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


CALENDER OF EVENTS


SUTRA CHANTING PRACTICE
3rd Thursday of December - 16th at 7:00 p.m.
We will practice "Shoshin-ge".

DECEMBER 2004
04 (Sat) 2:00 p.m.
05 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
11 (Sat) 9:00 a.m.
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
12 (Sun) 6:00 p.m.
13 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
19 (Sun) 9:00 a.m.
31 (Fri) 11:00 p.m.
Otaiya
Ho-onko & Shotsuki
Mochitsuki
Jodo-e (Bodhi Day) Last 2004 Sunday service
Bonenkai
December Board Meeting
Temple Clean-up
Joya-e (New Year’s Eve, Year End)


JANUARY 2005
01 (Sat) 10:30 a.m.
02 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
08 (Sat) 3:30 p.m.
10 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
16 (Sun) 11:30 a.m.
30 (Sun) 1:00 p.m.
Shusho-e (New Year’s Day Service)
January Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Taiko Workshop
January Board Meeting
Fujinkai Annual General Meeting
Bukkyokai Annual General Meeting


HOONKO
Memorial Honouring Shinran Shonin

As the most important Jodo Shinshu observance, January 16 is the date chosen to commemorate Shinran Shonin’s passing. Traditionally, seven days of services are conducted at our mother temple, Nishi-Hongwanji, culminating on January 16. During that period, numerous activities are held, recalling the legacy that the Founder has left. This gives practicers a chance to “hear the light” through listening Dharma talks, ritual, and sangha fellowship. Generally, temples conduct their own Hoonko observances in the fall so that members can attend the services at the Hongwanji.

Our Hoonko Service will be held on Sunday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m. Fujikawa Socho will be the guest speaker. The day before, on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 p.m. Otaiya Service will be held. We will chant “Shoshin-ge” written by Shinran Shonin at both services. Please make efforts to attend those services and let us listen to the Nembutsu teaching that he has taught.

Nine years ago, I attended all morning services of seven days of Hongwanji Hoonko. The hondo was packed with many, many people for the services and we all chanted loud Shoshin-ge together. It was quite an experience for me filled with joy. On January 17th, before attending the last morning service, I felt a big shake at Hongwanji. That was Kobe Earthquake. My junior at university, who was a great violinist, was killed by the earthquake.

When Hoonko season comes, it brings me the mixed memory of both joy at the Hongwanji and sorrow for the death of a friend.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori


BONENKAI on Sunday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m.

At the November board meeting, a decision was made to have a traditional turkey dinner for this year-end gathering. Itoko Akune and Hiroko Yoshihara volunteered to coordinate this event. Please contact Chizuru-san at the Temple office during her work hours (9 am to 2 pm) if you would like to attend. The organizers have already planned out the menu, which will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, rice, vegetables, salads and homemade cranberry sauce. Desserts will not be forgotten!

We would appreciate any canned or dry goods to donate to the Richmond Food Bank on behalf of our Temple. Please keep in mind that B.C. has seen an increase of 16% in the number of people using the food banks compared to 8.5% nationally. This includes 8,000 more B.C. children. Rising housing costs, medical expenses and tuition fees have hit single mothers, working couples, pensioners and students especially hard.

Cost: $10.00 per person Deadline: December 5th
Please RSVP Chizuru San at the Temple


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. Everyone is busy getting ready.

Please take time out to come support the remaining activities and services of the temple. Your support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year?

Once again thank you everyone.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


Inter-Temple Affairs

NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The following nominees have agreed to have their names put forward for positions on the board of the Steveston Buddhist Temple for 2005.

Hiroko Yoshihara
Doug Masuhara
Seishi Matsuno
Kuni Ikuta
Mak Ikuta
Itoko Akune
Jack Kawabata
Larry Ryan
Kiyo Domai
Bud Sakamoto
Mitts Sakai
Etsuko Ogawa
Junko Hazama
John Rennie
Sam Shinde
Doc Tomihiro
Wes Nishi
Don Narukami
Tak Miyazaki
Tom Yamamoto

We welcome any additions to this list, either you or somebody else. Be sure you have the person’s permission to put their name forward.

Bonenkai

Just a reminder that Bonenkai will be held December 12th at 6:00 p.m. This year-end party will feature a turkey dinner. We would ask all those attending, to please provide the temple secretary with the names of those attending from your family. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Richmond Food Bank.

