May 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple members,

I sincerely hope this newsletter finds you enjoying good health in the light of the Buddha Dharma.

There were two major events in March. They were the 57th Coast District Buddhist Women’s League Conference and the Coast District Young Buddhist League Conference. Both conferences were great and I had a good time with the people who attended. I would like to share some story about these conferences for those people who were not able to attend.

The 57th Coast District Buddhist Women’s League Conference was held at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. Keynote speaker was Rev. Peter Hata. His Dharma workshop was very interesting because he brought some musical instruments to the workshop to explain the concept of ichinyo (一如) or oneness.  I think he tried to explain about the oneness with Buddha using the musical instruments. Also, I shared my Dharma talk in Japanese with the Japanese speakers at the conference. It was my first time to talk in a conference, and my talk took about an hour. So I had a tough time giving such a long talk. I also had some equipment trouble, but my workshop talk finished without much trouble. The topic of my talk was about muga (無我) or selflessness, and mumyo (無明) or ignorance.   I would like to thank all the Salinas members that attended the conference and gave me encouragement.  

This year’s Coast District Young Buddhist League Conference was held at Mt. View Buddhist Temple. This conference was very impressive because of all the young YBA people that were in attendance, and they were at the core of that conference. The young YBA members prepared and conducted the workshop by themselves.  The workshop was great and our own Salinas YBA members enjoyed the conference very much and had a good time. 

I think that the conference went very smoothly because of all the preparation that went into it, and also because of the participation by all the attendees.  We need people to speak out and be heard, and also to listen.  We need both to have a successful conference.  It is the same way with Buddhism.  It is important to listen to the teaching that was prepared for us by Buddha.

In Gassho,

Yugo Fujita 






沿岸地区仏教婦人会はモントレー仏教会で行われました。メイン講師は Peter Hata先生でありました。英語がきちんと理解できなかったのですが、先生は楽器を使って一如についてお話しておられたと思います。私は日本語の方でお話させていただくご縁を頂戴いたしました。初めての大会での法話、また一時間話す、長時間の法話は初めてだったので、上手くいくか不安でした。しかし、サリナス仏教会のメンバー様が多く来てくださっていたおかげで、何とか1時間の法話を終える事ができました。ありがとうございました。内容としましては、無我と無明についてお話させていただきました。






April 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple members,

Hello, this is Yugo Fujita. I hope you are doing well and enjoying this month.  First, I would like to mention something about Tri-temple Hanamatsuri at Monterey Buddhist Temple. We will have the Hanamaturi service at Monterey Buddhist Temple on Sun, April 9th at 10AM. Please go to Monterey Buddhist Temple and Don’t make mistake, if you attend the service. The guest speaker is going to be Rev. Kuwahara who we had Hoonko service as a guest speaker. We will be able to hear great talk again from him. Also, he is going to give a lecture to us. 

Other day I attended the BCA Ministers Association and National Council Meeting in San Jose with Mr. Hirahara and Mr. Tanimura. It was my first time to me, but I we had good time. Many senior ministers were very sharing and grave me good ideas to help me become a good minister. Each encounter is precious and valuable I thought. Thank you very much people who made Onigiri and some food for hospitality on Thu in BCA meeting. We enjoyed them. 

During Council Meeting, there is a chance to listen other ministers’ Dharma message. To me, it has been a while. While I listened their message, I have realized that we are now in Amida’s light that there is no decimation. The light makes me satisfy and cure. My hard time and sad is changed. I was able to feel that we are same all sentient beings. That make me more than happy. I like listen other ministers message because there is pleasure that I received the message differently last time even though I already study the teaching.  






March 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple Members,

I hope that you are all in good health and doing well. I will be attending the BCA National Council Meeting in San Jose with Mr. Gary Tanimura and Mr. Larry Hirahara. I will be attending this meeting for the first time and I am looking forward to going there and meeting new people. Before the meeting, I will attend the BCA Ministers Association Meeting, and will share my Dharma message during the service in front of other ministers. I hope that my message will be well-received.

Recently, some Dharma school students and I went to watch the movie “The LEGO Batman Movie”. We enjoyed the movie and I was glad that I was able to spend time with the students. While I watched the movie, I found that there were many Buddhist messages in the movie. That made me very happy. I believe that Buddhist teachings are to be found everywhere in our everyday life, if we look for them. If we change our perspective, we can find these teachings. It is perhaps important to separate yourself from your own concerns and listen to others, and also listen to the Buddhist teachings. 

仏教会メンバー の皆様






February 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Dharma Friends,

Happy New Year, everyone!! This is Yugo Fujita. I would like to express my greeting of the season. I hope you are filled with peace, good health, and happiness. We had the Hoonko and January Shotsuki service on Jan 15th. Thank you very much for coming to the temple. Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, co-director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, was our guest speaker for Hoonko service. He gave us a great message. He quoted a passage below from A RECORD IN LAMENT OF DIVERGENCES by Shinran Shonin for his Dharma talk.

“Each of you has come to see me, crossing the borders of more than ten provinces at the risk of your life, solely with the intent of asking about the path to birth in the land of bliss.”

And then, he talked about how it is important to find a way to accept the issue of our death, and the death of our loved ones through the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.  After the service, we had the Temple New Year Party. I appreciate that you brought great meals to the party. That was very nice. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you also. Thank you very much for giving me a large amount of OSEIBO even though I have been here only for 3 months. I was very surprised. Lastly, I would like to give a big thanks to the members who donated the flowers for the Buddhist altar for the services. Your flowers make the temple and altar so beautiful for the members to enjoy.

We will be having many important events at the temple and opportunities for receiving Buddhist teaching. I would like to get your feedback about my Dharma talks and your thoughts on how to improve the temple. Thank you.

In gassho,









January 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Dharma Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your families are doing well in the Amida Buddha’s light and I also hope that this year brings great things to all of you.

I have been very honored to spend time with you as the minister of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas and living in a new city. 

The Buddhist Temple of Salinas has had several activities recently: Omigaki, General Clean up and Mochitsuki. I may not have had the opportunity to adequately express my appreciation to you for all of your help at these events, so please allow me to express my gratitude now. Thank you very much for coming to help the temple despite your very busy schedule at the end of year. A lot of elder and younger people participated in Temple clean up, cleaning inside and in the garden area. The garden trees look very nice after receiving care. Please come to see the trees next time you are here. The temple members also prepared Mochi so that we can enjoy them during the cold winter months.

I have been here just three months, and I am learning that our temple is standing on the shoulders of many people, and that the temple exists to help many people. I think that the important heart of Buddhism is to support each other.

I hope all of you make nice memories through the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, with the heart of supporting each other in this New Year with people who are important to you.

In Gassho,

Yugo Fujita









藤田 裕豪