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December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Last month began with Marilee and I going to Japan so she could receive her Gohonzon statue. As you can see from the pictures on our Homepage, this was a solemn, joyous, and incredible moment. As well as receiving the Gohonzon in a beautiful ceremony, Marilee, along with other English-speaking members, was taken on a pre-service tour of some of the important sites at RK headquarters. The first picture of Marilee shows her standing between…

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November 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Pennee and I were thrilled to see so many of you on Skype during the celebration of the 35th Anniversary of NY Church, along with our dharma friends in Orlando. We truly enjoyed the experience of being with so many of the NY members from many areas, as well as hearing Eiko-san’s incredible testimonial, Rev. Nagashima’s talk on Buddha nature, and Rev. Fujita’s closing words. But now our work continues. On Nov. 2 Marilee and…

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October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, On Sunday, September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma touched down in Florida. Like most of you, many days were spent in preparation for this event, and many days after in cleaning up. I sincerely hope that those of you I have not seen or heard from made it safely through the storm and its aftermath. At Service last Sunday we shared our gratitude for having survived and for the help given to us by many others.…

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September 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, August brought us heat, storms, and┬ávisits to a few different places of worship. It was nice for our sangha to enjoy some activities outside of church, and thanks to all who participated. September brings the return of Dianne after Labor day, and Marilee late in the month. It will be good to have them back! We will have our Fall Memorial Service for all of our ancestors this month, so please give me your names…

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August 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, As I write this, Tropical Storm Emily is unexpectedly bringing our area some pretty rough weather. I hope all of you will be safe during the next few days. If you take a look at RKNY’s newsletter that I also send to you, you will read Rev. Fujita’s comments about her visit to us in June. As you can see from our July website photos we had a lovely and heartfelt Urabon-e/Ullambana Memorial Service for…

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July 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Whew! It is really hot, isn’t it? Thank goodness we are getting some afternoon rains for relief. We were blessed with a very short and quick visit from Rev. Fujita, Yasuko, and Yoshi from RKNY Church in mid-June. I think they were a bit surprised at how hot it gets here. We are very grateful for their visit to us. And long-time member Ian finally got his home altar enshrined. He is very proud! This…

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June 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, We remembered the spirit of Jerry Freeman at his Year One Memorial Service in May. It was so good to be with Judith again, and I assured her all of the sangha was with her in spirit that day. Moments like this are when we realize how important it is to have the Three Treasures of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. It is good to know we are never really alone. I hope all of…

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May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, As I look at our photo of us on Buddha’s Birthday I am struck by the joy in each of our faces. This will always be a very special day, I think, and I am stunned every year by how beautiful our altar looks thanks to everyone’s help. Our month of April ended on another joyful note: Dianne Hall, who has been coming to our group since last fall, has joined us officially, and Marilee…

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April 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, It was very moving to be a part of the 79th Anniversary of the Founding of Rissho Kosei-kai at NY Church on March 5. Realizing the great history and hard work of the Founder and Co-Founder made me feel deep gratitude to them and to the whole organization. I hope all of you feel a bit of this We are very fortunate to have encountered the Dharma through RKk. This month we celebrate another joyous…

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March 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, The days are getting a bit longer and warmer. Spring in Florida is a subtle season that gradually brings the heat and humidity that will be here for some time. Let us enjoy these remaining days of sweetness, coolness at night. March 2017 is another busy month. We begin with our Service for the 79th Anniversary of the Founding of Rissho Kosei-kai. Let us think about the significance of RK in our lives. I hope…

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