BCJSBCF Kamloops Convention

Approximately 30 members from Steveston Buddhist Temple traveled by bus to Kamloops to take part in the 49th annual BCJSBCF convention. We were treated to dharma talks and discussions by Abbott Ajahn Sona of the Birken monastery near Merritt B.C. (Theravada tradition, forest monks) and Dr. Leslie Kawamura PhD of the University of Calgary. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Though of different generations and ethnic backgrounds, we all got along wonderfully. Kamloops treated us to a wonderful dinner banquet at the Japanese Cultural Centre. The Kamloops Hand Bell Ringers performed several numbers. They also performed several of our gathas. Everyone joined in and lifted their voices in beautiful harmony. What a stirring event. Kuni Ikuta, after many years of service, finished his last term as federation president. Your new executive is: Ms. Lori North- president, Mr. Larry Ryan- vice president, Mr. Frank Hamanishi- treasurer and Ms. Karen Mitsushima- secretary. Next year’s convention will be hosted by Vancouver Buddhist Church.

November 11th Remembrance Day

Quite a few members from Steveston, Vancouver and Fraser Valley temples attended this year’s ceremony at the Japanese War Memorial in Stanley Park. This year Aoki Sensei, Hattori Sensei and Fujikawa Socho officiated at the ceremony. Lori North placed a wreath on behalf of the BCJSBCF. The weather was very accommodating, which was I’m sure responsible for a very good turn out.

BCC Centennial Celebrations

The national, as well as the BCJSBCF committees are putting the final arrangements together. Ladies from the member temples are working feverishly to produce a good quantity of cross-stitch luggage tags in the design of the Canadian flag. We have to consider such things as service venue, banquet venue and menu, as well as entertainment, transportation, security, first aid and hotel accommodations. We are finalizing designs and colours for a centennial Hapi Coat.

BCC Temple Leaders’ Seminar

Lori North, Kiyo Domai and myself will be in Japan by the time you read this. We will be staying at Hongwanji temple for several days. Some of us will be taking the opportunity to receive Sarana affirmation.

In Gassho, Larry Ryan

NOKOTSUDO MEMORIAL GARDEN

To all members and friends of the Steveston Buddhist Temple:

Please feel free to place flowers from your garden in the Memorial Garden. There are enough vases to accommodate your generous offering.

In Gassho, The Nokotsudo Committee


BCC UPDATE NOVEMBER 2004 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

November is the last month of autumn season and we see a lot of fallen leaves, which reminds me of a famous Haiku; TAKUHODO WA KAZE GA MOTEKURU OCHIBA KANA (For the bon-fire, you get enough of fallen leaves fetched by the wind.) I firmly believe that as long as Sangha members simply continue to practice and share the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha with their neighbors and friends, they obtain enough revenue as a natural result.

There were two annual Buddhist Conferences in BC and Alberta in November. I attended the conference in Kamloops, B.C. About 130 participants enjoyed the lecture, discussion, and banquet as well as social. Guest speakers were Dr. L. Kawamura from University of Calgary and Ajanh Sona from Birken Forest Monastery.

Tatsuya Aoki Sensei assisted by Hattori Sensei and yours truly conducted a Buddhist Service at Stanley Park cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

Yoshiharu Yamane Sensei, Hongwanji Newspaper correspondent, visited Toronto, Calgary, Kamloops, and Vancouver to interview Canadian ministers and members as well as taking pictures of the temples and their activities. Hongwanji sent him to write about BCC in order to promote our Centennial in 2005. Thank you Hongwanji and Yamane Sensei. I also thank ministers and members who met and entertained him.

Environmental Awareness

1. Remember 3 Rs: Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle

2. JIBUN DAKE TO OMOU KOKORO GA KANKYOU HAKAI
(The thought, "I don’t make much difference," destroys our environment.)

Coming Events:

November 25th-27th, 2004

April 23th-24th, 2005

BCC Members’ Seminar at Hongwanji, Kyoto

BCC AGM in Steveston


B.C.C. Centennial Celebrations in 2005

Aug 20, 2005 Eastern District in Toronto

Aug 21, 2005 Manitoba District in Winnipeg

Aug 23, 2005 Alberta District in Lethbridge

Aug 25, 2005 BC District in Steveston


FUJINKAI NEWS

Tuesday, November 15th Meeting

14 ladies attended this informal and rather delightful meeting. Bud Sakamoto assisted by Junko Hazama, translator, went over the important points of the Temple constitution which is in the draft stage. Under this proposed constitution, our Women’s Auxiliary or Fujinkai would be a standing or permanent committee under the umbrella of the Temple. We would operate relatively independently as in the past with a separate budget and treasury but our annual budget and treasurer’s report would have to be submitted to the Temple.

