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    May peace and tranquility prevail throughout the world

    Wheel of theSangha Volume 27 Issue 7 July 2008

    A monthly publication by Seattle Buddhist Church

    Betsuin Events for October 2007

    SUNDAYS October 7 10:00 am Family Service Childrens Message: Rev Castro English: Rev Castro Japanese: Rimban DX: MAs, Bill Hirsch and Joe Schwab 11:45 SBWA Board Meeting

    Seattle Betsuin Vision Embrace true and real l i fe in Nembutsu

    Seattle Betsuin Mission Promote, protect,and

    share the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

    July 2008 Special Events

    Fourth of July Holiday Office Closed Bon Odori Practice July 7 11, 14 & 15 7:30 pm 9:00 Gym Obon Cemetary Services: July 12 noon Queen Anne, 1:00

    Washington, 2:30 Lakeview; July 13 10:00 am Sunset Hills, 1:00 pm Washelli; Obon & Hatsubon Service: 3:00 pm Temple

    Obon (Ullambana) Festival July 19th (5:30 service), 20th (4:30 service) NorthWest Young Buddhists Association Retreat July 25, 26, 27 Service with Shoshinge July 27 10:00 am Hondo

    1 Temple Contact

    Information 2

    Calendar of Events

    3 Rimbans Message, Newsletter Schedule,

    Deadline: July 21 4 Camp Fire,

    Dharma Exchange

    5 Messages from Rev Castro & President Tahara,

    Go Paperless Jump Online 6 Membership, Scouts

    7 SBWA, Bon Odori

    8 All Sangha Memorial Donations, Nikkei at UW 9 JSCC Course, ABA 10 Dharma School, Save Our Planet,

    Japanese Seminar

    11 Donations to the

    Betsuin & Hanamatsuri 12 Gotan-e Donations

    This is a cover page. Please scroll down to view the rest of the newsletter.

    Seattle Buddhist Church 1427 South Main Street

    Seattle, WA 98144

    Tel: (206) 329-0800 Fax: (206) 329-3703

    www.SeattleBetsuin.com Office@SeattleBetsuin.com

    Office Hours Mon-Fri 9:00am-8:00pm

    Sat 9:00am-4:00pm

    Ministers Rimban

    Hoshu Matsubayashi Day: (206) 380-9911

    Night: (425) 235-7242

    Reverend Don Castro 24 hours: (206) 779 -2214

    Wheel of Sangha NEWSLETTER STAFF

    Editors: English - Irene Goto Newsletter@SeattleBetsuin.com

    Japanese - Machiko Wada Newsletter-Jpn@SeattleBetsuin.com BOD Liaison: Dean OShields

    Printing & Circulation: Jim Akizuki, Alan Groves

    Mickey Hiroo, Shizu Kaku, Harry Shigaya, Elmer Tazuma


  • Betsuin Events for July 2008


    SUNDAYS July 6 FAMILY SERVICE 10:00 am English Rinban Japanese Rinban DX Rev. Castro July 13 OBON CEMETERY SERVCES 10:00 am Sunset Hills Cemetery (Rev. Castro) 1:00 pm Washelli (Rinban) 3:00 pm Obon and Hatsubon Services (M & C) July 20 BETSUIN OBON FESTIVAL 11:15 am Rev. Castro to White River Temple as Guest Speaker 4:30 pm Obon Dance Service (M & C) Dharma Talk: Rinban Dancing Gassho: Rev. Castro 5:00 pm OBON DANCE July 27 Rinban Vacation, N.W. YBA Retreat w/ Peter Inokoji Kim & Rev. Dennis Fujimoto 10:00 am FAMILY SERVICE In lieu of Japanese: Shoshinge English: Rev. Castro MONDAYS July 7 5:30 pm Obon Odori Leaders Practice @ Gym 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 14 Rinban Day Off 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 21 July 28 Rinban Day Off TUESDAYS July 1 10:30 am Ministers Meeting (M & C) 5:30 pm Obon Odori Leaders Practice @ Gym July 8 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 15 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 22 10:30 am Keiro Service (Rev. Castro) July 29 Rinban - Vacation WEDNESDAYS July 2 7:30 pm Dharma School BOD Meeting (Rev. Castro) July 9 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 16 10:00 am Shinran Shonin Memorial (M & C) 11:00 am Ministers Meeting (M & C)

