BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE May 2015 Web Edition

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BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE May 2015 Web Edition
the Padma
BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE
May 2015
Web Edition
Inspired by Rev. Matsumoto's shotsuki talk on the impermanence of our beloved courtyard cherry tree,
Shige Kajiwara took this photo of the last blossoms to appear on the tree. Although the tree is near it's end
of life, it's delicate beauty will be long remembered and cherished. Hopefully cuttings from this tree will
bring about new life and regeneration once again.
Our Vision
A Community Where Our Spiritual Life And True Self Can Be Realized
Our Mission
To Live A Life Of Joy In The Nembutsu And Share The Dharma With Others
the Padma
May 2015
BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE
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2121 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94704 (510) 841-1356
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For temple matters, please contact Rev. Matsumoto at (510) 841-1356,
or leave a message on the temple answering machine.
Temple web: www.berkeleysangha.org
Temple e-mail: [email protected]
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Dharma Family /
Shotsuki Hoyo Service
@ Jodo Shinshu Center
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Manju Making
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Volunteers needed!
Bazaar Construction
No Dharma School Classes
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Gotan-e / Parents’ Day
Service
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Padma Articles Due
SATSUKI BAZAAR
12 – 7 pm
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8:30 am
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Chanting Service
Dharma Family Service
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Chanting Service
Dharma Family Service
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Temple Board
Meeting
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HOLIDAY
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Stage Construction
SATSUKI BAZAAR
3-9 pm
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Bazaar Clean-up
starts @ 4 pm
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Padma Newsletter
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Gagaku Practice
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FUTURE DATES TO REMEMBER
May 3 - Dharma Family & Shotsuki Hoyo services
at the Jodo Shinshu Center
(due to Bazaar construction)
May 3 - Bazaar Construction Day; No DFS
May 10 - Gotan-e/Parents’ Day service
May 16 & 17 – 66th Annual Satsuki Bazaar; No DFS
May 19 - Bazaar Clean-up
June 7 - DFS & Shotsuki Hoyo
June 14 - DFS & Dharma School Graduation service
May 2015 Dharma School Schedule
Sunday, May 3: No Dharma School classes (Bazaar construction)
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Sunday, May 10: Parents' Day; school-wide Dharma School activity
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Sunday, May 17: No Dharma School classes (Satsuki Bazaar)
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Sunday, May 24: Regular Dharma School classes
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Sunday, May 31: Regular Dharma School classes
The Nembutsu as Music
The delicate, wondrous sounds of jewel-trees in the jewel-forests
Are a naturally pure and harmonious music,
Unexcelled in subtlety and elegance,
So take refuge in Amida, the music of purity.1
MUSIC ECHOES FROM THE PURE LAND! That is what Shinran Shōnin teaches us in this
beautiful hymn. Amida Buddha is none other than the “music of purity,” whose very Name is
like art itself, the spontaneous self-expression of truth making itself known in our lives. Pure and
harmonious, this music resonates within our hearts and minds, giving expression to our most
deeply held hopes and wishes.
We connect with the world around us through a variety of sensations—sights, sounds,
smells, tastes and touch. Often, unfortunately, those sensations serve as the objects of our
desires; all too often they become the motivation for our self-centered attachments and craving.
And yet, those same sensations can also serve as gateways to a world beyond the self.
Here, with Shinran’s words as our guide, let us think about the importance of sound. It can
be said that our connection to the world of sound is often direct, emotional and very moving. A
simple melody can move us to tears. A leader’s words can sometimes move us to action. When
we really hear a sound, music or a voice, something resonates within our hearts in a way that we
cannot ignore and doubt. “I hear you.” When we really hear something we cannot help but take it
in and let it take root within us.
