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2/15/2024 – BCA Connect Newsletter

February 2024

Greetings from BCA Connect! Here’s some ways you can stay connected to the dharma and to your community:

  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTube channel to view dharma content from throughout BCA.

Know someone who would enjoy these emails? Share this sign up link with them: buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.

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You’re invited: Join us for our virtual National Council Meeting Workshops this Saturday!

Embracing the Dharma with Hope and Joy: BCA National Council Meeting Public Workshops

Saturday, February 17 8:30 AM PST

Virtual via Zoom

This Saturday, a series of

workshops will be presented online and open to the public. Click to view the schedule below and access the Zoom link! No registration required.

View Schedule

Bishop’s Message

Humility and Arrogance: Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Shin Buddhist life can be characterized as a life of humility and  humbleness.

Shinran Shonin was the epitome of humility. He never claimed to be enlightened or awakened. His realization was to see his pride and arrogance. Actually, arrogance and humility are two sides of the same coin. To become humble means to awaken to one’s arrogance. Although it might seem like a contradiction, Buddhist insight, awakening, or realization, has this structure of contradiction.

The thing about humility or being humble is that you cannot “strive” to become humble. Let’s say that you take it upon yourself to “strive” to become humble. You think, “I am going to really work at it. I am going to be the most humble person around.” Maybe you give yourself a couple of months to work at it, and you begin to think, “Hey, I am doing pretty good. I think I am becoming more humble. Yeah, I think I am really humble now!”

Read the full message here

Seattle Betsuin Arson Fire and Restoration Fund

The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church has established an Arson Restoration Fund in response to the tragic fires that destroyed thousands of historical archives and caused smoke and fire damage to the temple on New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2.

“We appreciate any and all donations towards rebuilding our temple,” the Seattle Betsuin stated in a message on the temple website. “If you are unable to donate at this time, we understand and would appreciate if you shared this with others. Thank you for your kindness as we navigate the next chapter of our history.”

For questions, the email is: ArsonRestoration@SeattleBetsuin.org. For more information about the Arson Restoration Fund, visit the Seattle Betsuin website.

Read the full article on the fire here and the restoration fund here.

Donate to the Restoration Fund

Sakaye Tsuji’s Contributions, Influence Are Legendary

Sakaye Tsuji was born on July 29, 1924, in Genoa Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the second youngest of Tsugiye and Tobei Kawabata’s four children. She spent part of her youth in Japan but mostly grew up in the city of Duncan in British Columbia. Although her parents were Buddhist, they sent her to a Christian church for a time.

After World War II broke out, the Kawabata family was incarcerated at the Bay Farm camp in Slocan, a former Gold Rush town in southeast British Columbia. In camp, she met a new Shin Buddhist minister, who was a Canadian native who returned home on the last ship out of Japan at the start of the war. Their first meeting occurred when parents invited Rev. Tsuji over for dinner.

Rev. Tsuji was not only the camp Buddhist minister, but principal of the school. Sakaye Kawabata became a teacher at the school. Although Sakaye’s parents didn’t want her to marry a minister, knowing it wouldn’t be an easy life, that’s what she wanted to do.

Read the full message here

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school, Sunday paper experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives.
Wheel of Dharma: February

Buddhist Events

Yoga, Buddhism, and a Healthy Lifestyle

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley

Yoga does not only involve being flexible and doing poses alone! Join us as we explore the relationship of Yoga and Buddhism, participants may be of any age or physical condition. It will be a weekend of fun, relaxation, friendships and stimulating discussions along with gourmet vegetarian food, massages and other events. This event is sponsored by the BCA’s Center for Buddhist Education.

Register Here

BCA Youth Events: BYR Summer Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

Open to high school age youths and first time participants only. Participants will spend a week learning from BCA ministers and instructors, learn Onaijin etiquette and chanting, and meet other youths from around the nation!

All Inquires: bkmizushima@bcahq.org

Psychology of Shinjin

May 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley & Virtual Zoom option

The Psychology of Shinjin is a is doctrinal, theraputic and practical way Shinjin affects our daily lives. This CBE-sponsored lecture will feature special guests: Rev Kiyonobu Kuwahara, Rev Dr Carmela Javellana, Rev Dr Kenji Akahoshi. Registration is available for in person and Zoom attendance

Register Here

For All CBE Events:

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for any virtual events. All event times listed are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.

Please contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information on any events or programs. To stay in the know about new CBE programs and news, watch our videos on BCA Center for Buddhist Education YouTube Channel or sign up to receive CBE E-news

Carving the Divine: Film Showing

Sunday, April 21 | 8:30 AM PST

2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA

The Buddhist Temple of Alameda, Rhythmix Cultural Works, and the BCA Art Committee have joined efforts to present the film Carving the Divine at the Rhythmix theater at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda just 1⁄2 mile from the Buddhist Temple of Alameda. Register today to secure your tickets!

