THE LIGHT OF THE BUDDHA
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
April 2004

CALENDER OF EVENTS

APRIL 2004
04 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
11 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
12 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
18 (Sun) 3:00 p.m.
22 - 23 (Wed - Thurs)
27 - 28 (Sat - Sun)
Hanamatsuri (Guest Speaker: Aoki Sensei of Vancouver)
April Memorial Service
April Board Meeting
Hattori & Ishiyama's Wedding Ceremony & Reception
BCC Ministers' Meeting in Winnipeg
BCC AGM in Winnipeg

MAY 2004
02 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
10 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
16 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
22 - 24 (Sat - Mon)
30 (Sun) 11:00 a.m.
31 (Mon) 7:00 p.m.
May Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
May Board Meeting
Gotan-e & Infant Presentation Ceremony
BCJSBCF Reteat (Manning Park)
Food Fair
Bon Odori Practice Begins


INVITAION TO INFANT PRESENTATION CEREMONY (HATSUMAIRI)

Do you have a baby or know of a baby who was born in the last two or three years? If you do or if you know someone else who does, please ask them if they would like to attend our Infant Presentation (Hatsumairi) Ceremony at the Steveston Buddhist Temple on Sunday, May 16th at 10:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity for parents and child to come to temple for the first time together and pledge to live the Buddhist way of life.


When I feel lonely,
The others don’t care.
When I feel lonely,
My friends are laughing.
When I feel lonely,
My mother is kind.
When I feel lonely,
The Buddha is lonely.

- Poem “When I feel lonely” by Misuzu Kaneko

What is the Buddha for Misuzu? Is the Buddha kinder to her than her mother?

A human being is lonely. Anyone may feel intensely lonely. The others and friends could not care for me even if I tell them how I feel. Only my mother may look me in the face and may smile at me. But, indeed, I need someone who could feel same.

“Your suffering is my suffering. Your happiness is my happiness,” said Buddha. Buddha is always with me and is the only one to be able to feel my loneliness.

That is why we call Amida Buddha “Oya-sama,” our dear Parent, who equally extends Compassion to every one of us as an only child.

In Gassho, Rev. Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The Keirokai was well attended. A good time was had by all. Thank you to all those who helped.

On behalf of the temple, Congratulations to Sensei and Sonoko-san upon their upcoming marriage. As you both travel down the road of life, may it be filled with happiness, prosperity and success.

Hanamatsuri is April 4th. Hope to see you all at the major service.

Please remember everyone is the same, we are all ambassadors for Amida Buddha.

Everyone has a vital function to perform to ensure the temple’s success. Please keep this in mind at all times.

Once again, thank you everyone.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


BCC UPDATE - MARCH, 2004

March is the month of Spring Higan and it is about that time of the year to feel a warmer wind and sunshine. I know most of you are busy in preparing for Keirokai or Bazaar as well as Higan Service.

We, BCC as well as BCA were deeply saddened to hear that Rev. Kenryu Tsuji passed away on Feb 26th in California. He was one of the four ministers (other three Senseis are Shinjo Ikuta, Yutetsu Kawamura, and Ryokan Nishimura) who had shared the Nembutsu with the scattered Buddhists across Canada during the postwar period in the history of Buddhist Churches of Canada.

Originally from Mission, B.C. he was the first Nisei Kaikyoshi in Canada. He started his missionary in Vancouver in 1941, then he was instrumental in establishing Slocan Buddhist Temple during the relocation. Later moved to the east to start Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton Buddhist Churches.

He became the first Nisei Bishop in BCA in 1968 and demonstrated the leadership and guidance to many temples and churches in this North American continent. He worked about 60 long years before retirement. For those who wish to express sympathy, here is Mrs. Sakaye Tsuji’s address: 1154 Balclutha Dr. Foster City, CA 94404 Tel 650 570 5730

Coming Events:

April 22nd - 25th - BCC MA meeting and AGM in Winnipeg

April 29th - 30th - World Buddhist Women’s Representative Meeting in Honolulu

May 26th - 27th - World Jodo Shinshu Council in Richmond

July 3rd - 4th - Raymond Buddhist Church 75th Anniversary

July 19th - August 3rd - Hongwanji Youth Tour (Kikuchi Sensei & Ulrich Sensei)

