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

CALENDER OF EVENTS

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

APRIL 2005
03 (Sun) 10:30 a.m
10 (sun) 2:00 p.m.
11 (Mon) 7:00 p.m.
21-22 (Thurs & Fri)
23-24 (Sat & Sun)
Hanamatsuri
April Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
April Board Meeting
BCC Minister’s Meeting (Steveston)
BCC Annual General Meeting (Steveston)


NEMBUTSU AS “LIVING”

I would like to share Takamaro Shigaraki Sensei’s thoughts taken from his latest book “A Life of Awakening: The Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path.”

“---Whenever one of my graduating students has asked me to write some parting words, it has been my custom to write the following: “Know that all the events of this world --- whatever they may be, whenever they may be --- are conditions that support the Nembutsu.” These words are sort of my motto. They are words that I always write, not because I necessarily live by them, but in a sense because they are cautionary words for me. The words urge me to say the Nembutsu knowing that, no matter how sad an event may be or how angry I may become over some incident, everything that happens in my life works its way “toward” me so that I will not forget the Nembutsu, or so that I will say the Nembutsu many times or say it even just once. Because that is so, I will always be able to overcome any sadness or suffering, and a new way will open up within my life. In my understanding, this path is the “Nembutsu of everyday life” --- the Nembutsu as “living” --- that Shinran Shonin teaches us. ---”

We will celebrate the BCC Centennial with Gomonshu and Ourakata-sama of Hongwanji on August 25th. If you have not received your Budddhist name yet, I will encourage you to receive yours from Gomonshu on this special occasion. And, please live with the Nembutsu throughout your life. The application form is attached to this newsletter.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori



STEVESTON BUDDHIST TEMPLE
2005 BOARD MEMBERS


EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Larry Ryan
Kiyo Domai
Kuni Ikuta
Itoko Akune
Bud Sakamoto

COMMITTEES AND CHAIRPERSONS

Bingo
Bazaar - Spring
Bazzar - Fall
Newsletter/Media
Social/Rental
Membership
Constitution
History Book
Maintenance
Larry Ryan
Hiroko Yoshihara
Kuni Ikuta
Larry Ryan & Etsuko Ogawa
Seishi Matsuno & Jack Kawabata
Mitts Sakai
Bud Sakamoto
Mitts Sakai
Mitts Sakai

Services:
Hanamatsuri, Hoonko Obon & etc.
Mochitsuki
Bonenkai
Seminars
Election/Nomination
Fundraising
Funeral
Welfare/Sunshine

Hiroko Yoshihara & Mak Ikuta
Doug Masuhara
Kiyo Domai
Executive
Executive
Executive
Roy Akune (appointed by Board)
Executive


REMINDER

Please note that 2005 Steveston Buddhist Temple Membership fee is $70.00 per person ($65.00 for SBT, plus $5.00 for 2005 BCC Assessment fee.)

** Please disregard $5 for 2005 BCC Assessment fee if you have already paid.
** Thank you for those who have already submitted the 2005 membership fee.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The idea of me being elected to the position of temple president is just starting to sink in. There are I’m sure a great deal of customs and traditions of which I am unaware. Please be patient and feel free to let me know what needs to be done. We have a very dynamic board that wishes to keep things open and transparent.

I’d like to thank Jack Kawabata for the many years of service he has given our temple. I’ll be seeking his, members of the board and your guidance throughout my term in office.

On behalf of the board and members of the temple, I would like to thank Mrs. Kimiyo Murao and Mrs. Chiyoki Morizawa for taking approx. 200 temple cushions home and recovering them. Their time and the donated fabric to replace the old covers are much appreciated. While on the topic, I would like to thank Joyce Ang for her tireless work in gathering the information together for the monthly newsletter.

This has been an interesting week, which makes me fully realize the Buddhist significance of the circle. An old family friend died today. It was this lady and her husband that encouraged me to attend Japanese Language School. The first time I used Japanese was at the husband’s funeral many years ago. Now I have been asked by the family to help arrange a Buddhist memorial service. The circle isn’t complete but keeps moving or evolving.

