Still Going

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G Sakamoto

(Here’s something from August 1978. Most recently re-published in 1998. I’ve added comments this time around.)

It seems that a very necessary event in the life of a Jodo Shinshu practitioner is a time when the individual is inescapably and absolutely incapable of determining, that is knowing and directing, the future of his life. Until this occurs much of what is done is a vain pursuit of some preconceived notion of what Jodo Shinshu might be. If I am not ...

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Annex Renovation Project Update-Nov

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We have been meeting with our Architects to finalize design concepts and are on track to receive our final design drawings in late November, early December. These drawings will be the basis of the construction drawings that each sub-contractor will get. These drawings will also include potential ‘phase building’ in the event we do not hit our $3.8M goal. For example, if we only raise $3.3M, we would not do the lobby (this is an Example). Here are the building ...

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You’re invited!!!!

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Can you believe November is here already??? Time to start planning the big feast, getting out the winter clothes and pulling together the naughty and nice lists. It’s also time for our Annual General Meeting. It will be on December 4th at 8:30pm. I know it’s a little late but come out for the Generations Town Hall meeting right before and make it a night at the Temple. The Town Hall Meeting starts at ...

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Re-read, Re-visit, Re-member

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K. Ken Fujimoto

I had mentioned in a previous article that I often re-read books because I find things I had forgotten and/or discover things I had overlooked. Since then a number of people have mentioned that they do the same thing and that they, too, find things that they had forgotten or had overlooked in previous readings. To have such input is encouraging since it shows that a connection is ...

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Samsara is Nirvana

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G Sakamoto

“When foolish beings of delusion and defilement awaken shinjin,
They realize that birth-and-death is itself nirvana;
Without fail they reach the land of immeasurable light
And universally guide sentient beings to enlightenment.”
Shinran, Shoshinge, CWS p 72

When someone asks, “What is Buddhism?” we should confidently respond, “A way to resolve difficulties.” The next question can be scary since it may be about anything in the world of Buddhism. “How do you do that?”, “What is karma?”, “Do you transmigrate?”, ...

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Annex Renovation project update

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Here’s a brief update and little game for you…

Over the last 30-45 days, we’ve brought in over $72K in donations! This is due to the work of our Board and the general letter that went out.

 

We had our Generations General Campaign kick off last Sunday at our annual Organization day and first day of Dharma school. The event went over really well and we got the Dharma school kids involved with the ...

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What did you think about the Kickoff???? (hint, not the 49er one)

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Thanks to everyone who came to Organization day and our Generations Capital Campaign kickoff event. It was nice to see some familiar faces and all the kids. What a great way to start off a new Dharma school year. For those who didn’t make it, I presented an overview of what the Generations Capital Campaign is. It’s a $10M campaign over 5 years to raise funds to renovate the Annex/Gym and rebuild the Education Bldg to meet ...

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Cultural Differences

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Cultural Differences
G Sakamoto

In the postscript of the Tannisho, Yuien recalls the words of Shinran,

“In truth, myself and others discuss only good and evil, leaving Amida’s benevolence out of consideration. Among Master Shinran’s words were:

‘I know nothing at all of good or evil. For if I could know thoroughly, as Amida Tathagata knows, that an act was good, then I would know good. If I could know thoroughly, as the Tathagata knows, that an act was evil, then I would ...

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Welcome back to a new Church year!!

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A little over a 100 years ago, the Issei came to America to create a new life for themselves and part of that life was the Church. Temples sprouted up like the cherry trees and strawberries they planted and cultivated. Like in Japan, the church was always the center of the community, a gathering place for celebrations, weddings, obons, festivals and funerals. In times of prejudice, it was one of the few places you were always welcomed. Through the good ...

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