President’s Message: May 2020

Hello all from the Kawahara Shelter. As we are quickly going through our second month of Shelter in Place, the routine is easing for us. Cindy and I are now in a rhythm as I work from home and she finds many things for me to do. Derek is lucky as he still gets to go to the lab to work. And all of my “panic shopping” has been done and I am no longer going to Lucky or Safeway or Costco every day. I even saw shelves of toilet paper at Target. Most things have calmed down. I will say that the one thing I am still in need of is a haircut. Not only is my barber closed, but I also cannot purchase a hair clipper, either at Target or on Amazon. The one unruly thing in my life is now my hair (and Derek’s hair too!!!). I have heard that parks and golf courses are starting to open for public use once again, but I am waiting for the day I can go to the barber and get a nice, clean haircut. It is the little things that make life complete…

As this unprecedented time continues to go along, I have been asked many times how the Temple is doing. I am happy to report that the Temple is not in distress at this time. We are safe financially and have a plan in place to be sure that services will take place in some manner, as the county regulations and orders will allow. I will ask that you please continue to think of the Temple and continue to donate to the Temple as you normally would. The future of our normal major fundraiser, the annual bazaar, is still up in the air, with a final decision to come soon. Please continue your generous donations to our Temple.

We would also like to remind everyone to contact us here at the Temple if you need assistance at home. If you need help with getting groceries or other services, please contact us at smbt@sanmateobuddhisttemple.org, or call the Temple or Sensei. We have a list of volunteers that are willing to help in this time of need, with whatever we can do. Please be safe during this crisis and we will come through this together.