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

Congratulations,
Hattori-sensei and Sonoko-san
on the birth of your daughter.

Toko Hattori

Born January 2, 2005


In Gassho,
Steveston Buddhist Temple


CALENDER OF EVENTS

FEBRUARY 2005
06 (Sun) 2:00 p.m
13 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
14 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
20 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
27 (Sun) 10:00 a.m.

February Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Nehan-e (Nirvana Day)
February Board Meeting
Fujinkai Dana Day
Dharma School Family Service
(Please note time changed to 10am)

MARCH 2005
06 (Sun) 2:00 p.m

14 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
20 (Sun) 12:00 noon
26 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.

Ohigan, March Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
& Installation of New Officers
March Board Meeting
Keirokai
BCJSBCF Meeting


BABY GIRL ARRIVED

It is a great torch in the long night of ignorance;
Do not sorrow that your eyes of wisdom are dark.
It is a ship on the vast ocean of birth-and-death;
Do not grieve that your obstructions of karmic evil are heavy.
(great torch: Amida’s Primal Vow is likened to a torch)
---Taken from “Hymns of the Dharma-Ages” (“The Collected Works of Shinran” P.407)

Thanks to you all, our baby girl was born on January 2nd at 7:41 p.m. Her name is Toko. “to” of Toko means “light of torch” which is taken from the hymn by Shinran Shonin.

She is a bright light in my family. We are looking forward to her growth with Nembutsu - Namo Amida Butsu.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Congratulations to Reverend Hattori and Sonokosan upon the arrival of a baby girl.

The past 4 years have been a real honour and privilege to be the Temple President. Thank you everyone for all your words of encouragement and support. It meant a lot to me. Serving as Temple President was educational with rewarding experience. Time has come to pass the torch.

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” - Ralph Naldo Emerson

Once again, thank you everyone.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


TSUNAMI RELIEF CAMPAIGN

As many of us were sitting down to dinner on December 25th, a horrific tragedy was unfolding in Southeast Asia. News of the tsunami started to trickle out on December 26th and the rest of the world was just beginning to realize magnitude of the tragedy.

On December 29th, the executive of the temple met to discuss the tragedy and the suffering of the people affected by the tsunami. A decision was made to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. In addition to a donation by the Temple, the executive wanted to allow members and friends of the Temple to take part in our relief contribution.

During the first week following the tragedy, we announced our Tsunami Relief Campaign at temple functions and activities. In response, thanks to the many compassionate individuals, we were able to collect just over $2,000.00. With the Board of Directors approval of $500.00, we were able to contribute $2,765.00 to the Canadian Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.

The people of Southeast Asia will endure a great deal of suffering for many years to come. For member of the Temple wishing to contribute to the Tsunami Relief Campaign, donations may be dropped off at the Temple lobby or sent to the temple office. Please provide your name and address on your contribution with it clearly marked “Tsunami Relief”. At the end of the month another contribution will be made to the Red Cross.

Thank you to those thoughtful and compassionate members who have already given so generously.

In Gassho, Bud Sakamoto


Inter-Temple Affairs

Just a quick reminder regarding the Northwest Buddhist Convention in Tacoma Feb. 18, 19, 20, 2005. We are going by bus with Vancouver and Fraser Valley Temple. The bus will leave Steveston Temple at 6:00 p.m. on the 18th. Each group is supposed to perform some sort of entertainment. Will do it as a Canadian contingent, so we will perform with Vancouver.

The Centennial Committee is working hard putting the details together for the Centennial Celebration. It has been a challenge to find a facility that can handle 800 people or more. Mark August 25th on your calendar. This should be an exciting event with members throughout the province as well as visitors from Japan, Hawaii and the continental U.S.

Roy Akune has agreed to chair the BCC AGM committee. The AGM will be held at the Steveston temple this year. Kiyo Domai and Larry Ryan have agreed to work with Roy on this project. We will be calling on you members to help with the organization and running of this event.

TEMPLE MEMBERSHIP

Please be advised that membership dues are now due.

KEIROKAI

Those 70 years and older are invited to this year’s Senior’s Party. Those turning 70 this year are cordially invited and encouraged to contact the temple giving your full name.

CONSTITUTION

Copies of the proposed constitution are available for viewing at the temple. Once the constitution is approved by The Societies Act in Victoria, it will be translated into Japanese.

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 JANUARY 2005 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

Happy New Year to you all. Finally the year of BCC Centennial Celebration has come. May I ask your special support and contribution to Buddhist Churches of Canada.

On New Year’s Eve I was at the UBC campus to participate in VBC Joya-no-kane event. There gathered hundreds of young people who stuck the bell of Peace in Pacific and sipped Amazake, welcoming 2005. Then I was asked by a young lady, “ Sensei, I am in dilemma. Many stores have discount sale now and I wanted to buy many things. But I wish to help Tsunami Relief Fund at the same time.” I told her to do both as much as she can. On behalf of BCC I ask you do your contribution either individually or collectively with your local temple or BCC. Send your cheque to Red Cross at your local office or UNICEF Canada 2200 Yonge St. #1100, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6. Main Banks also accepting your contribution.

