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IHOPE Report

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By Rev. Henry Adams Oxnard Buddhist Temple

 

From April 10 to April 13, the first International Hongwanji Overseas Propagation Exchange (IHOPE) seminar was held at the Jodo Shinshu Center (JSC) in Berkeley, California. This historic gathering was the first time that ministers and minister’s assistants with Tokudo ordination serving at temples in the four Hongwanji Overseas Districts of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada, the Hompa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i, the ...

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In Commemoration of Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial

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In Commemoration of Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial

Socho Koshin Ogui, Bishop
Buddhist Churches of America

It is very easy to go back to things as they were. It seems safe to keep things as they are. It is almost always a challenge to change and try and move forward to make something happen. It is, indeed, ...

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“Shikata ga nai”

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By Rev. Ryuta Furumoto, San Mateo Buddhist Temple

The Japanese phrase “Shikata ga nai,” or “shoganai” is often used among Japanese and Japanese Americans. “Shikata ga nai” means “It’s beyond my control, so it cannot be helped.” I find myself saying, “Shikata ga nai” at least once a day. When I am late for a meeting because ...

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The Jodo Shinshu Center – Fifth Anniversary Milestone

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The Jodo Shinshu Center – Fifth Anniversary Milestone

By Glenn Kameda, JSC Facility Manager

The Jodo Shinshu Center will mark five years in operation (8/3/2006 – 8/3/2011) this August. Five years is not a long time line, but I guess it depends on your point of reference. For me five years ago was a turning point from retirement to active retired.

Today, the BCA greatly benefits from active retired kaikyoshi ministers; so why shouldn’t I join the ranks of active retired in the capacity of “Interim ...

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The Tohoku Disaster Volunteer Center

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The Tohoku Disaster Volunteer Center is located at the Sendai Betsuin. Volunteer activities begin with a brief orientation at 5:00p.m. which includes a tour of the facilities. Classrooms for the now unused pre-school serve as the sleeping quarters. Because the Volunteer Center is a converted pre-school, all the furniture and accommodations are too small. There is an innocence that can be found at the Center which helps to ...

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Socho’s Message

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In Commemoration of Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial
Socho Koshin Ogui, Bishop
Buddhist Churches of America

It is very easy to go back to things as they were. It seems safe to keep things as they are. It is almost always a challenge to change and try and move forward to make something happen. It is, indeed, not easy to try new things out. But for me, there is no question that without trying new things and learning from our mistakes, there ...

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Debt Relief Fund

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Dear Sangha Members,

We take this opportunity to gratefully thank you for your continued kindness and generosity in support for our organization.  We are writing at this time to make a special request and appeal to help with an important issue affecting the future of the BCA: reducing the current debt burden of our organization.

Representatives of the BCA churches/temples addressed this financial issue head-on at this year’s National Council ...

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BCA News

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The dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and ensu­ing tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, 2011 (local time) has left, in its wake, a tragedy beyond our com­pre­hen­sion.  The enor­mous loss of life, the dam­age to the infra­struc­ture, and the affects on the liveli­hoods of so many peo­ple is tremen­dous.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are suf­fer­ing as a result of this nat­ural disaster.

On behalf of the Bud­dhist Churches of Amer­ica, I express my deep­est con­cern and sin­cer­est con­do­lences ...

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