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


CALENDER OF EVENTS


SUTRA CHANTING PRACTICE
3rd Thursday of November, Nov. 18th at 7:00 p.m.
We will practice "Shoshin-ge".

NOVEMBER 2004
01 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
06 - 07 (Sat - Sun)
08 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
14 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
20 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.
21 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
27 (Sat) 1:00 p.m.
Bequeathal and Wills Seminar
BCJSBCF Convention in Kamloops
November Board Meeting
November Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
Fujinkai Craft Fair
Eshinni-ko & Fujinkai Memorial Service
Baby shower for Sonoko-san and Hattori Sensei


DECEMBER 2004
04 (Sat) 2:00 p.m.
05 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
11 (Sat) 9:00 a.m.
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
12 (Sun) 6:00 p.m.
13 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
19 (Sun) 9:00 a.m.
31 (Fri) 11:00 p.m.
Otaiya
Ho-onko & Shotsuki
Mochitsuki
Jodo-e (Bodhi Day) Last 2004 Sunday service
Bonenkai
December Board Meeting
Temple Clean-up
Joya-e (New Year’s Eve, Year End)


LIVE IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER

Pure winds blow in the jewel-trees,
Producing the five tones of the scale.
As those sounds are harmonious and spontaneous,
Pay homage to Amida, the one imbued with purity.

(Taken from the Jodo Wasan: Hymns of the Pure Land)


I have joined the Richmond Community Orchestra and have enjoyed playing the oboe in the orchestra. I am lucky to be a member of such musical group everywhere I go.

According to this hymn, when the wind gently blows through the jewel-trees in the Pure Land, the sounds of the five primary notes ring out spontaneously, and in perfect harmony.

I feel that in order to attain true harmony, it is important to truly listen to one another. I began to play the oboe when I entered the brass band in high school. In the club room there was a sign that read ---“ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE MAKES IT MORE BEAUTIFUL!”

It is very difficult for forty or fifty performers with various instruments to play a piece in harmony. Every one must know their own place in the piece. They must play well when their instrument is the focus of the piece, and try to blend in with the other instruments when they are not the focus. In doing so, the band/orchestra plays one piece in perfect harmony. When everyone works together as one, the joy in creating the music is great, and it feels good to be alive.

We may think that we live by ourselves, but we cannot live alone. We can live well thanks to natural and man-made resources. In addition, we have our family and friends for emotional and moral support.

As a human being, I have a tendency to always be concerned about myself. But, Amida Buddha looks upon each and every one of us as an only child, and has vowed to save all living things. We are all that will become Buddhas.

In Gassho, Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Thank you very much to all those who helped and donated to the Fall Bazaar. The enthusiasm and the unity displayed was outstanding. In the same spirit, may I call upon everyone for your help and support for Bingo? It would be greatly appreciated.

As November approaches, I hope everyone will take time out on November 11th to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

“No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for a friend.”

Let us always keep in mind that the success and prosperity of the temple is in our hands. We all have a role to fulfill.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


Inter-Temple Affairs

Fraser Valley Reopening

Members from Steveston, Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops temples attended the reopening service at the Fraser Valley Temple on October third. The temple volunteers had laboured long and hard to rebuild their temple after it had suffered at the hands of an arsonist. The workmanship is absolutely fantastic. We were all treated to a delicious turkey dinner after the service. The celebrations were topped off with an odori performance.

Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial

Steveston Temple was well represented at the Vancouver Buddhist Church’s 100th anniversary dinner dance at the Radisson President Hotel in Richmond on October 9th. All enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet friends from other temples.

Kamloops Convention

Our temple has chartered a bus for those members wishing to attend the upcoming BCJSBCF convention being held in Kamloops. The bus leaves our temple at 6:00 p.m. on November 5th and leaves Kamloops at 2:00 p.m. on November 7th. Should you need more information please contact our temple secretary.

Lay Leaders Seminar

Members from Steveston, Vancouver, Alberta and Toronto will be representing BCC at a three day Lay Leaders Seminar in Kyoto at Hongwanji Temple. This seminar will take place November 25th, 26th and 27th. Some of us will be taking a few extra days and tour Japan. This will give some of us the opportunity to visit the towns or cities where our families came from. The two representatives from Steveston are Kiyo Domai and Larry Ryan. We will provide the temple as well as the BCC a detailed report of the seminar.

