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Updated on January 2, 2018
Long Beach Buddhist Chruch  2360 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, 90810  562-426-4014   LBBC@longbeachbuddhistchurch.us 


 
Long Beach Buddhist Church
ロングビーチ仏教会

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JANUARY 2018

Happy New Year!

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

 

明けましておめでとうございます。旧年中は大変お世話になりました。昨年からロングビーチ仏教会のメンバーやご友人らの中で、病気や怪我をされ方、肉親を失った方、いろいろな苦難を経験された方が多く見受けられました。自然災害に病、心身の衰え、生き別れや死別。釈尊が説かれた無常のみ教えとして、私たちは常にこうした命の真実と向き合ってきました。奇しくも、戌年の今年は「滅」を表す年とされています。花や実、葉が大地にかえり、木が本来の姿に戻るという意味があるのだそうです。何かを失うことで、本来の自己に回帰できるという智慧を示しているとも言えます。
私が育った愛知県の奥三河では、花祭りという行事があります。冬の寒い季節に山間部の集落では、かまどで湯を沸かし、夜通し神々を祭る音楽を奏で舞を披露します。冬の間簡単に命を落とすことのある集落では、長く寒い冬を越し、春を迎えられることが本当に奇跡的な嬉しいことであったのだと祖父や父から幼いころに聞いたことがあります。日本人や日系人は門松を飾ったり、年越しそばやお節料理を食べたりします。縁起の良いことをし、縁起の良いものをそろえて一年の幸せを祈る習慣について、どういう理由や理屈があるのか何度も尋ねられることがありますがこうした習慣を理屈だけで説明することはできないとよく感じることがあります。
ただ生きていられることに対する感謝、命を次の世代につなげていく願いが、さまざまな形で日本人の習慣になっていると言えるのではないでしょうか。新年の法要は災厄を消し、幸せな一年になることを祈る祈祷から始まります。ロングビーチ仏教会でもまた祈祷法要を行い皆様の健康と無事を心よりお祈り致します。皆様にとって、この一年が心安らかなものとなることを心より願っております。
どうぞ本年もよろしくお願い申しげます。

合掌

 

ロングビーチ仏教会


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.
 


 
 

January
February
March


7    Service 10:00 4  Setsubun (Spring Celebration)

  14  Service 10:00 11 Service 10:00


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


28  New Year Celebration & Shotsuki 25 Shtosuki (Family Memorial Service)







April
May
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July
August
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October
November
December


 
   



 

                                                                                                                                                        

Schedule 2018

Japanese-American Traditional Service
Sunday 10:00 AM

Buddhist Study & Meditation & Chanting
Sunday
Study 11:30 AM
Chanting 12:00 PM

Evening Study and Meditation
Monday
Study 7:00 PM
Meditation 7:30 PM
Dhmar Talk 8:30 PM

Dawn Meditation & Chanting & Meal Practice
Wednesday & Friday
1st Poriod 6:00 AM
2nd Period 6:35 AM

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







 



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