Wednesday
Feb152012

Dharma School Calendar 2012

Mar. 4 – Dharma School Family Service

Mar. 11 – Spring O-Higan and Shotsuki Service

Mar. 25 – Dharma School Family Service

 

Apr. 15 – Hanamatsuri and Shotsuki Service

Apr. 29 – Dharma School Family Service

 

May 6 –  Dharma School Pancake Breakfast

May 13 – Gotan-E and Shotsuki Service

May 20 – BTS Picnic Toro Park

 

June 10 – Last Dharma School Family Service

June 17 – BWA Kisaragi Memorial and Shotsuki Service

Monday
Feb132012

Nirvana Day & February Shotsuki family service February 12, 2012

February 12, 2012. Nirvana Day and February Shotsuki service.

Nirvana Day is the observance of the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha.

When Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at the age of 35, he was addressed as the Buddha, the Enlightened One, or Shakyamuni, a sage of the Shakya clan. The Nirvana which he attained at the age of 35, was called Nirvana with a physical body. He began his propagation of the Buddha Dharma at this time.

After forty five years of the propagation of the Buddha Dharma, Shakyamuni Buddha died at the age of 80 on February 15th according to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and his death was called Nirvana without physical body. Nirvana after his death was called No-Abiding Nirvana, which means Nirvana everywhere.

Death (passing away physically) in Buddhism means the birth into the Pure Land of the Buddha. It is a beginning of the activities of the Buddha. Even without the physical presence of the deceased, we are always receiving the compassionate guidance of those who have passed away, in our daily lives.

As we observe Nirvana Day and February Shotsuki, the memorial for all our loved ones who passed away in the month of February, we reflect on the teachings of the Amida Buddha, and all those who have entered the pure land.

Namo Amida Butsu.

Monday
Feb132012

Dharma School Family Service February 5, 2012

February 5, 2012, 10 AM

Officiating minister Rev. Orai Fujikawa.

Today we made Valentine treat bags in class.

Sunday
Jan222012

Dharma School Family Service January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012

10 AM

Officiating minister, Rev. Orai Fujikawa

This was our first Dharma School Family service with new Resident Minister Rev. Fujikawa. In class, we made a photo album of the Dharma School families and gave it to Rev. & Mrs. Fujikawa.

Sunday
Jan222012

Dharma School news, 2012-01-21

Rev. Fujikawa, new resident minister of Salinas, officiated today at the Hoonko and January Shotsuki Memorial Service today. Hoonko is the memorial service for the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, Shinran Shonin who passed away January 16, 1263. Shotsuki Family memorial service is the memorial service for temple members who's relatives passed away in the month of January.

After the service, the Dharma School children made sandwiches for Dorothy's Kitchen, and then attended the Temple New Year Party potluck luncheon which took place today at noon.

Dharma School teachers Faye Amiya, Frances Gatanaga, Nancy Gilbert were recognized at the luncheon today, for their hard work for the children.

 

 

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