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 October 2004

October is the mid autumn and as we see the leaves changing colours or falling down, may you all enjoy good harvest and appetite. On behalf of Buddhist Churches of Canada I wish to thank all the members across Canada for the generous contributions to commemorate 99th BCC Day 2004. We are less than one year now before celebrating Centennial with Gomonshu-sama and Ourakata-sama in August 2005.

October 2 & 3 BCC Board had a fall meeting in Richmond. Tony Barber is president and chairs the meeting. As Robert Akune resigned after annual general meeting, David Major has been appointed as a new director. He is recording secretary and has a portfolio of religious education including Living Dharma Center and Dharma School. Jim Hisanaga is vice president and has a portfolio of ministers’ affairs. Itoko Akune is in charge of finance, and Caroline Shepherd is in charge of ministers’ welfare. Donna Dubbelboer is the representative from Women’s Federation. Another new director is Grant Ikuta representing ministerial association.

Fraser Valley Sangha shared the joy with many guests from neighbouring temples in BC as well as BCC Board of Directors when they officially dedicated reopening of their temple on October 3rd. They are very grateful to all the donors from US as well as across Canada.

Vancouver Buddhist Church Centennial Celebration was a huge success at October 9 and 10 weekend with two outstanding speakers; Dr. Mark Unno from Oregon and Rev. L. Sasaki from San Francisco. Rev. Y. Miyakawa’s new address is 928 Monashee Pl. Kelowna, B.C. V1V 1J6 Tel 250 717 1820 The people who are attending Hongwanji Seminar in Nov are Aki Ikebata, Jeff Yamashita from Toronto, Yoko Tsujita, Hideko Kounosu from Alberta, Lori North, Larry Ryan, Kiyo Domai and Minako Fujikawa from BC.


Butsudan(Buddha’s shrine) Available Campaign

This is 10 inches high by7 inches wide plaque style Butsudan made in kelowna, B.C. BCC will give away to whoever wishes to use at home as a center of spiritual life. It is free, butany amount of donation toward this campaign is welcome. Please apply to your local minister

Coming Events:

November 6th - 7th


November 25th - 27th

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



Steveston Buddhist Temple Fall Food Bazaar

The Steveston Buddhist Temple had a very successful food bazaar this year. We tried different things such as selling apples from Kelowna, tuna (maguro), salted salmon, pumpkins and squash (kabocha).

Thank you very much Setsuo and Kimiko Hayashi (new members) and Miffy and Etsuko Ogawa for all the matsutake tnat you donated. Sugar Hamada donated several chum salmon, thank you Sugar. These salmon were salted with salt donated by Harry Obayashi of Canadian Fish and were sold to the Kelowna Buddhist Temple for their Farmer’s Market in exchange for the apples that they sold to us. To all the members who helped with the preparations and cooking, many thanks for your assistance. It was wonderful to see everyone participating in order to make this year’s bazaar such a success. Many, many thanks for Mrs. K. Kuriyama and Mrs. T. Sakai for your leaderrship of the fujinkai members who were busy several weeks prior to the bazaar.

Thank you. Hiroko Yoshihara, Bud Sakamoto and Mitts Sakai for help as treasurer and ticket distributors. Financially, this year’s bazaar was the best that our temple ever experienced.

If you have any suggestions for next year’s fall food bazaar, please let me know.

Thank you everyone.

Fall Food Bazaar Chairperson
Kuni Ikuta


FUJINKAI NEWS

Fall Food Bazaar

Our annual Fall Food Bazaar, the last major food-making marathon for 2004 successfully concluded on Sunday, Oct. 17. Toban 3 ladies assisted by many others have worked long days and into the nights to ensure that there was a plentiful supply of food. With the unexpected and generous donation of matsutake mushrooms from two temple members and a windfall of salmon from another, the ladies hustled to make matsutake gohan, tsukudani and Satsuma age. Thank you to Thank you also for the baking and the monetary donations.