For that reason, Buddhism often talks about “hearing.” The way to enlightenment is
described as the path of hearing the Dharma. Shinran, moreover, urges us to hear the Name of
Amida Buddha, “Namu Amida Butsu,” for as we do so we are able to hear the origin and
fulfillment of the Primal Vow and be without doubt. I take this to mean that just about anything
within the world of sound—cries in the wilderness, the sounds of the city, or the voices and
songs of persons we meet in life—can sing to us, like music, of life’s wish to become itself and
give itself to us so that we might live. Or, as Shinran states in a note to the hymn above, “things
that work and move…all, without exception, produce the sound of dharma.”2
In particular, music can often reveal something to us of our own lives. At times, the lyrics
and melody of a song can make us think longingly of those who have gone before. An ancient
chant can reveal something of ourselves that we had not known before. A sonata can inspire us to
venture out onto a path long-avoided. Or, a lullaby can remind us of love that endures and
supports us always. Within music, we are often able to encounter the timeless wish of life and
realize the infinite potential of our own lives.
In this sense, we can appreciate Shinran Shōnin’s declaration that music echoes from the
Pure Land. The wisdom and compassion of Amida Buddha is at play within our lives. It takes the
form of Name, of sound and music. The music of the Pure Land resounds within our hearts and
minds. We hear the nembutsu as music and, as we do, our lives also become works of art,
singing songs in praise of Amida, the music of purity.
Namu Amida Butsu
Rev. D. Matsumoto
May 2015
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Hymns of the Pure Land, 39, CWS, 334.
Ibid.
PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE
It is almost May and time for the Bazaar! Our Bazaar Committee has been hard at work preparing and coordinating in advance of this great undertaking. They have put a lot in place to make
the jobs we all need to perform that much easier. Please check your work schedule so that we
are adequately staffed. Come join all of us in making this a wonderful event (and don’t forget
to invite your friends!). Working together, we will make this year’s Bazaar another success!
Some important dates to remember are Sunday, May 3, Bazaar Construction Day; Saturday
and Sunday, May 16 and 17, the days of the Bazaar; and Tuesday, May 19, Bazaar Clean-Up.
Through our participation we can convey our gratitude to the Temple and those who have gone
before us for all they have provided.
Despite the metaphoric descriptions of the athletic stylings of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the rains, in the form of actual water, we had been expecting all winter did not arrive. Our
Governor has declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order requiring water
agencies, and therefore us, the consumers, to use less water. We, as a Sangha, are exploring
ways to reduce our water usage by reducing the water we use in our landscaping by converting
some of our remaining sprinklers to drip systems and reducing the amount of time our sprinklers operate each day.
The renovation of the barbeque pits has been continuing with a lot of progress over the past
month. The project should be just about complete prior to the Bazaar with its completion to occur over the summer. Let us all take a moment to thank Dii Lewis and his work crew for the
job they are doing to help beautify and improve the functionality of our limited space.
In continuing with our Outreach, we have scheduled another event working at the Alameda
County Community Food Bank. We will be going down on June 13 in the afternoon. Please
come join other members of our Sangha as we get the opportunity to help others in our community and get to know each other better! Having done this before, I must say that the work is
more “sweet” than “sweat.” Details are included in this edition of the Padma.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Bazaar and, of course, thank you for your support.
Go Warriors!
Gassho,
Takashi Nikaidoh and Ron Hiraga
BBT Co-Presidents, 2015
COMBINED DHARMA FAMILY SERVICE &
SHŌTSUKI MEMORIAL SERVICE
JODO SHINSHU CENTER
2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
May 3, 2015
9:30 am
PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION!
(Parking available at the JSC)
The following persons will be remembered during the Shōtsuki Hōyō (monthly memorial
service) for May.
Hideyo Adachi
Bill Goleta
Terry Hiramoto
Douglas B. Davis
Junji Hamai
Kiriye Hiraoka
Sansuke Fujinaga
Florence N. Hiramoto
Yonezo Hirose
Edward A. Imazumi
Shigenori Iyama
Chika Kawamoto
Michio Kono
Kazuhiro Ishida
Toshio Jimbo
Stella Kimura
Kane Maida
Priscilla S. Mayeda
Tamayo Ishida
Shigeru Jio
Teruko Komure
Torayoshi Maida
Alma T. Hirose Miller
Ayako M. Miyasaki
Roy S. Matsushino
Naokichi Mitsuyasu
Kimiyo Miyaji
Fusako Morita
Yuta Morimoto
Miyoko Nakagawa
Larry Takeo Sato
Mary Bonzo Suzuki
Miyoshi Nakano
Chizuko Shimada
Lucille Takano
Robert Nagahisa
Edwin S. Oki
Ginzo Suto
Kikuye A. Tokuyoshi
Wataru Tsuchihashi
Kiyomi Uehisa
Ninosuke Yoshida
Toshiko Tsujimoto
Kawayo Yamasaki
Toshio Yoshida
Toshiko Tsurumoto
Satoshi J. Yamasaki
Takehiko Yoshimura
Note: If there are any additions, corrections or deletions to the above list, please
notify the Berkeley Buddhist Temple at 510-841-1356.
