On March 7th the temple was treated to a wonderful concert by the jazz group Otonowa (Sound Circle). We can’t thank Akira Tana, Ken Okada, Art Hirahara, Mas Koga, Saki Kono and Shoko Higaki for their time and talents. Special thanks to Perry Yoshida for chairing the event and Ryoko Kozuki and her “group” for the wonderful decorations. Thank you to all the volunteers who help before, during and after the concert.
The temple Installation service and New Year Potluck with bingo. Congratulations to our new ABA cabinet and Temple cabinet.
Congratulations to Tim & Karen Kawasaki and grandparents Kiyo & Aileen Kawasaki, Mike and Morgan Dudley and grandparents Ken & Alice Tanimoto. Emma Kawasaki and Julian Dudley were formally introduced to the temple sangha on Sunday, September 29th at our Hatsumairi Service.
Thank you to all who came out to support our Fireworks Booth. And to all who patronized the booth. Thank you Perry & Kim for doing such a great job. Special thanks to those who came by with food and refreshments for the workers.
We were honored to have Bhante Seelawimala as our Hatsubon guest speaker.
Pictures courtesy of Mas Hashimoto.
Congratulations to the class of 2019! We recognized 10 graduates this year. Pictured below Kevin Yamaoka (Arizona State University) and Scott Nagamine (San Francisco State University).
A wonderful celebration of the birth of the Buddha was held on April 21st. Thank you to all who came out to join us. Special thanks to the temple members and friends who spent countless hours putting together another successful event.
Pictures courtesy of Mas Hashimoto and Kim Yoshida.
Sunday service for our youth was held on Sunday, March 31st. After service the students created a “golden chain”.
Rev. Yoshihide Matsubayashi visited us for our Hoonko service and gave a wonderful dharma talk. We had a surprise visit from the Mayor of Watsonville Francisco Estrada. Thank you to all who came out.
Congratulations to the Tanimasa, Hirahara, Louie and Kondo families who participated in the Hatsumairi (Infant Presenation) ceremony on Ocotber 7th.
Thank you all for supporting the Tohoku Benefit with Otonowa. We had a very successful event. We are happy to report a sizable donation will be going to the continuing recovery efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan. Thank you for your generosity and participation.
Congratulations to Matthew Maemura (N. Salinas HS), Kaitlin Sakae (Aptos HS) and Hayley Sakae (Cal State San Luis Obispo) on their recent graduation. We are all so very proud of your accomplishments.
Thank you Professor Enrique Galvan-Alvarez for your Dharma talk
Reverend Ryuta Furumoto was our guest speaker for our Gotan-e service celebrating the birth of our founder Shinran Shonin. Thank you Rev. Furumoto for your wonderful Dharma talk.
Here are some pictures of the recent Tri-Temple Hanamatsuri hosted by the Salinas Buddhist Temple. All photos by Mas Hashimoto.
Bishop Kodo Umezu greeting the congregation.
Guest speaker Rev. Henry Adams of the San Mateo Buddhist Temple presenting his Hanamatsuri talk.
L-R: Reverends Noritaka Imada; Anan Hatanaka; Hibiki Murakami; Etuko Mikame; Kodo Umezu; Jay Shinseki; Henry Adams; Yugo Fujita.
Thank you everyone who came out to help celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday. A great event, thanks to all of you.
Thank you everyone who came out to help with our Ohigan Levee Cleanup Day.
Special thanks to Dario Leon and the City of Watsonville, Perry & Kim Yoshida, Barbara Shingai, Boy Scout Troop 558, Satina Ciandro and the Watsonville High School SAVE club, and all who assisted with the cleanup.