1. The temple is accepting applications for Sarana Affirmation to receive a Buddhist name. The deadline is April 2, 2016. The Affirmation ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3 PM in the Hondo. The ceremony will be officiated by Bishop Kodo Umezu of the Buddhist Churches of America.
2. On April 9, 2016, 10 AM, the temple will be making the Hanamido for the Hanamatsuri service the following day. We would appreciate your help.
3. On April 10, 2016, 10 AM, the temple will be observing Hanamatsuri and April Shotsuki service. Guest speaker will be Bishop Kodo Umezu. There will be a luncheon after the service. Please bring a salad to share.
4. Preparations are underway for the Chinatown Asian Festival on April 30, 2016. The temple will hold a Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen Sale as a fundraiser. Please support the temple by selling all your tickets and attending the Asian Festival. The deadline for ticket sales count is April 15, 2016. Please contact your district chair, or Carol Cisneros with your headcount, or to obtain more Ramen tickets.
The Buddhist Temple of Salinas
Sarana Affirmation Ceremony (Kie Shiki) with Bishop Kodo Umezu on April 10th at Hanamatsuri
If you have not received a Buddhist Name (Homyo), please participate in the Sarana Affirmation Ceremony (Kie Shiki) at our temple on Sunday April 10th when Bishop Kodo Umezu will join us during our Hanamatsuri Service.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE AFFIRMATION CEREMONY (KIE SHIKI)? The special service is an opportunity for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists who aspire to lead the Buddhist way of life to affirm their entry onto the Path of Nembutsu. By appearing before the shrine of Amida Buddha and taking refuge in the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), we pledge to live the Buddhist way of life.
WHAT IS THE AFFIRMATION CEREMONY (KIE SHIKI)? The affirmation ceremony is performed for laypersons and recalls the act of Siddhartha when he resolved to enter the spiritual path of life.
A Buddhist Name (Homyo) is given to each participant as an indication that the person aspires for the Truth and is among the disciples of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is through the teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha that we have been able to hear the Dharma of Amida Buddha’s primal vow.
WHAT IS A BUDDHIST NAME (HOMYO)? A Buddhist Name (Homyo) is bestowed upon a person when participating in the affirmation ceremony during his or her life or posthumously at the funeral service. It is preferable to receive the Dharma name while we are still well and active. A Buddhist Name is preceded by the word ‘Shaku-’ which means becoming a disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha he or she now begins to follow the Buddha’s Teachings of Amida Buddha. A Homyo should be selected in consultation with your local minister.
APPLICATIONS: Please submit the completed application by ? with a fee of $30 payable to “Buddhist Churches of America”.