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.


Yugo Fujita








藤田 裕豪



White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for December 2018

Dear Temple Members,

On November 11, 2018, we had the BWA Memorial Service and Shotsuki Service. Rev. Fujikawa was our guest speaker.  I am glad that we met and I enjoyed talking with Reverend and Mrs. Fujikawa. They came from faraway Canada. We had a very nice service and luncheon.  Thank you very much to everyone for preparing and bringing good food for the luncheon. I am sure that we will see them in 2024 for our Buddhist Temple of Salinas 100thyear anniversary. 

As all of you know, most of our Buddhist Temple altar fixtures were sent to Japan to be refurbished. So, this month, I would like to write about “Naijin.” Naijin represents the Pure Land of Amida and Buddhas. When you come into the temple, there are two places in the main hall, the hondo in Japanese. They are “Gejin” and “Naijin.” Gejin is the place where you and other followers are seated, and it is also where the minister gives his Dharma talk. Gejin represents where human beings reside. Naijin on the other hand, represents the Pure Land of Amida and Buddhas, and it represents where Buddhas reside. It is however, not the world of afterlife or a utopia that some people might think. 

Amida Buddha is in the center, Shinran-Shonin at the right side and Rennyo-Shonin is on the left side represented by kakejiiku (painted scroll). Both Shinran and Rennyo taught us about Amida Buddha’s teaching and they became Buddhas. 

Also next to Shinran-Shonin and Rennyo Shonin, is a scroll depicting the Seven Masters [From India: Nagarjuna (Ryuju Bosatsu), Vasubandhu (Tenjin Bosatsu); from China: Tan Luan (Donran Daishi), Tao Cho (Doshaku Zenji), Shan Tao (Zendo Daishi), from Japan: Genshin Kasho, Genku (Better known as Honen Shonin)]and Prince Shotoku is also depicted. They are all associated with our Pure Land teachings. All these people depicted in the Naijin became one with Amida Buddha and therefore represents the compassion of Amida. So, we can say that Naijin represents the Pure Land. 


Yugo Fujita







藤田 裕豪



White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for November 2018

Dear Temple Members,

On October 21, we had the Eitaikyo & October Shotsuki Service with our guest speaker Rev. Michael Endo. Following the service, we also had the Keirokai Celebration Potluck Luncheon. We enjoyed delicious dishes and desserts. Our potluck luncheon is always great, so I cannot resist eating a lot. On behalf of Buddhist Temple of Salinas, I would like to express my respect and honor the Keirokai members. You have been supporting and working hard for the temple, so that we can enjoy this temple’s community and Dharma today. Also, I would like to thank those who prepared for the Keirokai, bring the dishes and desserts, and arranged for the entertainment. Thank you to all that participated, and thank you very much for supporting Keirokai. 

On November 11, we will have the BWA Memorial Service & November Shotsuki Service with guest speaker Rev. Orai Fujikawa. Also, we will have a potluck luncheon for Rev. Fujikawa and Mrs. Fujikawa on Saturday, November 10.  If it is possible, please come to see and talk to them. 

When I was in Eitaikyo Service and Keirokai, I thought it is good and important to try to continue the tradition of supporting the Buddhist Temple of Salinas. Without Keirokai members’ effort and support, we would not have this temple and community. So, it is nice to give appreciation to the Keirokai members. 

It is said in the 18thvow, in Amida Buddha’s 48 compassionate aspirations that Amida Buddha works and acts on everyone, and we encounter the teaching of Amida Buddha at all times. We are able to see the same teaching across the generations. It tells us that we are connected with everyone through the working of Amida Buddha. That make me consider and reflect on the present life that we have now.  


Yugo Fujita










White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for October 2018

Dear Temple Members,

I hope you are in good health and doing well with Amida Buddha’s light. Last month, we had the 45thNational Conference of the Federation of Buddhist Women’s Association in Visalia. I have been in the U.S. almost 2 years, but it is the first time for me to attend this conference. I attended with Mrs. Cynthia Tsukamoto and Mrs. Irene Yonemitsu. This conference was very good and impressive to me. Usually in conferences, we listen to the English and Japanese Dharma Talks in separate sessions. However, this time we listened to the Japanese and English talks together.  Japanese speaker was Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, and English speaker was Rev. Bob Oshita. I was able to learn a lot from them, such as how important it is to recite the Nembutsu and be grateful to Amida Buddha in our daily life. When I attended YBA and BWA National BCA conferences, I see that a lot of members care deeply about their own temple members. I thought that this is very good as a Buddhist. Of course, we listen to the Buddhism Teachings and enjoy the workshops at the conferences. They talk about their health and life. They communicate and express their care concerning other temples when they see each other. It is very nice. We who are embraced by Amida Buddha’s kindness are always able to think of others through Amida Buddha’s kindness.  So, I would like to share my happiness and joy of encountering many people and learning the Buddhism Teachings with you. 