Purchase Tickets

Colors of the Infinite: Contemporary Buddhist Art

March 9 – April 23

Opening Reception: March 9, 1-3 PM

K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works

More Information & Opening Reception RSVP
Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:

  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.

Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Numata Symposium Celebrates “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice”<


1/18/2024 – BCA Connect Newsletter

January 2024
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
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Seattle Betsuin Arson Fire and Restoration Fund

The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church has established an Arson Restoration Fund in response to the tragic fires that destroyed thousands of historical archives and caused smoke and fire damage to the temple on New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2.

“We appreciate any and all donations towards rebuilding our temple,” the

Seattle Betsuin stated in a message on the temple website. “If you are

unable to donate at this time, we understand and would appreciate if you

shared this with others. Thank you for your kindness as we navigate the

next chapter of our history.”

For questions, the email is: ArsonRestoration@SeattleBetsuin.org

And, for more information about the Arson Restoration Fund, visit the

Seattle Betsuin website at: https://seattlebetsuin.org/

Read the full article on the fire here and the restoration fund here.

Donate to the Restoration Fund

Gomonshu’s New Year’s Greeting

Over the last year, innumerable people worldwide have been affected by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and forest fires. I was particularly shocked by the wildfires that devastated the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. This disaster completely destroyed the temple hall of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and one temple member was reported to have lost his life. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all who have perished in those calamities. I would also like to express my sympathies to those who are still coping with the dire situations. It is my sincere hope that all who have been affected will soon be able to return to a normal daily life.

Read the full message here

Bishop’s Message

BCA’s 2024 Theme Is: ‘The Right Time is Now’

This is a quote from Rennyo Shonin, the eighth Gomonshu of our Shin Buddhist tradition. I am sure that most of you are familiar with Rennyo Shonin as the author of the famous letter on the “White Ashes” that is frequently read at funerals and memorial services. Rennyo Shonin was a tremendous propagator of Shin Buddhism and our Hongwanji grew immensely because of his leadership…

This particular phrase, “The Right Time Is Now,” is urging us to listen to the Dharma now, to come to receive the Dharma now, not to wait for tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year.

While we all want our churches and temples to grow, the key to true growth must come from a refocus on the Dharma, on the teachings. When we return to the teachings with a sense of urgency, as if there is no tomorrow, then the teachings become dynamic, relevant, and have an impact on our lives.

Read the full message here

In Appreciation of Tacoma’s Rev. Gladys Pratt

by Bill Teague

Today, we appreciate and accept the diversity in our ministry.

But in 1936, the ordination of Rev. Gladys Sunya Pratt at the Tacoma Buddhist Church (later the Tacoma Buddhist Temple) was truly groundbreaking.

The press descriptions of the time likely seem racist and sexist when describing Rev. Pratt as the “First White Buddhist Priestess.” Surprisingly, those terms were supplied by her sponsor, the Buddhist Mission to North America (BMNA), precursor to the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA).

Who was she really? Gladys Brice was born on Feb. 6, 1898, in Great Britain. Around the age of 14, she picked Buddhism for her spiritual path. She had studied all world religions, as urged by her philosopher father. She continued to study Buddhism on her own.

Read the full article here

 

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives:
Wheel of Dharma: January

Buddhist Events

Winter Pacific Seminar: Buddhism and War

January 27, 2024

9:00am – 12:00pm

Come listen to Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka. and guest speakers (English Speakers) Rev. Iwohara, Rev. Turner, Rev. Quon, (Japanese Speakers) Rev. Wondra, Rev. Furumoto.

In person and virtual event:

Gardena Buddhist Church

1517 West 166th St

Gardena, CA 90247

The registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, January 21st.

Register Here

BCA Youth Events – Save the Date

BYR Seattle Event

This event has been cancelled.

BYR Summer Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

High School Age first time participants only

Temple Leaders Workshop

February 2-3, 2024 | Jodo Shinshu Center

BCA & CBE are hosting their annual all day workshop event for BCA Temple Leaders. We are inviting 1-2 representatives from all of our BCA temples. This workshop event is a wonderful place to network and meet other leaders, share our temple successes and challenges, and provide inspiration and tools for better leadership. Please join us for this very special in-person event.

The registration deadline for this workshop has been extended to Saturday, January 27th.

Register Here
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.
Dana Program for

Buddhist Education

Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:
  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.
Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.
Institute of Buddhist Studies

Numata Symposium Celebrates “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice”

By Rev. Gesshin Greenwood

On October 6, 2023, Buddhist scholars and students from around the country gathered at the Institute of Buddhist studies to celebrate the “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice,” edited by Paula Arai and Kevin Trainor. Each panelist presented a paper on their chapter in the anthology, followed by a moderated discussion and then question and answers.

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IBS Events
Learn more about these events on the IBS Website.

1/8/2024 posted – BCA Youth Events – BYR Summer Retreat 2024


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