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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,