January-February 2013 Rinzai Maui Zen Mission Newsletter

New Year’s Messages

We end this year 2012 with much turmoil in the government and in parts of the world. However we have great abilities to solve our problems and hope for more peaceful times in and out of our country. Change is inevitable so let us hope for good changes for the upcoming year. I can not stress more the importance of living each day with full attention according to Buddhist teachings. In this way we can embrace the coming future.

新年明けましてお目出度うございます。 2013年
–Rev. Ryozo Yamaguchi

I would like to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy 2013 —Year of the Snake—and to thank everyone who helped out at our Obon festival and rummage sale, making both these events a huge success! Thank you, too, to our dedicated members and friends who worked so diligently in cleaning and maintaining our temple and its facilities. And although we are a small congregation that has faced many challenges over the years, it inspires me to see how hard everyone has worked together so that we may carry on the legacy of the Rinzai Zen Mission. I look forward to another challenging year as we host Hanamatsuri with guests arriving from Japan.

A deep appreciation to Reverend Ryozo Yamaguchi for his selfless and tireless dedication to our temple. With his guidance, the successes we have achieved will continue in the years to come. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Reverend Seiya Chisaka and everyone at the Miyoshinji Temple of Japan for their continued support. It is because of this dedication and support from so many people that we are allowed to continue here as the Rinzai Zen Mission.
–Alan Nago, President

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