THE LIGHT OF THE BUDDHA
Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry Street Richmond, B.C. V7E 2V2
October 2003

CALENDER OF EVENTS

OCTOBER 2003
05 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
06 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
12 (Sun) 10:30 a.m.
19 (Sun) 11:00 a.m.
October Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
October Board Meeting
B.C.C. Day
Fall Food Bazaar

NOVEMBER 2003
02 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
08 - 09 (Sat & Sun)
10 (Mon) 7:30 p.m.
22 (Sat) 10:00 a.m.
23 (Sun) 2:00 p.m.
November Memorial Service (Shotsuki)
BCJSBCF Convention (Kelowna)
November Board Meeting
Fujinkai Craft Fair
Eshinni & Fujinkai Memorial Service


FRASER VALLEY RESTORATION PROJECT literature and donation envelopes are available at the temple.


FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS (2)

In the last newsletter, I shared what Sakyamuni Buddha said in his first dharma talk. The first of the Four Noble Truths is that life is suffering. The solution to our spiritual problems, is to look into ourselves and become aware of the problem for what it is. The second is .

2. Truth of the Cause of Suffering Just as the proper treatment of an illness consists of first determining its cause and then taking appropriate measures, we must first know the cause of suffering in order to resolve it.

The basic cause of our suffering, Sakyamuni Buddha taught, is our bonno---our base passions or worldly desires. Bonno is often referred to as "blind passions." They are called "blind" because although we may often see these passions in others and may think that we understand them, more often than not, we fail to see them in ourselves.

Thus, we are blind to our own cause of suffering. Our bonno are countless, but those that cause us the most problems are greed, anger and unawareness.

How much suffering do we bring upon ourselves by our greed, and to what extent do we cause our families and friends anguish as a result? How untenable do we render the conditions of our society because of our anger? How much effort have we expended on things that are of absolutely no benefit because of our unawareness of what is reasonable suitable?

When we seek the root of our greed, anger and unawareness, we come to our egotism or obstinacy. Making all our decisions based on our egocentric orientation, wanting everything to turn out just as we wish, is what underlies everything.

That is how Sakyamuni Buddha made clear the cause of our suffering.

... Taken from "Jodo Shinshu - A Guide" by Hongwanji
(... to be continued.)

In Gassho, Rev. Nariyuki Hattori


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Fall is here. The activities of the temple are back in full.

Thank you to those who came and painted inside the temple. Thank you to all the temple committees for your continuous support and assistance.

The Super Star Bingo will be cut off at the end of September. But we will still carry on the bingo as long as we can. Please come out to help or play. Would greatly appreciate it. Remember it is our greatest fundraiser.

Please keep your comments and suggestions coming to make our temple better.

We must keep the legacy going.

In Gassho, Jack Kawabata


INTER TEMPLE AFFAIRS

Members of the Steveston temple attended the fall JSBCF meeting in Hope on September 13th. It turned out to be a larger gathering than usual. An invitation was extended to the members of the other temples to attend Steveston's 75th anniversary celebrations. All in all it was very successful working meeting.

Members of the Fraser Valley Temple have been cleaning and carrying out repairs to the fire damaged facility. The roof is in the process of being replaced. Quite a bit of winterizing needs to be completed. An interior wall needs replacing, doors need installing and a handicap ramp needs to be designed and built. We are asking interested parties to make a trip this October out to the temple, to see what our work parties can do. I'll be posting notices on the bulletin board.

Mark Tasaka is working on setting up the temple website. This will allow us to post information in a timely fashion

In Gassho, Larry Ryan


Just a reminder to all members that the deadline to return raffle tickets for B.C. Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches Federation is November 3rd.


BCC DAY 2003

Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Dhammam Saranam Gacchami
Sangham Saranam Gacchami

To commemorate BCC Day 2003, I wish to extend my greetings to all the friends of the Buddha-Dharma as I sit before the shrine of Amida Buddha here at the BCC Headquarters.

First of all, may I join with each and everyone in giving our thoughts with sincere appreciation to all the predeceased members from across Canada. It is due to their work in laying a solid foundation for all of us that we are able to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable life today.

As I have mentioned often, BCC temples face three challenges today:

1) Declining membership. I know many of you have been tackling this one for some time.
2) Changing leadership. As the older generations age, including myself, we will have to pass on the torch to Sanseis, non-Japanese, and a primarily English-speaking membership.
3) Increasing interest in Buddha-Dharma by the general public.