Namo Amida Butsu

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


Inter-Temple Affairs

February 8th, members of the Steveston Temple visited the Lingyen Mountain Temple on No. 5 Road in Richmond. There was a lot going on, as it was Lunar New Years’ Eve. We all burned joss sticks (incense) and performed Gassho, before images of the Buddha. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful. At the end of our tour they presented us with English language books as well as a chanting CD and a DVD of their temple.

Members of the Fraser Valley Temple joined us for Sunday service and a potluck lunch on the 13th of February. They were able to take away the electric organ we had donated to them.

Members form Steveston, Vancouver and Fraser Valley temples will have attended the Northwest Buddhist Convention in Tacoma, by the time this comes to press.

KEIROKAI

Just a short reminder that the Annual Senior’s Party will take place at our temple at 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 20th, 2005. We would respectfully like to invite those who are or will turn 70 years old this year or older. We would ask that those attending please provide their full name as well as Mr. or Mrs. Please R.S.V.P. Chizuru san at (604) 277-2323 by Friday, March 11th.

BC CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

The service will be held at Chan Centre at the University of British Columbia with dinner following at the Museum of Anthropology across the street. Early Bird registration (before June 15th, 2005) will be $100.00 per person. Should you be interested in Sarana Affirmation, please contact Hattori Sensei. We have a website up and running: www3.telus.net/bcjsbcf

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


FROM THE TREASURY

On January 30th, 2005 the Steveston Buddhist Temple held the Annual General Meeting. The Treasurer presented the proposed budget for 2005 and the financial statements for 2004. For those who were not able to attend and would like to review the financial reports, please call Chizuru san at the temple office at (604) 277-2323 to request a copy.

The response to the “Tsunami Relief” has been most gratifying. In past five weeks a collection box was placed in the lobby of the temple and $3,005.00 has been donated by temple members and friends. Along with $500.00 from our temple, the total amount of $3,505.00 has been forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross for Tsunami Relief. With the contribution from the Fujinkai, the Steveston Buddhist Temple has collected and contributed $5,505.00 to help those affected in South-East Asia.

The Tsunami Relief Adhoc Committee for the Steveston Buddhist Temple is grateful for the support and we wish to thank you for your generosity.

Almost two months after the tragic event of December 26th, 2004, there is hardly any news coverage of the Tsunami. The known death toll has reached 160,000 and another 150,000 are still unaccounted for. Just thinking about the loss of life, it is about the equivalent of one and half times the population of Richmond being wiped out. The suffering and grief are unimaginable and the devastation will be felt for years to come. Should we be doing more? We are open to suggestions, so please feel free to call me at (604) 274-4799 or to leave a message at the temple office at (604) 277-2323.

Once again many thanks

In Gassho, Bud Sakamoto, Treasurer

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 FEBRUARY 2005 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

This is the month to commemorate NIRVANA DAY, the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha at the age of 80 in Kusinagara. Let us remember a paragraph in his last words:

True Buddha is not a human body; it is enlightenment. A human body must vanish, but the wisdom of enlightenment will exist forever in the truth of Dharma and in the practice of Dharma.

I wish to thank all those who have generously responded to BCC Tsunami Relief Fund and also those who individually contributed to Red Cross or Unicef. The number of victims is now said over 300,000.

Question:

Answer:


What are three items for Shin Buddhist to carry when going to Otera?

1) Seiten (scripture or Dharma book)
2) Nenju (meditation beads)
3) Monto Shikisho (laymen’s kesa; symbol of robe)

Visitation schedule by Bishop (Mar 26- Apr 7)

Mar 27 Sunday Service and Lay Leader Program in the afternoon in Montreal

Mar 28 Monday, Lay Leader Program and evening service in Thunder Bay

Mar 30- Apr 3 Toronto and Hamilton; Services and Committee meetings

Apr 4 & 5 Committee Meeting and Lay Leader Program

Apr 6 Wed. Seminar in Calgary.

Environmental Slogan: Small or big, let us protect our green Earth.