The need for brighter kitchen lighting was also discussed. Bud will research this matter to come up with a cost efficient solution. Thank you, Bud.

The problem with the election ballot was resolved with an X to be placed by the name of a member who is unable to assist due to personal reasons.

Craft Fair

46 festive tables adorned the gym and lobby on Saturday, Nov. 20. Numerous crafters donated generously prizes to our “turkey” draw. Bud Sakamoto was one of the lucky winners. His prize was a beautiful arrangement of dried flowers. We hope that this was a profitable and satisfying event for all involved. Sushi and chow mein proved again to be a popular draw.

Baby Shower

Hattori Sensei and Sonoko-san chose a baby crib, mattress and bedding. The collection of funds from the Fujinkai members covered the cost.

Christmas Light Tour

An International Stage Line bus, which seats 47, has been reserved for Saturday, Dec. 18 for a 3-hour tour. Pickup is at 7:00 p.m. Each Fujinkai district representatives have been asked to phone everyone in their group. Charge will be $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child. Spouses and family are welcome to join us. Additional costs will include a tip to the driver and any donations to any light display requesting donations. Jeanne Ryan has kindly offered to keep track of the number of people who would like to go. Phone number is (604) 946.9982.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

December 11 - Mochitsuki - We would like as many people as possible to help out. We need people to take turns pounding the rice and shaping the mochi.

December 12 - Bodhi Day and Bonenkai. We will have our usual Bodhi Day service and collect non-perishable food and unused toys for the food bank and Xmas bureau. The lunch we usually have will be postponed until January 9.

December 19 - Temple clean up.

December 26 and January 2 - Family service will be cancelled for the holidays.

In Gassho,
Genevieve Iwata, Dharma School

Year-end clean up will be December 19th at 9:00 a.m.


MAILING DISTRICTS’ AREA CAPTAINS

As the result of members moving out of the close knit Steveston community and new members living further away, there has been a lack of communication in regards to various temple events. The fall food bazaar was one such event where these members were not contacted for tickets. The temple newsletter is mailed out to each of these members, but there was still a need for personal contact and more participation from all members.

A committee was formed to organize the “mailing members”. 15 groups were formed with each group assigned an area captain who would be responsible for phoning for one year. These groups have names ranging from “A” district to “O” district.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Mitts Sakai (604) 273-7603.

MOCHITSUKI

If you love mochi, have never had it, or just wondered how it was made... then you must come out on Saturday, December 11th to the Temple's mochitsuki event. We will be starting at 9:00 am, so bring your apron and your muscles. Everyone is welcome!!!! We will be pounding rice to make kagami mochi for the Bonenkai on Sunday, December 12th.

If you are coming to help and want some mochi for yourself, please wash and soak your rice at home and bring it to the Temple on Saturday morning.

We are trying to make this a social cultural event involving younger and experienced members. If you are interested in learning about mochi or can help, please call the Temple or Doug Masuhara at (604) 278-7264 right away. We hope that many of you will come out and help to keep this wonderful tradition going.

In Gassho, Doug Masuhara


TAIKO WORKSHOP

This is an invitation to all Temple members to come out and try playing the Taiko drums. Steveston Tera Taiko will be having a Taiko workshop on Saturday, January 8th, 2005 at 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Non-Temple member friends and relatives are also welcome. The workshop will be held in the gym at the Steveston Buddhist Temple.

This workshop is open to children (8 years and older) and adults. Depending on numbers, there may be two separate workshops. Everyone will have a chance to learn some Taiko history, basic drumming patterns, and a simple song. Please dress in loose comfortable clothing and running shoes.

The cost for the workshop is $10 for Temple members and $15 for non-members. A family rate is available and will depend on the number of people. Please phone Doug Masuhara at (604) 278-7264 to register or Email: dsmasuATvcnDOTbcDOTca or leave your name and phone number with Chizuru at the Temple.


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