BCA Ministers Association Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Guided by the Buddhist principles of Wisdom & Compassion, the Ministers Association of the Buddhist Churches of America opposes the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Buddha taught that Greed, Hatred, and Ignorance are poisons, and we see all three fueling this war.
Wisdom recognizes that all things are Interconnected, and the fallout from this war will affect not only the refugees but so many others as well, from the soldiers on both sides, to the environment and to the entire world.
Buddha’s Compassion recognizes that all life has value and happiness for all beings is the ideal. This is seen in the Metta Sutta with the aspiration, “May all beings be happy – May they be joyous and living in safety.” Our founder, Shinran Shonin, expressed the wish, “May there be peace in the world.”
We are in favor of relief to the victims, and call for this war to end.
To the Watsonville Buddhist Temple Sangha & Friends:
It has been a long two years but the Temple Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we feel confident that we can reopen the Temple for Sunday services as of April 3, 2022. We will be following certain protocols for the safety of our members and guests (e.g. take temperature upon arrival, sign in process, use hand sanitizers, wear masks inside, observe social distancing). Windows will be opened in the Hondo for air ventilation.
We look forward to seeing you again soon. While this will be a gradual re-opening, the Board will continue to review and refine our protocols as we reunite soon.
For the latest protocols for attending services or affiliated organization events see the protocols below:
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