$1,000,000

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G Sakamoto

A million dollars. That’s a lot of money. A million dollars can buy a lot of things. Things that are necessary, things that are important, things that might help others.

We are almost done with the first phase of our long term project. But we still need to raise nearly a million dollars for this first phase. Only with your participation can this phase be successfully complete without incurring any debt.

A million dollars is so big for most of us ...

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Odds and Ends

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Item #1 – As people can see and have probably heard from other sources as well, the renovation project is progressing well. We should be able to meet the target date of June 10, for the completion. As part of this, we are planning an “in-house” opening ceremony on June 12. In the event that there is a delay due to inspections and such, we will plan to do this on the first Sunday after ...

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More than a meeting

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G Sakamoto

This year our National Council Meeting was convened in Visalia. For several years the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education have been presenting symposia in conjunction with the Council meeting. This year the subject was “Buddhism and Agriculture” a topic relevant to the location of the meeting, current environmental concerns and the influence of agricultural communities on the development of the early Shinshu sangha. One of the presenters was Professor Eisho Nasu of Ryukoku University. ...

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Gotan-e, Shinran’s Birthday

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K. Ken Fujimoto

We observe Gotan-e, the birthday of Shinran Shonin in May. This is a relatively new major service. This service was first observed at the Hongwanji, our mother temple in Kyoto at the end of the 19th Century. It may seem odd to say that it is relatively new when it has been observed for over a hundred years, but in the context of the history of our tradition and the fact that though it ...

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Not the First Time

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G Sakamoto

Nearly twenty five years ago the national Ministers Association was asked to support a Human Rights Statement. The statement intended to affirm basic conditions that every human being should have. There was much discussion and revisions. In the end the idea was rejected. We did not affirm the statement of basic human rights.

In 2003 the following statement was adopted by the Ministers Association:

The Ministers Association of the Buddhist Churches of America opposes preemptive military action by a nation against ...
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Bridges or Walls?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

The recent exchange between Donald Trump and Pope Francis seems to be creating quite a stir with one stating that a true Christian should not be talking about building walls, but about building bridges. The other fired back that a religious leader should not be questioning an individual’s religious beliefs. This exchange seems to be unprecedented and seems to be newsworthy because of the supposed transcending the lines ...

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Mean Man

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G Sakamoto

The other day as I was driving to work I saw a man running along the sidewalk. He turned back to the oncoming traffic waving frantically. Behind me I could see a bus on its approach to the stop up ahead. The man still had half a block in front him. He would not make it. As the bus crossed the intersection it slowed down and opened its doors for the out-of-breath man.

With all the difficult things we hear ...

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Nirvana = Pure Land?

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K. Ken Fujimoto

As I have mentioned before, many people seem to confuse Nirvana with enlightenment or as being the same birth in the Pure Land.  Nirvana, literally means extinction and is properly used in reference to the death of the Sakyamuni Buddha, where his body and all the inherent passions that accompany life were extinguished.  However, the term is sometimes used to refer to the extinguishing of the worldly passions during his life as a part of his attainment of ...

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Happy New Year

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G Sakamoto and Family

Another year is opening up before us. A time of renewal. A time of reflection. What will we do with these new days before us? We hope that we will be safe and well. That our family and friends will be happy in the days to come. These wishes and hopes are shared by many. They are not empty but filled with the deepest aspiration for things to be well.

There is a well known phrase in the ...

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Happy New Year – X

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Time for yet, another New Year’s greeting. With the pending Super Bowl coming to the area, I decided to go with Roman numerals this year.

As I re-read the article I wrote last year, there has been a lot of progress. The Girl Scout troop who had undertaken the task of cataloging our altar pieces have pretty much finished their project. There ...

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