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March 2013Tacoma Buddhist Temple 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402-1706
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MYOKYO (MYOKYO, the Bright Mirror of Buddha Dharma always illuminates our LIFE)
March, 2013 ________________________________________________________
Is Buddhism useful?
Rev. Kojo Kakihara
It is so fast that a year has passed since Satone was born. Last month, we had a potluck luncheon combined with her birthday party at the Temple. Satone was so happy
that Sangha members celebrated her birthday preparing big birthday cakes and giving her lots of presents. Thank you so much! Since then, she has been so busy in playing these toys given by Sangha members. This one year passed so quickly, but I am happy and grateful to see Satone growing healthily while being surrounded by Sangha members.
The other day, the Northwest Buddhist Convention was held. I was able to participate in the Convention with Masayo and Satone this year. It might be because of being with them, but other temples’ members and many people who I met for the first time, spoke to us, and we had a good time at the Convention. There is a saying in Japan, “A child is an iron clamp (A child binds a couple together and people together).” It is true that Satone has made our connections stronger and made connections with people.
Looking at Satone, she has been receiving lots of love from people around, and at the same time, she has been giving us lots of smile and happiness. When I reflect on such a thing, a question comes to mind, “Am I giving happiness to people around me?” In our busy everyday life, we may be complaining a lot or making people feel uncomfortable by our careless words and acts without noticing it. I have seen the following phrase in a TV commercial in Japan, “The earth is gentle to us. Are you gentle to the earth?”
“Are you gentle to people?” This is connected with one of important teachings in Buddhism. As you may know, Buddhism tells a teaching of the Six Paramitas, the six kinds of practices which practicers of Mahayana Buddhism have to practice to attain Buddhahood. This “Paramita” is also translated as “Higan”, the other shore. The first practice, “Dana” means “Giving.” Generally this is considered to donate money or things, but “Dana” has broader meanings, and there are many “Dana” which we can do in our daily life, such as meeting people with smile, using gentle words, volunteering to help people without expecting a return, making way or conceding for others, and accepting each other. Although these are
very important things of “Practice of Compassion” in Mahayana Buddhism, it would be hard to do without a mind of mindfulness or thoughtfulness. Then if so, why would it be hard for us to practice these?
I am sometimes asked such questions like “How is Buddhism related with our daily life? How is it useful?” Buddhism is the teaching which tells us how to live our life, and Buddhism makes our life rich in a true meaning. However, It is really up to us whether we practice it or not. Even if the teaching is so wonderful and great, it would not become truly alive in our life unless it is practiced.
For example, here is a book which tells wonderful things on how to diet. We read the book carefully with nodding, and agree with the content thinking “This must work for me!” However, unless we actually practice what the book tells, we would not see any effect, and it would not be useful at all to our actual life.
Buddhism shows us the direction on our ways of living, but it does not mean that Buddhism gives the answer to our life because we all live different lives. The answer seems to be what we, each one of us, come to be awakened to through the teaching of Buddha. I think that we sometimes, in our busy life, tend to be attached only to get an answer quickly and easily.
In gassho (with palms together)
Buddhism 101 Rev. Kojo answers your questions on Buddhism or Jodo Shinshu at the last Sunday of every month. Please submit your questions in the box at the foyer. The next will be on March 31. Study Class We have Study Class mostly every 1st Wednesday evening. The next Study Class will be on “History and teachings of Japanese Buddhism” at 7pm, March 6.


