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

CALENDER OF EVENTS

JANUARY 2004
01 (Thurs) 10:30 a.m.
04 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
11 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
12 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
18 (Sun) 11:30 a.m.
Shusho-E (New Year’s Day Service)
January Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
First Day of Dharma School Family Service
January Board Meeting
Fujinkai Annual General Meeting

FEBRUARY 2004
01 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
01 (Sun) 1:00 p.m.
08 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
09 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
15 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
Nehan-e (Nirvana Day)
Bukkyokai AGM
February Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
February Board Meeting
Fujinkai Dana Day


HONPA HONGWANJI
Kyoto, Japan

NEW YEAR’S GREETING

“Immeasurable Light and Life.” I send you my greetings at the beginning of the New Year.

May we all together begin each year, and each day with the recitation of the Nembutsu. The phrase, “A happy new year to you” simply expresses our good wishes, but it seems somewhat to be an expression involving an individualistic and introversive attitude. Rather, I feel that it is more important for us to seriously think about our future and the world; how and what kind of world or society we are going to build, regardless of whether our own lives are good or bad. In order to do so, we need to express our own views, look for people who support our views, and nurture the relationship we have with them. It would be joyous if our religious institution, the Hongwanji, can contribute toward these efforts.

Observances for the seven hundred fiftieth memorial for Shinran Shonin will be conducted in seven years. Commemorative services and projects are being planned for at various places of significance to Shinran Shonin. I hope that each one of us will exert our ingenuity in praising Shinran Shonin’s virtues, and will make every effort to spread the teaching of the Nembutsu.

In doing so, I hope that we will deepen our appreciation of the Buddha Dharma, and strive to open a path through which not only our temples and religious institution will be prosperous, but also that our society and the world will become a broad-minded and peaceful one. As long as the present circumstances continue, humanity may not able to exist for much longer. If we could ease conflicts of the world, help people to exercise moderation in resources, and be able to live in affluence spiritually through Buddhist points of views and a Jodo Shinshu way of thinking, nothing could give us greater happiness.

OHTANI Koshin, Monshu
Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha


Seasons Greetings & A Happy New Year !

From: Rev. Hattori, Chizuru Koizumi, Jack Kawabata, Larry & Jeanne Ryan, Hiroko Yoshihara, Bob & Misaye Hamaura, Genevieve Iwata, Sally Masuhara, Junzo Hazama, Mark Tasaka, & Joyce & Francis Ang.


NOMINATION LIST FOR 2004 ELECTION

ITOKO AKUNE
JUNE IKUTA
NEIL JENSEN
SEISHI MATSUNO
LARRY RYAN
TOM YAMAMOTO
KIYO DOMAI
KUNI IKUTA
JACK KAWABATA
TAK MIYAZAKI
MITTS SAKAI
HIROKO YOSHIHARA
JUNKO HAZAMA
MAKOTO IKUTA
DOUG MASUHARA
ETSUKO OGAWA
BUD SAKAMOTO


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope 2004 will be filled with happiness, prosperity and success.

The budget for 2004 is very lean. We will all have to do with less. Your support and help for the temple will be in great demand.

Bingo, our biggest fund raiser, the revenues are down. Please come to help and support. We must come up with another fund raiser to offset the revenue short fall.

Ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Please let the executive team know. We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

On behalf of the temple, congratulations to Sensei upon his upcoming marriage in April.

Please remember that the Board Meetings are open to the membership.

Once again “Ask not what the temple can do for you, ask what can I do for the temple.”

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


MOCHITSUKI

The tradition is alive and well. Members gathered on the Friday to wash the mochi komae and let it soak overnight. The steamers were washed and soaked. Early Saturday morning people began to arrive to help steam the komae. About 9:00 a.m. the pounding began. A group of ladies, men and children rolled the mochi into shape and placed them in Styrofoam cartons for Bonenkai. Some added anko and nuts. Others tried peanut butter and honey. It was a wonderful and fun gathering of the Sangha. We would like to thank Mr. Murao and several ladies from the Fujinkai for their help, in particular their guidance and instruction.

