THE LIGHT OF THE BUDDHA
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
January 2006

Every Sunday
10:30 am - Dharma Service
11:30 am - Sangha Gathering

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


JANUARY 2006
01 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
08 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
09 (Mon) 7:30 p.m
15 (Sat) 11:30 a.m.
29 (Sun) 1:00 p.m.
New Year's Day Service
January Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
January Board Meeting
Fujinkai AGM
SBT AGM

FEBRUARY 2006
05 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
13 (Mon) 7:30 p.m
19 (Sat) 2:00 p.m.
February Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Nehan-ye (Nirvana Day)
February Board Meeting
Fujinkai Dana Day


HONPA HONGWANJI, Kyoto Japan
NEW YEAR’S GREETING
“IMMEASURABLE LIGHT AND LIFE”

At the beginning of the year, I send you my greetings from the Hongwanji. May we all continue to live every precious moment of this year in appreciation of the Nembutsu.

The Hongwanji in Kyoto will be conducting the Seven Hundred Fifty Memorial for Shinran Shonin from 2011 through 2012, and in commemoration of this observance, the Hongwanji Long Range Development Project has been formulated. I hope that you will also work on plans that are appropriate for the betterment of your own districts. In order to have the teaching of Shinran Shonin transmitted widely to modern people as a beacon of life, we must continue to be creative and ingenious in directing our enthusiasm towards this effort. As a starting point, I have asked myself what kind of Nembutsu follower I should aspire to be, and what kind of religious organization we should build for the future.

The immediate thought that came to my mind is that I must become a person from whom the Nembutsu flows regardless of time or place. Our recitation of the Nembutsu in front of the Buddha or before meals is important, but in the Nembutsu that emerges without ceremonial formality, we also experience gratitude for being keenly reminded of Amida Buddha. Through this type of recitation, reflection on the Nembutsu guides us to accept our current situation, and joy and courage also arises within us.

When we look upon the history of Jodo Shinshu, we come to understand that, in many cases, Nembutsu followers settled in new areas first and the ministers began their propagation work afterwards. In considering today’s population distribution, I imagine that Nembutsu followers can be found throughout the world as well as Japan. It would be ideal if everyone everywhere could have a place where the teaching of the Nembutsu could be heard and discussed with friends, regardless of whether or not a temple is nearby. To that end, we must create a way to maintain such close connections. Let us spend the coming year in using our ingenuity to map out our various visions.

OHTANI Koshin, Monshu
January 1, 2006 Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha


Reverend Masumi Kikuchi was born at Genkohji Temple in Amagasaki city, Hyogo-ken in 1971. Her family looks after the Genkohji temple from generation to generation for over 500 years.

She attended Kyoto Girls’ High School and Kyoto Women’s University, specializing in Early Childhood Buddhist Education. Both schools are branch schools of Nishi Hongwanji, Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Following her family tradition, she also developed her singing skill as a member of Buddhist choir at the university.

She received an Ohtani Scholarship from Zenmonsama, former Lord Abbot of Nishi Hongwanji, to study comparative early childhood religious education at the Ekoji Temple in Dusseldorf, Germany for a year. She also researched about European Shin Buddhists and Christian social activities during her stay in Europe.

She has studied at Ryukoku University and Gyoshin Buddhist School in Osaka under several teachers. For 7 years, she has worked in various sections of Nishi Hongwanji headquarters such as Sokai-sho, daily Dharma talk place. At the Sokai-sho, she had the opportunities to listen to many Dharma talks everyday and encountered many excellent teachers. One of the teachers is Rev. Jitsuen Kakehashi, who is the most popular teacher in Shin Buddhists. Fortunately, she could develop her understanding of Nembutsu teaching under his guidance.

She was also a research worker at IABC (International Association of Buddhist Culture) in Kyoto and attended some International Shin Buddhist Conference in Europe and Japan.

