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

















White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita for June and July 2017

Dear Dharma Friends,

In April, we had our first Tri-temple service for 2017, the Hanamatsuri service at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. The guest speaker was Rev. Kuwahara from BCA. In May, we had our second Tri-temple service, the Gotan-e service at Watsonville Buddhist Temple. The guest speaker was Rev. Sugahara from Florin Buddhist Church. Rev. Sugahara moved to Portland Buddhist Temple in June, so that was our last chance to see him before he left California. I would like to thank the members who attended the Tri-temple services and brought food to the services.

Both Rev. Kuwahara and Rev. Sugahara shared great Dharma talks with us. Both talked about how we can be “foolish or ignorant beings”. We usually think that we are able to see truth, but often we cannot. It is very difficult to see truth by ourselves in our life. But as a Shin Buddhist, we can try to see truth through Buddha’s wisdom. We can seek the truth through the Dharma.

Our last Tri-temple service for 2017 will in in Salinas on August 20. It will be a Memorial Service for Rennyo Shonin, 8th Abbott of Jodo Shinshu. Let us all welcome Watsonville and Monterey members. Guest speaker will be Rev. Professor Ken Tanaka from Musashino University in Tokyo. He will give a special lecture that weekend. Please try to come to listen to the professor and attend the service. (Please see the flier in this month’s newsletter for details.)

On May 7, 2017, the temple had the annual picnic. Thank you very much to the people who made steaks and arranged the picnic. Also, thank you very much to Dharma school and YBA for helping with the activities for the children and the bingo for the adults. We all had a great time. As I played bingo, I could see my ego and desire. Even though I have ego, Amida Buddha is reaching out to me. I am very grateful.

On May 28, 2017, there was the Bay District Volleyball Tournament. YBA members, the advisers and I attended the tournament. I did not play, but the YBA members had a great time and made new friends there. I think making new friends and meeting new people are important in Buddhism because new people bring new ideas and open our minds. Opening our mind is part of being a Buddhist. Buddhism brings us new ideas and information for our life.

On May 29, 2017, we had a Memorial Day Services at Yamato Cemetery and Garden of Memories. I had prepared English Dharma talk for it, but I did not have a chance to share it. So, I would like to share part of the talk here. “The Memorial Day Service gives those of us remaining in this world an opportunity to recall the memories we shared with the deceased and to express our gratitude for all that we received from all those who have gone onto the Pure Land before us.” That is part of what I wanted to share at the Memorial Day service. I will be sure to share Dharma talk in both English and Japanese at next year’s Memorial Day service. I would like to thank all the members that attended, and to the people who made the flowers and set up chairs.

Finally, we will not have senior luncheon in July. The next senior luncheon will be in August.


Yugo Fujita

(Note: The message by Rev. Fujita for June and July are combined in this month's newsletter. I lost the message for June and could not include it in time for last month’s newsletter. My apologies. Not Sensei’s fault!--- In gassho, Mariko Yamashita) 











藤田 裕豪

6月と7月の藤田先生のメッセージは今月のニュースレターにまとめられています。6月のメッセージは先月のニュースレターに含まれていませんでした。先月のニュースレターに間に合わなかったのです。 お詫びを申し上げます。山下毬子


May 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple members,

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

There were two major events in March. They were the 57th Coast District Buddhist Women’s League Conference and the Coast District Young Buddhist League Conference. Both conferences were great and I had a good time with the people who attended. I would like to share some story about these conferences for those people who were not able to attend.

The 57th Coast District Buddhist Women’s League Conference was held at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. Keynote speaker was Rev. Peter Hata. His Dharma workshop was very interesting because he brought some musical instruments to the workshop to explain the concept of ichinyo (一如) or oneness.  I think he tried to explain about the oneness with Buddha using the musical instruments. Also, I shared my Dharma talk in Japanese with the Japanese speakers at the conference. It was my first time to talk in a conference, and my talk took about an hour. So I had a tough time giving such a long talk. I also had some equipment trouble, but my workshop talk finished without much trouble. The topic of my talk was about muga (無我) or selflessness, and mumyo (無明) or ignorance.   I would like to thank all the Salinas members that attended the conference and gave me encouragement.  

This year’s Coast District Young Buddhist League Conference was held at Mt. View Buddhist Temple. This conference was very impressive because of all the young YBA people that were in attendance, and they were at the core of that conference. The young YBA members prepared and conducted the workshop by themselves.  The workshop was great and our own Salinas YBA members enjoyed the conference very much and had a good time. 

I think that the conference went very smoothly because of all the preparation that went into it, and also because of the participation by all the attendees.  We need people to speak out and be heard, and also to listen.  We need both to have a successful conference.  It is the same way with Buddhism.  It is important to listen to the teaching that was prepared for us by Buddha.

In Gassho,

Yugo Fujita 






沿岸地区仏教婦人会はモントレー仏教会で行われました。メイン講師は Peter Hata先生でありました。英語がきちんと理解できなかったのですが、先生は楽器を使って一如についてお話しておられたと思います。私は日本語の方でお話させていただくご縁を頂戴いたしました。初めての大会での法話、また一時間話す、長時間の法話は初めてだったので、上手くいくか不安でした。しかし、サリナス仏教会のメンバー様が多く来てくださっていたおかげで、何とか1時間の法話を終える事ができました。ありがとうございました。内容としましては、無我と無明についてお話させていただきました。






April 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple members,

Hello, this is Yugo Fujita. I hope you are doing well and enjoying this month.  First, I would like to mention something about Tri-temple Hanamatsuri at Monterey Buddhist Temple. We will have the Hanamaturi service at Monterey Buddhist Temple on Sun, April 9th at 10AM. Please go to Monterey Buddhist Temple and Don’t make mistake, if you attend the service. The guest speaker is going to be Rev. Kuwahara who we had Hoonko service as a guest speaker. We will be able to hear great talk again from him. Also, he is going to give a lecture to us. 

Other day I attended the BCA Ministers Association and National Council Meeting in San Jose with Mr. Hirahara and Mr. Tanimura. It was my first time to me, but I we had good time. Many senior ministers were very sharing and grave me good ideas to help me become a good minister. Each encounter is precious and valuable I thought. Thank you very much people who made Onigiri and some food for hospitality on Thu in BCA meeting. We enjoyed them. 

During Council Meeting, there is a chance to listen other ministers’ Dharma message. To me, it has been a while. While I listened their message, I have realized that we are now in Amida’s light that there is no decimation. The light makes me satisfy and cure. My hard time and sad is changed. I was able to feel that we are same all sentient beings. That make me more than happy. I like listen other ministers message because there is pleasure that I received the message differently last time even though I already study the teaching.  






March 2017 White Path message by Rev. Yugo Fujita

Dear Temple Members,

I hope that you are all in good health and doing well. I will be attending the BCA National Council Meeting in San Jose with Mr. Gary Tanimura and Mr. Larry Hirahara. I will be attending this meeting for the first time and I am looking forward to going there and meeting new people. Before the meeting, I will attend the BCA Ministers Association Meeting, and will share my Dharma message during the service in front of other ministers. I hope that my message will be well-received.

Recently, some Dharma school students and I went to watch the movie “The LEGO Batman Movie”. We enjoyed the movie and I was glad that I was able to spend time with the students. While I watched the movie, I found that there were many Buddhist messages in the movie. That made me very happy. I believe that Buddhist teachings are to be found everywhere in our everyday life, if we look for them. If we change our perspective, we can find these teachings. It is perhaps important to separate yourself from your own concerns and listen to others, and also listen to the Buddhist teachings. 

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