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Archive: 2020


3/28/2021 – Retreat: HUMAN NATURE within BUDDHA NATURE

WAKING UP TO A PATH OF HARMONY – June 25-27, 2021 – (near Palm Springs CA)

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Shin Buddhism, the largest branch of Buddhism in Japan, is emerging in America.  Shin offers a compelling process of approaching life challenges with effective results.  By incorporating simple daily habits of gratitude, Shin followers are able to appreciate life, regardless of their material circumstance.  Introspection, discussion, and insightful activities will bring alive a deep philosophy to a personal experience.  Come experience the perspective that makes ordinary life, an extraordinary reality.  Human nature inspired by Buddha nature, provides a proven path of harmony, amid the challenges of contemporary life.  Wake up to American Shin Buddhism.

The Yokoji Zen Mountain Center:
A rustic retreat near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto mountains. www.zmc.org

Facilitator:  Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi
Shin Buddhist minister with a background in transpersonal psychology, wilderness vision quests, personal growth and body-mind-spirit disciplines.

 Details and Registration
$225 before / $ 250 after May 31:      Shared rooms & vegetarian meals
Tuition:       by donation at Retreat.
Due to COVID, retreat may be postponed to 2022.

Send email (no money) to ensure registration.  This may be the last retreat in Southern Calif.
Contact:  Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Email: info@btsd.net  ~  Phone: (619) 239-0896

Retreat Packet – Word Document Link

Retreat Packet – PDF Link


2/28/2021 – BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
Guest Speaker Reverend Kodo Umezu

YouTube Video of Event

The Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service is held in appreciation and respect for all those departed members who supported and assisted our temples and who wished to ensure the continuation of Shinran Shonin’s teachings. This annual event will have participants from all BCA temples throughout the United States. We welcome you to join us for this important event. This online service is open to the public and  is being held in conjunction with the Ministers’ Association & National Council Meeting 2021 (NCM).

Note: There will be no Dharma Family Service at BCO on Feb 28th. We encourage all to attend online the BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service.


2/28/2021 – BCA National Council Closing Program

Immeasurable Encounterings: BCA Past, Present, and Future

YouTube Video of the Event

First we will honor the career of Rev. Kodo Umezu, recently retired minister and Past BCA Bishop.

Next we will hear from Regina Boone, Virginia photojournalist and granddaughter of Tsuruju Miyazaki, a Japanese immigrant and incarceree who never returned home after World War II. Carrying little more than a portrait and a name, Boone’s journey to discover what happened to her grandfather leads her to a faraway family butsudan.

The final segment will focus on the future with a message from our current BCA Bishop, Rev. Marvin Harada. We will share our vision to build the future of Buddhism in America through the Dharma Forward campaign and premiere a special video.

Musical Performances by the Cherry Blossomz


2/28/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

YouTube Video

Regina Boone was featured at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting Closing Program (Event Link).

NHK Documentary

NHK video on Regina Boone discovery of her Japanese Grandfather’s story (Video posted by NHK till March 31, 2021)

 


2/28/2021 – Darmathon and Recognition of Retiring Minister

YouTube video of the event.


2/26/2021 – BCA Dharma Forward – Campaign

OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT IF WE’RE READY FOR THE CHALLENGE

Interest in Buddhism is growing in America as people seek a better way to live in a self-centered, divisive culture. Our temples offer sangha: a community, a shared experience of the teachings, and a place to call home as we listen to the dharma together. The Institute of Buddhist Studies also offers sangha: a graduate school community of engaged scholars, practitioners, and future ministers.

These communities exist because of dedicated efforts over many generations to carry the dharma forward to us. In gratitude for the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion, now we carry the dharma forward with entrusting hearts. Our opportunity to grow is greater than ever, and the pathway to a bright future includes YOU!