She loves music, sports and reading books. She wishes to share her enjoyment of playing Gagaku music and singing Buddhist songs. She also enjoys sports such as volleyball, which she played 6 years for her high school team, and several other sports with young members.

Recently, Nishi Hongwanji asked her to write an article for Obon special booklet in this summer for Japanese Shin Buddhists. Toronto Buddhist Church published her Dharma talk booklet titled, “The Eyes of Buddhas” for the centennial celebration. She now writes monthly Japanese essay titled, “Honobono Jinsei” on “Nikka Times” (Japanese news paper) in Canada.

Since she was 18 years old, her dream was to become a Kaikyoshi, overseas minister. However, because she is woman, it was not so easy to make her dream a reality and takes a long process to become a Kaikyoshi. Finally, she becomes the first Japanese lady Kaikyoshi in Canada.

Her first assignment as Kaikyoshi was at Toronto Buddhist Church since September 20th, 2002. After her 3 years career in Toronto, she transferred to Steveston Buddhist Temple as of December 1st, 2005.

She is excited to join in Steveston Buddhist Temple as a Resident Minister and look forward to meet with new Dharma friends to share the Nembutsu teaching.


The Bonenkai committee gratefully thank the following firms and individuals for their generous donations of Door Prizes Draw:

Bishop Orai Fujikawa, Naomi Shikaze (Select Wine), Danny’s Wun Tun Restaurant, Chika, Gulf & Fraser Credit Union, Thomas P. Forbes (Mardon & Campbell Insurance), Royal Bank, Izumiya, Allan Rae (RBC Dominion Securities Inc.), Alan Sakamoto (Nobby’s Service), Jack Kawabata, SBT Bingo Committee & Kiyo Domai

Also to those who donated to the Richmond Food Bank (7 boxes of food items). Steveston Buddhist Temple also donated $500.00 in conjunction with your event.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - Larry Ryan

AKEMASHITE OMEDETO GOZAIMASU HAPPY NEW YEAR

January will prove to be busy as ever with the Fujinkai AGM and the Bukyokai AGM.

I would like to thank you all for the dedication you have shown to our temple as well as our Jodo Shinshu tradition.

I know most of you live very busy lives what with family, work and recreational/hobbies activities. The time you give to the temple is indeed appreciated.

We celebrated a most successful Bonenkai/Welcome party followed by the year end temple cleanup a week later.

With all this activity it is important to take time to reflect on the teaching and Buddhist practice. We know that we are imperfect and must strive to improve ourselves by following the Noble Eightfold Path and chanting the Nembutsu. One of the sensei’s’ reminded me that we should always perform Oshoko in the Hondo, prior to taking part any temple activity.

We are most fortunate to have Masumi Kikuchi sensei as our new resident minister. Please offer her every courtesy. She possesses a wealth of information and talents


BCC UPDATE DECEMBER 2005 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

As this year’s end is near, I would like to send my Season’s Greetings to you all the fellow ministers and friends of Dharma across Canada, wishing you a good health and spirit in the Boundless Light of Amida Buddha.

And I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your unselfish support to BCC particularly at the time of our historical event Centennial Celebrations in summer.

Although we have many challenges in the new year, we must pull together to overcome them. In brief there are three projects that I would like to mention.

  1. BCC national project Living Dharma Center to be fully established.

  2. Training Lay Leaders so that they can assist resident minister in conducting regular Sunday service whenever the resident minister is not available.

  3. Introduction of 21st Century Nembutsu Meditation, which may revitalize our present service as well as attract new members to the temple.

May you continue your support to BCC in the coming year 2006.

Haiku: Hyakushuunen Oete Mukaeta Joudoye (Centennial is over and we observe Bodhi Day now.)


FUJINKAI NEWS - Hiroko Yoshihara

Used clothing, bedding and fabric drive. 27 more bags are needed to reach our goal of 75. If you have only a few pieces of old clothing, towels, etc., please bring and add to our collection.

