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


CALENDER OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2004
01 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
7-9 (Sat-Mon) 7:00 p.m.
09 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
August Memorial Service
Vancouver Island Obon Tour
August Board Meeting

SEPTEMBER 2004
05 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
13 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
19 (Sun) 10:20 a.m.
Eitaikyo & September Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
1st Day of Dharma School
September Board Meeting
Ohigan


U (Being) and Mu (Non-being)

Concerning “being” and “non-being,” Shinran Shonin states in the Shoshinge, “Bodhisattva Nagarjuna would appear in this world and completely rend the views of being and non-being.”

Nagarjuna, who was born in southern India, established the foundation for Mahayana Buddhism. In Japan he is esteemed as the founder of the eight sects of Buddhism. Shinran Shonin praised Nagarjuna, saying, “His greatest achievement was that he overturned all views regarding existence (‘u’) and non-existence (‘mu’).”

Being and non-being can be explained in the following way. Being is the belief that everything exists eternally and unchanging; non-being is the belief that everything will cease to exist and end up in nothingness. Nagarjuna taught that both views are incorrect.

Because everything is the result of causes and conditions, there is nothing, which does not ever change, nor is there anything that disappears completely and ceases to exist. This is the true way of the existence of all things.

--- Taken from “Mutually Sustaining Life” written by Toshihide Numata

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

A belated thank you to Sensei and Sonoko-san for your generous contribution to the temple.

Obon was well attended. Thank you to all those who helped. Special thank you to Joyce Tasaka, Janice and Pearl Niwatsukino for instructing the Obon dancers. To everyone, thank you for your generous offertory.

Just 1st, the temple parking lot was used by the public for parking. Total earnings was $940.00. This will be going into a separate account called the Rainy Day Fund.

Sunday, August 8th there will be a temple get together at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your own lunch and see you there!

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


INTER-TEMPLE AFFAIRS

Members from our temple visited Fraser Valley Temple, to take part in their Obon celebration. The dinner was “pot luck”, plentiful and delicious. The chairs were put against the walls of the Hondo, and the odori began. There were three dances, with the final one being the ever-popular “Tanko Bushi”. This was the first service held in the newly rebuilt temple. Rev. Imamura from Washington was the guest minister for the service. All had a good time.

SAYONARA GATHERING

August 8th, 2004 11:00 a.m. Steveston Buddhist Temple Grounds. Bring your Obento and share with others. The temple will provide soft drinks, watermelon and ice cream. Please advise the temple office if you will be attending.

BINGO

Wednesday Night Bingo is the largest revenue producing activity that we have for our temple. During the fall, winter and spring months we are dreadfully short of Bingo Helpers. We urge as many members as possible to come out and help. We need sellers on the floor, cashiers and people to clean up the gymnasium after bingo. A few hours on Wednesday would really be appreciated.

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


BCC UPDATE - JULY, 2004

July is midsummer and the month of OBON services across Canada. It is the time to remember and appreciate our loved ones who laid a solid foundation for us all. Also it is the time of reunion with many friends who are gathered in memory of loved ones. I was very much impressed with the large crowd of 100 golfers in the morning and 300 people at the 75th Anniversary Banquet of Raymond Buddhist Church in the evening on July 3rd in Lethbridge. Furthermore another big crowd at cemetery service and Obon service in Raymond on Sunday. It is true that membership is declining , but the roots of Nembutsu are deep, wide, and alive in many parts of this country. There are good chances to survive or revitalize depending on how you plan and promote using modern technology. We are still waiting for Dharma Talks from ministers or article of memories from members for Centennial Booklet. Please make your contribution as soon as possible. You can either mail to BCC, 11786 Fentiman Pl. Richmond, B.C. V7E6M6 or fax to 604 272 6865.

Coming Events:

August 14th

August 15th

September 24th - 26th

October 2nd

October 9th - 10th

November 5th - 7th


November 25th - 27th

Nanaimo Obon Service

Victoria Obon Service

MA Seminar in Toronto

BCC Board Meeting

Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial

Alberta Buddhist Convention
BC Buddhist Convention

BCC Temple Leaders’ Seminar in Hongwanji, Kyoto


FUJINKAI NEWS

In late June, a request to be one of the food vendors at the 1st Annual Wooden Boat Festival at Britannia Shipyards was discussed and accepted by the leaders of the three Tobans. However, this decision was reversed at the July Board meeting. Fortunately, Larry Ryan was able to contact the organizers with some alternatives.

On Friday, three members of Toban 2 (with assistance from Sonoko-san, Mrs. Fujikawa and Itoko Akune) prepared a simple lunch of sandwiches, salad, fruit and pastries for the students and teachers who had just arrived from Japan for the 3 weeks of education and homestay here in Richmond. We hope that everyone enjoy fully their experience here in Canada.

Sympathy cards printed by BCCWF are now again in good supply. Please support this fundraising effort by the Federation and purchase a package of 5 cards for $5.00. We will soon have notecards with the embossed wisteria motif for the same price. These can be used as thank you cards and for brief notes.

Also available is a booklet (Way of Life) published by Toronto Dana which is a compilation of “quotations from our own group discussions, as well as sayings from other points of view”. This would make a thoughtful gift at $7.00 each.

A little early…but please keep in mind our semi annual meeting in mid September. We would appreciate your thoughts and any innovative ideas.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

We sold cans of Dole’s pineapple, M&M’s and fruit berries at the Obon festival. We did quite well.

Just a reminder that Dharma school starts up again on September 12th, 2004.

In Gassho,
Genevieve Iwata, Steveston Dharma School


VANCOUVER BUDDHIST CHURCH 100th ANNIVERSARY DINNER AND DANCE

Saturday, October 9th, 2004
Radisson President Hotel
8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, B.C

Early Bird tickets (before September first) $45.00
Adult $50.00
Youth $25.00 (18 and under)

Those interested in attending from Steveston Buddhist Temple, please contact Larry Ryan at 604-946-9982 or Fax 604-946-5746

Please note that Chizuru san (our temple’s secretary) will be on holidays the following dates & time. Therefore, she will not be available.

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - August 10th - 13th

12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m. - August 9th, 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st


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