Rev. N. Hattori and Sonoko-san are happy couple with a baby girl born at Richmond General Hospital on January 2nd, 2005.

Bishop Fujikawa will participate Hoonko Service on Jan 9th together with oversea bishops at Issuance Ceremony in which Monshu Koshin Ohtani is to proclaim 750th Memorial of Shinran Shonin. He will take this opportunity to promote BCC Centennial and comes back to his office on Jan 20th.

Environmental slogan for this month; Did you know you are paying for the cost of garbage ? You can decline overwrapping.

Coming Events:

Feb 18-20, 2005

Apr 23-24, 2005

May 18-19, 2005

Northwest Buddhist Conference in Tacoma, Wash

BCC AGM in Steveston

World Jodo Shinshu Coordinating Council in Kyoto


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

2005 Annual General Meeting
The three working Tobans have remained with the same members but many of the experienced women have declined this year, although they are willing to assist in smaller roles. It is a great loss, but we must accept these changes. Their energy and dedication will be missed. Thank you, ladies! Enjoy yourself. Several younger members have joined the toban system for which we are grateful. Ideally, each toban should have more members. If you can assist for a 4 month period or less, please offer your help.

$1,500 to cover a portion of the 2004 utilities will be given to the Temple. $2,000 will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross National Office designated “Southeast Asia Earthquake and Tidal Relief”. $6,000 will be donated to the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Most of this was raised through the proceeds of the annual Craft Fair (table rentals, bake table, turkey draw, and refreshments) and sale of the Kamloops JCCA cookbooks over the past two years. The Craft Fair sale of sushi and chow mein has stayed in the Fujinkai treasury.

Used Stamps and Foreign Coins
These are two ways to help the world’s children with very little effort. Used stamps with at least a border of ¼ inch are being collected for BCCWF AGM in April. If you have any, please bring them to the Temple or pass your collection on to someone who is attending a service. These stamps will be given to Save the Children-Canada who sells them to dealers and collectors.

Also if you have any foreign coins which you will not be using, please put them aside also for us. UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) will accept loose change which seems to accumulate in our travels.

Please remember:

Sat., Jan 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Sun., Feb 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Transfer meeting for District Reps. Social groups are welcome.

Dana Day service

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Hattori on the birth of daughter “Toko”.

Feb 12th and 13th will be the Variety Club Telethon. Please pledge what you can. The children are our future.

Some of us will be attending the North West Convention in Tacoma on February 18th - 20th. Rev. Masao Kodani will be the guest speaker. The theme is “Sonomamade Oide Nasai” means “Come just as you are”. If memory serves me, Rev. Izumi used to say that a lot.

We will be having a Valentine’s luncheon on Feb. 13th.

In Gassho,
Genevieve Iwata, Dharma School


LAY LEADERS SEMINAR IN KYOTO

Rising above the clouds, snow-capped and perfectly symmetrical is Fuji-yama. What an awesome sight as we approached Kansai Airport. Suddenly, I felt a strong connection to my ancestral roots.

We arrived in Kyoto by Hikari train to be met by a concerned Mrs. Fujikawa. Somehow, our taxi driver had difficulty finding the International Center. Governor-General Fujikawa hosted our evening dinner. We stayed at the Monbou Kankai for three nights. The hotel room was Japanese style except for the Western style bathroom.

We were up before the sun to attend our 6:30 a.m. service. The hour long service officiated by the Monshu was comprised of sutra chanting, Shinran’s reading, and Dharma talks. Fortunately, there were chairs for us if we arrived early. Devotees arrived from all over Japan. The sutra chantings by such a large number was an incredible experience.

After breakfast, we participated in our seminar sessions led by Sensei Sekiya, a sensei from California. These sessions were meaningful and productive. They dealt with issues of mutual concern as well as the history, organizational structure, and operation of the Jodo Shinshu and Nishi Hongwanji. I learned that the first overseas temple was established in Hawaii in 1887. There are now 180 overseas Jodo Shinshu temples.

The hospitality by our host ministers and staff was first class. The tours to historic sites, the Hongwanji restoration site was overwhelming. Of particular interest were the Muryojudo 1 and 2 columbariums containing the ashes of Shin Buddhists from throughout the world including Canada. This was a revelation to all of us. The three days concluded with the confirmation ceremony for Larry Ryan and myself.

We spent the next four days at the International Center where we met three ministers from Brazil. In the evenings we shared mutual concerns, such as the propagation of Jodo Shinshu in our respective countries.

Unfortunately, we did not make to Mio. Perhaps next time. I think my relatives were more disappointed than I was. However, we did get to Gobo, the home of my great grand father. The countryside was beautiful with groves of mikan oranges mile after mile.

Two weeks certainly is not enough time to truly appreciate Japan, its people, and its culture. Visiting Himeji Castle and Miyajima were highlights and they deserve designation as World Heritage Sites.

However, Kyoto is undoubtedly the most interesting city. It would take at least a year to appreciate what it has to offer. Just visiting temples would take up a year.

I would like to thank our temple members for their support in making this an unforgettable experience.

In Gassho, Kiyo Domai

CHOIR PRACTICE

Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
February 4th & 18th
March 4th & 25th

Please come out & have fun!


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