Disaster Is Here
By Diane Ames
The State Water Resources Control Board filed in for their press conference wearing long black
robes and intoning, “Woe! Woe unto California! The rains have failed again!” Then their
chairman recited a dirge as the others strummed softly on lyres:
Lovely was the Sierra snowpack,
Whiter than an angel’s robe.
From her drifts dripped sparkling water
Into pure and bubbling streams.
Now the slopes stand bare of snowflakes;
Nothing flows from barren stones.
Where the ski lifts groaned with tourists
Only owners’ sobs are heard.
Where there once flowed rushing trout streams
Insects swarm on stinking mud.
Woe, woe unto Gilroy
When her garlic has no water but the farmers’ tears!
There is wailing in the Central Valley,
Fresno weeping for her nut trees
And will not be comforted because they are no more.
The board then exited crying, “Woe! Woe! Woe!”
“My God!” said a reporter. “They’ve finally snapped!”
“Can you blame them?” I asked. “Doing their job, you too might lose your mind.”
“Whatever their mental state may be,” said another reporter, “it seems we’re really up a
dry creek. So what are we supposed to do about it?”
“It’s water war time,” snorted yet another.
“That will get us nowhere,” said one journalist wiser than the rest. “You know, the
Buddha once convinced two kings that fighting a war over water made no sense. He wanted
them to work out other solutions together, with compassion on all concerned.”
“That raises a question,” I remarked. “How?
BAZAAR CONSTRUCTION DAY
May 3, 2015
9:00 AM
Please come out to help set up for our annual fundraiser.
Everyone's help is needed and appreciated.
Refreshments provided.
GOTAN-YE
&
PARENTS' DAY SERVICE
May 10, 2015
9:30 AM
Coffee social following service
BAZAAR CLEAN-UP
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Come anytime from 4 PM
Help is needed for bazaar clean-up. The more
the merrier and the sooner the completion of
task. Dinner will be served.
TEL: (510) 841-1356
FAX: (510) 841-1435
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
2121 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94707
April 21, 2015
Dear Members and Friends of the Temple,
On May 10, 2015 the Berkeley Buddhist Temple will observe Gotan-e,
a gathering to commemorate the birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo
Shinshu Buddhism.
At the same time, we will celebrate our annual Parents’ Day Service, which
will feature presentations by our high school senior students. Rev. David
Matsumoto will deliver the Dharma talk for the adults.
We hope you will attend the Gotan-e and Parents’ Day family service.
There will be a coffee social following the service.
The Temple would appreciate your special donation for Gotan-e. An
envelope is attached for your convenience.
In Gassho,
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Berkeley Buddhist Temple expresses condolences and deep sympathy
To the family of
Elaine Emiko Sato
Shaku En Cho
March 6, 1922 - February 17, 2015
To the family of
Mary Fumiko Haraguchi
Shaku Nan Toku
December 31, 1923 - March 14, 2015
To the family of
Willy Osamu Ide
Shaku Ken Ju
May 17, 1940 - March 23, 2015
Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Butsu
Namu Amida Butsu
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The following is a list of special service years. If you have a departed relative who has
passed away in any of the listed years, and would like to make arrangements for a
memorial service, please contact Rev. Matsumoto at (510) 841-1356.
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2015 MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULE
YEAR
2014
2013
2009
2003
1999
1991
1983
1966
1916
SERVICE
1st Year
3rd Year
7th Year
13th Year
17th Year
25th Year
33rd Year
50th Year
100th Year
ANNUAL BAZAAR CONSTRUCTION DAY
SUNDAY MAY 3
9 AM
BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE
ALL TEMPLE & DHARMA SCHOOL MEMBERS & FRIENDS INVITED
PREPARE & SET UP FOR THE BAZAAR
ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
ASSEMBLING BAZAAR BOOTHS & OTHER STRUCTURES
PRIMPING LANDSCAPING – CLEANING AND TIDYING
HANGING SIGNS –LAYING CARDBOARD ON KITCHEN FLOORS
BUILDING HANDICAPPED ACCESS RAMPS – ETC., ETC.
