Pet & Plant Memorial Service

Sunday, October 2, 2022

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 instructors Juliet & Grace 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 Home of Little Birds

(“Kotori no ie” by Akamatsu Gessen, illustrated by Tateno Yasunosuke, in Bukkyo Dōwa Zenshū, Vol. 8, p. 139-147, Translation by Henry Adams)

Long ago in the Latter Han Dynasty, there was a family named Yang who lived in the Chinese capital.  They had one son named Bao.  This story takes place when Bao was nine years old.

            Bao’s father worked for a government official of low rank, but he was a dedicated and hard-working man.  Bao’s mother was a quiet and deeply caring woman.  While she did not make a particularly strong impression at first, even a passing conversation with her would give a genuine sense of her true kindness.

            Bao’s mother was kind to little birds.  She did not keep them as pets, but they would be naturally drawn to her, because she always set scraps of food outside the kitchen for them to eat. 

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Parents’ Day Dharma Service: Born into a Noble Family (May 8)

As we gather on Mother’s Day to celebrate our annual Parents’ Day Dharma Service, Rev. Adams will share a traditional Buddhist story about a mother whose sensitivity and kindness toward animals teaches her family to live with genuine empathy. Amida Buddha’s 43rd Vow expresses the Buddha’s wish for all beings to be born into a family whose nobility comes not from their social status, but from the virtues they express in their actions, words, and thoughts:

When I attain Buddhahood, the bodhisattvas in other lands, having heard my name, will be reborn into noble families after the end of their lives. Should it not be so, may I not attain the perfect enlightenment.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Hula Lesson with Stephanie Hagio Chin
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

If you would like to attend the service in person, please email smbt@sanmateobuddhisttemple.org or call (650) 342-2541 to reserve a seat. Full Covid-19 vaccination is required. A maximum of 36 in-person attendees will be seated in the Hondo, so please contact us at your earliest convenience if you wish to attend.

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Pet & Plant Memorial Service

Sunday, October 3, 2021

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 instructors Juliet & Grace Bost
9:30 a.m. Pet & Plant Memorial Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. October Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

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

Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost “Reflecting on Wisdom, Joy, and Authenticity”

San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary and Young Buddhist Editorial member Juliet Bost shares a Dharma Talk on the topic of “Reflecting on Wisdom, Joy, and Authenticity”

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Transcript

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At the Fair, on the Farm

Having spent much of past sixteen months sheltering at home, this summer has brought a joyful return to some of our favorite pre-pandemic activities, including a visit to the San Mateo County Fair.  Even breathing through my mask, the smells of the county fair brought back waves of memories of past summers.  The smell of barbequed ribs, turkey legs, and French fries reminded me of leisurely summer afternoons enjoying fairs and festivals with my wife and sons.  The farm smells of pigs, goats and cattle in the livestock showcase brought back memories of summer visits to the family farms of my relatives living in Iowa.  I recall the first time my son received a tour of the cattle barns on my aunt and uncle’s farm.  At one point, he asked my aunt, “Can we see something that doesn’t smell?”  She laughed and replied, “Well, we are on a farm.”

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Right Livelihood: Hunting and Fishing

April 25

The fifth aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Livelihood is to earn a living in way that is in keeping with the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha, and avoids causing harm for others. Historically, people who made their living by hunting and fishing have suffered discrimination in Buddhist countries because their livelihood depended on taking the lives of animals. This week’s Dharma talk will share the story of Shinran Shonin’s kind teaching for a hunter’s wife, assuring her that she too is embraced by Amida’s Buddha’s boundless compassion.

Featured image: Goose Island (Ganjima) near the Gwannyuji Temple in Ibaraki, Japan.

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

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New Year’s Day Service

January 1


Join us from the comfort and safety of your own home to welcome 2021. Please do not come to the temple in-person.

Prepare a beverage and a wish to share, as we welcome you to join us in toasting the New Year via Zoom from your home after service!

Schedule
9:15 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
10:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve Dharma Service

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The First Noble Truth: Separation from Loved Ones

Sunday, November 29, 2020

On this Thanksgiving weekend, when many are forgoing the usual holiday gatherings in the midst of a rise in Covid-19 infections, we look to the the Buddha’s teaching on the Difficulty of Separation from Loved Ones and how to live with peace of mind in a constantly changing world.

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Sunday, November 29 for our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Dharma Services.

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. 日本語法要 Japanese Language Service

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One Nurse, Three Covid Hotspots from The Journal. podcast

Trinity Goodman is a traveling crisis nurse. Since April, she has treated Covid patients in three different hotspots: New York, Texas and Indiana. She tells us about the last 8 months at the front lines of the pandemic.

Toku Toku Toku: A Story for Children about Death

Sunday, November 22, 2020

An elderly dog lovingly spends his days playing with five little puppies until one day he is not there anymore.  What is the lasting gift that he has shared with the puppies?  This storybook reminds us of the preciousness of this one life that we have received.

-From the Hongwanji Publishing House website
 

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Sunday, November 22 for our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Dharma Services.

This week we will reflect upon the truth of impermanence through the reading of an English translation of the Buddhist children’s storybook Toku Toku Toku written by Akira Nakagawa with illustrations by Utoo Tadako.    

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 with Reading of Toku Toku Toku in English
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

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