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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.

Gassho,

Yugo Fujita

 

TEMPLE MINISTER’S MESSAGE FOR JANUARY 2019 IN JAPANESE

明けましておめでとうございます。本年もよろしくお願いいたします。皆様が健康でより良い年を過ごせるように願っています。皆様のおかげで、昨年は良い年を過ごさせていただきました。ありがとうございます。今年も皆様と仏教会で活動できる事を楽しみにしています。

1月は二つの大きな法要があります。祥月法要が1月20日、日曜日午前10時から行われ、法要後に仏教会新年会もあります。是非ご参加ください。また、1月27日は3ヶ寺合同のトライテンプル報恩講法要がワットソンビル仏教会であります。日程・場所が違いますので、お間違いのないようにご注意ください。 

仏教会では恒例の餅つき、大掃除がありました。年末のお忙しい中ご参加してくださった方々ありがとうございました。 

年末はよく「また来年」という言葉をききます。その来年が来週でも私たちは口にします。これは少し面白いですが、相手を思っている行動と考えると素晴らしいことだと思います。相手を気遣って共に生かされていることに気づかせていただける良い機会です。多くの方々を思って、また阿弥陀様に感謝しながらお念仏もうさせていただきまして、新年を迎えたいと思いました。 

合掌

藤田 裕豪