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BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE
December 2013 Web Edition
A Community Where Our Spiritual Life And True Self Can Be Realized
To Live A Life Of Joy In The Nembutsu And Share The Dharma With Others
BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE 2121 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94704 (510) 841-1356 WEB EDITION Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9:30 am Bodhi Day Service 11:15 am BBWA Meeting Gagaku Practice All Dharma School students will help Irene Sensei with a wonderful 11 am – 1 pm "walking meditation" activity.
Coffee social following service 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 9:30 am Dharma Family/ Crafts Shotsuki Hoyo Service 10 am – 1 pm Padma Articles Due Regular Dharma School classes. Temple Board Meeting 7:30 pm Coffee social following service 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
TEMPLE CLEAN-UPPadma Newsletter Gagaku Practice 8:30 am 6:30 pm 6 – 7:30 pm No Dharma School.
Come and help out… it’s fun!
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 No Services Crafts HOLIDAY 10 am – 1 pm No Dharma School.
December 1 - Bodhi Day Service December 8 - DFS & Shotsuki Hoyo December 15 - Temple Clean-up December 22 & 29 - No Services December 31 - End of the Year Service (Joya-e) January 1 - New Year Service (Shusho-e) January 5 - DFS & Shotsuki Hoyo January 12 - New Year Lunch and BBT Installation of Officers
TYPHOON HAIYAN has brought about a disaster of massive proportions to the people of the Philippines. Where there were once homes and communities almost nothing remains—only the remnants of human lives shattered by the most powerful storm ever to strike land. People, families, homes, businesses, and careers have been wiped out. Thousands have been killed and injured. Thousands more are missing and displaced. Who knows when they will be able to return to normalcy, if ever? The images of the Philippine people stand out most starkly before us.
People stranded amid fetid flood waters. Some dying while waiting for help or supplies to arrive.
Images that none of us will soon forget. People young and old, male and female, healthy and sick—all plunged into misery and in desperate need of the help of others in order to survive.
Disasters like Haiyan often bring out the best in people. As we have seen in the cases of Haiti, Katrina, the South Asian tsunami, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the goodness of people springs forth and they act selflessly for the sake of others. Such action is also emphasized in the Mettā Sutta, where the Buddha teaches us to direct thoughts of loving kindness (metta), empathy, compassion and concern to all beings. Our thoughts are directed to all, "omitting none," wishing that every being may be at ease, "in gladness and in safety."
For then those hearts will spring into action. Wisdom becomes fulfilled as compassionate activity. When we see the interconnectedness of all beings we realize that we must act, for we cannot know happiness unless all beings are happy. This is what the Buddha teaches us: that minds of wisdom and hearts of loving kindness find fulfillment in compassionate activity.
This is what the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha declares—"I cannot attain enlightenment unless all beings attain enlightenment with me!" The Vow expresses the highest ideal for all people: That we may all live together in harmony, peace, equality and mutual respect for each other and for the world. When we entrust in that Vow—when we awaken to the boundless wisdom and compassion of life—then we will see no difference between ourselves and others.
We will realize the interconnectedness of all beings. When others suffer, we will suffer. Our happiness can only exist in the happiness of all.
I am happy to say that many members of our temple have already opened their hearts and wallets to help the people of the Philippines at this terrible time. May we continue to do so. As we extend our hands to our brothers and sisters in need, may we find renewed commitment to our lives as Buddhists. May we open our eyes to the interconnectedness of all beings. May we act with compassion, empathy and kindness every day. And may those daily acts of loving kindness eventually form mountains of great value, which will spread throughout our own hearts and minds, and into the hearts, minds and lives of countless others throughout the world.
Namu Amida Butsu, Rev. David Matsumoto December 2013 1 A passage from the Karaṇīyamettā Sutta (Mettā Sutta), in the Suttanipāta.
PRESIDENTS’ MESSAGE The Holiday Season is in full swing at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. The Dharma School Halloween Party was just scary enough! In November, we honored Shinran Shonin with the traditional Ho-on-ko service. Special thanks to IMOP* students, Rev. Miho Sekiya and Rev. Ryuhei Endo, for their enlightening Dharma talks.
Of course, we cannot mention November without mentioning Thanksgiving.
We hope everyone is able to share time with family and friends and partake in the traditional Thanksgiving food. Gobble Gobble! Thanksgiving is a good time for appreciation for the support and activities provided by the BBT. The BBT had another wonderful year!! We give thanks to all who made it so, our great SANGHA.
The BBT recently partnered with J-Sei and Ikeibi Films in the showing of “Infinity & Chashu Ramen” at the California Theater in Berkeley. This film was shot entirely in San Francisco’s Japantown and is about two spirits and their mischievous adventures. The film’s star is Hiroshi Kashiwagi, who some of you may remember is a former member of the BBT. If you were not able to attend the showing, we are hopeful the film can be shown at the BBT in the near future.
