THE LIGHT OF THE BUDDHA
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
August 2005

CALENDER OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2005
07 (Sun) 2:00 p.m
08 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
25 (Thurs) 10:30 a.m.
25 (Thurs) 2:30 p.m.
August Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
August Board Meeting
Tea with Ourakata-sama
BCC Centennial Celebration

SEPTEMBER 2005
04 (Sun) 2:00 p.m
11 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
12 (Mon) 7:30 p.m
18 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
Eitaikyo & September Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Family Service
September Board Meeting
Ohigan


On the Seven hundred fiftieth Memorial for Shinran Shonin

January 16, 2012 will mark the seven hundred fiftieth anniversary of the passing of our Founder, Shinran Shonin. To commemorate this occasion, the Hongwanji in Kyoto will be conducting the Seven hundred fiftieth Memorial for Shinran Shonin from April 2011 at the Goeido(Founder’s Hall), the restoration work of which will be completed by then. During this opportunity, through reflecting on Shinran Shonin’s hardships and achievements, praising his virtue while renewing our resolve, and sincerely receiving the Jodo Shinshu teaching, it is my hope that we will endeavour to widely transmit it as a beacon that guides us all in the contemporary world of confusion and turmoil.

Shinran Shonin was born in 1173, received tokudo ordination at the age of nine, and dedicated himself to his studies and practices of the Buddhist Way on Mt. Hiei. However, since he could not find a path that would lead him away from delusion, at the age of twenty-nine, through his experience of seeing Prince Shotoku in a vision, he then encountered Honen Shonin, came to entrust in the Primal Vow, and became a Nembutsu practicer. At the age of thirty-five, due to persecution of the Nembutsu teaching in 1207, he was exiled to Echigo (present Niigata Prefecture). He later moved with his family to Kanto (the area north of present Tokyo), and while living amongst the local people, he followed the path of “accepting the Teaching for oneself and sharing it with others.” During his latter years in Kyoto, he devoted himself to completing his major work, Kyo-gyoshinsho, and writing many other works such as the three collections of wasan before passing away from his life at the age of ninety and returning to the Pure Land.

According to the Jodo Shinshu teaching established by Shinran Shonin, through the working of Amida Tathagata’s Primal Vow, all people can be born in the Pure Land where they immediately attain Buddhahood, then return to this world where they endeavour to guide to the Nembutsu others who are still wandering in delusion. Our birth in the Pure Land is decisively settled the moment we hear and entrust ourselves to the Name, NamoAmida Butsu. Then, with the awareness of our indebtnedness and gratitude, we lead our daily lives praising the virtue of the Tathagata by intoning the Nembutsu.

Just as the Buddhist principle of dependent origination shows, all existence, whether animate or inanimate, are closely interconnected and interdependent. On the other hand, human-centered thinking has become quite prevalent today and the pursuit of profit by one segment of the world’s population has expanded to extreme proportions, producing inequality that is felt on a global level and jeopardizing the continued existence of not only humanity, but also of various forms of life. Furthermore, in our abruptly changing society, the very foundation of each individual’s life seems to be unstable. Being confused by the flow of the world around us, I wonder if we are not forgetting the fact that we ourselves are leading the life of delusion. The life of the Nembutsu is walking the path that leads to birth in the Pure Land, illuminated and embraced by Amida Tathagata’s wisdom and compassion, while maintaining respect and support for other. By realizing, through the Tathagata’s wisdom, that the source of conflict lies in the self-centeredness of human beings, it is my hope that we will be able to contribute to the building of a world that is free of conflict, where we all can live life to the utmost with joy and contentment.

Our predecessors, even during harsh eras, revered and admired Shinran Shonin, diligently listened to the Dharma, and mutually assisted each other together with feeling of devotion to the head temple and a determination to protect the Jodo Shinshu teaching. We must accept and maintain this wonderful tradition. However, the present situation of the Hongwanji organization points out that there is an ever-widening gap between our everyday life and the way we propagate the teaching and perform rituals, and it is difficult for lay members to participate in temple activities. Furthermore, there is difficulty in coping with the rapid relocation of the population to the urban areas and the succession of the new generation.

With this occasion of Shinran Shonin’s memorial as a great opportunity, the Hongwanji is formulating various long-term plans which deal with widely transmitting the Jodo Shinshu teaching. By taking up and continuing the spirit of the Monshintokai Undo (Lay members’ Movement), which was initiated on the occasion of the seven hundredth memorial, and the important Dobo Undo ( Fellow Practicer Movement), we can build a religious institution that is capable of accommodating modern society. In order to accomplish this, we should cultivate a broad-mind to understand and share the anxieties and feelings of others, create an organization in which we support each other, and transmit the Jodo Shinshu teaching. Likewise, we need to reorganize our institution’s framework so that it meets the needs of the times.

Furthermore, in anticipation of the services for Shinran Shonin’s memorial, which will be conducted at the various temples and locations, I hope the activities by the temple and lay leaders will be well suited to their areas and interaction with the local society will flourish. I especially hope that well-planned, ingenious activities will be promoted in areas where temple activities are not currently being carried out.

On the occasion of the fresh start of our institution’s general activities, I heartily look forward to everyone’s positive support, cooperation, and participation.

