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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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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Simply Me

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G Sakamoto

Jodo Shinshu, like all schools of Buddhism, is concerned with resolving the difficulties we cause and experience. As Buddhists we understand that difficulties result specifically from our likes and dislikes, our preferences, our prejudices. We also understand that if we work hard with diligence we can cultivate a mind free of prejudice and be free of difficulties.

As a Shinshu Buddhist the difficulties I cause and experience result from the same inability to see things as they are. It is ...

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My Sister Joy

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G Sakamoto

In March my sister, Joy, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After consultations with oncologists and surgeons in Hawai’i she was referred to and accepted into a clinical trial in Portland, Oregon.

After three months in Portland they chose to return home. The outcome of the clinical trial was not favorable so before Joy got too sick to travel they decided to come home. They asked if I would come to Portland and help them board their flight. I offered to ...

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Reflections on the Earthquakes in Kyushu

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K. Ken Fujimoto

In reading the Hongwanji Shinpo, the tri-monthly newsletter from the Hongwanji, it has been an education reading about the tragic events of the Kumamoto earthquake and the many ironic situations that have come to light surrounding the devastation. The articles probably do not communicate the depth and breadth of the impact on human lives, but even if they only reveal a portion of the effects, it does reveal the relative powerlessness of human beings.
First some facts:
In ...

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$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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