President’s Message July

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How Did I Get Here?

As I get older, I frequently find myself in situations where I wonder,” how did I get here?”  This is not the same “how did I get here?” as when I am driving and realize that I was on autopilot and ended up on the wrong freeway.  This is the question I ask when it is a joyous occasion, a sad one or a stressful one, or just an odd one.  I think about all of ...

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President’s Message June

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Thank You and Congratulations!

The Sangha Crafters were upstairs one day when I happened to drop by the office, so I went to see what they were working on.  I hope I am not spoiling a surprise…they made the most adorable quilt with an Obon dance scene with little children in yukatas!  Each of the volunteers was responsible for one of the children.  It made me happy admiring it. The Sangha Crafters create things that bring joy to people’s lives, whether ...

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President’s Message May

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Happy Earth Day!

By the time this article appears, I know that we will be celebrating Earth Day here at the Betsuin.

Many of us had grandparents and parents who frequently uttered the phrase “mottainai!”  whenever we did something unthinking and wasteful.  After I had my own children I uttered those same words and felt the same frustration with unthinking and wasteful behavior.  I guess age makes us more mindful of the effects we have on everything around us.  We are much ...

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Presidents Message – June 2012

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JUNE DHARMA ARTICLE

IN GASSHO

I have found that our Sangha members are very humble and don’t like to call attention to all the wonderful and varied things that they do for us.  The Betsuin relies heavily on our Sangha, so I want to make sure that we are mindful of their efforts and express our gratitude to them whenever possible.

Have you seen the new Betsuin Photo Directory? Mas Horiuchi and his committee did a wonderful job, putting a lot of work ...

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President’s Message – March 2012

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March 2012 Dharma

A FACELIFT

Nowadays, do you find that when you want information about an organization or a business, you judge the organization or business by the appearance and content of their website? Recently, I needed to reserve use of a room at the Betsuin so I went to our website to access the facilities use calendar. While there, I looked around the website to see what was going on. It was disappointing as it looked very bare. Our website is ...

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