"How do we deal with these challenges?" I asked Rev. Gyouzen Muranaga, who recently visited Canada. He mentioned the Japanese phrase " ZEN-IN DEN-DOU" which means, literally, 'Everyone is a missionary.' In other words it is up to each individual to play a part in his or her temple. Only in this way can the Buddha-Dharma thrive in the community.

May this BCC Day be an opportunity for us to consider these challenges. Let us, at the same time, cherish and share the teaching of Nembutsu with family and friends.

With Gassho, Namoamidabutsu
Rev. Orai Fujikawa


BCC UPDATE - SEPTEMBER, 2003

In Memoriam:

Rev. Koyo Okuda passed away August 29th, 2003 at the age of 74. He was a minister of Kelowna Buddhist Temple from 1963 -1970 as well as a former Head of the Hongwanji International Dept. On behalf of the BCC, condolences were sent to Rev. Okuda's family.

Ingo Recipient: Condolences to the family of late Mr. Yukitoshi Yakura of Vernon, B.C. Mr. Yakura received an Ingo for a lifetime of dedicated service as a BCC temple member.

Lay Leaders' Summer Seminar: Congratulations to Mr. Seishi Matsuno of Steveston Buddhist Temple for completing the Lay Leader's Seminar which took place August 15 -17, 2003. For more info on the Lay Leader's Seminar, contact the BCC Hq. or your local temple.

Fraser Valley Temple Cleanup: About 15 people, including Bishop Fujikawa and family, gathered at Fraser Valley Temple on Saturday, August 30th, to help clear away the charred remains from last year's fire. The temple members hope to have the roof up before winter.

Calendar of Events:
Oct 6-16
Oct 13-24
Oct 25
Tokudo Program for Overseas Candidates in Kyoto, Japan
Pilgrimage Tour, Kyoto, Japan
BCC Director's Meeting at BCC Hq.


FUJINKAI NEWS

At the semi annual meeting on Sunday, August 18th, decisions were made on the following:

Treasury items: $3,000 to Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple to assist in their rebuilding project; $1,000 to our Temple on its 75th Anniversary; donation to the Red Cross to assist B.C. forest fire victims.

Effort to increase community involvement: Items for the Food Bank to be brought to the Annual Dana Day Service in February. This is in addition to the monetary donations which are earmarked for needy causes determined by BCCWF. For over 10 years, the amount collected has been given to the Jodo Shinshu Hospital in Kisii, Kenya. Secondly, Craft Fair proceeds will be given to the Richmond Hospital Foundation when $5,000 has been realized. If you have any other suggestions to increase social involvement of the Fujinkai ladies, please let us know. There is a suggestion box on top of the filing cabinet in the kitchen.

In Gassho, Hiroko Yoshihara


DHARMA SCHOOL

Temple preparations for the 75th Anniversary are keeping everyone busy so we will delay the pancake breakfast to October.

The Halloween party may be without pumpkins this year. They are ripening up so early, they may not be good. We will see if it's feasible at that time. We can always have other games and things to do.

If there are any activities or crafts you would like to do, please let us know and we can try to do them.

Until next time,

In Gassho, Genevieve Iwata


TOBAN LIST FOR OCTOBER 2003

Captain Doc Tomihiro (604) 241-8584

Teruo & Misako Nishi George & Susie Koyanagi Setsuko Yamashita
Nobuye Ohara Yasuo & Minako Nakano Kazumi & Chizuko Nishi
Doc Tomihiro Kyoko Niwatsukino Ken & Hiroko Yoshihara


TOBAN LIST FOR NOVEMBER 2003

Captain Terry Sakai (604) 277-5735

Ken & Sachiko Takeuchi Riichi & Kumiko Nagata Ichiro & Michiko Kubo
Yoshiharu & Teruko Nishikihama Terry & Marge Sakai Hiroshi Nogami
Yutaka & Kiyomi Yamamoto


TAIKO NEWS

Our next performance is:

Nov. 8 - Steveston Community Centre - Judo Club's 50th Anniversary
In Gassho, Sally Masuhara


Please come out and have fun..
Choir Practice

on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
October ??? November ???

We will be practicing Japanese songs - "Aka Tonbo & Oboro Zukiyo" and Gatha "Arigato".


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