Orai Sensei’s Message for February 2014 White Path

First of all, using the space of the White Path, my wife and I wish to express our sincere appreciation to the Buddhist Temple of Salinas, BWA, and Dharma School for the generous and thoughtful gifts at the time of the New Year’s Day Party on January 12. 

I am writing this article on January 17, exactly the same day we arrived two years ago from Vancouver, Canada. I remember being very busy for a few months adjusting to the new situation; new country, new environment, setting up bank account, applying for SSN, applying for Driver’s License, finding doctors, finding stores, and so on. Even two years later, it is sometimes difficult to adjust to the weather: Today it is 80F in the middle of winter! What’s going on in California? At any rate we truly appreciate your understanding and support for the last two years. We only hope that we can contribute and share our experiences for the harmony and unity of this Buddhist Community.

In the month of February, we commemorate Nirvana Day, the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha, at the age of 80 years. As you know, he attained enlightenment at the age of 35 and he had been a living Buddha for 45 years before closing his human life.

I think it is important to know that even a Buddha had to go through many challenges including illness, old age, and human relations like ourselves. There are many things we can learn from his messages as an enlightened human being, not as a super human.

Let us continue to gather around the Dharma, so that we can overcome the challenges in the course of human life.           

In Gassho, Orai Fujikawa


このところ異常に温暖な日和が続いていますが、皆さまにはお元気の事とお喜び申し上げます。温暖なせいか、境内の梅の花が満開で、紅白を競っています。「梅一輪 一輪ほどの暖かさ」は日本でないとしっくりしませんが。



私たちは、常に仏法を中心として集い、話し合い、この人生を全うする事が大切であろうと考えます。 合掌。 釈 往来


試乗会 あったら怖い 霊柩車/縁結び ほとけないのも また困り/ 抗がん剤 やめて8年 米寿です/ 実家には 菓子折り一つで 二泊する/ 死すること この年齢で 他人事/ 逝くときは 妻より先も 後もいや


Orai Sensei’s Message for January 2014 White Path


Orai Sensei's Message for December 2013 White Path

Welcoming the final month of the year 2013, may this article find you all in good health and spirits under the constant guidance of Amida Buddha.

Although we have been enjoying wonderful support from many members and just started to renew my work-visa, I hope you understand my age and limits and you never know what’s happening to me tomorrow. And I recommend the Board to consider in searching for replacement soon, as it takes a few years to get a new minister.

All we have been trying is to do what we can each and every day for the best of this temple. Fortunately 21st Century Buddhist Meditation that I started last December will soon be the first anniversary. I was able to continue most of Saturday mornings except a few times when I was away.  Now we got about half dozen regular attendants to enjoy meditation and chanting. And we get beginners occasionally. I counted more than 60 different individuals coming and going.

Main thing is to sit quietly for 15-20 minutes to discover what you are or who you are. Without knowing yourself truly, what can you do for the family and community? You may think you are doing alright, but what is really alright? Who knows what’s happening tomorrow? It is important to find the peace of mind regardless of time and place. This is called Anjin or Shinjin in Jodo Shinshu that Shinran Shonin discovered in the nembutsu 750 years ago. I firmly believe it is universal teaching for all the people on this earth.

In gassho, Na-man-da-bu, Orai Fujikawa





15分から20分、静かに座り、お経を読み、質疑応答、雑談などで一時間を過ごします。要するに自分自身の発見、自分は何者なのか?を見つけることが目的と言えます。誰でも「自分は大丈夫、なんとかやっている」と思っていますが、本当にそうでしょうか? 時と所を越えて本当の安心を求めて、ついに念仏のなかに信心を見つけられたのが親鸞聖人でした。人間誰でもも安心を探しているようですね。




店員は どの服試着 してもほめ/長電話 そばで聞いてりゃ くり返し/年かなあ ニワトリよりも 早く起き/閑静なと 言われ 案内された墓地/マッサージ 何よりつらい 屁の我慢


Orai Sensei’s Message November 2013 White Path

Welcoming the month of November which will end the fall season, may this message find you in good health and spirits in the compassionate light of the Buddha.

Last time when I visited my home town on the occasion of my parents’ memorial service, I met one of my second cousins who is also Jodo Shinshu minister in Hiroshima. He gave me a book of “Daily Messages” that he created and published for his members. I placed that in my bedroom, so that I can cherish and meditate on those.

JINSEI wa ITSUMO IMA ga HANA is the message that I like and wish to introduce. JINSEI is human life. ITSUMO is always. IMA is NOW and HERE.  HANA is flower. My translation is ‘The prime time of life is always now and here’. This is a great message for each and everyone who wishes to live this human life doing best each moment which is very precious and never repeats again.

In our daily life we often find ourselves complaining and grumbling over the weather, health, politics, economics, baseball or football games, meals and so on, as things don’t go as we wish.  For many centuries Buddha simply teaches that we are what we have thought, said, and done.

Although I know it is very difficult, I wish I could live in accordance with this great message each and every day.

In Gassho, Namo Amida Buddha, Orai Fujikawa






合掌 なんまんだぶ 釈往来


物忘れ するほど物を 覚えてぬ/ クラス会 残る毛 残る歯 比べ合い/ 「会いたいね」現実になり 気が重い/ 年齢に まず目が走る 死亡欄/ シャンプーと リンスの文字を 太くして/ ばあさんが 金を引き出す 孫が来る


Orai Sensei’s Message for October 2013 White Path

May this message find you in good health and spirits in the Compassionate Light of Amida Buddha in this harvest season of October.

“To learn Buddha Dharma is to learn yourself” is a famous phrase stated by Zen Master Dogen. I understand Gautama Siddhartha discovered himself when he was awakened at the age of 35 years old after six years of seeking. Shinran Shonin also discovered something true and real when he was encountered with Amida Buddha through the guidance of his master Honen Shonin.

Shinran Shonin says that you simply recite the Nembutsu and attain Birth in the Pure Land which is the essential teaching of Jodo Shinshu.

When you recite Na-Man-Da-Bu, Na-Man-Da-Bu, your true and real mind is activated deep inside. Although YOU are saying and hearing Na-Man-Da-Bu, it is coming from Amida Buddha as his calling on you.  It is also coming from your ancestors including your father, mother, grandparents, and all the loved ones who are among the innumerable Buddhas. They are all wishing you best, wishing you live in good health and spirits each and every day. This is the reason why you feel good, peace, comfort, and strength whenever you recite Na-Man-Da-Bu, which sounds, “Don’t worry, everything is going to be alright,” or “Come as you are,” or “I welcome you home.”

May you continue to recite Na-Man-Da-Bu and be happy and peaceful each and every day.

In Gassho, Na-man-da-bu, Orai Fujikawa












われ唱え われ聞くなれど なんまんだ つれてゆくぞの 親の呼び声

みほとけを 呼ぶわが声は みほとけの われを呼びます み声なりけり



敬老会 招待されたと 怒ってる/ やせたかな? ゴムが伸びてる だけですよ/ この中の どれが効いたか いま元気/ ゴミの日と 医者へ行く日の カレンダー/ 還暦は 若かったなあと 思う古希