Fujinkai AGM, January 15, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. This is the most important meeting of the year for the ladies so please make plans to attend with your ideas. We have a lot to discuss so your input will be valuable.

As 2005 closes, appreciation is extended to all Fujinkai members for their donations and hard work during the year. It has been difficult at times as the three tobans were short staffed and some ladies were on call beyond their scheduled months. Also we have relied on the help of the men and non-members on many occasions…a big thank you to everyone.

A membership drive for the Temple was held in September. Did you give some thought to this effort by the temple board and discussed this with your children? On Dec. 4, Miyakawa Sensei touched upon several topics; one was the difference between Western culture and Asian culture. Western people rely on their God but the family is the priority among Asians. It follows that the family is strengthened by adherence to one faith by the passing of tradition from the parents to their children. Living in Canada, this continuation is difficult with mixed marriages as the norm and western emphasis on the individual rather than the group. Despite our busy and complex lives we must pause and do our best to give our children the opportunity to explore Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

On a personal level, I feel that my grandparents and parents have passed down a gift to me. There are nine siblings in my family each with a unique bond with my “soon to be” 89 year old mother. She has told me that she still worries about my brothers and sisters for various reasons but that she has no concerns about me as I have the otera to support and guide me. This positive feedback reassured me and made me happy to have this conversation with her. Please do your best with your children and grandchildren.


DHARMA SCHOOL NEWS – Genevieve Iwata

It was nice to see some people come out to our mochitsuki. It would be nice to see some of those people come out for our Dharma services.

We had a nice turn out for our Bonenkai. People seemed to be enjoying themselves. The planners did an excellent job.

We will not be having Dharma services until January 8, 2006. Remember, make a New Year’s Resolution to bring your children and/or grandchildren to the temple. This coming year, we are planning to combine the morning and afternoon services and having just one service in the morning. We will be bringing this up at our AGM. If you would like to have input on this (pro or con) please attend the meeting. If there any other subjects to be brought up and you would like to have a say, please come to our AGM.

We are thinking of organizing a band of sorts. Rev. Masumi will teach children the recorder (most children learn this in elementary school). Maybe we can have a few other instruments in there too.

If there are any parents out there that are willing to become Dharma teachers, please let us know. We can start you out as assistants. Our teachers are an aging population and we really need replacements.


MOCHITSUKI 2005 - Doug Masuhara

Well, another year almost gone and I missed pounding some rice for mochi. I was sick all last weekend and missed our mochitsuki. I thank all of the wonderful temple and taiko members for filling in and making the mochitsuki a success.

Special thank you to the following people for all their time and use of their mochi machine:

Joyce and Francis Ang, Rev. Kikuchi, Fujikawa Socho, Mr. Murao, Jeannie & Larry Ryan, Mr. & Mrs. Morishita, Mrs. T. Sakai, Mrs. M. Sakai, K. Niwatsukino, Mary Marao, Hiroko & Ken Yoshihara, Kiyo Domai, Bud Sakamoto, Genevieve Iwata, Ross Clarke, Tim Harata, Doug and Sally Masuhara.

Apologizes, if I have left anyone out. We appreciate everyone’s help. Hopefully next mochitsuki will be a healthier one for me and I will be there to help out. We are also looking at ways to fix up the urn and mallets so there are not so many wood chips in the mochi.

Again, domo arigato to everyone and best wishes for the New Year. Enjoy your mochi!!!!


SENIORS’ CLUB NEWS

The Seniors’ Club extends our best wishes to all of the members!

The Seniors’ club will hold a New Year Party on 22nd of January (Sun) starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Steveston Buddhist Temple. Tonari-gumi, Okinawa Kenjinkai and Tatsumi-ryu Dance Society will kindly join us. We are looking forward to seeing each of you at the party. Please join us even though you are not a member.

Flowers for the Nokotsudo Memorial Garden welcome.


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