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Temple President's May 2017 Message

To the Temple members of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas,

We had a very successful Tri-Temple Hanamatsuri Service on April 9th at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. About 175 to 180 people from Watsonville, Salinas, and Monterey temples attended the service and had a delicious luncheon after the service.  On Saturday night before the service, eight people from Salinas attended a dinner at Crab House on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  After the dinner there was a Dharma talk by Reverend Kuwahara at the Monterey Temple, which was well attended. Our next Tri-Temple service will be the Gotan-e (ごうたんえ 降誕会, Shinran Shonin’s birthday) service on May 21th at Watsonville Buddhist Temple. Reverend Yuki Sugihara will be the guest speaker and Watsonville is also planning a Dharma talk on Saturday afternoon, so please put these events on your calendar. 

Our Temple will be having our Shotsuki Service for May on May 7th. We will also be having our Annual Temple picnic on the same day after the service so please plan to attend this event. 

In the coming months the Temple will be preparing for our annual Obon Festival on July 30th. I am fortunate to have Jimmy Eitoku and Don Yoshimura co-chair this year’s event.  So please help them out if you are asked, since some of our older members are increasingly unable to do the work that they had done in the past. 

Our Temple is also hosting this year’s Coast District Nembutsu conference on October 29th.  I will chair the event and will be starting a committee for the event. I am looking for volunteers to help with the event so please email or call me if you are willing to help. I am hoping to have a committee of eight to ten people to put on this event. I will be also calling people next month to see if they can help with this event. 

Gassho Gary Tanimura



4月9日、モントレー仏教会で行われた、花祭り法要が無事に終わりました。175~180人ぐらいの方々が参加し、法要後は美味しい食事をしました。サリナス仏教会から8人が Old Fisherman’s WharfのCrab Houseで行われた夕食に参加しました。夕食後に桑原先生からご講義をいただきました。  次に行われるトライテンプルのサービスは5月21日、降誕会法要です。ワトソンビル仏教会で行われ、ご講師は菅原先生です。


7月30日に行われる、お盆祭りの準備が進んでいます。幸運なことに Jimmy Eitoku さんと Don Yoshimuraさんが今年の委員長になってくださいました。ご高齢のメンバー様は昔のようにすることができません、ですので多くの方が彼らを手伝ってくれることを期待しております。



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