President’s article, April, 2018

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After nearly 40 years as a Buddhist minister and more than 11 years as head minister in San Jose, Rinban Ken Fujimoto will retire at the end of the year. Rinban Fujimoto will become 70 in December, the age that, because of retirement benefits and other reasons, has become a benchmark time for many ministers to end their official duties as a minister.

Plans are under way for a smooth transition to a new head minister. Bishop Kodo ...

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President’s article, March, 2018

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About 30 people gathered on January 27 for a wide-ranging disucssion of Generations Phase 1, in preparation for the second phase of the Betsuin’s capital building campaign.

Under the direction of Bruce Davis, one of temple’s fundraising consultants during the first phase, we talked about what went well during Phase 1 and what we could have done better. The two-hour evaluation session in the board conference room was one of the important building blocks necessary as we prepare ...

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President’s article, January, 2018

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We had a near miss last month at the driveway of one of our parking lots.

Here is what a community member wrote in an email about it:

I was almost hit by a driver exiting the Lotus Preschool parking lot yesterday morning at 9:30am.  The driver did not slow down or stop at the designated neon sign; she crossed the sidewalk and stopped at the end of the driveway apron. She would’ve hit ...

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In Buddhism, Dana (Dah-nah) is selfless giving.

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On January 29, we observed Dana Day by honoring 19 volunteers who have given much to the temple. They exemplify the spirit, commitment and effort that keeps the temple vital and successful.

I’d like thank the 19 honorees: Shelley Hatakeyama, Lee Ikegami, Stephen Inoue, Jenny Inouye, Elaine Jones, Keith Kadokura, Patty Kaneda, Bill Kawakami, Kazue Kawasaki, Lisa Kobayashi, Larissa Lai, Michael Mori, Lori Nakajima, Janice Oda, Sumi Tanabe, Todd Tsudama, Lillian (Lee) Uyeda, Richard Yamaguchi, Roy Yamanouchi. We appreciate all that ...

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President’s article for December, 2016

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On October 20, about 60 representatives of church and church-related groups who use the Annex Building met for an orientation session. Todd Tsudama, who has been our project coordinator and fundraising chairman, used a PowerPoint presentation to explain the different features, how to clean and take care of the “new” building.
“Treat it like it’s your home,” Todd told those in attendance.
I think that’s excellent advice for us all. It’s wonderful to have a renovated, safer building with upgraded ...

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President’s article for September, 2016

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Have you heard about the Betsuin’s “Mind the Gap” drive? Here’s what that means. We have a gap between how much money you and other supporters have thus far generously donated for Generations Phase 1 (the annex seismic retrofit and remodeling) and the $5.4 million project pricetag. Because we have to pay the final construction bills this month, we will be using part of the line of credit from Union Bank temporarily to fill the ...

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Annex renovation Update August 2016

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So what do you think????
Wow, what a crazy obon!! Record number of dancers and sold out of all the food super early. I felt like I was hosting a big open house after renovating my home. I wanted everything to go well and people to like the building. I admit, I was trying to keep everything clean by cleaning up any spill, telling people to be careful but I finally gave up on Friday, as I knew the building ...

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President’s article for August, 2016

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Congratulations and thank you!
You and the other members of the Sangha have just participated in two of the most successful undertakings in the temple’s long history.
The biggest accomplishment is the $5.4 million retrofitted and remodeled annex building, which opened for use in late June, just in time for Obon preparation. As of just after Obon, we had received $4.65 million in contributions – the most money ever raised for a temple project. It is gratifying to see that ...

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Annex Renovation update June 2016

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YES YES YES, We are going to make it for Obon. That is by far the #1 question I get and yes, we will be in the bldg. for Obon. In fact, our current plan is to move back in by mid/late June. Due to some long leadtimes, some items will be installed after Obon, like the stage curtains, digital bulletin boards and lobby canopy.
I hope everyone has had a chance to watch the progress video’s posted ...

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President’s article for June, 2016

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The most ambitious temple building project in a half century is almost finished!
As I write this (in mid-May), the $5.4 million gym seismic retrofit and remodeling project is still on schedule to be done by June 10. What that’s means is we’ll be able to use the gym on that date, although some finishing work still might be ongoing.
Moving everything back into the building and getting it ready for Obon will be a major task in itself. Steve ...

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