The LDC (Living Dharma Centre) is starting a Virtual Book Club this fall. We invite interested people to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion.
Celebrate the coming of the New Year. Attend the New Year's Eve Service at the temple at 10pm Dec 31(all welcome) or the New Year's Day Service at 10:30am Jan 1, 2016 or attend the UBC Bell Ringing at 11:30pm Dec 31 at the Asian Centre (1871 West Mall) in UBC. Ring away the 108 blind passions for the New Year.
Earlybird Registration due: January 31, 2017 Final Registration due March 31, 2017 This annual event is an opportunity for members of the Shin Buddhist community and their friends and family to enjoy a weekend of fellowship in the beautiful Manning Provincial Park, situated just 3 hours from Vancouver and 2 ½ hours from Kelowna. Accommodations, meals, and activities (games, crafts, workshops) are coordinated by the organizing committee, and included in the registration fee. Groups who wish to stay together in shared cottages and hotel rooms should submit all names in the same registration.
Tacoma Buddhist Temple will be hosting the 2017 Northwest Convention from February 17-19 at the DoubleTree Suites, in Tukwila, Washington. Guest speaker Rev. Marvin Harada (Orange County Buddhist Church), as well as ministers and other facilitators from BCA’s Northwest District will lead workshops and talks based on the convention theme: Wake Up! Group room rates for the Double Tree Suites are (in USD): $119 for single/double occupancy, $129 for triple, $139 for quad. These rates will apply 3 days before and after the conference for those who would like to extend their stay.
Our guest minister for 2017 Ho-onko is Rev. Marvin Harada, the resident minister at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim, California, as well as the co-director of the Buddhist Churches of America’s Center for Buddhist Education. He will present a lecture titled “Resolving Life’s Problems Through Buddhism” to start off our 2017 Ho-onko weekend on Friday, January 6 starting at 7:00PM. This lecture is by donation, and open to the public. We are grateful to have him speak on the occasion of Ho-onko, celebrating the passing of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Shin Buddhist Tradition.
Bring your family and friends and your strongarms. Pound rice, make the Komochi and Kagami sets. General Admission for adults, registration and lunch $6 or $10 includes Komochi Set (9 pieces). Children and Students under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult. Register online so we know how many to make and how much lunch to cook. VBT members register for free admission, lunch and to pre-order komochi set and kagame set. Enter by our Social Hall Door beside the lane on Jackson Avenue.
The Province of BC is seeking nominations from the public for historic places in BC that are believed to be significant or important to the history and development of the Japanese Canadian community in the province.
The first phase is now being held - nominations from the public to identify potential places that are important to our community.
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Go-tan-e celebrates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The life and teachings of Shinran-shonin constitute one of the most significant developments in the history of Buddhism. It was he who discovered a path which ensured that the treasures of the Dharma would be accessible to all people without discrimination.
When physicist Albert Einstein was invited to Japan, he paid a visit to Reverend Jokan Chikazumi and asked him about the Buddha Dharma, especially the heart of the Buddha (―Buddha-mind‖). It is said thatRev. Chikazumi told him the story of Ubasuteyama (the old custom of abandoning old people, usually women, deep in the mountains). A young man was hurrying along a mountain path carrying his aged mother on his back. Along the way, the mother was breaking off tree twigs and dropping them on the path. She was marking the path with a trail of twigs.
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