Monthly Message

Monthly Message from the Temple Sensei

What are You Thinking?

| July 12, 2021

Wonderful, indeed, it is to subdue the mind, so difficult to subdue, ever swift, and seizing whatever it desires. A tamed mind brings happiness. The Dharmapada, chapter 3, verse 35 Hello, Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer! I imagine that without the summer festivals and Obons these are truly the hottest times of… Read More »

Take a Break to Think About…

| May 2, 2021

Earth Day is coming! How drastically the world is able to change! It truly is an exciting time. This year is the 51st Earth Day observance. Do you remember where you were last year? Probably at home watching amazing things happening on television. Were you as excited as I when we saw all different types… Read More »


| January 17, 2021

Happy New Year! Welcome 2021! These are two terms that many people in the world have been waiting for. Even though the day January 1, 2021 is only a blip on the historical timeline, in this moment for ordinary human beings like us it is a turning point which helps us to change our perceptions… Read More »

Living the Monk Life

| July 10, 2020

March 2020 has awakened a new era for the world.  This awakening is the exact human issue that we as Buddhist have been dealing with since birth.  Do you know the issue I am referring to?  This issue is the truth of life.  IT IS FRAGILE and IT IS IMPERMANENT.  The emerging of the virus… Read More »

Although I Say the Nembutsu

| April 1, 2020

In the past few weeks, I have written and rewritten this article. I told my wife we watch crazy scenarios on television and in the movies when we see things like monsters that roam the earth, zombies, or even an apocalypse it is understandably fantasy. There was even the movie with Dustin Hoffman called Outbreak… Read More »

The Year is 1960

| December 12, 2019

John F. Kennedy wins the presidential election. The US Enters the Vietnam War. The IRA starts its fight against the British. Chubby Checker and The Twist start a new dance craze. A Soviet missile shoots down the US U2 spy plane, aluminum cans are used for the first time. The US announces 3,500 American soldiers… Read More »

Hearing the Call

| September 1, 2019

Hello, Everyone!  I hope you have had a relaxing summer season.  I cannot express how proud and thankful I am for not only our temple, but also the community that we are a part of.  Thank you to those that attended and represented our temple at the 2019 World Buddhist Women’s Convention.  It was a… Read More »

How Do you Spend a Lazy Day?

| June 9, 2019

Happy Summer, Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Family! Thank You for Your continued support with the upcoming Venice Japanese Community Center Festival (6.22-23) and our own Obon Festival (7.22-23). We are all part of this community and I look forward to seeing and working with all of you. It not only brings us all together, but… Read More »