GOOD THINGS TO BRING:
1/2” WRENCH
SCREWGUNS AND OTHER WOODWORKING TOOLS
GARDENING TOOLS, GLOVES, UTILITY KNIVES
COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
QUESTIONS? Craig Griffin 510.841.1356 [email protected]
REMINDERS:
SILENT AUCTION IS LOOKING FOR DONATIONS – Contact Miki
BAKERY IS LOOKING FOR BAKED GOODS – Contact Naomi
BAZAAR WORK SCHEDULE QUESTIONS – Contact Karen
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MAY 16–17, 2015:
SAT, 3-9 PM /SUN, 12-7 PM
Berkeley Buddhist Temple - 2121 Channing Way at Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
FREE PERFORMANCES
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SUNDAY!
Top clockwise: Akira Tana, Akiko, Annie Sellick, George Yoshida’s J-Town Ensemble, Cal Raijin Taiko, Josef Anolin, Jiten Daiko
SPECI AL GUESTS: Akira Tana and the Secret Agent Band
featuring Akiko and Annie Sellick • George Yoshida’s J-Town
Jazz Ensemble • Performances by Cal Raijin Taiko and Jiten Daiko
Local comedian Josef Anolin returns to emcee!
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P A R K I N G : Brower Center – at Kittridge, between Oxford/Shattuck Ave
and UC Berkeley – at Bancroft/Fulton/Durant Ave (hourly rates)
R I D E B A R T : Temple is 5 blocks south of Downtown Berkeley station
For more information: 510.841.1356 | berkeleysangha.org
A portion of the proceeds from the Satsuki Bazaar to benefit Asian American Donor Program (AADP).
To request sign language interpreter, call 510.841.1356 at least 5 days prior to event.
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO BRING IN YOUR DONATIONS.
Our fantastic Silent Auction is the result of your generous gifts.
We accept new or almost new items, preferably in their boxes.
Here are some suggestions.
Artwork: Japanese artwork, house-ware, ceramics, paintings, photographs…
Electronics: iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Wii, cell phone, MP3 player, digital camera….
Entertainment: civic light opera tickets, movie passes, Lawrence Hall of
Science…
Gift Certificates to your favorite restaurant, fun centers, spa treatment, massage...
Kitchen appliances: perhaps an unopened wedding gift?
Services or lessons: yard-work, construction, swimming, SAT, math, reading,
music………
Sporting event tickets to: As, Giants, Raiders, 49ers, Sharks, Bears, Cardinal,
tee-times at golf courses, auto-racing……….
Travel: spare frequent flyer mileage…..
Weekend Get-Away: donate your condo for a weekend in Tahoe, Reno, Hawaii,
wine country, Monterey bay, Europe…..
Contact Silent Auction Co-Chairs: Grant Din or Miki Adachi (510-841-1356)
CARDBOARD FOR BAZAAR
Costco shopping trip? New appliance in your future?
The 2015 Satsuki Bazaar needs cardboard to cover the
kitchen, Old Temple and booth floors. If you could collect some
large pieces of cardboard and bring them to the back of the Social
Hall in the next few weeks before the Bazaar, it would be greatly
appreciated.A good source for the large pieces of cardboard is the
liners between items on the pallets at Costco (they allow you to
collect them as you shop). Another good source is the box from
that large appliance or big screen tv.
Thanks for your help,
Bazaar Construction Committee
Jr. YBA News
By Skye Nikaidoh
On March 21, the Berkeley Sangha Jr. YBA chapter attended the biannual Coast District
Conference. We attended workshops that each focused on a different Buddhist concept from
Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland.
For example, an ongoing
theme was the impermanence
that Alice experienced
throughout the movie. We all
participated in discussions and
learned more about
communicating with others
and understanding ourselves.