Dharma Forward Video

More Information about Dharma Forward: Please Click Here


2-26-2021 – Jōdo Shinshū dot Faith Website

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@ Ministers’ Association & National Council Meeting 2021 – Living in the Nembutsu. February 19 — 28, 2021

  • Sat Feb 20 – 10:30am – BCA Town Hall Meeting
    Turning Our Membership Decline Around: Ways We Can Do It
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 1:30pm – BCA Ministerial Affairs Committee
    Featuring Glenn Kitasoe
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 2:45pm – Providing a Needed Service to the Community: Pre-School and Adult Senior Day Care Programs
    Featuring Claire Tamamoto, Aiea Hongwanji Mission
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 4:00pm – BCA Endowment Foundation
    Featuring Koichi Sayano, Endowment Board and Anna McGibbons, Angeles Investments
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 5:25pm – Young Buddhist Editorial
    Featuring Devon Matsumoto and YBE Members
    Recording will be posted
  • Saturday Feb 27 – 3:30pm – Experience the Nembutsu: Dharmathon and Recognition of Retiring Ministers
    Featuring Reverends Ronald Kobata, Fumiaki Usuki. Yukiko Motoyoshi, and Patricia Usuki
    3:30 PM PST

  • Sun Feb 28 – 10am – BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
    Guest Speaker Reverend Kodo Umezu
    10:00 AM PST
  • Sun Feb 28 – 1:30pm – BCA National Council Closing Program: Dharma Forward
    Celebrate those who have brought us to this moment as we carry the dharma forward together
    1:3o PM PST

3/13/2021 – RIGHT EFFORT: Making Dharma School Classrooms Anti-Racist Environments

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2/10/2021 – BCA Connect Newsletter

February 2021

Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
“Becoming Settled in Unsettling Times”
I don’t know how any Americans could say that they weren’t terribly disturbed by the events of Jan. 6, when the U.S. Capitol was overcome by insurgents who overwhelmed security and police to not only enter the hallowed building, but to break into the chambers and offices of our government leaders, vandalizing and causing chaos and disruption.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
New Podcasts Raising Tough Topics
When National Public Radio broadcast an interview with Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji on the subject of Bodhi Day — the brief, five-minute segment marked a milestone for the BCA and Shin Buddhism in the United States.
It was tacit recognition by a national media organization of the Pure Land sect — and the seeds that led to the NPR show were planted with Rev. Dr. Miyaji’s podcasts that he began in March 2020 when the pandemic was just beginning to take hold as the new reality.
Read the full article by editor Jon Kawamotohere.
For Podcast Fans, BCA
Offers Variety of Choices
Jon Kawamoto
The BCA is no stranger when it comes to the world of podcasts. In fact, they’ve been around since 2006 — when the Midwest Buddhist Temple began providing its Sunday services with Rev. Ronald Miyamura.
There’s a wide variety of podcasts available to Sangha members and anyone interested in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
Finding Nembutsu Teachings in Classic Manga
Rev. Sala Sekiya
When the pandemic hit and we were faced with a new pattern of life in a hint of fear, just like many of you who have binge watched movies and TV shows, I decided to finally tackle the Japanese masterpiece manga series “One Piece” written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.
An Unexpected Encounter Turns Into Dharma Lesson
Rev. Candice Shibata
As I was at the supermarket purchasing flowers for our Sunday Zoom service, I thought that I would pick up a few additional items that I needed. Although it was only 1pm, it was a little crowded since Thanksgiving was just around the corner.
This was not my regular supermarket, so I found myself unacquainted with the layout of the store and needing to look up at each sign hanging above the aisles to see where things were kept.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Center for Buddhist Education
Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life
Saturday February 6, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am
Listen to the stories behind the collection of heartwarming essays.
Rev. Marvin Harada
Bishop of the BCA
Honen as Religious Revolutionary
Saturday February 13, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm
Learn more about Honen, the person who defined the Buddhism we identify as Japanese today.
Dr. Mark Blum
University of California Berkeley
Letting Go: A Zen & Shin Approach to Liberation
March 6, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm
Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of the book American Sutra, received his Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
Zen Practice: Timeless Calling, Timely Response
March 13, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm
Anton Tenkei Coppens is the abbot of Zen River Temple. Born in The Netherlands, he has a background in art and art history. After starting his Zen training in England in 1976, Coppens received Shiho, Dharma transmission, from Genpo Roshi in 1996 and Inka, the final seal of approval, in 2006.
For All CBE Events:
Registration required to receive Zoom link. All times listed are Pacific time.
Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.
Contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
February 5, 2021 – June 4 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session..
Young Buddhist Editorial
YBE Expresses Gratitude for BCA, Sacramento Bestuin, Donors
Koki Atcheson
In the past few months, the Young Buddhist Editorial reached a meaningful financial milestone.
Our organization received our first donations from individuals, in addition to grants from the Sacramento Buddhist Temple Legacy Endowment Fund and the BCA Bishop’s Expansion Fund.
As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of YBE, these generous contributions enable us to focus on our mission to connect young Buddhists, uplift intersectional perspectives on the Dharma and adjacent cultural experiences, and promote social justice in service of our communities.
Voices of Resilience: 1st Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 6th at 5pm PST
YBE is a space for young Buddhists to express themselves and build solidarity with other young persons, advocates, and allies across the country. To learn more about YBE, visit their website and Facebook page.

