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Archive: 2020  2021

1/12/2022 – BCA Connect Newletter – January 2022
January 2022
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
New Year’s Greeting
May I extend a warm Happy New Year to all of you. Our BCA theme for 2022 is the same as our campaign theme — “Moving the Dharma Forward.”
Our metaphor for the campaign is the monarch butterfly, whose annual migration from Mexico to the northern United States and Canada and back, takes four generations of butterflies to complete. Each generation of butterflies does its part to perpetuate its species and to make that annual migration to the north and back.
I think this is a most fitting metaphor for our campaign, as we have worked hard to keep moving forward amongst the challenges of our time.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
New Year’s Greeting from Gomonshu Kojun Ohtani
Happy New Year, everyone! At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to extend my best regards to you all.
Over these past couple of years, we have had to adjust our lives in accordance with the scale of the spread of COVID-19. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those who fell victim to the disease and express my sympathies to those who are undergoing treatment. I would also like to express my respect and sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and frontline medical professionals who have been engaging in the treatment of infected people, as well as all essential workers who have made it possible for us to continue with our lives.
Read the full article here
No Need for Proof
Rev. John Iwohara
Chapter 2 of the “Tannisho” can be described as a description of faith, especially within our uncertainties.
One uncertainty is, “Does saying the Nembutsu actually work?” Although asked badly because it assumes that my saying the Nembutsu is what makes it “work,” Shinran Shonin answers this uncertainty by expressing it as well:
“I am entirely ignorant as to whether the Nembutsu is really the cause of Birth in the Pure Land, or whether it is the karma which will cause me to fall into hell.”
Hearing the Call of the Nembutsu
Julie Robertson
There’s something about the age of 35, right? Siddhartha Gautama became enlightened at the age of 35, after years of seeking without truly finding. I can’t claim enlightenment, but I am at least gratefully able to recognize pivotal moments and chew on slippery ideas until I finally understand them — and this, I think, is the essence of Jodo Shinshu practice.
When I was 35, I traveled solo to Cambodia to run a half marathon through Angkor Wat.
Making a Difference
Virginia Nishita
Nov. 27, 2021 at 4:39 a.m. was a moment that changed Kevin Nishita’s life, and our family would never be the same again. This is the date and time my husband Kevin lost his life.
On Nov. 24, he was shot while protecting a Bay Area TV news crew from a person who wanted to steal the news crew’s camera equipment. He succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
On Nov. 30, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, read a tribute to Kevin’s bravery while protecting others into the Congressional Record.
He lived his life according to the Nembutsu teachings.
Kevin was born, raised and received his primary education in Yuba City, California. His parents, Dan and Mary Nishita, were involved in the farming industry. Kevin grew up with the Buddhist teachings in a family of a brother and four sisters.
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:
Buddhist Education Events
Reflections on the life and work of Rev. Gyomay Kubose
January 22, 2022, 11am- 1pm PST
Speaker: Bishop Rev. Marvin Harada.
Buddhism Beyond Gratitude
January 22, 2022, 10:30am – 12 pm (PST)
What is Namo AmidaButsu?
Presented by Rev. Ko’e Umezu (West LA Buddhist Temple)
February 5, 2022, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (PST)
Our Interconnectedness & Namo Amindabutsu
Rev. Nariaki Hayashi Ekoji of Virginia
BCA Tech Squad Workshop
January 29, 2022, 11am – 1pm (PST)
How to better understand online resources at your disposal. With guest speakers Andrea Chapman of Ekoji Buddhist Temple and Rick Kawamura of Palo Alto Buddhist Temple.
Finding the Antidote to Greed, The First of Three Poisions
February 9, 2022, 11:00am – 1 pm PST
Finding the Antidote to Greed,
the first of the Three Poisons
Addressing drug and alcohol addiction & introducing a Dharma Recovery Program
The first in a series of in-depth lectures and interactive discussions on the three poisons: Greed, Anger & Ignorance
CBE News
Enjoy recent SOFA lectures including “The Three Poisons,” by Rev. Marvin Harada, BCA Bishop
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