Our Sangha mourns the recent loss of two members, John Sasaki and George Murakami. Both have supported and have contributed to our Temple for many years. Several events around our Temple will trigger memories of these two men for me. For John, it will be seeing table decorations at our potlucks and banquets, seeing the sno-cones at Obon, he operated the sno-cone
machine for many years and during construction and clean up at Sukiyaki and Bazaar, he constructed the plywood floors and carts for the materials stored under the stage. For George, seeing the recycle bins around the Temple, seeing the chicken crew at our fund raisers, and during the pruning of the pine trees in the Temple garden, it was just a few years ago George was at the very top of one of the pine trees knocking the candles off. As I reflect back on these two men I am filled with gratitude for all they have done for the Temple. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Sasaki and Murakami families. We also celebrated the first birthday for Satone Kakihara with a potluck lunch in the social hall. Several Temple members were able to celebrate with Satone, Sensei and Masayo. Thank you BWA for organizing this birthday party. Now we gear up for the Sukiyaki, let’s all pitch in and help out. In Gassho, Jeff Hiroo
Sukiyaki Dinner Fundraiser, March 3, 2013
Future Events
Sunday, March 3 at 11am Sukuyaki Dinner Fundraising Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm Study Class “Japanese Buddhism” Sunday, March 10 at 12pm Temple Open House Friday, March 22 at 7pm Movie Night “A Thousand Words” Sunday, March 24 at 10am DS & Sangha Ohigan & BWA Memorial Svc. Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm Study Class Sunday, April 7 at 2pm Family Svc. Hanamatsuri, Potluck Dinner Sunday, April 14 at 11:30am Parsonage Open House
Thank you all for your support of our Annual Sukiyaki Dinner Fund Raiser. Important dates to remember:
David Yotsuuye and Bobby Yotsuuye Sukiyaki Co-chairs Buddhist Women’s Association News
Kung Hee Fat Choy! as the Year of the Snake is welcomed in. Sixteen members attended the NWD Convention hosted by the White River Temple at the Double Tree Hotel in Tukwila. It is always a good feeling to catch up with friends and family who come from near and far,
or to meet a new sangha member. It is also interesting to listen to the activities and projects of other temples and gather new ideas. I hope those attended know the answer to “Where am I?” and realize “where they are and where they are going”. For me, I will continually ‘recalculate’ my position through this second year to lead our members to a successful one. However, if one day I turn around and no one is there, no GPS will be able to help. So then I shall just call out his name: REV. KOJO!! On a more serious note: Our deepest sympathies to the families of John Sasaki and George Murakami, we will truly miss them; John’s creative centerpieces and George’s efforts to teach us ‘mottainai’. I hope the memories of your loved ones will forever warm your hearts and bring much comfort your way. We had our first general meeting this year on February 24th; I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the rectified Jan/Feb toban for providing the delicious lunch. If you were not able to attend and would like to have a copy of the minutes, please let me know.
Thursday, February 28, 7 pm - Set Up Saturday, March 2, Food Preparation Sunday, March 3, Sukiyaki Dinner, Service from 11 am - 4 pm. Start times for workers depends on committee. Unless notified otherwise, please arrive no later than 10 am. We want everyone prepared to go by 10:45 am since we are using a different layout. Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm - Clean Up Sunday, March 24, after service -Wrap Up meeting.
Our activity calendar is filling up and I hope members will be able to attend or assist when possible. In the near future, we have: March 3 – Sukiyaki March 23 – Making daifuku mochi in a.m. March 24 – Serving mochi/tea after Ohigan/BWA Memorial/Lady Ohtani & Lady Kujo service. Gassho, Patti Wong
Dharma School News Just returned from a busy, but wonderful convention weekend, as many of us from our Dharma School attended the NW District conference hosted by White River Buddhist Temple. There were programs for the younger kids, high school and college students, and adults, along with
interesting guest speakers, including our new bishop, Rev. Umezu. Plus, it was great seeing many friends from other temples. Next year’s convention will be hosted by Oregon Buddhist Temple in Portland, OR. ( continues to page6) At the convention, I attended the NW District Dharma School Teachers League meeting. Each year we select a district-wide theme that all Dharma Schools in the Northwest embrace and then select projects relating to that theme. This year, we continue with our focus of community outreach, with “Compassion Through Service.” In February the Lotus class will be teaching the younger children, as we put together more no-sew fleece blankets and stuffed dolls to give to community shelters. In just a few weeks, our Sukiyaki dinner fundraiser will be upon us. We need every helping hand, big or small, so thank you in advance for volunteering your time to help. Gassho, Donna Sasaki Buddhist Education Committee News
