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


CALENDER OF EVENTS

OCTOBER 2004
03 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
04 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
17 (Sun) 11:00 a.m.
BCC Day & September Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
October Board Meeting
Fall Food Bazaar


SUTRA CHANTING PRACTICE
1st & 3rd Thursday of October - October 7th & 21st at 2:00 p.m.
We will practice "SHOSHIN-GE".

NOVEMBER 2004
01 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
07 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
08 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
13-14 (Sat - Sun)
20 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.
21 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
Bequeathal and Wills Seminar
November Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
November Board Meeting
BCJSBCF Convention in Kamloops
Fujinkai Craft Fair
Eshinni-ko & Fujinkai Memorial Service


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOVE AND COMPASSION

Christianity tells you to “love your neighbour” and “love your enemies.” Love in that sense means having compassion for others and considering things from the other person’s perspective. Buddhism, on the other hands, calls this not “love” but “compassion.”

The two characters that make up the word jihi, compassion, refer to giving comfort to others and taking away their sufferings, and together this concept is expressed as “giving pleasure and removing suffering.” This may be considered close to the concept of love within Christianity.

In contrast, that which is expressed in Buddhism as “love” is also called “thirst,” in the sense of intense desire for water as one would have when assaulted by thirst in the middle of desert. It is a desire that knows no satisfaction. Therefore, “love” is used in the same sense as illusion and desire. It also means attachment to someone as one’s own, so the feelings that exist between man and woman are also called “love” in Buddhism, and in this sense the two meanings have something in common. Therefore, “love” is said to be the reverse side of “malice” and in Buddhism is considered something to abhor.

Amida Buddha’s Compassion is delivered to every one of us and is not selfish.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Congratulations to the Vancouver Buddhist Church on your Centennial. An invitation has been received for Steveston Temple members to attend the service on October 10th.

Congratulations to Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple on your re-opening on October 3rd.

Temple Services and activities are back in full swing. Please attend and support our temple as much as possible. It would be greatly appreciated. Your temple needs you.

Board meetings are opened to the membership. In order for the Executive Team and the Board to be effective and proactive, input from the membership would be greatly appreciated.

The Executive Team and the Board are here to serve you. Once again, on behalf of the Executive Team and the Board, thank you for your confidence and support you have given us. We will always strive to do our best and with your help we will succeed collectively.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


FALL FOOD BAZAAR

October 17th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Udon - $4.75 Sushi Platter - $4.75
Chow Mein - $3.50 Teriyaki Chicken/Chow Mein Combo - $6.00
Other in house specials such as Manju, Karinto, and other kind of Sushi will be
available Maguro (Tuna) frozen, ready to serve will be sold this year.

Please pick up your orders by 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are available from your district representatives. Please take orders for your friends and neighbours. This is one of our major fundraisers. Please come support it. We shall require everybody to help cook, serve and clean up.

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 - SEPTEMBER, 2004

September is the first month of Autumn season and the month to observe Higan in our tradition (equinox day is Sep 23 this year). It is also the beginning of new school term. Young people who enter the school this year must be very excited with a bit of anxiety.

I had a chance to attend the first Dharma School service in Vernon Buddhist Temple on Sept 12th I was very happy to see many young parents with their children coming together. At the same time I must applaud the Dharma School teachers and their family across Canada with great respect for their sacrifices of time and effort to prepare the program every week for their classes. May all the temple leaders be recognizing the importance of Dharma School and appreciating the efforts of those Dharma School teachers.

May you enjoy good harvest, good health as well as reciting Namoamidabutsu.

We extend the deadline of collecting articles for BCC Centennial Memoir Book. Please send yours to BCC Headquarters asap.

We also extend the deadline of application for Hongwanji Seminar for BCC Members which will take place from Nov.25th to 27th.

September Slogan for environmental protection …..

Suteru Tokoro Hitotsumo Naiyo Daichino Megumi

There is nothing to be discarded. Everything is the gift from the Earth.

Coming Events:

October 2nd & 3rd

October 3rd (4:00 p.m.)

October 9th - 10th

November 6th - 7th


November 25th - 27th

BCC Board of Directors Meeting, Richmond, B.C.

