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The Living Nembutsu

I am awed by the selflessness of Sangha. I am inspired by the power of compassion in times of difficulty. I am truly humbled by the working of the living Nembutsu.

Over the weekend, a small group of volunteers wearing masks and gloves packed boxes of food items which were distributed to our temple members. In a couple of hours, we managed to pack almost a hundred boxes filled with fruits, vegetables, bread, eggs, tofu, frozen chicken thighs, and other items. What began as a small project to support our members with just a small bag of produce quickly turned into a big box loaded with all kinds of wonderful items.

When word got around that we were doing this project, the outpouring of support was truly amazing. People donated bananas and avocados from their backyard; homemade pickled onions and sambaizuke; boxes of fresh pineapple, tomatoes, apples, and lettuce; and delicious baked goods that were all shared with our members.

For two hours, people drove up as our volunteers loaded their cars. Several people also kindly picked up for those unable to drive and our volunteers made deliveries to the rest.

I am deeply grateful for the hardworking volunteers and the generous donors who came together to selflessly care for our community in this time of need.

As I write this, my eyes are misty and my heart is full. This is what it means to be Sangha. We are truly one ‘Ohana and I know we will get through this together.

Shakyamuni Buddha taught, “As the light of a small candle can spread from one another in succession, so the light of Buddha’s compassion will pass on from one mind to another endlessly.”

Let’s continue to share our light brightening our darkened world. Compassionate activity is the Dharma in action. Sangha is the living Nembutsu.

Namo Amida Butsu.


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