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Temple President’s Message January 2012

As we begin the new year, I would like to wish everyone good health and a very prosperous New Year.

Shortly you will be led by our new president, Gary Omori, and our new Resident Minister, Reverend Orai Fujikawa.

Please support Gary in his endeavors with the temple. He comes to the temple with new ideas and a willingness to work diligently for the success of the temple. Success depends on your assistance in all the projects, new and old. 

With Reverend Fujikawa’s experience, our temple should once again begin to grow religiously and in number. We have lost many of our elders these last years and have not increased our membership. There are many potential new members with families that should be joining our temple. With Reverend Fujikawa’s guidance, hopefully these potential members will join the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. 

These past three years of my presidency have been difficult years. Dwindling membership, no resident minister for two and a half years, Dharma school children without a minister to teach the ways of Buddhism, members helping in projects at very low levels with the same few members helping in most projects), aging membership (mentally they wish to help, but physically they are unable.)

 

There had been a rising number of memorial services in private residences. Along with these private memorial services, income from these services at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas are somewhat low. Members holding these services feel that they do not have to orei the temple, which is not true. Without the temple. there will be no ministers to hold these memorial services. Members are supposed to orei the temple, but many do not.

Our Dharma School children have been without a minister to guide them in our religious endeavors. I am sure that is why many of our children are not attending our dharma school classes. While our Dharma school leaders are doing their best, it is difficult to be without a religious leader in teaching the children about the Dharma. Now it will be possible and we must make an effort to get more children into our Dharma classes and to encourage the parents to become temple members.

These items were bothering me, and I wanted to let you know of my concerns. Thank you for your support in my three years as your president.

In Gassho,

Melvin Aoki

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