White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for November 2017

Dear Buddhist Temple of Salinas Members,   
Hello, this is Yugo Fujita. I hope you are doing well under Buddha’s compassion.   
I would like to thank all the people who came to the Keirokai event. I think I saw a lot more people this year than last year. Thank you very much to all the people that brought delicious foods and entertained the seniors at the Keirokai even with your busy schedule. We enjoyed the food and the entertainment. The event was a good opportunity to show our appreciation to all the senior people who have been supporting our temple for many years. I think it is a wonderful gesture. I also thank Mr. Larry Hirahara who served as the chairman of the event, and all the people who helped to prepare for the Keirokai and cleaned up afterwards.
At the end of October, we will have our CD Nembutsu family conference and in November, we will have the YBA Pancake Feed, Senior Luncheon and BWA Memorial Service. Please make an effort to attend these events.    
It has been one year since I arrived to the Buddhist Temple of Salinas and I have had a wonderful opportunity to share the Dharma with all of you. Thank you very much. This is my first opportunity to be a BCA minister and I am so grateful for your patience, understanding and support, and I hope that I can continue to enjoy this time with you in the years ahead.   
I understand that I still have much to learn to become a minister for all of you, and I will do my best and work harder for our temple so that we may all continue to enjoy and live with the precious Amida Buddha Teaching.    
I apologize that I have not had much chance to visit all of you, but I will make more effort to do so. 
When you have any question about Buddhism, please ask me any time. I welcome your questions.  My email address is   
In Gassho,
なにか仏教の事でなからないことがあれば へご連絡ください。   

Greetings from Vancouver, From Rev. & Mrs. Orai Fujikawa, former resident minister of Salinas

Dear Friends of Dharma,   
Time flies and one full year has passed by since we said farewell in front of the shrine of Amida Buddha at your temple last summer. We really hope all of you have been doing fine.    
As far as we are concerned, it has been a busy year to adjust ourselves in the new life of retirement as well as babysitting our granddaughter for a few days a week.   
What we have learned is the fact that it is very difficult yet important job to do babysitting as she is fast growing and developing her personality. She is still a young child, but is only one individual in this world.  Although we have spoiled her as she is adorable girl, but all we wish as grandparents is she would grow in peace and good health.    
Today is the first day of autumn and it is getting chilly in the evening in Canada, but it is beautiful in daytime with 60s F.  May you all enjoy the life in Salinas in good health as well as with the Nembutsu.    
In Gassho, Namoamidabutsu, Orai & Minako Fujikawa   

White Path Message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for October 2017

Dear Dharma Friends:   


First, I would like to thank everyone that came to the open house for the new temple minister’s residence. Also, many thanks to everyone that brought gifts. It was a short time but I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the open house event. I am very grateful for being allowed to live in such a wonderful residence.    


Before the open house, my family came to visit me from Japan. In Japan, I never had any experience in introducing my family in public, but because of the fantastic potluck dinner held in their honor by the congregation, I was able to introduce my family to everyone. I am very grateful for everyone taking time away from their busy schedule to meet may parents and my sister. My family was very happy to see everyone. My family and myself are very thankful that we have the good fortune to be introduced to such a wonderful congregation. I would like to thank all the people who helped to organize and prepare for these events and to all the people that brought many kinds of food for the potluck dinner and for the open house. Again, thank you very much.   


Thanks to all the generosity and kindness from everyone, my family and I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful time together. Thank you very much again.   


From October 26 to 30, I will be attending the Jodo Shinshu East-Western Joint Workshop and the Fall Monpo (hearing the teaching of Buddha) gathering at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, and I will be away from Salinas. I am available on my cell phone during this period, so please call me anytime if you need to contact me.  It has been very hot in Salinas for several days, but I think it is going to be colder soon, so please take good care of yourself.    


Lastly, let me end this message with one of the teaching from Buddhism.  It is possible that some people can eliminate from their mind and thoughts the corrupting influence of earthly desires and passions (bon-nō in Japanese), and self-centered emotions of the heart, all by themselves, thereby acquiring the Buddha nature on their own. If, however, there are people that cannot achieve this state on their own, it can be said that everyone is not equal in this regard. In the Jodo-Shinshu teaching, everyone is provided with the ability to attain this Buddha state by the infinite compassion of Amida-sama, without having to depend on your own ability. It is provided equally without precondition and without any discrimination. This is a wonderful and grateful message.   



Yugo Fujita 





















White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for September 2017

Dear Temple members,

Hello this is Yugo. I sincerely hope that you are enjoying comforting breezes of the Dharma these warm summer days.

