Sunday
Jan062013

Hoonko & January Shotsuki Service, January 13, 2013 10 AM followed by New Year Party

Happy New Year!

On January 13, 2013, Buddhist Temple of Salinas will be observing Goshoki Ho-onko, the memorial service for Shinran Shonin, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. At this service, we give thanks to Shinran Shonin for his lifetime of teachings. On this day, we will also be observing the January Shotsuki, the monthly memorial service honoring family and friends who passed away in the month of January.

The service will be officiated by Reverend Orai Fujikawa, and our guest speaker will be Reverend George Matsubayashi of Los Angeles Honwgwanji. 

The Ho-onko service will be followed by the temple New Year Party at the multi-purpose hall. It will be a potluck luncheon. Please bring your favorite dish to share. It can be brought to the main kitchen before the service begins. 

At the New Year Party, new officers of the Temple and it's affiliates will be installed by Rev. Orai Fujikawa. This month is Rev. Fujikawa's one year annivesary since coming to Salinas and becoming our resident minister. We are all very happy and fortunate to celebrate the New Year with Reverend and Mrs. Fujikawa!

In Gassho

Saturday
Dec222012

New Years Eve Service, December 31, 2012, 6 PM

Officiant, Rev. Orai Fujikawa

The New Year’s Eve Service is called Joya-e and is observed at all temples on New Year’s Eve. We assemble before the shrine of Amida Buddha to quietly recollect the happenings of the year and to appreciate the teachings of Amida.

The candles are lit and the incense gives rise to a line of smoke which serves as a reminder to us of the impermanence of all things; even the year was a passing thing.

After a brief service, the large bell in the Temple Bell Tower will be struck 108 times as a symbol of overcoming of the 108 passions human beings are said to possess. 

Human beings are extremely self centered and often oblivious to many things that do not concern himself. This nature of man has not changed since ancient times. The 108 passions of human beings are still at work in the very heart of each individual. As the New Year’s gong is struck 108 times we must be reminded of our human weaknesses and live a life of deep reflection.

As long as man has devised a means of dividing eternity of time into days, weeks, months, and years, it gives us an opportunity to look back and at the same time to look ahead. New Year’s Eve being the end of the year, we can look back and reflect over the passed year and quietly recollect on the happenings of the year and rejoice in the blessings of Amida Buddha.

Excerpted from this article.

Sunday
Dec022012

The Salinas Californian interview of Rev. Orai Fujikawa

Monday
Nov262012

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. 

Sunday
Nov252012

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.

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