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


CALENDER OF EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2004
05 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
11 (Sat) 9 a.m. - 12 noon
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
12 (Sun) 1:00 p.m.
13 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
19 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
Eitaikyo & September Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Craft Fair Registration
1st Day of Dharma School
Fujunkai's semi-annual General Meeting
September Board Meeting
Ohigan

OCTOBER 2004
03 (Sun) 2:00 p.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


PRINCE SHOTOKU (574-622)

It is said that Buddhism was introduced to Japan in 538, but in actual fact even before that people were leaving the Korean Peninsula to set up residence in Japan, and it is plausible that they were believers in Buddhism. Their influence may well have extended to Japanese and to some degree this may have created an environment more receptive to Buddhism.

At that time it was thought that the various natural calamities and political and economic chaos were caused by some existence that exceeded the power of human beings. Therefore, there was a desire for some powerful deity to get these misfortunes under control and bring about peace. Furthermore, that period was the dawn of Japan as a nation and new ideas and logic were needed to sustain the state. I believe one can say that Buddhism was perfectly suited to Japan’s requirements.

Under these circumstances, a dispute between the politically prominent Soga and Mononobe families came to the surface. It seems that these families struggled for supremacy in Japan taking as an issue whether or not Buddhism should be accepted in Japan. The result was that the Soga family, which favoured the acceptance of Buddhism, was victorious, and Buddhism put down roots in Japanese soil.

In Asuka period (late 6th Century to late 7th Century), there appeared the exceptional political figure Prince Shotoku. Born the son of Emperor Yomei, he was appointed regent for his aunt, the Empress Suiko, and for thirty years he held the reins of administration.

There is no end to the accomplishments of Prince Shotoku, but among them it is highly significant that he adopted Buddhism, making it the standard for the state and taking measures to diffuse it. In concrete terms, it is well known that he promulgated The Seventeen-Article Constitution, brought the people to devotion to the Three Treasures (the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha), and aimed at the unification of the human mind by stressing peace. Hence, during the Asuka period the state accepted Buddhism and took Buddhism as its basis.

Shinran Shonin considered Prince Shotoku to be the “Spiritual Leader of Japan.” In addition, he is referred to as “The Father of Buddhism of Japan.” It is the highest epithet Possible. The picture of Prince Shotoku is right side of Shinran Shonin in the shrine of our temple.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

As fall draws near, the temple activities and services will be back in full swing.

Eitaikyo is September 5th. The guest speaker will be Reverend Kikuchi from the Toronto Buddhist Temple. Let us partake of the first service for Fall 2004.

The temple group to help with bingo will begin on September 8th. Please come out and help. We can use all the help we can get. It is the temple’s biggest fundraiser. Let us not forget the significance of it. Without bingo the temple revenues would be way down.

Let us always keep in mind to support our temple.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


INTER-TEMPLE AFFAIRS

Mr. Jim Placzek of the Pacific Rim Studies Department of Langara College recently contacted me. He wanted a brief history of the Steveston Buddhist Temple. I was able to email a history based on the data we have on our feature wall in the Otera. Himself and Dr. Larry DeVries will use this information for a project they are working on.

VANCOUVER BUDDHIST TEMPLE CENTENNIAL

Vancouver is hosting a 100th Anniversary Dinner and Dance on October 9th, 2004. This affair will be held at the Radisson President Hotel in Richmond. President David Ohori has extended an invitation to Steveston members to attend their special service on Sunday October 10th, 2004.

FRASER VALLEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE

Fraser Valley will be holding its official reopening on October 3rd, 2004 at 4 pm. Please come out and take part.

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 - AUGUST, 2004

Hongwanji Youth Tour consisting of 10 young people and the leader Kikuchi Sensei left Vancouver on July 19th and they all had a unique experience despite the exceptional summer heat in Japan. Some extended their tour but the main group came back to Canada on August 3rd in good health and spirit to the sigh of their family.

