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We are deeply shocked and saddened by the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We wish to express our profound sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.
When we encounter tragic events such as this, we turn to the Buddha for guidance on how to live our lives without hating and harming each other. We recognize that the root of hatred is very difficult to identify. It comes from deep inside of our karmic consciousness. We live our lives based on emotions and feelings of love and hatred. This is the source of our daily actions.
But there is a true and real realm beyond love and hatred. This is the Buddha’s realm; the realm of Enlightenment. Deeply grieving our condition, the Buddha urges us to listen to the Dharma and to hear the words from the world of true equality. Through this realization, we are able to see one another as fellow travelers on a journey to the world of true equality. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, we should live our lives with respect and kindness.
Namo Amida Butsu
Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop
Buddhist Churches of America
So District Conference • June 18
Make plans to join members of other Southern District temples on Saturday, June 18th in San Diego for the 2016 Southern District Conference. There will be Dharma talks and a District BWA meeting during lunch. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included in the $65 registration fee (BWA will pay for BWA members). If you need a ride, we will arrange carpools from our temple (Nishi Betsuin will also have a bus that will leave their temple at 6:30 AM. Cost will be between $21-$26). Please contact Lynne Ozawa if you wish to attend – registration deadline is May 10.
Father's Day BWA Chirashi Sale
The Buddhist Women's Association will be holding their annual Chirashi Rice sale on Father's Day, June 19, 2016. Individual servings, as shown in the picture at left, are being offered for $6, by PRE-ORDER ONLY.
Go online to order or download the form and mail to the Temple at 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena, 91103, or bring to service. Checks payable to Pasadena BWA. Order deadline is June 12. Pick-up time on June 19 is 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. ORDERS NOW CLOSED. There may be a few boxes available for sale at the door for $7.
Las Vegas Bus Trip • August 5-7
The Las Vegas Obon is on August 6th. We have charted a bus that will leave the Temple at 10:00AM on Friday and leave Las Vegas on Sunday at 11:00 am. The 2-night hotel stay will be at the California Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas (Meal coupons are also included if using the hotel package).