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Temple President's Message for August 2017

To the members and friends of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas:

First, I would like to thank all the temple members and friends who helped out during this month of funerals. It was a very sad month for the Temple with the passing of many Temple members, Mr. Morinaga Tashiro, Mrs. Kyoko Katy Royston, and Mrs. Shinobu Gatanaga. We also lost temple friends, Mr. George Higashi and Tony Miyanaga. All the families told me that they were very grateful for the support the Temple provided to the deceased’s family. I know that for many of you, every week was very busy working on the funerals, and I hope that we won’t be losing any more members and friends in the coming months.  

On a happier note Davis Onitsuka continues to work on the new residence for Rev. Fujita. We were hoping to finish it by Fourth of July weekend but we have had some delays. At the July board of directors meeting, we decided to postpone the move until after the Obon. We are looking to the first or second week in August to move Rev. Fujita in. I would like to thank the BWA for their generous donation to the Temple to help out in the moving expenses to the new residence.

For upcoming events, I am hoping that everyone will be able to help out at this year’s Obon Festival on July 30th. Please check the newsletter for the time and event that you are supposed to help out with. We are having monthly service and shotsuki service on August 13th. On Saturday, August 19th, we are having a Tri Temple Dharma talk with Dr. Ken Tanaka, who was born in Japan, and grew up in Mt. View, CA. He earned B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from UC Berkeley. He now lives in Japan and teaches at Musashino University in Tokyo. He will also be the keynote speaker for the Tri Temple Rennyo Shonin Memorial Service which will be at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas on Sunday, August 20th. After the service, we are hosting a tri temple luncheon, so please plan to come to this event. It will be a rare opportunity to hear about Buddhism from a true expert.
In Gassho,
Gary Tanimura




まず初めに今月の葬儀を手伝ってくれた皆さんありがとうございました。メンバー・友人であった、Mr. Morinaga Tashiro, Mrs. Kyoko Katy Royston, Mrs. Shinobu Gatanaga, Mr. George Higashi and Tony Miyanagaがお亡くなりになった事は、仏教会にとって悲しいことです。すべてのご家族は私に、仏教会の助けに感謝していると述べました。いくつかのメンバーは葬儀ごとに働き大変忙しかった事を私は知っています。これからの月はこれ以上のメンバーを失わない事を願っています。

嬉しい事にDavis Onitsukaさんが引き続き開教使宅の修理の仕事をしています。私たちは7月4日までに修理が終わることを望んでいましたが、少し遅れています。私たちは7月の委員会でお盆祭り後まで引っ越さない事を決めました。8月の初め、また2週目の週に藤田開教使に引っ越してもらおうと考えています。仏教会に今回の費用に寄付をしてくれた、仏教婦人会には感謝いたします。

7月30日に行われるお盆祭りのお手伝いをよろしくお願いします。手伝う時間をニュースレターで確認してください。8月13日に祥月法要があります。8月19日土曜日には、Dr. Ken Tanakaによる法話があります。彼は日本生まれで、Mt. View で育ちました。彼はStanford 大学で人類学のB.A., そしてUC BerkeleyでBuddhist StudiesのPh.D. を 獲得しています。そして今は日本滞在で、武蔵野大学教授です。彼はまたサリナス仏教会で行われるトライテンプル蓮如上人法要のご講師でもあります。法要は8月20日、日曜日です。後には食事もありますのでぜひお越しください。真のエキスパートから仏教について聞くことはまれな機会になります。

合掌 Gary Tanimura