September 24th - 26th - MA Seminar (location to be announced)

October 9th - 10th - Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial

November 5th - 7th - BCC Temple Leaders’ Seminar in Hongwanji


FUJINKAI NEWS

Preparation for the arrival of Hattori Sensei’s bride:

1. The manse is being updated. The kitchen will have new light maple cabinets and drawer fronts, new arbourite counter tops in a “stone” design, and colour coordinated linoleum. The bathroom will also have new lino. New bedding (2 sets of sheets, blanket and pillows) has already been selected by Hattori Sensei. A Miele vacuum cleaner has also been purchased. The Women’s Auxiliary are covering the cost of these improvements although it has been past practice for the Temple to assume this type of expense.

2. The Fujinkai ladies met on Sunday, March 7th to discuss plans for the wedding reception. Decision was made to prepare a traditional turkey dinner after consultation with Sensei. Appetizers will include “nigiri” prepared by two sushi chefs who are Sensei’s friends and also “sekihan” and “sashimi” prepared by Toban 1.

3. A bridal shower is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th at 1 p.m. Individual gifts may not be necessary as joint gifts may be a possibility. More details will be in the next newsletter.

British Columbia Buddhist Women’s League

Steveston is currently taking its turn as BCBWL headquarters. Our main task is to organize the annual Manning Park or “Supporter” raffle. The raised funds provide a subsidy to Dharma School students who attend the Manning Park Retreat during the Victoria Day weekend. Please support this worthy cause by purchasing a ticket when your district rep comes around or phones you in the coming months. Prizes are usually $50 gift certificates (i.e., Safeway, London Drugs, Bay, Sears)

“Housekeeping items”

1. We have a worthy collection of used stamps to take to the BCCWF AGM. The stamps are given to Save the Children to be sold to stamp companies. The money support causes in Third World countries. Your efforts are appreciated, but please remember to leave a border of ˝ inch around the stamp, as there is not value to it if the stamp edge is torn or does not have a sufficient border. Thank you!

2. Cheques to the Steveston Buddhist Temple Women’s Auxiliary should be made out to the above underlined form of name. The bank account is in this form. There is a $3.00 charge if the cheque-clearing centre questions any discrepancy. Thanks again!

3. Copies of “My favorites” cookbook published by the Kamloops JCA are again available. $14.00

4. A volunteer is being sought to briefly translate the Fujinkai News into Japanese as many of our members are literate in the Japanese language.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara

Upcoming Garage Sale
Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2004
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost per table: $15.00 (Hint: Share a table with a friend to cut costs)

Any donations in good condition are accepted as the Temple will also have tables, if you do not want your own table. Please phone Itoko Akune (604-244-7710) or Hiroko Yoshihara (604 277-6521) to register for a table.


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

We hope everyone had a good spring break. The weather sure has been nice.

We will be celebrating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on April 4th at 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget that it is also daylight savings time so set your clocks forward the night before.

On April 25th there is a BCC - AGM in Winnipeg. There will be no Dharma school that Sunday.

In Gassho, Genevieve Iwata


TAIKO NEWS

The Taiko Group has been busy performing at various places in the last couple of months. They have performed at:

Newton Elementary School, Trudeau Elementary School, The Richmond Inn, The Delta Resort and Conference Centre, Festival UBC, and also at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Their next performances will be at:

Keirokai
Strathcona Elementary School
Asian Centre Library Open House (UBC)
Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple Fundraiser
Sunday, March 21st
Thursday, April 8th
Saturday, April 24th (3:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 2nd (1:30 p.m.)

FRASER VALLEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE FUNDRAISER

OBAACHAN’S GARDEN

With Guest Speaker, Linda Ohama
Special Performance by Steveston Tera Taiko Group
SUNDAY, MAY 2nd, 2004

MATSQUI CENTENNIAL THEATRE
ABBOTSFORD

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $12 - Adults $10 - Seniors and Children

Please contact Doug Masuhara at 604-278-7264 for tickets.


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