A big thank you to Coast
District for organizing and
inviting us to this fun event!
Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education presents
GŌ TAN E
降
誕 会
A Commemoration & Concert in Celebration of Shinran Shonin’s Birthday
May 21, 2015
6 pm Refreshments, 6:30 pm Service and Program
At the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Featuring a musical presentation on the biwa by
Molly Miyako Kimura
Program is free and open to the public
BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Board of Directors Meeting
March 10, 2015
Attendance: Ron Hiraga, Takashi Nikaido, Patty Fujiwara, Rev. Matsumoto, Judy Fujimoto, Lucy Hamai, Don Hamasaki, Emiko Katsumoto, Kiyoshi
Katsumoto, Dii Lewis, Millie Nikaido, Gary Oda, Karen Sugiyama, David Ushijima, Russell Ware, Yuki Otake, Caroline Fernandez. Proxies: Judy Kono,
Denise Lapidus, Emi Nakao, Art Nishimura, Wayne Sugihara, Lena Yin.
Co-president Ron Hiraga called the meeting to order at 7:30PM with opening gassho led by Rev. Matsumoto.
FEBRUARY MINUTES were accepted as written. MSC J. Fujimoto/K. Katsumoto
MINISTER'S REPORT: Rev. Matsumoto presented a written report for the period February 10, 2015 to March 10, 2015, which included the
following: 4 meetings, 3 consultations, 1 visitation, 4 BBT services, 4 chanting services, 5 BBT family memorial services, 1 Makuragyo, 1 Study
Session with San Fernando Buddhist Temple members, BCAMA Meetings - San Diego, CBE/IBS Symposium - San Diego, BCA National Council
Meeting - San Diego, set up for BD Jr. YBA Meeting opening service. One memorial: Mrs. Elaine Sato
TREASURER'S REPORT: Satoshi Steimetz issued a written income/expense report for 2/1/1 to 2/28/15.
CORRESPONDENCE: Custodial account statement for the month of January. Thank you cards from DII Lewis, Kato family, San Fernando Hongwanji
Buddhist Temple and Rev. Usuki. The refreshment sign up list was circulated.
REPORTS BY AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS
BBWA: As requested at the last board meeting, Caroline Fernandez submitted a list of BBWA activities. She also submitted a draft organizational
chart that outlined how the BBWA activities could be continued under the board’s direction. The question of whether the board wants to support
having a women’s component (BBWA type organization) at the temple was discussed. This group would maintain ties to the Bay District and FBWA.
A committee (Karen Sugiyama, Joyce Oishi, DII Lewis, Takashi Nikaido, and Millie NIkaido) was formed to look into this reorganization and to make
a proposal to the board at the next meeting.
J-SEI: Flavors of Spring on April 17. Donation was made at the Momoji level.
DHARMA SCHOOL: No report
JR. YBA: VP Noel McGuire issued a written report for February 2015.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
RELIGIOUS COMMITTEE: Art Nishimura provided an updated 2015 service calendar report.
PLEDGE/MEMBERSHIP: No report
BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Down spouts and gutter were cleaned on February 28. Gutter at the SW corner of the lower roof by the driveway needs
fixing. MIlrand will repair the flashing above Social Hall kitchen. They will also seal the walls in back and the front wall of the temple.
GARDEN MAINTENANCE: Gary will contact the gardener to look into installing a drip system so the sprinklers won’t spray on the front walls of the
temple. The trees in the front were trimmed and are healthy. Gary will ask the gardener about possible replacements for the cherry tree in the
courtyard.
APARTMENTS: Ron Hiraga reported that the Channing Way and Fulton St. apartments are fully occupied; reimbursement for February received
from K&S
OTHER REPORTS
BAZAAR: All committee chairs are working hard. The steak and raffle packages will be handed out on Sunday, 3/15. Russell and Kiyoshi are pulling
permits.
BBQ PITS DEMOLITION: DII Lewis thanked all the volunteers who helped with trenching. Demolition will be on March 12.
TAIKO: Bradley Menda submitted annual Taiko Budget. There are plans to make 4 drums this year with the help of Rev. Abiko. BBT to assume the
cost of making 4 drums. MSC: R. Hiraga/K. Katsumoto.
NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING: Ron Hiraga reported that the budget passed. Assessment raised from $107.25 to $109.39. BCA owes $4,000,000
debt to the endowment foundation. There is a campaign to help pay off the debt: 1,000 people pledge $1,000 a year for 4 years. Five by-laws
passed. Las Vegas Sangha Center has just opened; services are held once a month. Dharmathon: newest ministers in each district gave a dharma
talk for 10 minutes. Ecosangha workshop was very informative. Meeting went smoothly and was well organized.
NEW BUSINESS
Lucy Hamai and Emi Nakao were thanked for the delicious refreshments. Next Month: Judy Fujimoto and Yuki Otake. The meeting was adjourned
at 9:18PM with closing gassho led by Rev. Matsumoto.
Respectfully submitted,
Patty Fujiwara, recording secretary
(Please contact a Board member is further clarification of these minutes is required.)
Pledged members through March 23, 2015
The following members have pledged in amounts ranging from $150 to $1500. Amounts are not
intended to correspond to the alphabetical listing below. Pledges sent in after this date may not
have been processed by the Padma deadline and will be published in subsequent issues. The
temple gratefully acknowledges your generous contributions and thanks you for your dana and
understanding. Please advise us of any omissions.
Gene & Vicki Chin
Dii Lewis & Joyce Oishi
Gary Oda
William & Judy Fujimoto
David Lyon & Christina Iwasaki
Ralph & Barbara Reid
James Furuichi
Rev William & Kiyo Masuda
Sandra Takeda
Alan & Ashi Hirahara
Andy & Lisa Mayeda
Grace Ueda
Willy & Ritsuko Ide
Fumiye Mayeda
Yae Yedlosky
Kimberly Leo
Kimiye Nakao
Please welcome our newest members:
Ritsuko Ide
Ralph & Barbara Reid
Thank you to all temple members for your generous and continued support!
For any questions, please call Mimi Kagehiro (510-841-1356) or email [email protected]
Come Join Us Helping at the
Alameda County Community Food Bank!
Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 1PM-4PM
We have space for 15-20 volunteers to help sort, screen and box food for
distribution. The only limitation is that volunteers must be at least 10 years
of age. The work does not involve heavy lifting or any prior experience in
the food / agriculture industries, only a willingness to help others!
If you are interested, please contact Takashi Nikaidoh at
[email protected] When sending the email, please use the term
“Food Bank” in the subject line. Please let me know if you can drive, can
drive others, or if you need a lift. I will try my best to make sure that
everyone can get there.
SIGN UP FOR eSCRIP TO EARN MONEY FOR THE TEMPLE
Shop at Safeway: Your participation can mean hundreds of dollars for the Temple.
• Go to eScrip.com
• Click on “1-Sign up”
• Enter your Club Card number
• Group ID#155954856
Online Shopping: Do your shopping online at stores such as Target, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Amazon, REI,
Crate & Barrel and many more.
• Sign up with eScrip, enter your credit cards you would use at these stores.
• Go to the Online Mall at eScrip.com and start shopping. The Temple can earn up to 12% from your
purchases.
Dining Out: You can earn contributions to the Temple by eating out at restaurants such as Pican or Ozumo
(in Oakland), La Note Restaurant or Troy Greek Cuisine (in Berkeley). These and other establishments will
donate up to 3% of your bill to the Temple.
• Sign up with eScrip.com and enter your credit cards you would use at these restaurants.
Please contact Maya Murashima Yonemura at (510) 841-1356
or email [email protected] with any questions.
Kuri Manju Volunteers Needed May 9!
An opportunity to learn to make one of our bazaar specialties takes place on
Saturday, May 9 at 9 am at the temple when we make everyone’s favorite kuri
manju. We will need lots of help because we will be making a lot of manju to try
to meet the demand for more manju. Both experienced help and those who just
want to learn are welcome. Call Yuki Otake or Amy Shinsako or leave a message
on the temple phone (510) 841-1356 if you can help or need more information.
Share your talent with the Bazaar Craft Booth!
The Craft Booth Chairs are seeking crafts from our talented temple community.
