Generations campaign update December 2016

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We’re in the home stretch and only need to raise $200K to pay off our line of credit. We currently have an interest only agreement until Dec 31st, so we continue to make weekly payments from our donations to reduce our debt and minimize the interest we pay. This is why we’re making such a big push. Pls keep us in mind as you make your yearend donations to take advantage of the tax benefits.
As we come to ...

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President’s article for December, 2016

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On October 20, about 60 representatives of church and church-related groups who use the Annex Building met for an orientation session. Todd Tsudama, who has been our project coordinator and fundraising chairman, used a PowerPoint presentation to explain the different features, how to clean and take care of the “new” building.
“Treat it like it’s your home,” Todd told those in attendance.
I think that’s excellent advice for us all. It’s wonderful to have a renovated, safer building with upgraded ...

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The Roar of the Passive Voice

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K. Ken Fujimoto

 

One of the things for which Jodo Shinshu ministers are often criticized is the use of the passive voice. This may seem to have merit, especially in this day and age where people want to take a more proactive stance on everything that they do, but there is much that can be gained from the viewpoint that the passive voice can give us.

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Buddha’s Intent

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G Sakamoto

“It is impossible for us, who are possessed of blind passions, to free ourselves from birth-and-death through any practice whatever. Sorrowing at this, Amida made the Vow, the essential intent of which is the evil person’s attainment of Buddhahood. Hence, evil persons who entrust themselves to Other Power are precisely the ones who possess the true cause of birth.

“Accordingly he said, ‘Even the good person is born in the Pure Land, so without question is the person who is ...

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Housekeeping

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Item #1 – One of our major concerns is the safety and welfare of our members and others who come to our temple.  It was recently learned that the Dharma School Parents Organization (DSPO) has been having difficulty finding parents able to assist in the cross guard duties.  They are also having problems finding people to bring refreshments, but they, rightfully, feel that the cross guard duties are more important than snacks after class so have been focusing ...

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Hope from despair

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G Sakamoto

I think I spend too much time reading the news. The Merc, CNN, ABC, NBC, Reuters. KQED, NPR, Huffington, BBC, CNET. I tend to read liberal. Sometimes I’ll read a long article from Washington Post or The Atlantic or New York Times. Its only occasionally because I’m too cheap to subscribe, although I do stay with ads until they finish. Unfortunately, I’m the news consumer who’s going to ruin real news reporters.

With news from the web, I select what ...

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Generations campaign update November 2016

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We need your help and let’s retire the debt together!!! Mind the Gap!

2 months and counting and need to raise ~$380K so we can enter into 2017 with no debt.  September and October have been really slow months and have only raised $30K/month vs the $100k/month target.  The clock is ticking and need the Sangha’s help so we can enter into 2017 with no debt and get the ball rolling on Phase II or the Education/Lotus bldg. project.

Thanks to those ...

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Annex Renovation Update September 2016

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I wanted to take this opportunity to Thank everyone for all your help and support. Specifically the Infrastructure committee made up of: Rev Sakamoto, Steve Onishi, Mary Sasaki and Janice Doi, the Temple Board for courageously approving the funding for this project and the office staff for being very patience with me and the fast paced demands of construction projects.

I’d also like to Thank Jimi and George Yamauchi, George Hanada, Bob Terasaki and Greg Aso for their help to unravel ...

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Reflections on the Olympics

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Every four years, the Summer Olympic Games are held. This causes problems on many levels for me. On one level, I do not think the problem is any different than it is for many of you. Depending on where the games are being held and what event is taking place, we find ourselves lacking sleep since we stay up late watching events. This is compounded for ministers at ...

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President’s article for September, 2016

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Have you heard about the Betsuin’s “Mind the Gap” drive? Here’s what that means. We have a gap between how much money you and other supporters have thus far generously donated for Generations Phase 1 (the annex seismic retrofit and remodeling) and the $5.4 million project pricetag. Because we have to pay the final construction bills this month, we will be using part of the line of credit from Union Bank temporarily to fill the ...

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