Gassho, Yugo





みなさまには阿弥陀様のお光のもと、健康で良い日々を送っているかと思います。先月は第45回米国仏教団婦人会連盟の大会がヴァイセリアで行われました。アメリカに来てもうすぐ2年経ちますが、今回初めて婦人会の大会にMrs. Tsukamoto Cynthia and Mrs. Yonemitsu Ireneと共に参加させていただきました。とても印象的な、楽しい大会でした。普通大会では日本語と英語のご法話は別れてきかせていただきますが、今回は英語も日本語も同じ場所で、日本語のご法話あとに英語をきかせていただきました。日本語は古本先生、英語は大下先生がご法話されました。念仏をお称えさせていただく大切さ、阿弥陀様に感謝する大切さを改めて学ばせていただきました。大会では多くのメンバー様がご自身のメンバー様だけではなく、他のお寺のメンバー様と話す姿とよく目にします。大会では、仏教の教えをきかせていただいたり、ワークショップに参加したりするかと思います。それだけではなく、仏教会の枠を超えて、互いの健康を気遣ったりする事はとてもすばらしく、感動しました。阿弥陀様のおはたらきのなかでいかされている私たちが、阿弥陀様のお慈悲を通して大きな安心をいただいているからこそ、相手の事を深く想えるのだと感じました。多くのご縁の中で多くの人に、教えに出遇えたよろこび、幸せを皆様と共に伝えていきたいと思う大会でした。




White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for September 2018

Dear Temple Members:

I hope you are doing well with the light of Amida Buddha.

This month, I would like to share some thoughts about the term “foolish being” which we often hear in Jodo Shinshu. 

When I first arrived in the US, I was always making mistakes when speaking English. Let me tell you about an early experience I had at Starbucks. 

I like coffee very much but one time, I wanted to try something new.   The guy taking the orders asked me “What can I get for you?”  and I said, “tall latte” and he said, “Got it.”   

So, I was really looking forward to getting a tall latte.  I was waiting in front at the pick-up counter and then he called out my name “Hugo,” and he gave me two tall cups filled with latte.  I told him, “I ordered only one tall latte”, but he responded back “I do not think so, but you can keep both of them.” Apparently, my “tall” sounded like “two” to him. 

I said, “Thank you!” and took the two cups of tall latte and of course, I didn’t want to be wasteful, so I drank both tall lattes!  But sure enough, a little while after that, I got a bad stomach ache. 

After my stomach ache, I was wondering and thinking how come this happened?    I thought maybe it was my poor pronunciation?

I then realized that I was probably making a mistake without even thinking sometimes. I think most of you have probably had a similar experience in your lives? 

I’m sure this happens all the time for many people, especially for non-English speakers like me.  We may think we’re saying one thing, but the other person may hear something else. And this is how we spend much of our lives.  

Shinran Shonin stated in his “Notes on Once-Calling and Many-Calling”,  “we are full of ignorance and blind passion”. 

Our desires are countless, and anger, wrath, jealousy, and envy are overwhelming,arising without pause; to the very last moment of life and they do not cease, or disappear, or exhaust themselves.”

Sometimes you will hear the term “Foolish Beings” used in a Dharma Talk.  For English speaking people, I think this term is a wrong translation.  I think we should use the term “ordinary being.”

Each of us have our own each point of view and unique experiences and understanding of things. Everybody is the same in that we are all different.  Being different is being an “ordinary being.” 

Amida Buddha looks after all ordinary beings, every one of us is embraced by the Buddha.   He does not look after just sacred or special people.   When I learned of this teaching, I realized that I would like to be more tolerant of others. We are all special and ordinary beings at the same time, and Amida Buddha watches over all of us.

Namo Amida Butsu.