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White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for July 2018

Dear Temple Members:

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

First, I would like to express my deep gratitude to you for your kindness. Thank you very much Dharma School, YBA, BWA and Buddhist Temple for giving me the birthday party and cake. I am very grateful and happy to spend time with you on my birthday. 

I would like to mention to you here about Obon. Obon is the special day when we can remember those people who have gone on before us. This is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to those who helped share the Teachings with us and have also shown us just how great our present life really is. For Shin Buddhist, Obon dance is done in gratitude and in memory of our loved ones who passed away and we do not believe it is done to welcome back the spirits of departed as believed by some other Buddhist sects. The main meaning of our obon dancing is to show respect to those who have gone on before us and to express our joy for the present life that we have been given. Obon is also called a “Gathering of Joy” in grateful remembrance of all those who have so greatly influenced our lives.

Please check temple calendar to come to the practice for the Obon dance. Also, if it is possible, please come to Odon Festival to watch, dance, eat, and share your joy with many people.