Temple News for March 2017

1. Our temple member and friend, Mrs. Stephanie Chizu Nix Tabata passed away on January 23, 2017 at the age of 62. A memorial service was held on February 4, 2017 at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. We offer our deepest condolences to the Tabata, Nix, and Ikeda families at this very sad time.

Stephanie Chizu Nix Tabataさんが2017年1月23日に62歳でお亡くなりになりました。お葬式は2017年2月4日にお寺で行われるました。お悔やみを申し上げます。

2. Temple security news: As many of you are aware, there have been many incidents in the Chinatown area of Salinas. We are monitoring the situation and will try to make the temple as safe as possible. The temple has been installing security cameras and additional lighting, and also changing the keys to the temple buildings. We ask all temple members who are using the temple facilities to report any emergency situations by calling 911, and to also alert President Gary Tanimura or any other board members. We want all the temple members to be safe.


3. Senior luncheon, hosted by Mitzie Higashi, March 16, 2017, 12 PM: Mrs. Higashi is generously offering to host a Senior luncheon at the temple this month. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mrs. Mitzie Higashi (831-424-5993) or Mariko Yamashita (831-596-8571) as soon as you see this newsletter.

Mitzie Higashiさんによるシニアランチョンが2017年3月16日12時から行います。東さんは今月昼食を仏教会で行うことに尽力してくださいました。ご参加にご興味がありましたら、 Mrs. Mitzie Higashi (424-5993)かMariko Yamashita (596-8571)にまで出来るだけ早くご連絡ください。

4. Spring Ohigan (Equinox) and March Shotsuki Family Service, March 19, 2017, 10 AM:
Please join us for this important family service to celebrate the Spring Equinox and to honor our friends and family members who passed away in the month of March.


5. BWA Board Monthly Board meeting schedule change: Until further notice, the BWA meetings will take place on the Sunday following the monthly temple board meetings.


6. Tri-Temple Hanamatsuri Service at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, April 9, 2017 at 10 AM: This service is a joint service between Monterey, Salinas, and Watsonville Temples. Salinas members are asked to bring a desert for the luncheon following the service. Senior members who need a ride to the service may contact the temple and we will coordinate car pool. We will repost this news in the next newsletter.


7. FYI: Monterey-Watsonville-Salinas-Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple Japan Tour 2017, October 10- 23, 2017, 13 Days/12 Nights in Japan: If you are interested in this trip, please contact the temple at, and we can send you the itinerary and details.

モントレー、ワストンビル、サリナス、ソルトレイクシティ仏教会・日本ツアー、2017年10月10日~23日。もしご興味がございましたら にまでご連絡ください。詳細をお送りいたします。

In Gassho,
The Buddhist Temple of Salinas 


Buddhist Temple Board of Directors & Cabinet Positions for 2017

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas Board of Directors are: Mark Amiya, Kenneth Dairokuno, Jimmy Eitoku, Robert Gatanaga, Kahori Kuramura, Tsugu Kuramura, Curtis Louie, Glenn Minami, Davis Onitsuka, Alan Takemura, Gary Tanimura, Gene Tsukamoto, Neil Uota, Bonnie Yokota, Don Yoshimura, & Herb Wong.

President                                  Gary Tanimura

President Elect                           Mark Amiya

Vice President                            Neil Uota

Treasurer                                  Herb Wong

Recording Secretary                   Mariko Yamashita

Corresponding Secretary           Bonnie Yokota

Building Fund Treasurer            Melvin Aoki and Davis Onitsuka

Special Fund Treasurer              Melvin Aoki and Davis Onitsuka

Religious Chairperson                Kahori Kuramura

Membership                              Davis Onitsuka

Historian                                   Alan Takemura

Youth Director                           Kenneth Dairokuno

Facilities Director                      Robert Gatanaga

Immediate Past President          Jimmy Eitoku

Obon Chairpersons                    Jimmy Eitoku and Don Yoshimura

BWA President                          Kahori Kuramura, Bonnie Yokota,

                                               Irene Yonemitsu, Tamiko Oishi

White Path Editor                      Mariko Yamashita

YBA President                           Sarah Dairokuno

Dharma School                         Faye Amiya, Laura Lee, Cara Tsukamoto 


Temple News for February 2017

1. Our temple member and friend, Mr. Tom Tadashi Tanimura, passed away on December 26, 2016 at the age of 88. The funeral service took place on January 6, 2017 at the temple. We offer our deepest condolences to the Tanimura family.