On a more somber note, the BBT is soliciting donations to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. There is a special donation box at service. If not the donation box, please consider giving to the charity of your choice.
Holiday Gassho, Lucy Hamai and Ron Hiraga BBT Co-Presidents 2013
Shotsuki Hoyo Service – December 8, 2013, 9:30 AM The following persons will be remembered during the Shotsuki Hoyo (monthly memorial service) for December.
“So you see,” said the podiatrist, “the painful tendonitis in your ankle is connected to the fact that you overpronate when you walk, which is connected to your high arches. It’s also connected to your weak knee. And the knee bone’s connected to the... thigh bone... And the thigh bone’s connected to the... hip bone ….” “But doctor,” I tried to ask, with difficulty because he had gotten all carried away and was doing a soft shoe around the examination room, “that knee’s been weak since 1999. And I’ve had high arches since I was about five years old. That presumably means that I have been overpronating, whatever that is, for over sixty years. So why am I only getting a tendonitis in my ankle now?” “Obviously because of me!” said a cackling voice. And as my podiatrist danced out into the waiting room, startling the patients there, a hideously withered crone in gray materialized next to his examination table. “I believe we’ve already met,” she said. “I am Old Age.” “What are you doing here?” I demanded. “You know you’re not welcome. You never are! The Buddha said you are one of the lousiest things in human life, and as usual, he was right!” “Just thought I’d drop by,” she cackled. “I thought that if Death can put on a costume and walk into the room, so can I. Besides, you’ve been getting the idea that you can outsmart me, with your clever diets and your water exercise and all that. Did you think you were going to be one of those healthy, vibrant seniors in the AARP magazine, spending your retirement waterskiing around the world? I’ll show you!” And she literally proceeded to show me my wedding photo, taken when I was twenty, followed by a mirror that reflected what I look like now. Then she showed me my medicine chest, full of the pills I have to take every day, and my calendar, marked all over with medical appointments. “And oh yes,” she added, “here’s your latest medical test result. You have osteoporosis in both hips.” “In the first place,” I replied, “I never did want to be a vibrant senior. I’m not a tuning fork. And in the second place, the Buddha didn’t just point out what a killjoy you are. He taught us how to live with you.
Oh, he was all in favor of using medical science to make life easier for the old, and for the young too. But he knew that in the end, we have to transcend our attachment to this little self and thus to the fact that the truth of impermanence also applies to our bodies.” “And do you really think you can do that?” “Of course not. That’s why I’m a Shin Buddhist. I can say the nembutsu and trust Amida to sort of do it for me. Now why don’t you dematerialize? After all, you’re only a mental concept.” “So is Diane Ames, ultimately. And given your age, I’ll be getting more and more real to you for the rest of your life. In fact, I am the rest of your life.” “Fortunately Amida will always be with me too. So will my temple. My life still has a lot of compensations. And there’s something to be said for the warm pool at the YMCA.”
BODHI DAY SERVICEDecember 1, 2013 9:30 AM Coffee social following service
*********************************************** JOYA-E/YEAR END SERVICE Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:00 PM *********************************************
NEW YEAR SERVICEWednesday, January 1, 2014 10 AM Greet the New Year with family and friends.
MORE WAYS TO USE eSCRIP TO EARN MONEY
FOR THE TEMPLEDo your holiday 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. Also, 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 establishments and others 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 510‐841‐1356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Many thanks to those participating in the eScrip program which benefits the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. For those who haven't yet done so or would like to register, it's easy, safe and doesn't cost you anything. eScrip will contribute from 1‐ 12% of your purchases to the BBT. Hopefully, you have already renewed your commitment to the Safeway/eScrip program. You must do this yearly (by November 1) so your purchases at Safeway continue to benefit the BBT. You can still renew after this date, but purchases will only count from the date you renew. Please note that starting on November 1, 2013, purchases at Safeway will only count towards eScrip if you pay for your groceries by using a debit or gift card, cash or check. Purchases made with a credit card will no longer count towards eScrip contributions. eScrip will also contribute money to the BBT if you eat out at participating restaurants, such as Pican or Ozumo in Oakland, La Note or Troy Greek Cuisine in Berkeley and many more or do online shopping at businesses such as Nordstrom, Amazon, REI, Crate & Barrel, Target, etc. All you need to do is register the credit cards you would use at these establishments at eScrip.com. It's safe and secure. For the online shopping to count towards contributions to the Temple, you must use the Online Mall at eScrip.com. Some of these establishments will contribute up to 12% of your purchases to the Temple. What a wonderful way to earn extra money for the BBT. Even if you contribute to another group, you can include the BBT since you can designate up to three groups to receive your eScrip contributions. If you have any questions or need any help, please feel free to call Maya Murashima Yonemura 510‐841‐1356 or email me at email@example.com. Gassho, Maya Murashima Yonemura