Temple News for January 2016

1.     On January 17, 2016, the temple will be observing Hoonko and January Shotsuki Service at 10 AM. Guest speaker is our former resident minister, Rev. H. Matsubayashi. Hoonko is the observance in memory of Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu, who passed away on January 16, 1263. The monthly shotsuki memorial service honors family and friends who passed away in the month of January. Please join us for this important service.

2.     Following the January Hoonko service, the temple will hold the annual New Year Potluck luncheon in the multipurpose hall. There will installation of the board of directors and officers for the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, Salinas BWA, and Dharma School. Please attend this important gathering and visit with friends and family.

In gassho,

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas





Mochitsuki, Sunday, December 13, 2015

It is past the deadline to send an order by postal service, but if you would like to place an order, please send an email to and we will do our best to fill your order. In gassho, Buddhist Temple of Salinas.



Temple News for December 2015

Temple News for December 2015

 1.     Thank you to all the temple members for their hard work for the Udon Feed, which was held on November 15, 2015. It was a wet and cold Sunday morning, and many bowls of delicious udon were served. Thank you for your support!

2.     In the next few days, all temple members will be receiving a ballot for the temple board of directors. Please fill out the ballot and return to the temple by December 5, 2015.

3.     The temple will observe Bodhi Day and December Shotsuki service on December 6, 2015. Bodhi Day celebrates the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni) attained enlightenment to become the Buddha, the Awakened one. The December Shotsuki memorial service honors family and friends who passed away in the month of December. Please join us for this important service.

4.     The temple will have the annual mochitsuki on December 13, 2015. Order form is available in this month’s White Path. See the flier for more details.

5.     Omigaki, the purification of the temple onaijin will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015. Any and all help is appreciated.

6.     General Clean up of the temple is scheduled for December 20, 2015 starting at 8 AM. Please bring gardening tools or cleaning supplies. The more helpers we have, the faster we will finish.

7.     The temple’s New Year’s Eve Service (Joya no Kane Service) will take place on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6 PM. Service will conclude with the ringing of the bell tower bell, 108 times. The bell ringing is a symbol of overcoming the 108 passions human beings are said to possess. This is a reminder of our human weaknesses, and a reminder of the need to live a life of reflection.

8.     On Friday, January 1, 2016, we celebrate the New Year by coming to the temple, hearing the nembutsu, and greeting all our old and new friends. Let us begin 2016 with gratitude for our family and friends.

 In gassho,

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas











Udon Feed, November 15, 2015


Temple News for November 2015

Temple News for November

 1.     We offer our deepest condolences to the Otsuka Family on the passing of Mrs. Haruko Otsuka on October 1, 2015 at the age of 84. Mrs. Otsuka is survived by her husband, Mr. Eiju Otsuka, and children, George, John, and Judy Otsuka. A memorial service will be held in her memory on November 14, 2015 at 3 PM at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas.

2.     On November 7, 2015, the Asian Cultural Experience will be having a Tri Tip Fundraiser to support Chinatown Renewal Project. Contact Larry Hirahara for information and tickets.

3.     On November 8, 2015, BWA will be observing their annual memorial service for BWA members who have passed away. We honor their efforts to make the temple what it is today. This service will be in conjunction November Shotsuki Service for temple members who lost friends and family in the month of November. The guest speaker for this service is Rev. Henry Adams from San Mateo Buddhist Temple.

4.     On November 15, 2015, the temple will be holding their annual Udon Feed. Please make every effort to attend this event, and please bring all your family and friends. You will enjoy a hot bowl of Udon while supporting the Buddhist Temple of Salinas.

5.     On December 13, 2015, the temple will hold our annual Mochitsuki. Please see the attached flier for order information.








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