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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Falling

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G Sakamoto

Most of us have fallen. We may have slipped and fallen or lost our balance and fallen. Sometimes we fall on purpose like off a diving board or onto a comfy bed. Usually we fall alone, sometimes we fall with friends as we might when we ride a roller coaster or skydive together. I don’t skydive. I don’t roller coaster anymore. It has been suggested that not getting on a roller coaster may have more to do with control ...

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Homyo

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K. Ken Fujimoto

Through this Affirmation Ceremony, I shall endeavor to live a life guided by the Nembutsu teaching from this day forward.

The statement above is the affirmation by the recipients of their homyo at the recent ceremony performed by Bishop Umezu. This affirmation reflects the true intent of the tradition of receiving a homyo. It is vow and commitment to live as a Buddhist in our Nembutsu tradition.
Our recent homyo or Buddhist (more correctly, Dharma) name classes and ...

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Practicing Kindness

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G Sakamoto

I left the check out line I was in and got into a line that I thought was moving faster. I watched the line I was in to see if I had made a good decision. The person who was just in front of me was still waiting in the same place. I had moved up by one person. Good choice. The man at the cashier in our line had just completed his payment and now trying pay with ...

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Housekeeping

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K. Ken Fujimoto
This world is one of constant change. We point to this reality frequently in our services. The main concern is in the changes of the human condition, but changes are everywhere, including our temple. Every so often there is a need to explain and discuss some changes that will occur in our services. This will especially become important with the construction beginning and the adjustments that will be required because of this.
Housekeeping ...

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