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Temple Minister's Message for August 2017

Dear Temple Members:

Hello this is Yugo. I sincerely hope that everyone is having a splendid day while receiving the infinite mercy and boundless light of Amida Nyorai.    

I think by the time you read this monthly newsletter, the Obon Festival will be already over. Since I am writing this message before the Obon Festival, it could be hard to read this message and I ask you for your understanding.  First, I would like to thank everyone for working very hard for the Obon Festival preparation and taking time out of your normal busy schedule for the benefit of the Temple. I am sure that not only the temple members but many people in Salinas are looking forward to the Obon Festival. It is going to be my first Obon Festival and I am looking forward to it.

There was a Hatsubon Service held on Sunday, July 9th.  I was very happy to see Rev. Matsubayashi attend the service as a guest minister. He gave a very good Dharma talk. During the Obon season, many people will remember the important people in their lives that have passed away, and have sad feelings about their departure, and alternatively bring back warm and happy feelings by remembering all the good times.  In Jodo Shinshu teachings, the departed people will be thinking about us regardless of whether we are consciously thinking of them or not. Therefore, it can be said that in Jodo Shinshu teachings, the departed are still connected to us at all time, not just during the Obon season. 

We have had many funerals recently. For the bereaved family and everyone concerned, it has been a period of much pain and sorrow. What I can do by myself is limited, but if there is anything that you would like from me, please feel free to let me know. It may not be complete, but I promise to do my best. I would like to express my deep gratitude to all of you who helped at the funerals. It would not have been possible to conduct the funeral services without the support from everyone. A funeral is possible because of all your support in attending the service and preparing food for the otoki.   

I also would like to thank everyone that came out for the major temple cleanup prior to the Obon Festival. As I write this newsletter, great deal of work in preparation for the Obon Festival is underway.

Through the preparation for the Obon Festival, I am feeling great deal of gratitude and learning many new things.

In Gassho,

Yugo Fujita