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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,

Yugo

REV. FUJITA’S FEBRUARY MESSAGE IN JAPANESE

仏教会メンバーの皆様へ

明けましておめでとうございます。藤田裕豪です。今年もよろしくお願いいたします。今年が皆様にとってより良い年でありますように願います。さて、仏教会では報恩講法要と祥月法要がありました。お参りしていただきまして誠にありがとうございました。ご講師はBCAの桑原先生でした。ご法話は、「おのおの十余箇国のさかひをこえて、身命をかへりみずして、たづねきたらしめたまふ御こころざし、ひとへに往生極楽のみちを問ひきかんがためなり。」という『歎異抄』の1節を引用した、浄土真宗の教えを通し自分自身や大切な方との別れをどのように受け入れるのかという内容のありがたいご法話でした。法要後には新年会がありました。ご飯を持って来てくださった皆様ありがとうございました。美味しくいただきました。またこの場をお借りしまして感謝の意を述べさせていただきたいと思います。まだサリナス仏教会にきてたった約3か月という短い期間にも関わらずに、多くのお歳暮をいただきましてありがとうございました。最後に、これまで仏教会へお花を寄付していただいたフラワー経営の方々、ありがとうございました。皆さんのお花によって仏教会がより鮮やかになったと思います。今年も多くの行事が仏教会であります。仏教会で教えも行事も楽しんでいただけると幸いです。何か私の法話や仏教会に関してご意見がありましたら是非お聞かせください。

合掌

裕豪