    -continued Wednesdays July 23 July 30 Rinban Vacation THURSDAYS July 3 1:30 pm Nikkei Manor Service (Rev. Castro) July 10 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym 7:30 pm Religious Dept. Meeting (M & C) July 17 6:30 pm Ministerial Affairs Meeting (M & C) 7:30 pm Betsuin Cabinet Meeting (M & C) 1:30 pm Nikkei Manor Service (Rinban) July 24 Rinban Day Off 7:30 pm Betsuin BOD Meeting July 31 Rinban Vacation FRIDAYS July 4 HOLIDAY Office Closed. July 11 8:00 am SBWA Trip to Mt. Rainier (Rinban) 7:30 pm Obon Odori Dancers Practice @ Gym July 18 July 25 Rinban Vacation, N.W. YBA Retreat w/ Peter Inokoji Kim & Rev. Dennis Fujimoto 1:30 pm SBWA Centennial Meeting (Rev.Castro) SATURDAYS July 5 Rev. Castro Day off (7/4) July 12 OBON CEMETERY SERVICES: 12:00 pm Queen Ann Cemetery (Rinban) 1:00 pm Washington Memorial (Rinban) 2:30 pm Lakeview Cemetery (Rev. Castro) July 19 BETSUIN OBON FESTIVAL 5:30 pm Obon Dance Service (M & C) Dharma Talk: Rev. Castro Dancing Gassho: Rinban 6:00 pm OBON DANCE July 26 Rinban Vacation, N.W. YBA Retreat w/

    Peter Inokoji Kim & Rev. Dennis Fujimoto Look Ahead For

    Aug 3 Sept 7 Sundays at Noon Essential Buddhism Class by Jim Warrick and Joe Schwab August 10 Atomic Bomb Memorial Service August 24 SBWA Eshini-ko & Kakushini-ko Memorial September 13 Japanese Mompo Seminar see p. 10 September 14 Dharma School Resumes September 20 SBWA Centennial & Banquet October 5 Hatsumairi November 8 English Seminar, Rev Taitestu Unno December 14 General Membership Meeting

  • Wheel of theSangha


    Rimban Hoshu Y. Matsubayashi, Ed.D.

    One day, I was invited to the Otoki dinner at a Chinese Restaurant after the memorial service. As usual, fortune cookies were served at the end of the meal. I took one and opened it to read a saying. It stated: Mothers are the only goddesses in whom the whole world believes. When I read this saying, I realized that people around the whole world respect and love their mothers. The Obon season has come again. The origin of Obon is based on the Ullambana Sutra. The Ullanbana Sutra describes the beautiful thought of Moggallana, one of the ten great disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, and his mother. The story of Obon tells us about an affectionate son, Moggallana, who saved his mother from the realm of suffering. This story was well accepted in China, Japan as well as the United States and elsewhere in the world, because it describes the warmth of a mothers love and its relation to the child. I could not help myself to recall Obon story when I read the above fortune cookies saying. When Moggallana asked Shakymuni Buddha how to save his mother from the realm of suffering, Shakyamuni Buddha advised Moggallana to practice the unselfish giving (pure dana). When Moggallana followed Shakyamuni Buddhas advice, his mother was relieved from the realm of suffering. As Moggallana saw this, he danced around joyously. This became the origin of Bon Dance. It is true that mother is the first and foremost person to take care of ones life and to whom we all, as human beings, love and respect. The Ullambana Sutra also reminds us to recollect in gratitude to our departed parents and ancestors who laid down the foundation of our lives. On October 1, 2004, when Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle Mariners set the major-league record for hits in a season with 258, breaking George Sislers 84-year-old mark at Safeco Field, a reporter of Mainichi Shinbun in Japan went to see Ichiros father and asked about the great achievement of his son Ichiro. Mr. Nobuyuki Suzuki, Ichiros father, replied:

    I wish to thank my ancestors for giving me Ichiro!

    When I read the response of Ichiros father in the Mainichi Shinbun internet on October 3, 2004 in California, I thought how wonderful Ichiros father was to appreciate his ancestors for his happiness.

    According to Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition, Obon is also called Kangi-e or A Gathering of Joy. The word Kangi consists of two Chinese characters both mean Joy/Happiness. Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, explained this term in his main writing, Kyo Gyo Shin Sho, that Kangi expresses joy and happiness in body and mind.

    Obon is a great opportunity to reflect upon our ancestors, the roots of our family trees, and to meet with loved ones in joy and happiness. The Buddhist Obon observance is truly a global festival day! Namo Amida Butsu


    Volume 27 Issue 7 SE A T T L E B E T S U I N N E W S L E T T E R July 2008


    July 21, 2008 8:00 PM

    Email Articles to: Newsletter@


    Print on July 25, 2008

    Seal and Label

    Sunday, July 27, by:


    Newsletter Sealing and Labeling Schedule for the current month,

    not for the issue Month:

    BWA January & July

    Gojikai February & August

    Scouts, Campfire, Taiko* March & September

    YBA, Dharma School

    April & October

    ABA May & November*

    Ijikai June & December

    *duty has been switched as of July 07

  • Seattle Betsuin Newsletter Wheel of the Sangha Volume 27 Issue 7 July 2008


    Camp Fire Group News Submitted by Dana Nakashima

    Council Fire On June 1st, Camp Fire held our annual end of the year Council Fire. We were honored to have as special guests Jane White Vulliet - CEO of Camp Fire USA Central Puget Sound Council, Karen Aoyama Central Puget Sound Program Director and Janelle Kitson North Branch Program Manager. We held ceremonial fly-ups for Eva, who is moving from Discovery to Horizon group, and for Koki, Samantha, Laila, Lauren, and Marisa, who are moving from Adventure to Discovery Group. We welcomed


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