Reverend's Message - June 2014


Rev. Dean Koyama

The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2014 Obon - Hatsubon Services that will be observed on July 13th, at 10:00 AM. As you may be aware, the Obon observance is a very solemn occasion to remember not only the lives of our ancestors but also the lives of those loved ones who have recently passed away. It is to appreciate all that they have done and to recognize the continuation of their deeds upon our lives. By remembering them, we acknowledge a true debt of appreciation and gratitude to them thereby awakening and affirming our own lives as well.

Our special speaker for this service will be Reverend Zuikei Taniguchi, the resident minister of the Buddhist Temple of Alameda. Reverend Taniguchi is from Shiga prefecture and came to the US in 1964. He has served the temples in San Francisco, Cleveleand, Oakland and has served Alameda since 1983. He was recently honored at our BCA National Council meeting this past February held in Bellevue, Washington for serving the Buddhist Churches of America for 50 years. And he continues to be a very energetic and inspiring speaker.

During the service, all the names of the Hatsubon loved ones whose service was conducted under the auspice of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple will be read and families will be invited to come up and oshoko in their memory. If you are a PABT member and have experienced the loss of a loved one in this past year and would like to observe Hatsubon here, please contact Rev. Koyama with the full name, birth date, date of death and Buddhist Name (both in English and Chinese characters).

We would also like to remind you that our Obon Odori Service will begin at 7:00 PM on Sunday, August 3rd, immediately followed by the Obon Odori Dance at 7:30 PM. At this time you will have an opportunity to O-shoko or burn incense in memory of your loved one before you proceed out to the dance area. As it is customary in our Jodo Shinshu teachings to express our appreciation by reciting the Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu, in the same way, it is a tradition to dance as an expression of joy for all the benefits and gifts that we have received from our loved ones who have passed away. We hope that you will participate in the service as well as dance at the Obon.

In Gassho,
Rev. Dean Koyama

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