2. Nirvana Day and February Shotsuki Family service, Sunday February 12, 2017. Shakyamuni Buddha passed away on February 15. The Nirvana Day (Nehan-ye) service is to remind us of Buddha's noble teachings and pay tribute to him. The followers of Jodo Shinshu revere Shakyamuni Buddha because He is the manifestation of Amida Buddha on this earth. The February monthly memorial service is a service honoring family and friends who passed away in the month of February. The service will be officiated by our resident minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita

涅槃会・2月祥月法要 2017年2月12日お釈迦様は2月15日にお亡くなりになりました。涅槃会は仏教を素晴らしい教えだと思いださせてくださいます。またお釈迦様へ感謝をする法要です。浄土真宗では阿弥陀さまはもちろんお釈迦さまも大切にしています。それはお釈迦様を阿弥陀さまの方便として見ているからです。2月の祥月法要は2月に御家族や御友人をなくされた方々にも敬意を表している法要です。法要は駐在開教使の藤田裕豪が行わせていただきます。

3. Temple Board members for 2017, temple cabinet position announcements. The new Board of Directors were installed at the Temple New Year Party on January 15. Thank you to Tsugu Kuramura, Glenn Minami, Alan Takemura, and Neil Uota for agreeing to serve on the board from 2017-2019. We will list the full board, and the temple’s cabinet positions in this month’s newsletter.


4. General Membership Annual Meeting, Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 6 PM. There will be reports of the temple’s finances and activities, and also discussion of upcoming projects, such as future plans for the restoration for the temple’s onaijin in preparation for the temple’s 100th anniversary in 2024. 


5. New AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Devices at the temple. The next time you are at the temple, please take a moment to notice that we now have one AED device in the classroom complex, and one in the entrance to the gym. The temple purchased these devices with the assistance of a grant from the Tyler Heart Institute. The devices have instructions, and also six temple members are signed up to receive training for the devices. 

新しいAED(自動体外式除細動器)が仏教会に来ました。今度仏教会へ来るときAEDがクラスルームのどこにあるか、また体育館の入り口をご確認ください。仏教会をAEDをthe Tyler Heart Instituteの援助を受けて購入いたしました。AEDには説明書がついてあります、また6人のメンバーはAEDの使い方のトレーニングを受ける予定です。

6. BCA National Council Meeting, March 1-March 4, in San Jose. Rev. Yugo Fujita will be attending the meetings, and Gary Tanimura and Larry Hirahara will be the delegates representing Salinas. Salinas will share hospitality duties with San Luis Obispo the evening of March 2 at San Jose Betsuin.


7. 57th Coast District BWL (Buddhist Women’s League) Conference, March 11, 2017 at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. The Keynote speakers will be Rev. Peter Hata and Rev. Yugo Fujita. Please see the flier for details. 


8. Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple will have a movie night, Kubo & The Two Strings on January 27, 2017, and an event, “The Other Three Treasures” on February 11, 2017. Watsonville Buddhist Temple will have study classes from April 5-May 10, 2017. Please see the fliers for more information.

2017年1月27日にモントレー仏教会でKubo と The Two Stringsという映画を上映します。また、“The Other Three Treasures”という行事を2017年2月11日に行います。ワストンビル仏教会では仏教勉強会を4月5日から5月10まで行います。詳しくは広告をご覧ください。

9. Monterey-Watsonville-Salinas-Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple Japan Tour 2017, October 10-23, 2017, 13 Days/12 Nights in Japan. If you are interested in this trip, please contact the temple at, and we can send you the itinerary and details.



