November 2014 White Path Message from BWA

Salinas Buddhist Women’s Association November 2014 Newsletter message

Sept. 29th, Temple Tri-tip BBQ  fundraiser: The following BWA members helped make the fundraiser a success:  Carol Cisneros, Lillian Kawahira, Irene Yonemitsu, Kahori Kuramura, Kay Morishita, Tamiko Oishi, Bonnie Yokota and Helen Yamashita. Thank you to all the BWA ladies who took time to bake special pastries and gave monetary donations.

October 10-12: The following BWA members attended the FBWA Conference in Irvine Ca., June Aoki, Linda Iwamoto (representing Salinas BWA at the delegates meeting on Friday), Sachi Kawahira, Meiko Keating , Yasuyo Kikuchi and Kiyoko Uchida. BWA paid for the members registrations along with Rev. and Mrs. Fujikawa.

October 17, Irene Yonemitsu, Kahori Kuramura and Rev. Fujikawa attended the CD BWL
meeting in Watsonville. Salinas BWA will be the 2015 CDBWL Cabinet.  We will need to fill the Cabinet positions by January 2015. We will host the CDBWL Conference in 2016. CDBWL Conference is tentatively set for Thursday Feb. 12, 2015 in San Jose.

Saturday Oct. 18, the following BWA members helped make the daifuku for Keirokai and for the osonae: June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Irene Yonemitsu, Helen Yamashita, Makiko Kurano,Kiyoko Uchida, Fukiko Nishio and Tomiko Kamimura. Also the following members helped make the table arrangements and corsages and boutonnieres,  Kumi Tashiro and Tamiko Oishi.  Thank you to Kahori Kuramura and Fumiko Yonemitsu for cleaning the gym bathrooms.

Keirokai: Sunday, Oct. 19:  BWA Toban groups 3 & 4, chairs Fumiko Yonemitsu and Yoshiko Shioya and the toban members helped with the potluck luncheon for the Seniors. Thank you chairs and toban ladies and other helpers for making the 2014 Keirokai a success.

A special  thank you goes out to Mrs. Fujikawa for spear heading the ”neko” craft fundraiser project. Among the ladies who sewed the nekos were the following BWA  members:  Makiko Kurano, Kayoko Kyutoku, Fukiko Nishio, Kiyoko Uchida,  Fumiko Yonemitsu.  All the supplies used make the nekos were donated by the ladies. The nekos were gifted to the Seniors at the luncheon. 

Nov. 2 is the annual BWA Memorial Service 
Nov. 9  Temple Udon Fundraisers. Tea Tobans 1 and 2 will work the kitchen.
Chairs are Kimi Yoshimura (gr. 1) and June Aoki (gr 2)
BWA members please come and support these activities.

Respectfully submitted
Tamiko Oishi









BWA Food Sale, Sunday June 2, 2013

The Salinas Buddhist Womens Association is holding their annual Food Sale this Sunday, June 2, 2013. Pick up time is from 10 AM to 1 PM.



Lady Takeko Kujo Memorial (Kisaragiki) & June Shotsuki Service (sponsored by Salinas Buddhist Women's Association)

June 17, 2012, 10 AM

Guest speaker Rev. Zuikei Taniguchi of Alameda Buddhist Temple

Lady Takeko Kujo, 九条武子夫人, (1887-1928) was the founder of the Buddhist Women’s Association. Lady Kujo was the daughter of Myonyo Koshon Ohtani (1850-1903), who was the 21st Monshu. (The Monshu is the Spiritual Leader and Head of Hongwanji, and is a direct descendent of Shinran Shonin.) Lady Kujo is best known for her humanitarian activities, particularly after the great Tokyo earthquake of 1923. She was instrumental in the construction of the Asoka Hospital in its aftermath. Through the establishment of the Buddhist Women’s Association, she sought to redefine the role of women in temple life. She also wrote numerous poems and gathas that expressed her deep appreciation of the Nembutsu teaching.

The June monthly memorial service is a service honoring family and friends who passed away in the month of June.


Salinas BWA Food Sale, June 3, 2012

This is an opportunity to enjoy great Japanese Food while also supporting the temple ladies who work so hard for the temple and the community. Please place your orders and then come out on June 3 to buy fresh vegetables and flowers while picking up your order!