BONENKAI YEAR END PARTY

We enjoyed another successful year-end party. The entertainment consisted of performances by the Steveston Buddhist Temple Choir, Chibi Taiko and our own Steveston Taiko group. The food, entertainment and social interaction were most enjoyable. I would like to thank everyone involved for his or her hard work and long preparation. This was good practice for upcoming Keirokai party.

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


BCC UPDATE - DECEMBER 2003

  • Hongwanji Sokyoku (administration headquarters) announces New Cabinet on Nov 7th Governor General Bishop Itoku Takeno resigned and on Nov 10 Rev. K. Fujikawa was elected as the new Governor General of Hongwanji. The following were named Governors under the new cabinet.

  • Bishops Kojin Matsubara, Kuson Takeda, Koei Shimokawa, Tanryu Deguchi and Sojo Hayami (who is in charge of International Affaire)

  • November 10th BCC received official confirmation from Hongwanji that Gomonshu-sama and Ourakata-sama will join us in the Centennial Observances from Aug 19th to 25th 2005. Let us begin our preparation to welcome them.

  • On Dec 4th Hongwanji Governor Sojo Hayami made a special visit to Toronto and joined BCC Bishop and representatives for groundbreaking ceremony of Living Dharma Center before delivering grant of 100,000,000 Yen to this National Project.

    Coming Events:

  • BCC AGM April 22nd - 25th, 2004 in Winnipeg

  • World Jodo Shinshu Council May 26th - 27th, 2004 in Richmond

  • Raymond Buddhist Church 75th Anniversary Jul 3rd - 4th 2004

  • Ryukoku Gakuen Summer School Jul 23rd - Aug 12th 2004 in Richmond

  • Temple Leaders Seminar at Hongwanji, Kyoto - October 2004 (tba)

  • Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial October 9th - 10th, 2004.


FUJINKAI NEWS

  1. Craft Fair held on Nov. 22nd was again a successful event embedded with a spirit of community. One lady commented that this is where she has a visit with her neighbours. To ease the workload, Fujinkai did not sponsor a baking table nor a crafts table. Instead of the tables, the ladies sold coffee/tea and individual portions of baked goods. This method was profitable and involved less baking donations. We are well on our way to the goal of $5,000 to give to the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

  2. Eshinni-Nikko and Fujinkai Memorial Service, Nov. 23rd was well attended. After the service, there was discussion on how to simplify the offering of incense for each deceased member. Thank you for the monetary offerings. In the past few years, the Fujinkai has donated the funds to the BCC Ministerial Retirement Fund or the BCC Ministerial Aspirant Fund.

  3. Blue enamelled canners. The search for these is over as we spotted the product in Taber, Alberta and were able to purchase six canners.

  4. Annual General Fujinkai Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 18th. Please mark on your calendars and attend with your ideas.

Thank you to everyone for all forms of assistance during 2003…the hard work of the three Toban groups, weekly task of sandwich making at Bingo, monetary donations and encouraging words result in unity at the Otera.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL

Happy Holidays to everyone. May the new year bring you prosperity and keep you in good health.

The Dharma school students were a big help at the mochitsuki and the bonenkai. They pounded and formed the mochi and they helped serve at the bonenkai.

We had a good Bodhi Day. We collected food and toys for the food bank. Thank you to Kathy Sakamoto for taking everything to the food bank for us.

At the bonenkai, we got to meet Rev. Aoki’s wife and cute baby. Socho and Mrs. Fujikawa were able to join us and we had the Chibi Taiko group have dinner and entertain us. Our own Taiko group joined in and entertained also. It was good to see the combined groups work together.

At this time, I would like to thank Itoko Akune for all the year she was our treasurer. She did a wonderful job. Hiroko Yoshihara has taken up the gauntlet.

Dharma school starts up again on January 11th. We hope to see you there.

Have a fun but safe holiday.

In Gassho, Genevieve Iwata


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