Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Suffering certainly seemed to be a part of our lives this past month, as many of us shared our losses and sorrows recently. As we look at the photo¬† on our homepage we can see only happy, smiling faces. But through our sharing in Hoza we know that behind all of those smiles there lie hearts filled with pain, too. Let us all be grateful for our sangha that supports us on our Buddhist path,…

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August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Pennee and I returned recently from attending the Reimagining Interfaith Conference in D.C., and it was amazing to meet so many wonderful spiritual folks from all over the world. Rissho Kosei-kai had a nice group of us representing NY Church, as well as about 70 RK folks from Japan. RK made quite an impressive presence at the Conference! Pennee and i will share our experience with you on Sunday, August 5. We will also remember…

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July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Hope everyone is bearing up with all of our hot weather lately. It was great having several new visitors in May. It is always good to have the energy of young and new folks in our group. Thanks to Pennee and Ian for joining me at the Prayer Vigil at Iona Hope Episcopal Church. I will keep you informed if/when other events occur. This month we will remember all of our deceased loved ones on…

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June 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, In May we remembered our mother who gave us birth and recollected upon the Mother of All Buddhas, Kannon or Kwan Yin. This month we revere our dear fathers, also without whom we would not have our precious life. Let us be grateful to them as well. Let me close with some words from Founder Niwano: “Imagine a net with a thousand openings, one of which is you. Are you worth only one-thousandth of the…

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May 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, My words will be short this month. Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Your support for Kimberly in April was amazing. Our sangha is truly one of the Triple Gems, and all of you make our gem shine and glow. Your welcoming of all the visitors we have been having has been wonderful. May all of you be happy, healthy, free from, and peaceful. Quote for May: “To do no evil,…

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April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends, The month of march showed how much our sangha has come together in the past year. We began by celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of Rissho Kosei-kai, and ended by supporting our member, Kimberly, in her loss of her wife, Angela. It is with deep, deep gratitude that I thank all of you for your help and support in all of our endeavors in March. Let us now joyfully look forward to the celebration of the…

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March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, This month we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Rissho Kosei-kai. How grateful we all must be for this, for it means we encountered the Dharma (maybe for the first time), our sangha, and of course the Buddha. Your life is never the same after joining Rissho Kosei-kai. And I am so happy that many of you will be able to participate in the special Skype service with RKNY church on March…

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February 2018 Newsletter

Today Marilee, Ian, and I completed the Winter Recitation of the Lotus Sutra, with Dianne and Wayne also coming when they were able. As every year, it is a wonderful experience and it makes one feel clean, fresh, and ready to tackle the year ahead. But above all we are left with the joy of being reassured of buddhahood and feel the support of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas throughout time. I hope some of you tried to do it…

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January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to share those days with family or friends. Now the new year of 2018 is here, along with all that it will bring. Let us vow to renew our practice and perhaps try even harder, whether it is being more compassionate, doing daily sutra recitations, or making donation of some kind. We will be starting our services this year by reading and considering President…

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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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