Breathing and being present. Today I am writing this article (which is presently quite late) and thinking about my wish to live a life more
present, more mindful. In one dictionary I found the definition of present as: A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future: now. I love this particular definition, because of the inclusion of the word perceptible. At this time in my life, I know that I cannot possibly perceive the moment between past and future. I simply cannot do it. I have to pause and actively think about being present… and by the time I process that thought, I’m in the past… and in the next moment, I’m thinking about the future. In trying to wrap my brain around the concept of being present, I suddenly thought about each breath I have ever taken. For the most part, I breathe in, breathe out, without ever giving it a thought. In fact, on the rare occasion that I actually do think about it, I become quite annoyed because for that brief time, I am thinking about each part of the breath. I find myself thinking about the rise and fall of my chest, the engagement of my diaphragm, the volume of air taken in and expelled, the timing between breaths and the choice between inhaling and exhaling through my mouth or nose. Worst of all, when I think about breathing, it is not nearly as good as when it just happens organically. It is strained, and not at all satisfying. My unconscious body is able to do breathe so much better than I can ever hope to do on a conscious level. What if my inability to live life in the present, to be mindful is as strained as those conscious breathes? I can only imagine that there is inherently a deep satisfaction that envelopes those beings able to live every moment of life in the present. I remain hopeful that through listening to the dharma messages on Sunday services and BEC lecture series that I will someday be able to live even brief moments of life in the present. With deep appreciation, Denise
We are looking for people who want to golf during the week starting either the end of March or the beginning of April (determined by the weather). All levels welcomed. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Kakihara, Jeff Hiroo, or Michael Shiogi. Rev. Kakihara is also interested in getting an adult group together on a
regular basis doing some fun activities (example – bowling, dinner, movies, casino visits, etc.) Any other ideas are welcomed. We are even thinking of having a dance at the temple. Rev. Kakihara wants to see
how people dance. Stay tuned for more details.
Toban Committee News Please look at your toban group and let June or Richard L. know of any corrections or concerns.
Centennial News - Second Century in the making (March 2013)
Our next meeting is scheduled for March 17th in the Rev. Pratt Room after service. Our lunch will be ‘green’ foods as it is St. Patrick’s Day! Please come join us with your ideas and comments. A report will be made in the April Myokyo in regards to decisions and discussions from this meeting. I realize that information about our Centennial is constantly repeated in the
Myokyo. This is because the information is important and we need your input. Thank you for your
Centennial Photo Shoot – Take Four! Thank you to everyone who had their individual picture taken so far. Again, if a member is
unable to come to the temple, perhaps a member of their family could send me a recent
March & April Toban Groups: Toban heads are responsible to call group members for set up and clean up for certain Temple events held during the two month period. The chairs for each two month period will coordinate with each other to set up the actual dates of the monthly clean up for those able in their group. March Members: Jeff & Vivian Hiroo – Chair, Denise Cline, Tad & Joan Kajimura, Delbert & Cynthia Sasaki, Frank & Midori Komoto, Tadashi Fujioka April Members: John & Crystal Inge – Chair, Les Hitsman, Fred Pelger, Nancy Butterfield, Jim Akagi, Yaeko Nakano, Rod Omoto, Masami Coomber Sukiyaki Dinner Fundraiser: ALL MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO HELP March Group Responsibilities:
Monthly Clean Up with April Sukiyaki Dinner: Provide snacks for Sukiyaki Set Up Thursday evening and Saturday Hanamatsuri: Help with set up and clean up with BWA
April Responsibilities: Monthly Clean Up with March Sukiyaki Dinner: Provide snacks for Sukiyaki Set Up Thursday evening and Saturday Hanamatsuri: Help with set up and clean up with BWA
May Group Responsibilities: Sukiyaki Dinner: Provide snacks for Saturday and Tuesday evening Clean Up after Fundraiser
All Toban Heads: Initiate Phone Tree for Hanamatsuri Potluck as directed by Toban Committee.
color picture, waist up. Another photo shoot will happen at a later date. Please check out our Invitation Board as you enter the hondo. Everyone who took a picture, has a nice picture displayed. I had to ‘find’ some pictures of some and still need to get more members’ pictures.
