Special Guest Dharma Speaker: Koichi Mizushima Sensei (April 16)

On Sunday, April 16, we are honored to welcome Koichi Mizushima Sensei, Minister’s Assistant at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento and BCA Center for Buddhist Education Youth Program Coordinator, as our Special Guest Dharma Speaker via Zoom.

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(Shoshinge chanting will resume on April 23)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Koichi Mizushima Sensei
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion with Koichi Mizushima Sensei

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”.

When we meet, we will smile

Each year during our Obon and Hatsubon Service, I am reminded of the power of the Buddhadharma to provide guidance and support for us as we navigate our feelings of grief.  As school for my sons usually begins a few days after our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Obon Observance, I have come to associate our Obon with the end of summer.  Opening the freezer at the temple to put away the Obon service manju for an occasion when we can all enjoy them together, I noticed three large bags of frozen hamburgers.  I was suddenly reminded of the delicious hamburgers grilled at the temple picnic and all the experiences that we did not get to have this summer: bazaar—which marks the start of summer in my mind, the annual BWA service at the Japanese Cemetery in Colma, followed by brunch with BWA members at Denny’s in South San Francisco, a family trip to Japan, our summer Terakoya day camp, spam musubi at Obon Odori practices, and chanting together with a Hondo full of attendees at our Obon and Hatsubon service. 

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