Simple or True?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

 

Recently, I attended a special lecture at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. The lecture was good, but it was presented in Japanese with an English translation. The translation was also good, but I came to see that there are things that cannot be translated. Concepts need to be explained and a literal translation is often insufficient in communicating the essence of a concept to a different ...

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Parkland

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G Sakamoto

The deaths by gun violence of seventeen people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has once again brought outrage and grief at the senseless loss of life. I hope this time we will be able to change the way we understand gun violence in America. We have been here before. Each time we have demanded that something be done. The anger over the Parkland killings has brought thousands into the streets. They raise their voices so change will ...

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President’s article, April, 2018

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After nearly 40 years as a Buddhist minister and more than 11 years as head minister in San Jose, Rinban Ken Fujimoto will retire at the end of the year. Rinban Fujimoto will become 70 in December, the age that, because of retirement benefits and other reasons, has become a benchmark time for many ministers to end their official duties as a minister.

Plans are under way for a smooth transition to a new head minister. Bishop Kodo ...

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Antinomianism

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G Sakamoto

In Letter 20 of the Lamp for the Latter Ages (Mattosho) Shinran writes:

“It has not been uncommon for people like yourselves, who do not read or know the scriptures, to distort the teaching, having heard that no evil interferes with the attainment of birth. It seems that this is still the case. To hear that you are all falling deeper and deeper into error, following the words of Shinken-bo and others who know nothing of the Pure Land teaching, ...

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President’s article, March, 2018

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About 30 people gathered on January 27 for a wide-ranging disucssion of Generations Phase 1, in preparation for the second phase of the Betsuin’s capital building campaign.

Under the direction of Bruce Davis, one of temple’s fundraising consultants during the first phase, we talked about what went well during Phase 1 and what we could have done better. The two-hour evaluation session in the board conference room was one of the important building blocks necessary as we prepare ...

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President’s article, January, 2018

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We had a near miss last month at the driveway of one of our parking lots.

Here is what a community member wrote in an email about it:

I was almost hit by a driver exiting the Lotus Preschool parking lot yesterday morning at 9:30am.  The driver did not slow down or stop at the designated neon sign; she crossed the sidewalk and stopped at the end of the driveway apron. She would’ve hit ...

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Practice Kindness

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G Sakamoto

There is a continuing discussion regarding bringing food to people living on our streets and in parks. The concern is if we provide food and accommodations then they will be less inclined to find permanent solutions. There is also the concern of sanitation and disruptive behavior associated with where they gather. Providing food and accommodations encourages people to remain where they are.

When we think of the homeless this is the usual image we have; dirty gatherings where thrash and ...

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In Buddhism, Dana (Dah-nah) is selfless giving.

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On January 29, we observed Dana Day by honoring 19 volunteers who have given much to the temple. They exemplify the spirit, commitment and effort that keeps the temple vital and successful.

I’d like thank the 19 honorees: Shelley Hatakeyama, Lee Ikegami, Stephen Inoue, Jenny Inouye, Elaine Jones, Keith Kadokura, Patty Kaneda, Bill Kawakami, Kazue Kawasaki, Lisa Kobayashi, Larissa Lai, Michael Mori, Lori Nakajima, Janice Oda, Sumi Tanabe, Todd Tsudama, Lillian (Lee) Uyeda, Richard Yamaguchi, Roy Yamanouchi. We appreciate all that ...

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