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Updated on Februry 19, 2018
Long Beach Buddhist Chruch  2360 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, 90810  562-426-4014   LBBC@longbeachbuddhistchurch.us 


 
Long Beach Buddhist Church

We surround all forms of life with Infinite Love and Compassion. 

 
We send forth oceans of Wisdom, Mercy, and Love. 

Namu Kie Butsu
Namu Kie Ho
 
Namu Kie So
 
 
 
  
 

  
 May the wisdom of the All-Compassionate One so shine within our hearts and minds
Shall we understand the changing nature of existence and reach spiritual peace.
  


2018 is a year of the Dog. This year is known as the year of extinction. The fruits will fall onto the ground and the tree will return to its original state. By letting go of the flowers, leaves and fruits, the true nature of ourselves and the world we live in will be revealed.

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit. Throughout the year 2017 that there were members and friends who has been through illness, injury or many other stressful situations. As followers of Buddha's teachings, we acknowledge the hardship as a part of life and Shugyo, training, to cultivate our strength to achieve peace, joys and wisdom within such hardship.

On the evening of December 31st, I rang Joyano kane (the year-end purification bell) 108 times. Each time I rang the bell, I prostrated. I offered incense and prostrated 108 times, each time taking about 3 to 4 minutes. Traditionally, it is customary to cleanse our delusions and attachment by the time the new year starts. This year, I offered the incense and the sound of the bell to every one of those I met in our life and wished for their happiness... whether they are alive or dead. It was as if I were physical with them in the silence on the new year's eve. By the time I finished the 100th bell, my memories were all renewed and the life I had in the past felt blessed again.

From the time we were born, we met our family and all those friends from kindergarten, elementary school, junior high and high school, college, companies, girlfriends or boyfriends, spouses, neighbors and people who were just there for you. Each relationship gave us a clear definition and meaning of who we were and how we mattered in their life.

Then, the realization comes that such personal connections created many untold stories of our parents and ancestors and all people and living beings. The closer we feel to our own life experience and relationship, the closer we are able to feel to other sentient beings.

We call this kind of practice a Metta practice, the practice of compassion. This starts with clarifying our love to the most intimate person in our life. Eventually, it allows us to be in touch with the most real elements of other being's life and helps us understand the hardship, suffering, joy, and love of living beings. As I rang the last bell, I said “I love you.” to my son, then, I heard the voice of thousand's Spirits echoing in the mind sending love to their most beloved one. May the year 2018 bring you deep wisdom and compassion to all beings.

Gassho, Rev. Yukinori Gyokei Yokoyama



 
NEXT EVENT
Qi Guong Class Wed 21 7:30 pm
Board of Directors Installation Feb 25 10:00 am


NEXT SPECIAL EVENT
Equinox Service March 11th 10:00 am
Chow Mein Dinner Fundraiser March 25th 2:00 pm



 
Sunday Ceremony / Fundraiswer Schedule in 2018





January
February
March

7    Service 10:00 am 4  Setsubun (Spring Celebration) 4    Service 10:00 am

  14  Service 10:00 am 11 Service 10:00 am 11  Special Equinox Service 10:00 am


21  Service 10:00 am 18 Nehane (Buddha's Pari Nirvana) 18  Memorial Service 10:00 am


28  New Year Celebration & Shotsuki 25 Memorial Service 10:00 am  25  Chow Mein Dinner 2:00 - 5:00 pm



    Installation Board of Directors



April
May
June



1   Buddha's Birth Celebration 10:30 am 6  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am   
3    Fundraiser Food Sale 


 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
13  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
10New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am 



15  No Service  (Servcice at Terminal Island) 20  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
17  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      Traditional Servie 10:30 am 



22 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Service 10:30 am
27   Memorial Service 9:30 am 24  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
       Memorial Service 10:30 am



29 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
    
 Memorial Service 10:30 am





July
August
September



1   New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
 Casino Fundraiswer  2    New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      Traditional Servie 10:30 am 



8   New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
12  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am 
9     New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     
 Founder's Memorial Service 
       Fall Equinox Service 10:30 am



15 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
19 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am 
16   Rummage Sale
       
New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
       Traditional Servie 10:30 am 



21  Saturday
      Bon Odori and B
on Service 3:00 pm
26 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     
Memorial Service 10:30 am
23   New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
       Traditional Servie 10:30 am 



29 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
   
 Memorial Service 10:30 am

30  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      
Memorial Service 10:30 am



October
November
December



7   Chow Mein Dinner 2:00 pm 4   Casino Fundraiswer  2  Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration 9:30 am
   
Buddha's Enlightenment Celebration 10:30 am

 

14  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
     Traditional Servie 10:30 am
11  61st Anniversary   10:30 am
   
  Jukai e Ceremony
Memorial Service 10:30 am


21  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      Traditional Servie 10:30 am
18  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      Traditional Servie 10:30 am
16 Clean-up 


28  New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
      Memorial Service 10:30 am
25 New Service (English Sutras) 9:30 am
    
 Memorial Service 10:30 am
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Buddhist Meditation (Zazen) Practice Schedule



Mondays  7:00 - 8:45 pm   Introductotary Study & Meditation    
Wednesdays & Fridays  6:00 - 8:00 am   Dawn Zazen (Kyoten)     
Sundays  8:30 - 9:25 am   Morning Zazen  
1st Saturdays  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:45 am 
  Overnight Retreat (Sanzen)


 

Saturday Japanese Cultural Activity Class

2nd Saturday   9:30 - 12:00 noon   Brush Paint Class (Sumie    
3rd Saturdays   9:30 - 12:00 noon    Japanese Doll Making Class (Kimekomi)
     

Other Activities

Wednesdays   7:30 - 10:00 pm   Qi Gong Class     
Occassionaly      Zentangle Class
   

Please contact us at 562-426-4014 or longbeachbuddhistchurch@gmail.com to find out more information.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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