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White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for June 2019

Dear Members,

I would like to write a little bit about the message that I shared at the Memorial Day Service in this newsletter. It is because I had heard from some of the members that it was hard to hear me at the service due to the low volume from the audio speaker.   

For me, it is the third time to experience this year’s Memorial Day observance. While I was in Japan, I did not hear about the Memorial Day observance, therefore I did not understand what Memorial Day was all about. After the third time however, it is becoming clear what Memorial Day observance means and its importance. I know the exact translation of Memorial Day in Japanese. It is the day in which we honor all the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the United States of America. We often hear about many contributions that Japanese Americans have made in this regard. The sacrifices made by the Japanese Nisei soldiers in the famed 442ndInfantry Regiment during WWII is a good example. As a Buddhist, we would like to give remembrance to all who lived in those times, and to give thanks to all who have contributed to our daily lives.  

Shinran Shonin has shown us that as a follower of Nembutsu teachings, all of us, all sentient beings are equal “friends” or fellow travelers in life. By observing Memorial Day with family and friends, we not only realize the preciousness of our own lives, but all lives and it is a wonderful happenstance to have that opportunity. With the privilege of hearing the teachings and reciting the Nembutsu, we can hope to continue to walk the path to peace.    


Yugo Fujita