White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for April 2019

We will have a Hanamatsuri service on Sunday, April 7that 10 AM. This service celebrates the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. We also call this service “Kanbutsu-E.” We also have a Hatsumairi Ceremony at the same day. Hatsumairi is a Ceremony in which a child is presented to Amida Buddha for the first time. If you would like your child or grandchild to take part in this ceremony, please let me know. 

I went to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the Annual BCA National Council and Ministers meeting with Mr. Hirahara and Mr. and Mrs. Tsukamoto. It was good opportunity for me to talk with other ministers and members. They gave me a lot of ideas and information about the BCA, our temples and Buddhism. 

Most of those senior ministers who are good mentors for me, are serving temples far away from here, so it is rare for me to be able to talk with and see them, so this opportunity is a very meaningful time for me. I am grateful to all of you for allowing me to attend this annual meeting.  

It was also a great chance to be in Arizona during the spring because of Baseball’s spring training that takes place in Arizona each spring.  We went to watch the Mariners and Angels game and I was really hoping to be able to see Ichiro, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.  Unfortunately, we were not able to see Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani. They were playing another game at the same time elsewhere, but as a Buddhist, I realized, “Wow, this is impermanence, and it can’t be helped.”  Even though Ichiro and Ohtani were not there, we were still able to enjoy the game.   It wasn’t because of fate that Ichiro and Ohtani were not there, it was karmic reality that they weren’t playing that day. It wasn’t because of any God or spirit that prevented them from playing.  We are constantly reminded that our lives are all about cause and effect and that our lives are constantly changing.


Yugo Fujita




アリゾナ州・フェニックスで行われた、BCA全体総会に今年も参加させていただきました。総会にはMr. Hirahara and Mr. and Mrs. Tsukamotoと参加しました。他のお寺の先生や、メンバー様とお話しでき、BCA、お寺、仏法のことを様々な角度から学べるので私にとって有難いご縁であります。特に普段お目にかかれない先輩の先生とお話しさせていただくことは大変貴重な体験であります。 






White Path Message for Rev. Yugo Fujita for March 2019

As you know, Buddhism started in India. When Shakyamuni Buddha was still living in this world, many people heard his wise teachings and became interested in Buddhism and joined the Buddhist Sangha. One of the reasons many joined the Buddhist Sangha or group was because of the virtue of Shakyamuni Buddha and because He taught the equality of all life. This idea of the equality of all life was something new at that time in India because the Indian class system was based on the caste system that originated from the Hindu religion based on the creator god Brahma. In the Indian caste system, the highest class was the Brahmins who were mainly teachers and are believed to have come from the Brahma’s head. Then came the Kshatriyas, which are the warriors and rulers of the land, and they supposedly came from Brahma’s arm. These warriors I am talking about are NOT the Warriors that play basketball! They are not the Golden State Warriors, ok? These are the warrior soldiers who protected the kingdom. Then the third level was made up of the Vaishyas, or the traders and merchants, who were created from Braham’s thighs. At the bottom of the social scale were the Shudras, who were said to have come from Brahma’s feet and this class of people did all the menial jobs in India. The main castes were then further divided into about 3000 castes and 25,000 sub-castes, each based on their specific occupation. There was so much discrimination in this system, and so many people suffered because of it and had a very hard life. For those suffering people who were discriminated against, the Buddha’s teaching was a great attraction, a new opportunity at life. The Buddha said “people should not be judged by one’s birth. By birth alone, one does not rise to the top.  What determines whether we are going to be a Brahmas or low caste is determined by our behavior and conduct.” The Buddha taught us how important it is to know and practice the Dharma and to realize that our existence in this world is only temporary and not determined by position or birth.


Yugo Fujita  



皆様ご存知の通り、仏教はインドで始まりました。当時、多くの人々が仏教の教えをきき、お釈迦様のサンガに入りました。お釈迦様の人徳と共に、仏教が説く「平等」の教えに深く感動したと言われています。仏教教団(サンガ)に入った人々は、社会における身分・階級に関係なく。いのち皆平等でした。当時のインドではカースト制度よって支配されていた社会なので、この「平等」というのは新しい価値観であり、驚くべきことでした。カースト制度とは生まれによって、司祭者(バラモン)、王族(クシャトリア)、平民(ヴァイシャ)、奴隷(シュードラ)の4つの身分・階級に分けられる制度です。私は1つの国の文化としてカースト制度を全否定するつもりはありませんが、奴隷(シュードラ)の階級の人々は苦しまれたと思います。仏教はこれに対していのちの平等を教えてくれています。お釈迦様は 「生れによって賤しい人となるのではない。生れによってバラモンとなるのではない。行為によってバラモンともなる。」という言葉を残されています。お釈迦様は教えを通して、私たちは無常の中で暮らしていて、常に変わっている事を教えてくださっています。変わりゆく日々の暮らしのかなで、今皆様と仏法を聞かせていただけている事に感謝するばかりであります。





White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for February 2019

We had the Tri-Temple Hoonko service at Watsonville on Sunday, January 25, 2019. Thank you very much for coming to the service and for bringing salads. We were able to enjoy listening to Rev. Matsubayashi’s Dharma talk. We will have the Tri-Temple Social Mixer on Saturday, February 23 at 6 pm at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. This event is open to everyone, so please join us.