In mid-August, we had Dr. Tanaka as a guest speaker for the Tri-Temple Rennyo Shonin Memorial Service. I would like to thank everyone that helped to make this event possible and successful. Some people organized and supported the service, recorded the Dharma talk and prepared the food for the event. I think all of you did a good job. Tanaka sensei and Shinseki sensei were both very pleased with the event. Next year, we will have a Tri-Temple Hanamatsuri event in April. The guest speaker will be Rev. Henry Adams. I am sure that he will share a great Dharma talk with us.

YBA had a Coast District YBA Activity event. We got to know many members of YBA from other temples. Starting this year, YBA will become a bigger organization with more members. Please support and encourage the YBA organization and its members. Also, Dharma School will begin to hold classes again starting on Sep 10th. Please also support this activity.

I went to Reno to attend the All Buddhist Church of America Ministers Meeting from Aug 14th to Aug 17th. I met many ministers there, and felt great deal of gratitude in being the minister at Salinas Buddhist Temple, and I recited the Nembutsu. Even though there are many capable and experienced ministers out there, I felt very privileged and had the good fortune to be your minister and share in the teaching of Buddha with all of you. I will continue to treasure this opportunity and express my gratitude to the congregation.

Namo Amida Butsu, Yugo




8月は田中先生がトライテンプル蓮如上人追悼法要のご講師でした。この場をお借りして、この法 要を手伝ってくださった皆様にお礼申し上げます。ランチの準備やコーディネートをしてくださ りありがとうございました。田中先生、新関先生、をはじめ多くの方々が喜んでくださいました。 来年は4月の花祭り法要時にトライテンプル法要を担当いたします。ご講師は Henry Adams先生で す。

YBAは沿岸地区YBAアクティビティに参加しました。彼らは自分の仏教会のYBAメンバーだけではな く、多くの違う仏教会メンバーと交流しました。今年からYBAメンバーが増え大きくなっています。 引き続きサポートの程宜しくお願い致します。


8月14日から8月17日までBCA開教使会議のためリノへいきました。ミーティングでは多くの先生方 にお会いさせていただきました。その時に感謝の気持ちになり、お念仏を「南無阿弥陀仏」とお 称えさせていただきました。それは多くの素晴らしい先生方がいる中で、サリナス仏教会で仏法 を皆様と一緒に聞かせていただけるご縁をいただいたからであります。大変有難く、嬉しく感じ ます。この素晴らしいご縁を大切にしていきたいと思います。

南無阿弥陀仏 藤田 裕豪 


Temple Minister's Message for August 2017

Dear Temple Members:

Hello this is Yugo. I sincerely hope that everyone is having a splendid day while receiving the infinite mercy and boundless light of Amida Nyorai.    

I think by the time you read this monthly newsletter, the Obon Festival will be already over. Since I am writing this message before the Obon Festival, it could be hard to read this message and I ask you for your understanding.  First, I would like to thank everyone for working very hard for the Obon Festival preparation and taking time out of your normal busy schedule for the benefit of the Temple. I am sure that not only the temple members but many people in Salinas are looking forward to the Obon Festival. It is going to be my first Obon Festival and I am looking forward to it.

There was a Hatsubon Service held on Sunday, July 9th.  I was very happy to see Rev. Matsubayashi attend the service as a guest minister. He gave a very good Dharma talk. During the Obon season, many people will remember the important people in their lives that have passed away, and have sad feelings about their departure, and alternatively bring back warm and happy feelings by remembering all the good times.  In Jodo Shinshu teachings, the departed people will be thinking about us regardless of whether we are consciously thinking of them or not. Therefore, it can be said that in Jodo Shinshu teachings, the departed are still connected to us at all time, not just during the Obon season. 

We have had many funerals recently. For the bereaved family and everyone concerned, it has been a period of much pain and sorrow. What I can do by myself is limited, but if there is anything that you would like from me, please feel free to let me know. It may not be complete, but I promise to do my best. I would like to express my deep gratitude to all of you who helped at the funerals. It would not have been possible to conduct the funeral services without the support from everyone. A funeral is possible because of all your support in attending the service and preparing food for the otoki.   

I also would like to thank everyone that came out for the major temple cleanup prior to the Obon Festival. As I write this newsletter, great deal of work in preparation for the Obon Festival is underway.

Through the preparation for the Obon Festival, I am feeling great deal of gratitude and learning many new things.

In Gassho,

Yugo Fujita
















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