Fraser Valley Temple Reopening Service

Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial Celebrations

Alberta Buddhist Convention in Calgary
& BC Buddhist Convention in Kamloops

Hongwanji Seminar for Canadian Buddhists in Kyoto

B.C.C. Centennial Celebrations in 2005

August 20th

August 21th

August 23rd

August 25th

Eastern District in Toronto

Manitoba District in Winnipeg

Alberta District

B.C. District in Steveston


FUJINKAI NEWS

Topics covered at the semi-annual general meeting, Sunday, Sept 12:

  1. BCCWF has made a decision on the dress code for the 2006 WBW Convention in Hawaii. The various centers had input into the choice of dress: white blouse (with or without sleeves) with a Canada pin and a blue denim or denim coloured skirt. The BCCWF executive is checking out scarves to accessorize the outfit.

  2. BCBCJSF meeting on Sept. 25th in Hope will be attended by Itoko Akune who will report on this year’s Manning Park Retreat. As Steveston has been the headquarters for the BC Women’s League for the past year, we hope that many of our Fujinkai ladies will attend the Convention in Kamloops on November 6th and 7th. Cost of bus transportation and registration fees will be covered by our Temple. Thank you!

  3. Christmas Light Tour in early December. Details to be looked after by H. Yoshihara. We hope to make this a family event by including children and spouses.

  4. A donation of $100 will be made to the Fraser Valley Buddhist Church on the re-opening.

  5. Baby shower for Sonoko-san and Hattori Sensei is planned for Saturday, November 27th at 1:00 p.m. The Fujinkai district reps will be in contact with Fujinkai members closer to the date.

  6. A heartfelt and thorough discussion ensued on the topic of 75 years of age as the retirement age from Fujinkai duties. There was some confusion on part of some of the ladies but no formal decision had been made so this matter had to be clarified. Everyone had the opportunity to express her thoughts. A strong effort will be made to ensure that the leadership roles in the tobans will be assumed by the “younger” members. The older members are still willing to help as always. Changes are inevitable as we have fewer working members which may lead to simplification of duties.

Fall Bazaar, October 17

This event seems a bit earlier this year but the ladies have been busy in the past month preparing manju and karinto. Please remember to put aside items for the ever-popular “baiten” and to bake for our baking table.

For inspiration, I went to the South Arm United Church Country Fair on Sat., Sept 17th. This was well attended despite the unpromising weather. Some of the activities: Silent auction of hundreds of items and certificates, free entertainment, collectibles, junk tent, plant and vegetable/fruit sale.

Help needed at Bingo refreshment window on Wednesday nights.

Job opening for substitute helpers. Mrs. K. Murao assisted by H. Yoshihara will be the mainstay but there will be evenings when one or both will be unable to come. If you can fill in from 3 or 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., please inform the ladies or Larry Ryan. The tasks involve preparing tea, maintaining supply of cream, keeping the area tidy and selling the pastries and chips. Busy times are around 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

Now that Family Services have started, we are headed for a busy fall season.

On September 26, we had our annual pancake breakfast, to welcome everyone back to our Sunday services. We had regular pancakes and blueberry pancakes (thanks to Larry). This year we had hash brown potatoes and those went really well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the festivities. Thank you to all that helped chop, cook and cleanup. See you at our next service or the bazaar.

Oct. 3 - BCC Day/Shotsuki service at 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 17 - No Family service. Temple Bazaar. We will gratefully accept any baking donations or other items.
Oct. 31 - Halloween party

Nov. 7 - No Family service. BCJSBCF Convention in Kamloops. Please let us know if you or your family wish to go.
Nov. 20 - Craft Fair

Dec. 12 - Bodhi Day.

Subject to change.

In Gassho, Genevieve Iwata, Dharma School



CHOIR PRACTICE

Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
October 1st & 15th
November 19th

Please come out & have fun!


VANCOUVER BUDDHIST CHURCH 100th ANNIVERSARY DINNER AND DANCE

Saturday, October 9th, 2004
Radisson President Hotel
8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, B.C

Early Bird tickets (before September first) $45.00
Adult $50.00
Youth $25.00 (18 and under)

Those interested in attending from Steveston Buddhist Temple, please contact Larry Ryan at 604-946-9982 or Fax 604-946-5746


BEQUEATHAL SEMINAR

A Bequeathal and Wills Seminar is planned at the Temple for Monday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. The RBC coordinator for the seminar requests that our members submit questions prior to the seminar so that he can prepare for them. If you wish to know more about wills, executors, power of attorneys, probates, estate taxes, etc., this is your opportunity to get the answer.

Please write your question(s) and bring or send them to the temple, attention of Itoko Akune, or email to akuneATshawDOTca before October 10th. Even though you may not have a question to ask, come and join us. There may be something of interest to you.


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