Reverend’s Blog


Chicken Teriyaki

Thank you everyone for all your hard work in making the 2019 Teriyaki fund raiser a great success.

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World Buddhist Women’s Conference

On August 30, 31 and September 1, twelve members of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple attended the World Buddhist Women’s Conference in San Francisco.  Attendees came from Europe, South America, Hawaii, Canada and Japan.  The current Gomonshu his Eminence Monshu Kojun the 25th generation descendant of Shinran Shonin to head the Hongwanji was also in attendance.

Everyone who attended were very pleased with the two keynote speakers Dr. Tono of Japan and Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi of the Stockton Buddhist Temple.   Most of the workshops were fun, educational and interesting for the attendees.

On Sunday after the conference many of the 1700 attendees participated in Bon Odori at the Yerba Buena Park near the hotel.


Rev Motoyoshi

BWA World Conf

BWA World Odori

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Thank you to all who attended from Watsonville.


On November 23, 2018, His Eminence Monshu Kojun Ohtani delivered a dharma message at the Hongwanji’s annual Perpetual Memorial and Autumn Service.

In his message, Gomonshu-sama summarized his thoughts in a four verse piece titled OUR PLEDGE.

It is Gomonshu-sama’s hope that these verses will be read and shared at various services and gatherings, especially among young and new members, so that we may bring religion closer to our everyday lives.



On August 2 and 3, 2019, the Temple held its annual Rummage Sale which is always well attended.




Our Pledge

Breaking out of my shell

I will share a warm smile and speak gentle words

Just like the kind Buddha.

Not becoming lost in my greed, anger, and ignorance

I shall think and act with an open-mind

Just like the calm and peaceful Buddha

Not putting myself first

I will share in the joy and sadness of others

Just like the compassionate Buddha

Realizing the gift of life I have received

I shall strive to live each day to its fullest

Like the Buddha who tirelessly works to liberate all.