Eshinni, Kakushinni, Lady Takeko Kujo, Lady Yoshiko Ohtani, Buddhist Women’s Association Memorial Service

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Special Guest Speaker

Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi

三好信子先生

West Covina Buddhist Temple

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 三好信子先生 Japanese Dharma Talk by Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi

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The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Aging

Sunday, October 11, 2020

As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we well reflect upon the Buddha’s teaching that encourages us to recognize aging is an unavoidable part of our lives.

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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Pet & Plant Memorial Service

Sunday, October 4, 2020

We gratefully remember the animals who provide us with companionship as our pets. We also show our appreciation for the plants that support our lives, including the cut flowers that adorn the Buddha Shrine and bring us joy through their beauty.

Use the form below to provide the name of the deceased pet(s) and/or plants that you would like to remember at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Pet and & Plant Memorial Service.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Pet & Plant Memorial Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. October Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

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The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Birth

Sunday, September 27, 2020

As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we will consider the story of the Buddha’s Disciple Upali, who was born into the servant (Sudra) caste and served the royal Sakya clan as a barber. The Buddha, who was born into the ruling (Ksatriya) warrior caste, rejected the caste system and welcomed Upali into the Sangha.

This episode from the life of Sakyamuni Buddha illuminates the Buddha’s teaching that birth itself leads to suffering.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要

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First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

In this talk, we hear the story of the moment that Sakyamuni became a fully enlightened Buddha and why he chose to begin his 45 years of teaching the Dharma with his five former companions gathered in the Deer Park.

During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by Sakyamuni Buddha in the first Dharma Talk he delivered after realizing Enlightenment, known as the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. 

To join us for online Dharma Services, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Prajñā: The Wisdom of Acceptance

At a time when many of us are dealing with anxiety, frustration and impatience as we feel the effects of climate change in our lives while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict our daily activities, we look to the wisdom of the Issei and Nisei Dharma pioneers, and consider meaning of Japanese expression “Shikata ga nai” (It can’t be helped).

This Dharma talk is Part Six in a six-part series delivered via Zoom Meeting exploring the core Mahayana Buddhist teaching of the Six Paramitas: giving, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.  The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey.

To join us for online Dharma Services, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

A call for Digital Cooks and Cyber Handy(wo)men!

Since the founding of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple in 1910, our temple has been built and sustained by generations of Sangha members who provided the Dana of helpful work in areas such as cooking, interior design, construction, electrical work, landscaping, and reel-to-reel camera operation.

Perhaps you can’t perfectly reproduce the flavor of your grandmother’s miso soup or drive a nail straight into a board with one strike of the hammer like your grandfather could. Nevertheless, you have valuable skills that can support the life of our Sangha!

Are you a master of Zoom meetings? Do you know the difference between SEO, HTML and URL? Can you compose meaningful and engaging posts for Facebook and Instagram? We would be most grateful for your support with SMBT online activites! Kindly submit the form below to let us know your interests and availability.

Momotaro (Peach Boy) Story and Dharma Talk

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, we were delighted to welcome Mary Jo Kubota Sensei from our SMBT Summer Terakoya teaching team to share a traditional kamishibai telling of story of Momotaro, the Adventures of Peach Boy in English during our Zoom Dharma Service.  Rev. Henry’s Dharma Talk highlighted the Buddhist themes in this beloved children’s tale of Japan.

June 2020 BWA News

San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association

by Carrie Yoshimoto

Greetings to you all from our shelter-in-home: office, classroom, kitchen restaurant, playground, and many travel destination – kitchen to bedroom, to living room, to dining room, to backyard gardens and back again! Hope you’re nothing like me who has totally lost track of time, days, weeks, months … what are we now on day #1753? All kidding aside, we hope you all continue to remain healthy and safe from harm’s way.

We trust you all continue to attend Sunday Family Dharma Services – virtually! We are so fortunate to have the guidance of our Reverend Adams, who thankfully is technologically astute and has provided us these weekly gatherings without missing one beat! Arigatai..Gokurosama! If you have not been able to access and need assistance to join, please let us know… Sensei, David Chin, Miyuki Friedman, Yuko Suruki and myself, are all available to assist. NOTE: you do not need a computer to join, you can join via phone as well, so do not let this be a hindrance.

Been sorely missing our BWA monthly gatherings and activities. I am so looking forward to the Sunday when we can socially gather. Then, with our delicious goodies in hand, we can meet to discuss future activities. But for now, to keep all safe, June activities are cancelled, including our beloved Annual Temple Bazaar. It will be an interesting summer indeed as many of us schedule weekends around visits to fellow Temple bazaars and obons. What we will do? How about, we optimistically look to the future and begin planning on a huge CRAFT FAIR blowout?!! After WBWC we have proven that #1 we are blessed with many talented artisans, bakers and cooks etc. #2 we can raise monies for any BWA/Temple needs! Whatever, your talent, let’s begin building inventory in whatever craft, foodstuffs (canning, pickling …hint hint Rose!) and later baked goods. Works two folds… at least for me…#1 keeps my idle hands from filling my greedy tummy … it’s no longer the “Freshman 20”, it’s fast becoming the “COVID 19”… yikes! #2 keeping us close to the BWA mission … to help support our Temple … even in SIP! Are we on board….show of hands??!

FACEMASKS available: our resident master seamstress, Carole Lee, designed and has generously sewn over 100+ facemasks for our Temple members. If wish to receive, please let us know … we still have remaining inventory. We are most fortunate that Carole steps-up-to-plate without asking and is so generous with her time and donation of material. Gokurosama Carole … we appreciate your Spirit of Dana incredibly! And, many thank you’s to Gayle Fujinaga who has graciously helped with distribution.

We wish you continued good health and safety. As restrictions are lifted, please go with caution. If you need ANY assistance, please let us know. While we are unable to meet in-person, we are all here to support our members. Finally, we hope to ‘see’ you at the Sunday Family Dharma Services, virtually.

Miss you all so much!!!

In Gassho,
Carrie Yoshimoto Co-Recording Secretary

Live Each Day to Its Fullest

We reflect upon what it has meant for us to “live each day to its fullest / Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all” as we come to the end of this extraordinary school year.
Realizing the gift of life I have received
I shall strive to live each day to its fullest
Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all.