Also appreciated was the help forthcoming from available Fujinkai members, the men and non members (sisters, daughters and friends) who pitched in wholeheartedly. It was great to see the energy and also the harmony of everyone working together.

BCCWF Banner Project to Assist Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple

The banner will be here at the Temple for approximately one month before it is sent to Vancouver Buddhist Church. You are all invited to sign the banner for a small donation. The banner will be available at Family Service on Sunday, Wednesday night Bingo and hopefully at the Eshinni-ko Service on Nov. 21. Let’s do our best to raise funds in support of Fraser Valley.

Temple Constitution

The Temple executive members have developed a new constitution for our organization. Bud Sakamoto would like to get together with the Fujinkai members to go over the document and get input. We hope to have a meeting soon with a member to translate into Japanese.

Fujinkai Craft Fair, Sat. Nov. 20 from 10 am to 4 pm

This event will feature more tables this year with the expansion in the lobby. The classroom will be used for refreshments, bake table and craft/baiten items. Our craft fair has had an enthusiastic response from the crafts people as we now have seven names on the waiting list. There is a wide range of crafts, not just seasonal items, so please check us out.

This year we hope to reach our goal of $5000 plus to donate to the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Eshinni-ko and Fujinkai Memorial Service, Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 pm

Baby Shower for Sonoko san on Sat. 27 at 1 pm. Members will be contacted regarding details in November.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL REPORT

On October 31, we will hold our annual Halloween party. There will be a few visitors from the Fraser Valley Temple. All those wishing to join us, please do so.

On November 20th, Dharma school will be selling hot dogs, coffee and water at the Craft Fair.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

In Gassho,
Genevieve Iwata, Dharma School


My Trip to Japan

As I expected Japan turned out to be a lot more than what I expected! There was so much to see that we couldn't fit it all into the two short weeks we had. Masumi Sensei had to cut out a few items on our list unfortunately, but we still packed in a lot every day. It wasn't just all temples and services, it was Japanese culture and lifestyles and even Japanese shopping! I'll try to keep this short and sweet, but there's probably too much to say about my first "out of North America" trip!

Let's start with the main purpose of the trip...Buddhism. I learnt a lot about the Jodo Shinshu that I never really knew. In a way it was a bit embarrassing that I didn't know as much as the other dharma students did, but I'm glad I learnt it. I learnt it all from our lectures and meetings and our tours of Shiran's birth place and temple where he became enlightened. It was such a great experience to be so close to his ashes where he was buried, well, relatively close because we weren't allowed to be within 10 meters of it since we were behind a gate that enclosed it. We also saw the crematorium where Buddhist families from all over the world would bury their loved ones just to be at the same place as Shinran Shonin. Everything about Shinran's life was so interesting about how he became enlightened and his whole life story.

Aside from all the learning, I had a great experience with Japan's culture by home stay and touring Japan. Sensei gave us the chance to try pretty much every type of Japanese food and experience every type of Japanese tradition. I loved seeing everyone in their kimonos at the fireworks and seeing how nice all the Japanese people are. People in stores would always welcome you and families we'd meet would be so welcoming as well. Our home stay was so much fun. The mom was so kind since she would do anything for us, such as cook us anything we wanted, give us anything we needed and take us anywhere we wanted. She was very kind to us and it was so sad that we had to say goodbye. One of the other home stay temples we visited had a little welcome party for a few of us from Canada and they were so excited to meet us and practice their English. They were so cute with their little speeches to welcome us. Home stay was probably one of the best experiences of Japan or anything for me so far.

And then there was the shopping and food.... I wouldn't say that the clothing shopping went so well for us, but the souvenir shopping was pretty good. I learnt that Japan is a very expensive country and you need to know where the good places to shop are, such as UNIQLO. Jillian and I found quite a lot that we like from there for pretty reasonable prices. The food was soooo good! If we could, Jillian and I could have lived off of convenience store food alone if we wanted. We tried everything from okonomiyake to a full course seafood dinner. Everything was excellent there and our nightly visits to the Lawson or Circle K (convenience store) would lead us straight to our hotel room for a midnight snack that lasted about an hour.

