When I was in my twenties, I found satisfaction in getting things done quickly, so I could move onto my next task. Now that I am in my forties, I find that I appreciate more the activities that I am able to continue over time. For example, I took up cycling as a hobby in my late twenties while I was living in Miyazaki, on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Most weekday mornings, I would wake up early so I could spend an hour or so cycling along the coast before work. On those days my goal was to quickly cycle out to my destination, quickly return home, quickly eat breakfast, quickly shower, and quickly commute to get to work on time. I was trying to get as much done as possible in a short time, so my attention was naturally focused on my efforts to complete each task as quickly as possible. In that busy frame of mind, my thoughts turned to what I could accomplish through my own efforts.
When I first I became a parent with small children at home, I found fewer opportunities to go out cycling for fun. However, these past few years as my children get bigger, we are now able to go for bike rides as a family. Also, now that I am supervising the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, I often use a combination of bicycle and commuter trains to make my way back and forth to San Francisco for services. On days when I have some time after service, I’ve taken to biking home from San Francisco to San Mateo. The first time I managed to bike home from San Francisco, I was grateful that I was able to continue pedaling until I finally arrived at our house. I find that at this point in my life, I enjoy being able to continue riding at a comfortable, steady pace, more than racing to arrive at my destination. Continue reading “Thankfully This Life Continues”
November 20, 2022
We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or from the safety and comfort of your own home via Zoom Meeting for our Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Mindful Meditation with David Crampton
9:30 a.m. Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 佐藤洋弥先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message
To join us for this online Eitaikyo Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.
All ages are welcome to join without prior registration.
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。
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Special Guest Speaker
Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Hula with Stephanie Hagio Chin
9:30 a.m. Eitakyo Service with English and Japanese Dharma talks by Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki 日本語法話 楠活也先生
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion
If you would like to attend the service in person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 342-2541 to reserve a seat. Full Covid-19 vaccination is required. A maximum of 30 in-person attendees will be allowed, so please contact us at your earliest convenience if you wish to attend.
Please do not come to the temple without registering in advance.
本堂で御参拝する方は事前登録が必要ですので、メールsmbt@sanmateobuddhisttemple.org 、又はお電話(650) 342-2541でご連絡をお願いいたします。１１月１４日に本堂でのお参りに参拝ご希望の方は新型コロナウイルスのワクチン接種を完了された方に限り３０名まで枠がありますので、お早めにご連絡をお願いいたします。
You may also join us via Zoom for this Dharma Service. To receive the link, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.
During this month of November, we have some special opportunities to express our gratitude for all the precious gifts we receive in our lives. On Sunday, November 17, we will observe our Eitaikyo Service, which is dedicated to grateful remembrance of those temple members whose families felt inspired to donate to the temple Eitaikyo Fund, which exists to ensure that the San Mateo Buddhist Temple will continue to be a place where we can gather to hear the Dharma and joyfully recite the Nembutsu. On Sunday, November 24, we will hold the Shichigosan Observance at the temple for the families of children ages three, five and seven to express our gratitude and wishes for continuing healthy growth of the children. On Thursday, November 28, many families and friends will also come together in their homes to celebrate the wonderful American holiday of Thanksgiving.
While gratitude is a theme that we return to throughout the month of November, living in the Nembutsu, we find that gratitude is a daily practice that brings peace and joy to our hearts. One of the ways in which we cultivate gratitude in our daily lives is by pausing to join our hands in gassho and utter the word “Itadakimasu (I humbly receive)” before beginning a meal, and “Goshisosama deshita (It was feast created through great effort)” at the conclusion of the meal. Continue reading “Giving Thanks”
Over the past month, tragic disasters have occurred one after another, following so closely upon each other’s heels that we scarcely have time to come to grips with one disaster before being confronted with the next. Our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha offers our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones in these disasters, and offer our heartfelt wishes that those affected will find solace and peace of mind through the working of boundless compassion. In times like this, we seek a guiding light to show us the way forward in our lives, an axis of clarity that will enable us to maintain peace of mind in the midst of all this chaos. I find that guiding light in the teachings of the Buddha and in lives of those who have brilliantly reflected the light of the Buddha’s wisdom.
Lady Takeko Kujo (1887-1928) is one of the bright lights of the Buddha’s wisdom shining in our world during modern times. She was a renowned poet and great humanitarian who worked tirelessly in service of the poor who lived in the slums of Tokyo during the early twentieth century. The following reflections that she composed in response to the devastation she witnessed first-hand during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 shine with the light of precious wisdom.
Continue reading “Limitless Life”
The next time you enter the Hondo, or main hall, of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple, I encourage you to take note of the three large plaques that adorn the back wall. The following words are elegantly etched on the top of each plaque, “San Mateo Buddhist Temple Eitaikyo: In Perpetual Memory of.” Below these words, we find the names of several hundred Sangha members who have crossed over to the Other Shore. The names listed on the plaques are individuals included in the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Eitaikyo registry and remembered at our annual Eitaikyo service in November.
All are encouraged to join us for the Eitaikyo Service on Sunday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. with special Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Shoyo Taniguchi, retired minister of the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church. “Eitaikyo” literally means “perpetual sutra.” It is a shortened way of referring to “a service in which we chant sutras in perpetuity to honor those who have left this world before us.” The funds to conduct the Eitaikyo Service come from
Continue reading “In Perpetual Memory”