Annex renovation project update

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As I was watching all the Napa Earthquake coverage, it quickly took me back to the 89 Loma Prieta earthquake. I was sitting at my desk, we were in a temporary trailer as we were building an office right next door and the whole thing was rocking back and forth. As I ducked under my desk, I looked outside to see cars bouncing around then I turned my head to see monitors falling off my friends desk and a large ...

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Re-alignment

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G Sakamoto

Our regular services are starting up again. Dharma School students will return to new teachers and new experiences. Parents will gather in the hondo again with their family to hear the dharma. To share with one another the way of seeing and experiencing the world that comes from the original insight of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,500 years ago. At the core of the Buddhadharma is the observation that we see the world through our preferences and prejudices. Difficulties result from ...

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A Brief History – Lady Takeko Kujo

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Recently, it was brought to my attention that, arguably, the most important person in the history of the Buddhist Women’s Association (BWA) movement has been forgotten or totally ignored in this area. Much attention has been given, and deservedly so, to Eshinni, Shinran’s wife, Kakushinni Continue Reading →

Idle Distraction

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G Sakamoto

She stood quietly beside him now. He would go on this trip, this time alone. He held the furoshiki wrapped bundle in one hand. His mother had put together some things she thought heÕd enjoy on the trip. A tablet, his toy car, a musubi and snacks. He was excited thinking about traveling on his own. He look up at his mother who was gazing at him. She smiled.

The train pulled slowly up to the platform. It hummed ...

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Phew!!!

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That’s the first thing that came to mind as I started to write my monthly article. July just flew by. After 5 days of Obon construction, beef skewering and Annex renovation mtgs, I was already tired by time Sat rolled around but…..when I saw all the people who came to the temple, the Taiko groups, all the game and food booths in full swing, I got my 2nd wind. To top it off seeing 1336 dancers going around the ...

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Renovation update Phase I (annex)

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Thanks to Roy for manning the Generations Booth at Obon. We had many people come by to see the Phase I drawings and draft campus plans. We also had our very first Generations brochure. We handed out over a hundred of them and if you’re interested, pick one up in the office.
Unfortunately, we did not hit our $2.7M fundraising goal and per the proposal that the SJBC Board approved, we will postpone the project until 2015. While this is ...

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Faith, Trust or Shinjin

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K. Ken Fujimoto
A number of recent incidents have made me rethink how we explain the term shinjin (信心)and other concepts in our tradition. One of those events was during the temple tours during our Obon festival. In explaining features in our naijin, I remembered how one elementary school student asked me many years ago, why the statue of Amida Buddha was standing on an artichoke. At first, this had me confused, but looking at the statue, ...

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Amida’s Assurance

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G Sakamoto

We know that the promise of Amida is the resolution of difficulties of all. As we are. Without conditions. There is nothing we need do.

In ShinranÕs time this offered hope to people who had no possibility of changing the conditions of their life. Conditions that were harsh and unforgiving. War that threw conscripts into battle. Famine, so intense, a war was halted. Those who were not a part of the aristocracy had little prospects other than to serve. The ...

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Obon…Obon…its Festival time!!

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Obon is right around the corner and everyone is gearing up for it. Every year, it amazes me how we transform the temple, feed thousands of people, put all the entertainment together and get everyone ready to dance in such a short time. I know there are hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes and many dedicated folks leading them. My very special thank you to Jim McClure for being the Obon Chair again, If it wasn’t for your leadership ...

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Thoughts for July

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Some Clarification Regarding the Generations Campaign

Along the lines of misspeak, misinformation and misperception that I have written about in the past few months, there is something that needs to be clarified regarding the Generations Capital Campaign. There seems to be much confusion and misunderstanding surrounding this issue.
The goal is to the raise $10 million in 5 years so that we can renovate and retrofit the annex and then build a new education building. We are ...

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