The Salinas Californian interview of Rev. Orai Fujikawa


Experience Meditation Program begins Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rev. Orai Fujikawa, our resident minister of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, will conduct a Nembutsu Meditation program for the people in Salinas begining on December 8, 2012. This practice has been gaining professional interest in many areas of medical application. Recent publication in the main stream Journal of American Medical Association underscores the seriousness of this interest, and helps to bring attention to meditation as a technique for dealing with the suffering and stress experienced in daily life.

This program is open to anyone who has interest in meditation. Although it is held at the Buddhist Temple, anyone of any faith should feel welcome. The date is 9AM-10AM on Saturday at 14 California St. Salinas, but please check our calendar to verify the date and time, or call (831) 424 4105 for the latest information, as it may be cancelled on some Saturdays. 


Mochitsuki, December 9, 2012 from 11-1 PM


Mochitsuki is a Japanese tradition of steaming sweet glutinous rice, pounding it, and forming sweet rice "cakes" which are traditionally eaten at New Year's Day, and on cold winter nights, sometimes toasted over a hot griddle and eaten with soy sauce and sugar, or soybean powder and sugar. It may also be cooked in a sweet broth made with adzuki beans.

The temple makes a kagami (also known as a kazari) mochi, which is a traditional new year decoration on display in the home on the family altar. It represents prosperity and contentment. The temple also makes komochi, which are smaller cakes that are easier to cook and to eat.

The temple members hold a mochitsuki every December for the local community. Proceeds of the mochitsuki supports the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. 

Pick up time is from 11 AM to 1 PM. Download order form here.


Frank Kazuo Oshita March 6, 1920 - November 19, 2012

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas lost long time temple member, Frank Kazuo Oshita today. He served on the temple board for decades, and served as temple president in 1964, 1965, 1975, & 1976. He also served on the building committee that led to the building of the current hondo/classroom complex that was completed in 1975, and was chairman of the building committee that worked on the multipurpose building that was completed in the 1990s. 

In more recent years, he continued to make the effort to come to temple events and services with Mrs. Miya Oshita, often holding her hand, always walking together. He gave the words of appreciation at the temple Keirokai celebration on October 21, 2012.

We are all going to miss his presence and his guidance. We send our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

The funeral memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 12 PM. Obituary

In Gassho, Namo Amida Butsu.


Kisaragi Choir Concert, November 18, 2012, 1 PM in the hondo

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