A small statue of Hotei was found buried on the UUCFM campus grounds. How it got there or by whom remain a mystery, but having Hotei on the campus brings everyone an abundance of joy, happiness, and well-being, especially for children. The large belly of the buddha, along with his jolly face, signifies all of this.
On April 3, 2022 we celebrated Buddha’s Birthday with a Zoom service led by RKNY Church and with a special presentation by RK Chicago English speaking members. We hope that we will be able to have an in-person service in 2023 for this beautiful event. This photo depicts out April 2019 service in Fort Myers.
From January 23, 2021 through February 1, 2022, Fort Myers sangha members joined RKNY Church, along with members from Chicago and elsewhere, in daily recitation of the Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma. This midwinter practice cleanses our hearts and minds before the start of the Asian New Year. It is a practice of diligence and patience.
On December 15, 2021 sangha members brought gifts for distribution to the homeless at Abundant Grace Fellowship. This year we brought sport bags, hats/scarves/gloves, socks, and oranges. It is a wonderful service project for our group as well as bringing joy to our community in Fort Myers, FL.