Coming Events:

Apr 23-24, 2005

May 18-19, 2005

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

  • 10:00 Centennial Service/New Temple Dedication
  • 18:00 Banquet at Prince Hotel

Aug 21, 2005 Manitoba District in Winnipeg

  • 14:00 Centennial Service at Manitoba Buddhist Temple
  • 18:00 Banquet at Winnipeg Delta Hotel

Aug 23, 2005 Alberta District in Lethbridge

  • 10:00 Centennial Service followed by Banquet

Aug 25, 2005 BC District in Steveston

  • 13:00 Centennial Service
  • 18:00 Banquet at Net-Shed

In order to apply for Sarana Affirmation (Okamisori) by Gomonshu-sama, please talk to your resident minister or temple president.

Butsudan Available Campaign: So far 20 units were distributed on requests and contributions are also coming in. Thank you for your support.


FUJINKAI NEWS

Toban 1 ladies led by Mrs. Sasare Morizawa and Mrs. Chiyo Narukami will look after Fujinkai tasks from February to the end of May. Purchase of a second cooler has been approved at the changeover meeting. This has been ordered and will be here soon.

A letter of appreciation has been received from the Richmond Hospital Foundation for our gift of $6000. The foundation’s 2005 goal is to raise one million dollars to equip each operating room with minimal invasive surgery equipment (MIS). This type of surgery means smaller incisions and therefore faster patient recovery. Our donation will be used toward this purpose. The foundation invites us for a tour or a talk.

Clarification of the intent of the Transfer/Changeover meeting: This has always been held a week or so after the Fujinkai AGM. The purpose of the gathering was the passing of the district’s books from the past year’s district representative to the new year’s representative. This provides an opportunity for any problems to be discussed and to be resolved. Over the past several years, this purpose has been blurred so it is important to keep this in mind for 2006.

AGM minutes and Dana Day invitations which were distributed recently were missing page one of the Treasury Report. Efforts were made to correct this, but several members in the mail group, District 2 and District 3 may not have received the missing page yet. If you wish to have a copy of page one, please let Hiroko know at (604) 277-6521.

Collection of stamps: We have been receiving a steady flow of these used stamps and some coins. Please keep it up! Just remember to cut an ¼ to ½ inch border around the stamps. It is difficult to leave the space on top as the stamps may be too close to the top of the envelope, but that is acceptable. Thank you!

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


Update from John Hopkins Health Center
A summary of the email from the above center was forwarded by a concerned temple member. This message has been further shortened: Do not heat food in the microwave using plastic containers or saran wrap as heat causes release of cancer causing toxins. Use glass, corningware or ceramic dishware for heating leftovers, TV dinners, instant ramen and etc.


RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE TEMPLE LIBRARY

  1. 2 copies of “Coffinman” donated by SDDSTL to Steveston Dharma School.
  2. 2 copies of “Nukimori / Warmth” by Takayuki Ashikaga. Series of articles in Shinko magazine. Brief and easy to read. Donated also by SDDSTL.
  3. “Shin Buddhism: bits of rubble turn into gold” by Taitetsu Unno. A very readable book on Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
  4. “The Dhammapada : verses on the way”. A new translation on the teachings of the Buddha with a guide to reading of the text. Quote from the foreword: “By distilling…sheer volume of the Buddha’s teachings into concise, crystalline verses, the Dhammapada makes the Buddhist way of life available to anyone.”
  5. “Little Book of Inner Peace” by The Dalai Lama. Advice on how to live a peaceful life and contribute to a better world. Donated by Genevieve Iwata.


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

A few of us attended the North West Buddhist Convention. Sensei Kodani was the guest speaker with a special guest Socho Ogui. We have had Rev. Kodani as a guest in Steveston. He is as refreshing as ever. He gives us honesty and sincerity with a great sense of humour. Socho Ogui has had his position since April. He had some very good dharma talks.

On March 6th, we will be having an Ohigan service.

On March 20th, we will be having Keirokai. We hope to get as many people helping as we can.

On April 3rd, we will be having Hanamatsuri and our guest minister will be Nishiyama Sensei from Hawaii.

We will be hosting the BCC AGM on April 22nd - 23rd. We will need help for the lunches and dinner.

In Gassho,
Genevieve Iwata, Dharma School


CHOIR PRACTICE

Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
March 4th & 25th
April 8th & 29th

Please come out & have fun!


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