15 Ryukoku Gakuen High School students and two teachers came to Richmond, BC on July 23rd and spent three weeks here. They all seemed to have enjoyed studying English at Steveston Buddhist Temple as well as homestay program with Canadian families before going home on Aug 12th.

BCC received sad news that Rev. Y. Wake who had served in Winnipeg as Rev. Y. Hayashi died suddenly on Aug 2nd at the age of 57 years. BCC sent sympathy message and Koden to his family in Japan.

Rev. Michael Hayashi resigned from BCC ministry for his personal reasons as of August 15th. Rev. Y. Miyakawa is expected to come back to BCC to serve for BC Interior starting October 1st.

Our mother temple Hongwanji in Kyoto wants to have an Open House for Canadian Buddhists on Nov 25th - 27th, 2004. There is one week optional tour planned after that. For those who are interested in joining this tour, please apply as soon as possible.

BCC Centennial Memoir Book is still collecting articles and Dharma messages from BCC ministers and members. Please fax or email to BCC Headquarters.

Coming Events:

September 24th - 26th

October 2nd

October 9th - 10th

November 5th - 7th


November 25th - 27th

MA Seminar in Toronto with Rev. R. Sugiura

BCC Board Meeting

Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial

Alberta Buddhist Convention
BC Buddhist Convention

BCC Temple Leaders’ Seminar in Hongwanji, 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

BCC Day Message to All Members of the Buddhist Churches of Canada

The BCC Day Service is held each year at all the temples during the month of October to commemorate the founding of Jodo Shinshu in Canada in the year 1905. The BCC Centennial Committee and the three Regional Committees have been working hard in planning the upcoming Centennial Celebration. It is hoped that all our temple members will partake in this most important occasion, which will take place in August, 2005.

According to the BCC by-laws, the konshi received from the members at this Service is used to support the Religious Education Fund. The funds have been distributed to finance the educational programmes, the Ministers’ seminars, the Lay Leaders’ Programme and the expansion of the BCC Website.

In 2003, a total amount of $8,698.90 was received. The BCC is grateful for your generosity, and wishes to thank those who contributed to this worthy cause. It is hoped that you will continue to support the propagation of Buddhism in Canada.

In Gassho,
Itoko Akune, Director, Buddhist Churches of Canada


FUJINKAI NEWS

A very generous donation of $750 was received from the Ryukoku Sogo Gakuen Summer program in appreciation for the welcome lunch for the students and teachers on July 23rd and also for assistance in preparing the BCC dinner on July 19th. We are grateful for this boost to the Fujinkai treasury.

On July 20th, Toban 2 prepared vegetarian chow mein for approximately 10 members of the Multifaith group. This was accompanied by rice and pickles. Sliced oranges, cake and manju followed as desserts.

Kuni Ikuta, Fall Bazaar chair, will be meeting with the ladies (specifically Mrs. T. Sakai and Mrs. K. Kuriyama) to discuss proposed ideas for the October bazaar. He hopes to make this event into a bigger happening with more advertising, more items to sell (i.e. vegetables and fruit if possible) and so forth. If you have any suggestions, please let Kuni know.

Semi-annual AGM meeting was set for: Sunday, Sept. 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Craft Fair registration on Saturday, Sept. 11th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Tables are quickly being rented so if you or a friend is interested, please inform June Ikuta as soon as possible.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


POTLUCK DINNER FOR KIKUCHI SENSEI

This is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 6th at 6:00 p.m. She will be the guest speaker at our Eitaikyo and Shotsuki service on Sept. 5th. As she is on her return from Japan, it was decided to have the potluck dinner on Labour Day Monday to allow her to recover from jet lag. This will be a time to socialize (i.e. no formal talk scheduled) so please come with your special dish. Please RSVP Junko Hazama (275-1510) or Hiroko Yoshihara (277-6521). Junko can be contacted in August as she will possibly be away in early September. Hiroko will be available from August 29th (away in Alberta from Aug. 14th to 28th).


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


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