Newsletter

April/May 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma: Please note we will be joining RKNY every Sunday online from April through May. I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it, and I will keep you posted on Facebook with the ID# for signing in with Zoom each week. Go to Rissho Kosei-kai of Fort Myers on Facebook for that information. I wish all of you to be safe, be healthy, and be at ease right now. Remember, I…

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March 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, What a great sangha we have! The team that showed up for the UU Memorial Service did an outstanding job. My heartfelt thanks go out to you. This month we begin by celebrating the 82nd Anniversary of Rissho Kosei-kai. We will be having a FaceTime connection on March 1st with RKNY Church. And we close the month by again volunteering at Abundant Grace Fellowship to feed the homeless. I hope many of you can participate…

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February 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, It was wonderful to share the experience of reciting the new translated Lotus Sutra with some of you recently. It is always a bit difficult to read a new version of a book we love, since we tend to become attached to our old favorites. But it is good for us to challenge ourselves with something new, and i think the modern version is quite wonderful. I deeply felt the constant repetition that this sutra…

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January 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Happy New Year! I hope this year brings us all peace, happiness, and good health. Thank you again to those who helped in any way with the Feeding the Homeless event at the end of December. It was fantastic! Our next time will be in March. As this is a new year, President Niwano not only has his monthly Guidance for us, but also a New Year’s Message. We also begin our chanting of the…

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December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Hoping everyone enjoyed a lovely Day of Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays, as it focuses on sharing and gratitude. Now begins the busy days as we approach the end of this decade, I hope you can find time in the net few weeks to meditate a bit, take some time to reflect upon the past ten years, and think about what you want in 2020 and beyond. Let us all try to…

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November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, The October Interfaith Lunch/Learn event was very informative and of course the food was delicious. I hope some of you can try to make it to some of the other events they have like this. As this is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us keep the virtue of Gratitude foremost in our hearts and minds. Let me take this moment to thank all of you for being a part of my life, and I…

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October 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Many thanks to Vilma, Bena, Bella, Ian, Jacob, and Junior for cooking and serving such delicious Mexican food at Abundant Grace Fellowship’s feeding the homeless activity. It is such a wonderful day! Looking forward to seeing more of you in October, I hope. Peace, health, and joy to all of you, dear ones.

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September 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Many, many thanks to all of you that made it to our August 11 service and Rev. Hatakeyama’s visit. Your presence was very much appreciated, and I hope you enjoyed meeting our guests. Thank you for sharing food and supplies for the Potluck, too. You made the day a real success, and I know our guests enjoyed meeting all of you. Please note that we will be closed for two Sundays this month. Wishing all…

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August 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, The 60th Anniversary of RK in the U.S. is over, but it was a huge success and a spectacular event. Hearing about all the great things going on is very exciting, and seeing the many young people is so encouraging. We now look forward to a visit from Rev. Hatakeyama on August 11. I will keep you informed as I learn more about his schedule with us, but I encourage you to come and meet…

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July 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, How wonderful it was to share the experience of cooking and serving our food to the Homeless on June 30, 2019. Thank you to everyone that participated. Several also brought clean used clothes and/or small food items for their backpacks. We were true bodhisattvas in action. We will do this again on September 29, our next month with five Sundays. This month we will celebrate all of our departed loved ones on July 14. I…

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