We are looking for Asian inspired ceramics, framed photography, children’s toys,
and home goods (dish towels, pot holders, etc.). We also seek jewelry and
accessories for men and women.
Please contact Gayle Nishikawa at 510-841-1356 or [email protected],
if you have items that you need us to pick up. Donated items can also be dropped
off at the temple. Remember to label the donation with "CRAFT BOOTH".
TELEPHONE COORDINATORS: SUSAN GABRIEL & LENA YIN
MAY TOBAN:
Chmn:
Cochairs:
Emiko Katsumoto
Russell Ware, Kathleen Yee
Bruce Buchholz & Doreen Sakamoto, Kiyo & Yasuko Harano*, Nora Hataye*, Kuniko Imazumi*, Arthur & Betsy
Ishida*, Florence Jeong, Richard & Nancy Kakigi, Dean & Denise Kaneshiro, Kiyoshi & Emiko Katsumoto, Michiko
Kubota*, Aiko Kurokawa, Mary Kurokawa*, Mike & Pat, Art Nishimura, Russell & Amy Ware, Aster & Arthur
Yamagata*, Dennis & Kathleen Yee, Ken Yoshii, Helen Yoshimura*
*Denotes disabled and/or elderly – Toban duties optional.
JUNE TOBAN:
Chmn:
Cochairs:
Lena Yin
Miri Nikaidoh, Hiroko Okano, Yuki Otake
Kim & Vera Leo, Eric & Mary Lindquist, Jeff & Robin McGuire, Takashi & Miri Nikaidoh, Nobuko Nishikado*, Gordon
Oishi, Sachiko Okano, (Steve & Hiroko Okano), Gary Otake & Lisa Cougar, Gene & Yuki Otake, Marie Shiromoto*,
Satoshi & Elaine Steimetz, Toshio & Elaine Tsuda, Grade Ueda*, George & Lena Yin
*Denotes disabled and/or elderly – Toban duties optional.
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PADMA STAFF: Rev. Matsumoto, Gene Chin, Pauline Fong, Susan & Al Gabriel, Lucy Hamai, Yo Hiraoka, Norman Hirose, Ellen
Jorgensen, Keiko Kawakami, Emi Matsunaga, Yuki Otake, Mae Takeda, Scott Takeda, Edythe Vassall, and Yae
Yedlosky.
Services And Information
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Services
Visitor Information
Our regular Sunday program begins with a Family
Service at 9:30am. A Dharma talk is available after the
Family Service while Dharma School classes are
convened for students.
Please feel free to ask any of our greeters for
information. We are here to assist you with whatever
level of participation you may be seeking.
Special Services
January 1
February
March
April
May
July
September
November
December
December 31
Shusho-e
Nehan-e
Ohigan
Hanamatsuri
Gotan-e
Kangi-e
Ohigan
Hoonko
Jodo-e
Joya-e
New Year's Day Service
Nirvana Day
Spring Equinox
Flower Festival
Birthday of Shinran
Obon
Autumn Equinox
Shinran Shonin Memorial
Bodhi Day
Year End Service
A Shotsuki Hoyo (Monthly Memorial) Service is held the
first Sunday of each month.
Whether you are here to satisfy a slight interest or to
make a more personal connection, we wish you well and
hope that you will be visiting us again soon.
Membership Information
Membership is open to all who view our Temple as their
religious home and seek the Buddha-Dharma.
To join, complete a membership form, have your name
entered on the membership roll and support the Temple
through a pledge and participation.
To inquire about becoming a member, please speak with
our Membership Chair or Minister.
Dharma School
Our Dharma School (Sunday School) has classes from
preschool through high school. Our teachers are happy
to discuss the appropriate level of spiritual enrichment
for your child.
Monthly Discussions
In our discussions, we strive to experience the BuddhaDharma with our entire selves – with our bodies (quiet
sitting and other forms of meditation), voices (chanting
and other liturgy) and minds (study and discussion).
Our sessions focus on ways in which Buddhist teaching
and practice can impact our everyday lives. Each session
will take up a different topic and so you are welcome to
attend any or all sessions.
All interested persons are welcome to attend.
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
2121 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
10:00am – 1:00pm
Phone: 510-841-1356
email: [email protected]
web: www.berkeleysangha.org

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