Newsletter

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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June 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, The hot days are now with us, and our bodies tell us we must slow down and keep hydrated. Perhaps this is also a good time for us to try meditating a bit more, slowing down our body and mind, going inward. Last month we honored Motherhood, and this month we revere our fathers. As I look at the picture of Wayne and his baby Lil’ Wayne, I am reminded of how precious it is…

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May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, Already the warmer weather is felt as May begins, but we are still blessed with strong breezes to keep us comfortable. This is the month that brings Mother’s Day, and I send a wish and hope to all the women in our sangha and their families that their gift of motherhood be revered and bring them joy. Whether they have born children or not, women are generally the caregivers in the world. Let us take…

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April 2019 Newsletter

Dear friends of the Dharma, April always is a joyous month, as we begin by celebrating the birth of the Buddha. As we have done in the past, all members who attend this service are asked to bring flowers or a small plant to decorate the Baby Buddha table and our altar. We have been fortunate to have good weather every year for our sweet tea pouring ceremony, so I hope we do once more. But the greatest gift we…

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March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends of the Dharma, February was a busy month! But a lot of it focused around our beautiful new altar. I know all of you are as thrilled as I am to have received this gift. And I think now is a good time for us to improve our altar ritual practice together. For that reason i will devote 10-15 minutes each week after chanting for everyone to review how to perform at the altar and taking care of…

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