Our trip was so much fun and to sum it all up, I learnt a lot about everything. It was so much fun having Masumi Sensei as our tour leader as well. Except when we shared a room with her and she fell asleep and locked us out and we had to stay awake all night in our home stays room. But that was okay because we had fun teaching them English. She made our trip a lot more fun and exciting. I wouldn't have changed a thing about our trip, because it was a great experience. One day I would definitely like going back to visit and maybe meet up with our home stay family because I still keep in touch with Chisato (the daughter). Japan is a great country culture wise, religion wise and tourist wise. I already miss everything about it even the little squatting toilets that we can't get over here.

In Gassho, Stacey Chan


My Experience in Japan

My five week stay in Japan was phenomenal. I met so many new people from California, Hawaii, Seattle, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Nagoya and Nagano. They are all really nice people and I want to go visit them in the future!

I have learned more Japanese, and I even had the chance to teach my home stay family some English! That was really fun, hearing them speak the words back to me once I taught it to them! The language barrier was pretty strong, but I think that it brought us closer in the end.

The first week that I was in Japan I experienced as much as someone who would have stayed for a month! I visited so many temples and significant sites, it made me realize how much history Japan really has. I learned about each city and how each has made its own special type of good, custom and dialect. For instance, ‘maido’, means thank you in Kansai dialect.

Rev. Kikuchi introduced us to many types of Japanese foods and I absolutely LOVED them – especially the Kushiyaki and Kakigori. Stacey and I were always asking her if we had time to eat some! That is one thing about Japan that I will really miss.

Our trip as a Canadian group only lasted one week, which was sad – but it ended up just getting better. We met the groups from BCA and Hawaii, and joined together to do things with them. The only very hard thing for us was to wake up at 5:30 am every morning for service, and sit on the tatami mat for one hour. I learned the Japanese way of having service and chanting. It is really loud when they are all chanting at the same time! At the lectures we had, I learned that the Swastika was originated from Buddhism ways and that the Bodhi tree is originally called the Pipalla!

During the second week in Japan, we had home stay in Nara and that, for me, would be one of the best events on the Youth Tour. Stacey and I had so much fun! We combined our home stay with another two boys from the U.S., and spent a day with them and their home stay guardian. I even had the chance to play the Koto, a Traditional Japanese instrument, in Nara. The lady that was teaching me told me how to pluck the strings properly and play Sakura! It was not as hard as it looked!

The second best place for me would be Toba. It is very pretty there. The hotel that we stayed in was very secluded and was right on the water. Our room overlooked the sea, and wherever we went we saw beautiful scenery. The one night that we stayed there we had a yummy seafood banquet. Not everyone ate seafood and sashimi, but they tried some of it – which is a big part of the Japanese experience!

On August 3, the Youth Tour came to a close. It did not really seem like that was the end of the tour, it felt like we were all just packing up to move to a hotel in another prefecture again! All of the people that I had just spent 2 whole weeks with had to go home. But for me, this was just the beginning!

I stayed in Kyoto, with a friend and her family for the next two weeks, and then took a bus to Nagoya to visit with another friend for the last part of my trip.

I would like to say THANK YOU to Rev. Kikuchi for planning out the whole schedule and making the Kushiyaki and Kakigori a BIG part of it! And, to all of the other chaperones who helped out! I really learned a lot from them all. This is an experience that I will never forget and I hope to visit Japan again! Hopefully my Japanese will be better, and the weather not as hot and humid!

In Gassho, Jillian Kiyomi Masuhara


Seniors’ Club

As you may know, our Seniors’ Club had a day trip on October 5, 2004. It was a real pleasure to share the beautiful autumn day with many members. We truly appreciate your guidance and continued support.

Winter is around the corner. We wish all the members good health.

In Gassho, Toshio Murao


BEQUEATHAL SEMINAR

EVERYONE IS INVITED:

DATE:

TIME:

PLACE:

SPEAKERS:

Monday, November 1, 2004

7:30 p.m.

Steveston Buddhist Temple

Lawyer and Estate Planner assisted by Alan Rae & Sandy Dewald



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