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

CALENDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 2004
07 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.

08 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
21 (Sun) 12:00 noon
27 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.
Ohigan, March Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
and Installation of New Officers (2004)
March Board Meeting
Keirokai
BCJSBCF Meeting

APRIL 2004
04 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
11 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
12 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
18 (Sun) 3:00 p.m.
22 - 23 (Wed - Thurs)
27 - 28 (Sat - Sun)
Hanamatsuri (Guest Speaker: Aoki Sensei of Vancouver)
April Memorial Service
April Board Meeting
Hattori & Ishiyama's Wedding Ceremony & Reception
BCC Ministers' Meeting in Winnipeg
BCC AGM in Winnipeg


INVITATION

Dear the member of the Steveston Buddhist Temple,

Sonoko Ishiyama and Nariyuki Hattori
Invite you to celebrate their marriage
Sunday, April 18th, 2004 at 3:00 PM
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street
Richmond, B.C.

Cocktails 5:30
Reception 6:00
Dance to follow
R.S.V.P. by April 1st , 2004

In Gassho


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Thank you everyone for another opportunity and privilege to serve as the Temple President.

I accept the honour with humility. Let us keep in mind the main goal. That is what can we do collectively to make the temple better.

Everyone has a vital role to fulfil. Please keep your suggestions and ideas coming. Any concerns, let the executive Team and I know. We are here to serve you.

Once again, thank you very much.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


INTER-TEMPLE ACTIVITIES

First dinner meeting of Board Members of Steveston and Vancouver temples was held on Thursday February 19th, 2004. Discussed common concerns and ideas. We hope to hold these get-togethers on a quarterly basis.

KEIROKAI

This year’s Keirokai takes place at 12:00 noon on March 21st, 2004. This event honours those elders who will turn 70 in the 2004 calendar year. The Steveston Buddhist Temple invites members of the Richmond Japanese community whether Buddhist or not. Please call the temple at (604) 277-2323 before March 12th if you will be attending. Please provide your full name and whether Mr. or Mrs. so we can put the correct form on the name tags. We need to know the number of those attending so we can arrange enough meals.

FRASER VALLEY RESTORATION

Naomi Shikaze, the president of the Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple expressed thanks on behalf of their members for the donation made by the Steveston Buddhist Temple. We would still encourage members to make a donation towards the restoration. The exterior and roof have been completed. Work on the interior, such as plumbing, electrical, walls and finishing now begins.

BINGO

An examiner from the Lottery Commission who recently visited our temple performed an audit of our bingo practices. We need to clarify a few items, such as signage, house rules and procedures. We are still desperately short of bingo helpers on Wednesday evenings. If you can spare a few hours, we would love to have you come out.

CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE

MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR 2004

Membership Due for 2004 is $65.00 per person ($60.00 for SBT, plus $5.00 for 2004 for BCC). Please submit your payment if you are not a new member and have not paid BCC Assessment fee $15.00 per person for the past 3 years (2001 to 2003)

NAIJIN KAKARI

Steve Morishita and Toshio Murao have agreed to take on the position of Naijin Kakari. Hattori sensei will prepare a list of duties for this position. Thank you gentlemen on behalf of the temple.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

President - Jack Kawabata
Vice Presidents - Larry Ryan and Kiyo Domai
Secretary - Itoko Akune
Treasurer - Bud Sakamoto

COMMITTEES & CHAIRPERSONS

i Bingo - Larry Ryan
ii Bazaar - Kuni Ikuta (Fall); Hiroko Yoshihara (liaison between the Board and Women’s Auxiliary, Spring Food Fair)
iii Keirokai - Kiyo Domai
iv Newsletter/Media - Larry Ryan & Etsuko Ogawa
v Social/Rental - Tak Miyazaki & Tom Yamamoto
vi Membership - Jack Kawabata & Mitts Sakai
vii Constitution - Bud Sakamoto
viii History Booklet - Mitts Sakai
ix Maintenance - Seishi Matsuno
x Hanamatsuri, Ho-Onko, Obon & Other Services - Mak Ikuta & Junko Hazama
xi Mochitsuki - Doug Masuhara
xii Bonenkai - Neil Jensen
xiii Manning Park - Itoko Akune
xiv Bequeathal Seminar - Itoko Akune
xv Planning & Priorities - Executive & Advisors
xvi Election/Nomination - Executive
xvii Fundraising - Executive