10. We would like to announce a new member, Minoru John Onomoto. Please join us in welcoming him to the Buddhist Temple of Salinas Family! 


In Gassho,

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas


Temple News for January 2017

Temple News for January 2017

1. Our temple member and friend, Mrs. Yomiko Yamaguchi, passed away on December 6, 2016 at the age of 82. The funeral service took place on December 17 at the temple. We offer our deepest condolences to the Yamaguchi family.


2.   Temple Election – Thank you to all the members who turned in their ballots for next year’s board of directors. We will announce the new board of directors at the New Year Party on January 15, and in the next temple newsletter.


3. Thank you to all the members who helped at the Omigaki, Onaijin cleaning, on December 9, 2016 and the General Clean up on December 11.  There is a detailed report in this month’s newsletter.


4.   Temple Mochitsuki, Sunday, December 18, 2016. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event, and to all the members and friends who placed orders. We will have a report next month.


5.   Hoonko & January Shotsuki Service, January 15, 2017. Guest speaker will be Rev. Kuwahara from Hongwanji. 


6.   Temple New Year Party, January 15, 2017 at 12 PM (following the Hoonko Service. Please bring your favorite dish to share.


7.   Reminder: New Year’s Eve Service (Joya-E) Saturday, December 31 at 7 PM. After the service, you will all have the opportunity to ring the bell in the Bell Tower.


8.   Reminder: New Year’s Day service, Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 10 AM. Please start the New Year with all your family and friends at the temple! 


In Gassho,

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas





Mochitsuki December 2016 report


     This was our 10th annual Mochitsuki, which is a joint effort by Buddhist Temple Salinas and Salinas BWA. Thank you to all BWA members, Temple members and friends and YBA members who came out and worked very hard to provide us with freshly made mochi.

     The co-chairs, again this year, were Mariko Yamashita, Davis Onitsuka and Carol Cisneros.

     Thank you to the Temple/BWA ladies: June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Ayumi Dairokuno, Judy Ishizue, Katie Ishizue, Mitsuko Hagihara, Misako Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Mary Minami, Machiko Miyanaga, Linda Miyazaki, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Yoshiko Shioya, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Noriko Yamaguchi, Helen Yamashita, Mariko Yamashita, Setsuyo Yamashita, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu, Bonnie Yokota and Nadine Suyeyasu (Gilroy).  Thank you to June Aoki, Machiko Miyanaga,Tamiko Oishi, Mariko Yamashita, Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura who came Friday and Saturday and helped  soak the rice and do all the prepping for Sunday's Mochitsuki.

     Thank you to the YBA members who helped: Emily Dairokuno, Sarah Dairokuno, Julianne Eitoku, Grant Gatanaga and Brandon Onitsuka.

     Thank you to the Temple men/friends: Mark Amiya, Jimmy Eitoku, Glenn Minami, Neil Miyazaki, Davis Onitsuka, Rick Shido, Alan Takemura, Gene Tsukamoto, Ken Dairokuno, Neil Uota, Henry Uchida, Ted Uchida and Don Yoshimura. Thank you Davis for setting up the machinery and checking to make sure they were all in working order.

     Special thank you to the Tanimura Families for use of mochi machine, steamers and propane.  A very special thank you to Larry Hirahara who drove to Koda Farms to pick up our mochi rice.  Thank you to Davis Onitsuka and Don Yoshimura for fixing the machinery before mochitsuki day.     

     Most of all, thank you and arigato to all the members and customers in Salinas and Monterey who bought a lot of mochi and made this a very successful Mochitsuki.  We hope to be able to continue our annual Mochitsuki for many years to come. This year, we had very few extra mochis to sell. They quickly sold out by Dec. 30. Next year we will plan on making more mochis for the members who wanted to purchase mochi after the mochitsuki day.

In Gassho,

Mariko, Davis and Carol






最後にお餅を買ってくださったモントレーやサリナスの仏教会メンバーやそのお友達の方々にお礼申し上げます。今回は余分があまりなくてすぐに売れてしまいました。来年はもう少し多めに残します。皆様のご協力ありがとうございました。           合    掌


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