In Jodo Shinshu, the concept of “Shinjin (􏰀􏰁)” is considered very important. (A typical English translation defines shinjin as faith, belief, or devotion, but in Jodo Shinshu, the meaning is quite different. “Faith” usually implies something that comes from self, a determination made by the choice of oneself. In Jodo Shinshu, “shinjin” is something that is received or arises out of the infinite compassion of Amida Buddha). The concept of shinjin is explained in the Jodo Shinshu teaching as two types of “deep faith.” One aspect of deep faith is from “our side,” and the other is from “Amida Buddha’s side.” “Our side” means that people come to realize and accept that ordinary beings like ourselves are weak and have endless blind passions. The deep faith coming from the “Amida Buddha’s side” however, is to understand that Amida Buddha accepts those who have blind passions and are selfish beings no matter what happens. When I say two aspects of deep faith, it may sound like there are two kinds of heart and mind but there is really only one heart/mind. It’s just that there are two aspects. For instance, after I receive my parents’ kindness, I can come to realize what a bad son I might be. Conversely, even after I truly come to realize that I am a bad son for my parents, yet my parents will continue to shower kindness on me. So, in this aspect, I am not able to realize that I am a bad son for my parents without my parents’ kindness. And when I receive more of my parents’ kindness, I am able to realize even more how bad a son I am. It’s kind of the same thing when I realize that I am receiving Amida Buddha’s compassion and that Amida Buddha saves me 100% of the time. I come to realize that I am ignorant and filled with blind passion as a result of Amida Buddha’s compassion. Also, coming to realize that I am ignorant and hopeless means that I am already within Amida Buddha’s compassion. If I am able to receive Amida Buddha’s infinite compassion, then I am able to see my true self. Our loved ones are also watching over us together with the Amida Buddha. With Infinite Compassion and Wisdom, I am able to come to know and understand the two aspects of deep faith that we gratefully receive from the Amida Buddha.

Gassho, Yugo Fujita









White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for January 2019

Dear Temple Members:

Happy New Year, everyone! I would like to extend the best wishes to your family and friends. May the New Year bring good things to all of you, and a year filled with peace, good health and happiness.  I would like to thank all of you for your support last year. I am very happy to spend time with all of you here.Also, I wish you had good holiday season, spending time with your friends and family.   

We will have the January Shotsuki service on Sunday, January 20that the temple followed by the New Year Party. We will also have Tri temple Hoonko Service at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple on Sunday, January 27thstarting at 10 AM. This month, we will have two services, so please be careful that you are not confused about it.  

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas has had some important activities and events recently: the general clean-up and mochitsuki. I may not have had the opportunity to adequately express my appreciation to all of you for your support at these events, so I would like to express my gratitude again now. Thank you very much for coming to help the temple despite your very busy schedule at the end of year. A lot of people participated in the temple clean-up. I must also clean-up my house now. 

At end of the year, people say, “see you next year, Happy New Year!” even though it is happening just the following week. I like the idea of the end-of-the-year greetings. We know that we are going to be seeing each other soon again, but we are saying our greetings because we care for each other. We are expressing our respect. I like to say “Namo Amida Butsu” when I greet the New Year to express my respect to Amida Buddha as well.


Yugo Fujita








藤田 裕豪



White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for December 2018

Dear Temple Members,

On November 11, 2018, we had the BWA Memorial Service and Shotsuki Service. Rev. Fujikawa was our guest speaker.  I am glad that we met and I enjoyed talking with Reverend and Mrs. Fujikawa. They came from faraway Canada. We had a very nice service and luncheon.  Thank you very much to everyone for preparing and bringing good food for the luncheon. I am sure that we will see them in 2024 for our Buddhist Temple of Salinas 100thyear anniversary. 

As all of you know, most of our Buddhist Temple altar fixtures were sent to Japan to be refurbished. So, this month, I would like to write about “Naijin.” Naijin represents the Pure Land of Amida and Buddhas. When you come into the temple, there are two places in the main hall, the hondo in Japanese. They are “Gejin” and “Naijin.” Gejin is the place where you and other followers are seated, and it is also where the minister gives his Dharma talk. Gejin represents where human beings reside. Naijin on the other hand, represents the Pure Land of Amida and Buddhas, and it represents where Buddhas reside. It is however, not the world of afterlife or a utopia that some people might think. 

Amida Buddha is in the center, Shinran-Shonin at the right side and Rennyo-Shonin is on the left side represented by kakejiiku (painted scroll). Both Shinran and Rennyo taught us about Amida Buddha’s teaching and they became Buddhas. 

Also next to Shinran-Shonin and Rennyo Shonin, is a scroll depicting the Seven Masters [From India: Nagarjuna (Ryuju Bosatsu), Vasubandhu (Tenjin Bosatsu); from China: Tan Luan (Donran Daishi), Tao Cho (Doshaku Zenji), Shan Tao (Zendo Daishi), from Japan: Genshin Kasho, Genku (Better known as Honen Shonin)]and Prince Shotoku is also depicted. They are all associated with our Pure Land teachings. All these people depicted in the Naijin became one with Amida Buddha and therefore represents the compassion of Amida. So, we can say that Naijin represents the Pure Land. 


Yugo Fujita







藤田 裕豪