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


BCC UPDATE - FEBRUARY, 2004

February is the month of Nirvana Day for us Buddhists. I firmly believe the true religion always deals both life and death, not just living aspect. It is important to give our thoughts to death or dying which seems so far and yet so near to us regardless of our ages. Then we can live this human life to the fullest each and everyday.

Young Buddhists (age 15-25), please join Annual Hongwanji Youth Tour, which will be the end of July to Aug. Talk to your local resident minister.

Here is something new program planned by Hongwanji. It is BCC Temple Leaders Seminar in Hongwanji, Kyoto, on November 5th, 6th, 7th, 2004. Limit is 20 people from Canada. Leaders include present and former officers in the temple, not ministers. We will contact Travel Agent to make a schedule and let you know the detail.

According to Naomi Shikaze, president of Fraser Valley, their fundraising for the temple restoration is going very well, and their members are working hard to finish interior. She hopes New Temple Dedication at their Obon Service in July.

Coming Events:


FUJINKAI NEWS

The new year for our Temple’s Women’s Auxiliary has commenced with the AGM and transfer meeting. Three tobans will each serve a term of four months. Toban 1 is headed by Mrs. Kimiyo Murao, Toban 2 is led by Mrs. Sazare Morizawa and Toban 3 is led by Mrs. Tomiko Sakai. A fourth group called “the floater group” has been formed to provide extra assistance when needed. Misaye Hamaura and Itoko Akune are the two secretaries. June Ikuta and Hiroko Yoshihara will serve again as treasurers.

Mrs. Haruko Higo has chosen to “retire” from the front lines after many years of dedicated service to our Fujinkai and to the Temple. We are all grateful for her hard work and hope that she is enjoying the freedom from the responsibilities of a working Fujinkai member.

Dana Day service on February 15th was well attended. The tea and goodies were served following the service. Those attending were able to enjoy a pleasant social time. The monetary donations exceeded what was raised in 2003. The money will be forwarded to BCCWF. In the past the BCCWF project has been the Jodo Shinshu Clinic/Hospital in Kenya.

Used postage stamps. Please continue to save with ¼ inch to ½ inch border around the stamps. If there is a postmark with the city/town, please include as the stamp is more valuable. Bring to the temple office as Chizuru-san has a collection bottle. These will be taken to the BCCWF AGM in April. Misaye Hamaura and Hiroko Yoshihara will be representing the Steveston Fujinkai at the AGM in Winnipeg.

Garage Sale at the Temple is planned for June. We are hoping to rent tables to anyone who wishes to “downsize” and still make some money. More information will be available in the next newsletter. You can start your spring cleaning now!

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


RYUKOKU SOGO GAKUEN SUMMER ENGLISH PROGRAMT

This is for temple members to host and provide homestay opportunity for students from Buddhist temples from Japan (Ryukoku Sogo Gakuen Summer English Program). I would like to give the members the first opportunity to host these students before I advertise and invite the Richmond community families. If the members have families who are not members but who wish to host a student, their names should be forwarded to myself as well.

The families should have young children as they are the ones who are not hesitant to converse with the Japan students. Families that speak mostly Japanese do not provide the best learning situation.

The homestay families will be paid $575.00 for room and board. The dates are July 23rd - August 12th, 2004.

If there are any inquiries, they can be forwarded to Roy Akune. He can be contacted by telephone at (604) 244-7710 or email at rakuneATshawDOTca.

In Gassho, Roy Akune


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