Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond

San Mateo Buddhist Temple Member Mrs. Michiko Mukai shares memories of her experiences in the World War II Japanese-American incarceration camps, and how her family returned to San Mateo and rebuilt their life following the war.

A Mind Like Pouring Water Into a Basket (April 7)

This week, Rev. Adams will appreciate for the following wise saying of Rennyo Shonin, which reminds us that the important matter is to reflect on the Buddha’s teachings in all aspects of our daily lives.

A man spoke his mind, saying, “My mind is like pouring water into a basket. When I listen to the Buddha-Dharma* in the [temple] hall, I am filled with a grateful and reverential feeling. When I leave there, however, I revert to my old mind”
This was Rennyo Shonin’s admonition, “Put your basket in to the water. Keep you body soaked in the water of Dharma.”

*Dharma the truth taught by the Buddha

(Rennyo Shonin Goichidaiki-kikigaki translated by Z. H. Inagaki, p. 61) 

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service (Hondo)
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

The Sacred Items are Meant to Be Used (March 31)

Rennyo Shonin teaches that our sacred items, such as images of the Buddha, sutra chanting books, the writings of Shinran Shonin, and nenju mindfulness beads should be used regularly in our daily routines, not stowed away like museum pieces for fear of wearing them out. This teaching speaks to the problems of hoarding and clinging to material possessions by reminding us that our material possessions are there to support us on our path to awakening.

From Thus I Have Heard from Rennyo Shonin (Rennyo Shonin Goichidaiki no Kikigaki), No. 5, Trans. Rev. Hisao Inagaki

The scroll of the sacred object of reverence should be kept hanging until it wears away; the sacred scriptures should be read over and over again until they become thread-bare. 

(Rennyo Shonin Goichidaiki-kikigaki translated by Z. H. Inagaki, p. 27) 

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Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要 (Hondo 本堂)
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Spring Ohigan Equinox Service

March 17, 2024

Guest Speaker

Rev. Blake Honda

Ministerial Candidate

Institute of Buddhist Studies


We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or via Zoom Meeting for our Spring Ohigan Equinox Service on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

2024年3月17日の9時30分から春季彼岸会をお勤めします。

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting (Click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Mediation
9:30 a.m. Spring Ohigan Equinox Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Blake Honda
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 アダムス・ヘンリー先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Henry Adams (本堂 Hondo)
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion with Rev. Blake Honda (Sangha Room)

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

オンラインでご参拝したい方はここにクリックして、”Live Broadcast of Services”に登録してください。

Cured of the Dreadful Illness of Ignorance (March 10)

Inspired by topic of “The Medicine of Compassion” presented by Dr. James Gentry for the March 9 Nembutsu Seminar, Rev. Adams will offer some reflections on how living with deep gratitude in the nembutsu can alleviate the most fundamental aspects of suffering in our minds.

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 5, Letter 12:

How benevolent is Amida Tathagata’s light! Unless we had a chance to encounter this light, we could not possibly be cured of the dreadful illness of ignorance and karmic hindrances we have had since beginningless past. Prompted by the working of this light, those endowed with past karmic good have come to attain the entrusting heart of Other Power. . . . those who have ever had the fortune to attain the entrusting heart of Other Power should remember their indebtedness to Amida’s benevolence and always say the nembutsu as an expression of gratitude for it.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

February 25 BCA Eitaikyo Service “Embracing the Dharma with Hope and Joy”

On Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m. the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will be joining the Buddhist Churches of America Eitaikyo Service, which will be live streamed on YouTube. 

BCA Minister Emeritus of the Midwest Buddhist Temple Rev. Ron Miyamura will honor us with a Dharma Talk during the service. 

The live stream will be shown in the SMBT Hondo and we warmly welcome you to come to the temple in-person to view the service in the company of the Sangha.

Click the link below to join the service: 

https://www.youtube.com/@BuddhistChurchesofAmerica/streams

Kindly note that there will not be a separate Zoom meeting for SMBT services and Dharma Discussion on Sunday, February 25.  We encourage you to take part in this precious opportunity to join a BCA-wide Dharma Service.  

Day of Remembrance: Michiko’s Story & Panel Discussions

Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m.

We warmly welcome you to join us in-person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. for a special documentary premiere highlighting San Mateo Buddhist Temple member Michiko Mukai’s childhood experience of the incarceration camps during WWII.  Following the film, we will have a series of panel discussion with temple members reflecting on their families’ experiences of the incarceration camps.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service and viewing of “Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond”
(End of Zoom Livestream)

In order to encourage free and open sharing, the Q&A panels will be in-person only:        
Panel: Michiko Mukai, Kevin Mukai, Wesley Mukai, and Katie Mukai
Panel: Steve Okamoto, Ritsuko Furuya, and Mike Yoshimoto

(In person attendees are encouraged to join us for an luncheon in the Social Hall following the program.

To join us for the hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Nirvana Day 涅槃会 (February 11)

Nirvana Day is our observance of Sakyamuni Buddha’s departure from this world and entrance into the lasting tranquility of parinirvana. It is also a precious opportunity to reflect the truth that the impermanence of human life applies to all those who are born into this world.

2024年2月11日の9時30分から涅槃会をお勤めします。涅槃会は釈迦牟尼仏陀がこの世で最後の息を吸い入滅寂静を遂げられたことを記念する法要です。.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Nirvana Day Service
10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Dharma Talk 日本語法話 (Hondo)
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Social Hall)

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 3, Letter 4

How true it is that impermanence is difficult to escape for all, from the Great Sage, the World-honored One, at the highest level, to Devadatta, who committed evil acts and grave offenses, at the lowest.

Moreover, to receive life as a human being is indeed rare and difficult, and even more so is it the opportunity to encounter the Buddha Dharma, the way of emancipation from birth-and-death through practices of self-power is difficult to follow at the present time in the latter days. Therefore, our lives would be spent in vain unless we encountered the Primal Vow of Amida Tathagata.

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Namo Amida Butsu All Day Long (February 4)

This Sunday, Rev. Adams will share appreciations for Yazaemon, a marvelous person (myōkōnin) who found such joy in the Buddha’s wisdom that nothing could stop him from reciting the Name of Amida Buddha.

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 1, Letter 15

. . . we must bear in mind that the Name we say walking, standing, sitting, and lying down is simply an expression of gratitude for Amida Tathāgata’s benevolence in saving us.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service (Hondo)
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Listen Carefully to the Dharma (January 21)

At the recent Ho’onko Service, our guest speaker introduced us to to the three principles for “How to listen to to a Dharma message.”

• I listen as if I am listening for the first time.
• I listen as if the message is for myself alone.
• I listen as if this is the last chance to listen to the Dharma.

This Sunday, Rev. Adams will share his appreciation for how these principles can guide us in a variety of everyday situations.

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 3, Letter 5:

Now, listen carefully, with the ears of one aspiring to emancipation and with your heads lowered in reverence. You may realize the thought of faith and joy.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.