Centennial Timeline The TBT timeline is hung in the main hallway (adjacent to the Hondo) for you to view. There
are some post it notes on the bulletin board for you to add any additional events, or corrections to the timeline as posted. Please post the event, date, and your name just in case we have questions. Please do not hesitate to make corrections – we are seeking to have this timeline as accurate as possible.
If you have photos from your grandparents' or great grandparents' albums of events that took place at the temple from 1915 forward, would you let us scan them for our booklet? The pictures will be returned. Please put your name, the names of the people in the photo, and the date of the photo on the back.
TBT Cookbook We are still accepting your recipes, or your kids’ favorite recipes, or favorite family recipes.
Again, we are also asking for special recipes that would be for gluten free, egg free or peanut free recipes-any allergy free recipes. There is NO limit as to the number of recipes you can add. Having your recipes in our Centennial Book will be a great legacy to your family. Please submit your recipes to Cynthia Sasaki or June Akita either through email or hard copy. Our completion date has been changed to September, 2013. Our goal is to have the cookbooks ready to sell by Bazaar, 2013. PLEASE GIVE US YOUR RECIPES ASAP SO THEY CAN BE TYPED AND PROOFED BEFORE OUR COMPLETION DATE.
We sold 14 jars of takuwan at the Northwest Buddhist Convention in February. The sale (or maybe the smell) of the takuwan made some of the delegates aware that Tacoma is in the process of turning 100 years young! Thank you Northwest Delegates!
Centennial 100 Favorite Recipes
Here is this month’s special recipe from Anita Nakayama. Grandma Nakayama’s Coconut Kanten
1 ½ c. water 1 t. lemon extract 1 c. sugar 1 pkg. kanten 1 pkg. coconut milk
Soak 2 pieces kanten in water; then tear and rinse clean. Squeeze excess water from kanten. In a medium size pot, boil: 1 ½ c. water, 1 c. sugar, and the kanten until kanten dissolves. In a large bowl, mix kanten mixture with coconut milk and 1 tsp. lemon extract. Put in 8 x 8 pan and refrigerate.
This Month’s Bookmark
A Life of Serendipity, Blown by the Wind of Amida’s Vow by Alfred Bloom
“In this telling and vivid memoir, we see unfold the story of one unique human being, Alfred Bloom, told in clear, frank, and unembellished terms, like the man himself. It is such a rich study in the journey of a man, his family, his many friends and acquaintances; his personal and religious awakening; and history spanning over three-quarters of a century, as seen through his eyes. It is the tale of a man of gifted intellect, intuition, and prose, yet utterly unpretentious in its charm and insight into the protean
nature of the religious quest, through which the author becomes not more certain but more open to the ever changing landscape of reality. Riding on the waves of compassion, he seems to come home, to various places geographically for sure, but most significantly, to himself, to the embrace of the great flow of life, which in Shin Buddhism is expressed as Amida’s Vow, as Namu Amida Butsu.” ~Mark Unno, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, University of Oregon This book can be found in the Jodo Shinshu section in our temple library. GREETERS SCHEDULE March 3 No Service because of Sukiyaki Dinner 10 Richard Ling / Kevin Ikeda 17 Lynrae Hubbell / Mike Shiogi 24 Patti Wong / David Yotsuuye 31 Karen Yoshitomi / June Akita April 7 Les Hitsman / Bob Nakayama 14 Jeff Hiroo / Fred Pelger Welcome! 21 Ken Tanino / Wendy Hamai 28 Kiku Morita / Yasuko Morita
Getting to Knowing Our Sangha! We have so many special members at our Temple. If you have not submitted your list of ‘Ten Things We Don’t Know About You’, it is not too late. Please jot down your ten items on a piece of paper and submit them to Sensei or June. See if you recognize this month’s members.
(continues to the next page) Individual #1: (Hint: In Memory of A Special Keiro Honoree) 1. He was born in Orting, Washington 90+ years ago.
2. He was…