January 9, 2005
SHAKU SOKUNYO
OHTANI Koshin
Monshu of the Hongwanji



OPPORTUNITY

We were born into this world as human beings. Having been given that opportunity, what must we truly do? What is the significance of our receiving this opportunity?

If we do not think of this seriously, we will lose the opportunity of having been born into human life.

The Homages (Kikyomon) states:

Hard it is to be born into human life; now we are living it. Difficult it is to hear the Buddha-Dharma; now we hear it. If we do not gain emancipation in this present life, how may we be freed from sorrow in the ocean of births and deaths.

“To gain emancipation” means to cross over from the world of delusion to that of enlightenment. We are given the opportunity to cross over to become a Buddha by having been born as human beings.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori



MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - Larry Ryan

July has been quite a busy month at the temple. Members were quite busy preparing for this year’s Obon. Food preparation, odori practice, setting up the Yagura, hanging the Chochin and many other tasks.

Members got together on the Saturday for a potluck dinner and discussion with Kawamura Sensei. He was indeed thought provoking. We hope to host more of these with invitations going out to Fraser Valley and Vancouver temples.

Repair work should begin soon on the main parking lot. It has suffered over the many winters. You will see evidence of large cracks and alligatoring.

The countdown begins now for the Gomonshu’s visit here in August. Last minute details are being finalized such as charter bus schedules, car pools, limousines, VIP invitations and press releases. If you haven’t already signed up for Sarana affirmation or Centennial festivities, please do so as soon as possible.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a good and safe summer. I’d also like to express my heartfelt thanks for all the work you members do in and around the temple. Without the Sangha the temple is nothing more than a building.


SARANA AFFIRMATION

For those taking affirmation, please let the office know whether you will require a lunch after the service. We will make Obento available for a small cost. We will pre order from Izumi Ya. Please let us know.

Larry Ryan


BCC UPDATE JULY 2005 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

Obon is the time to remember the loved ones, to appreciate our ancestors including our parents who are the foundation of our present life, and also to be united with many friends old and new. And in the process it is the time to reflect ourselves as well as to listen to Buddha Dharma. May you all enjoy Obon wherever you are.

I received sad news that the former BCC Bishop Shodo Tsunoda passed away in Nebraska, and his funeral will be held at Tri State Buddhist Temple in Denver on July 15th, 2005. This office sent the letter of condolences and will send Koden later.

To all the membership committee in the temple: it is a good idea to approach the bereaved family after 49th day service and ask them to apply for membership to carry on our spiritual tradition.

Recent BCC Commendation Certificate recipients: Mae Yakura, Toshiro and Masako Yakura, Kiyoshi and Ruby Ohashi in Vernon Buddhist Temple. BCC Ingo was presented to Toshiye Yamaoka in Kelowna, Izo Ebata in Toronto, and Kikuyo Kuriyama in Steveston.

BCC Centennial is very near now. I received 140 applications for Sarana Affirmation at four locations as of July 11th. Although the deadline passes, you can still talk to your resident minister.

Environmental Awareness: Let us pass on to the next generation; the Voice of Nembutsu and the beautiful Earth.

I shall see you all at BCC Centennial Commemoration Services at the following location.

Saturday August 20, 2005 in Toronto

Sunday August 21, 2005 in Winnipeg

Tuesday August 23, 2005 in Lethbridge

Thursday August 25, 2005 in Vancouver


FUJINKAI NEWS - Hiroko Yoshihara

Number count for 13th World Buddhist Women’s Convention in Honolulu, Sep. 1-3, 2006.
Number of attendees have to be passed on to the Convention Committee by the end of August 2005. Please notify Misaye Hamaura by August 15 ( to allow for coordination with BCCWF headquarters in Alberta).

An information meeting was conducted by Misaye Hamaura, BCCWF liason, on July 17. The convention fee is $250 US which covers meals, souvenirs, hall rental etc. This fee has to be submitted by March 2006. If one registers and then needs to cancel, another person can go as a substitute. Hotel accommodation is classified A, B, or C. C level is the lowest cost for the 2 nights as follows:

• single at $408 US
• double at $266 US
• 3 per room at $266 for the first 2 and $210 US for 3rd person

This includes 2 breakfasts and shuttle bus to the Convention Centre.
Travel arrangements will be made together with the Vancouver Buddhist Church ladies. At the present time, 15 Vancouver ladies has signed up with approximately 6 individuals from Steveston. A tour can be arranged when the numbers are finalized, so please give thought to attending this convention.

Kiribayashi Sensei and 30 temple members from Fukuoka will make a visit to our temple on Wed., August 24th. Toban 2 will look after any necessary refreshments. Time of visit is undetermined at this time, but everyone is welcome to meet our former sensei. We have fond memories of his time here. Please check with Hattori Sensei closer to the date.

An English tea service will be held for Ourakata-sama during the Affirmation Service on Thursday, August 25. Steveston Fujinkai as the present headquarters for the BC Women’s League will organize and host this event. An approximate number attending has to be reported to the Honganji so the Fujinkai members will be contacted. If you would like to attend and not a member, please contact Misaye Hamaura or Itoko Akune.

Contact Numbers:

Misaye Hamaura (604) 590-6187
Itoko Akune (604) 244-7710


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Special General Meeting - To adopt the new SBT Consititution

Flowers for the Nokotsudo Memorial Garden welcome.


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