1/24/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

Regina Boone will be featured in February at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting


1/9/2021 – 2021 BCA Digital Calendar


1/9/2020 – BCA Connect Newsletter – January 2021

January 2021
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
Let’s Express the Essence of Shin Buddhism: ‘A Life of Gratitude’
A Happy New Year to all of you! May 2021 be a year in which we hope to all get vaccinated and see the end of this terrible pandemic that we have all suffered through. (I have never looked forward to a shot more in my life.)
But most likely we will still have to keep our churches and temples closed for some time, until people receive the vaccinations that will make it safe to gather again. How wonderful that will be to see each other again in person.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
New Year, New Website!
It’s no secret that the world is ready to turn the page on the challenges of 2020.
At the same time, these challenges brought the essentials of our lives into focus. Physical separation from our temples gave us new determination to stay connected to the Dharma and each other through online services, Dharma discussions, and Sangha activities.
In that spirit, our BCA Communications Technology and Outreach Subcommittee has been hard at work over the past year on our new BCA website.
Read the full article by John Mullins here.
Spirit of ‘No Side’ Is the
Middle Path
Rev. Yushi Mukojima
The U.S. presidential election took place last November and it attracted a great deal of attention worldwide.
But the election was also complicated by historic political as well as pandemic concerns, it has taken longer than anticipated to finalize the vote count, which means that results remained undecided. Sadly, America is still divided on many social issues. Disagreements remain on topics like religious conflicts, the immigrant refugee crises, and BLM and LGBTQ+ concerns.
The Five Calamities of 2020 Part 2
BCA President Dr. Kent Matsuda
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the BCA, I wish all BCA members a Happy New Year!
We probably and hopefully will never see a year like 2020 again. With the development of the vaccine for COVID-19, I am hoping that this new year ends well. Depending on how things go, we may be able to open our temples before the end of the year. Just to be conservative, we should probably not expect holding our annual summer fundraisers (but we will have to see).
The Most Ordinary Things Now Look Special
Carol Bonomo
Is it our nature that causes us to appreciate things only when they’re gone, or is it me?
When I was 8 years old, my parents discovered that I was terrified of dogs. So they went to the pound and brought home a beagle puppy. I didn’t appreciate it — now I experienced terror in my own house, even though the puppy was as terrified of me, as I was of him.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Center for Buddhist Education
BCA JAMS
Jodo Shinshu Artists & Musicians Showcase
Sun Jan 10, 2021 at 1pm
BCA is hosting its first Virtual Youth Concert!
BCA JAMS is a great way for young people to share their talents and perform in a fun show for the whole family. It will also be a fundraiser for BCA Youth Programs.
Relevant American Buddhists (RAB)
Saturday January 30, 2021
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Who and what were the RAB?
Stories from BCA’s 1970s program for young adults.
Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka
Musashino University
Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life
Saturday February 6, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am
Listen to the stories behind the collection of heartwarming essays.
Rev. Marvin Harada
Bishop of the BCA
Honen as Religious Revolutionary
Saturday February 13, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm
Learn more about Honen, the person who defined the Buddhism we identify as Japanese today.
Dr. Mark Blum
University of California Berkeley
For All CBE Events:
Registration required to receive Zoom link. All times listed are Pacific time.
Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.
Contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
January 8, 2021 – June 4 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session..
Online Hoonko:
Shinran Shonin Memorial Service Schedule
January 10-17, 2021
Join the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple for a week of online Hoonko services, with dharma messages offered in English and Japanese.
Ho-On 報恩 means “acknowledging the benevolence” and Ko 講 means “gathering.” Hoonko services commemorate the anniversary of Jodo Shinshu founder Shinran Shonin’s entering into Nirvana on January 16, 1263.
Visit the WLA Website for flyer with full schedule or email WLA for more information.

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1/9/2021 – BCA J.A.M.S. Online Event – Sunday Jan 10th @ 1pm

Jodo Shinshu Artists and Musician Showcase
Sunday January 10, 2021 @ 1:00pm


1/9/2021 – 2021 BCA Digital Calendar


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