subplots and connections to Buddhism that made it hard to choose a ...

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