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Akemashite Omedetto Gozaimasu!  First of all I would like the thank Rev Watanabe, Yasuko Kujiraoka, the Board of Directors and the entire Sangha for their selfless cooperation and support of this temple.  This includes BCA, ministers and laypersons who have directly or indirectly supported us, thank you.  As you know this past year had its unique challenges but the Sangha bravely came together to meet it head on.  As we embark on a new year I request your continued spirited support and will do what I can to help communicate the message of the Buddha.  As we frequently recite during Sunday service under ‘Shin Buddhist Life Principles’, my goal for the New Year is to “Share the True Dharma with All.”   Former Monshu Koshin Ohtani, in his book ‘The Buddha’s Wish for the World,’ cites: “Your life is a gift wished into existence.”   May 2018 bring on a deepening awareness. 


In Gassho, 
Elwyn Kawate  

of the 

OBT Board of Directors
Please click here to visit the "President's Corner" for more from President Kawate.

Another new message from our Rev. Watanabe is here!

Image and message from our Reverend Watanabe

Those Sentient Beings Who Encounter This Sutra Will Attain Emancipation in Accordance With Their Aspiration

Rev. Masanori Watanabe


    Here comes the Obon Festival! Many people will gather at our temple. It is not just a fun event. Obon is a Buddhist occasion to be thankful for our precious lives and to feel gratitude to our ancestors, remembering our indebtedness to them through dancing. No one can exist without ancestors. Let us fully enjoy this Buddhist event, expressing our joy of life on July 14. The Shotsuki and Hatsubon service will be on July 21 at 10:00, and the Obon Cemetery services will be on July 22 at the Ivy lawn Cemetery at 9:30 am, the Japanese Cemetery at 10:30 am, and the Conejo Cemetery at 11:30 am. 


     According to an article I read, the global population is about seven billion, and over the past 40 years, it has increased at a rate of one billion every 12 years. Although it took 200,000 years to reach one billion, we now add a billion people every 12 years. It is said that the population will be 11 billion around 2100. As you know, we experienced very unusual weather earlier this year. We are really feeling the effects of global warming. I heard that some researchers claim that half of the global population will not be able to survive to the end of this century because of global warming, rising water levels, temperature increases, desertification and other environmental catastrophes........please click here to continue....

New President's Message for July Here!

You have one month to get your Cosplay Costume in order for the 
Cosplay Contest at Obon July 14th
Contest will be from 4:30-5 pm
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places!!!
Cosplay Contest 2017 Obon

        Be in a Cosplay Parade!                  You can be a winner too!      Sensei will be there!

Remember a Loved One during OBT’s Obon Festival. Consider ordering a Tanzaku in Memory of a Loved One or express a heartfelt wish. 

Obon Dance Practices Scheduled!
Practices are at OBT
Obon July 14th!

Obon is coming July 14 - Mark your calendars! Come to our Obon Dance practices starting June 19. We'll be on the OBT grounds.

Total of 8 sessions
All practices are from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
June 19, 2018 (Tuesday)
June 21, 2018 (Thursday)
June 26, 2018 (Tuesday)
June 28, 2018 (Thursday)
July 03, 2018 (Tuesday)
July 05, 2018 (Thursday)
July 10, 2018 (Tuesday)
July 12, 2018 (Thursday)

The Dances

The dances selected for the Obon 2018 season:

1. Bon Odori Uta
2. Ichigo Ichie
3. Shimaya Uta Ashibii
4. Pokemon Ondo
5. Shigisan Ondo (tenugui)
6. AIUEO ondo (uchiwa/fan)
7. Seinen Ondo (kachi kachi)
8. Tsurukame Ondo

Temple favorites for the second set of Obon Dance Songs (subject to change):

1. Memanbetsu Bayashi
2. Gassho Ondo
3. Nikkei Ondo
4. Shiawase Samba
5. Kyushu Tanko Bushi
6. Hokkai no Abarembo

Japanese Message Page (日本語での法話)

Recent Announcements

  • Minister's Message Updated Your gracious Sensei Watanabe has updated his message page again in June. He has included his two addresses during his Memorial Day Services. Please follow this link to view the ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 9:09 PM by Steve Yoshinaga
  • Obon Tanzaku Remember a Loved One during OBT’s Obon Festival. Consider ordering a Tanzaku in Memory of a Loved One or express a heartfelt wish. With a $10 donation, OBT will ...
    Posted May 22, 2018, 5:27 PM by Steve Yoshinaga
  • Obon Dance Practice Scheduled Come out and dance!Last Day of Dharma School June 3, 2018Start date/time (Total of 8 sessions); 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMObon Day,  July 14 ...
    Posted May 16, 2018, 9:03 PM by Steve Yoshinaga
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By Reverend Masanori Watanabe for our Sangha



Weekly meetings: Times may vary, visitors please call ahead.

Japanese Language School: 8:30 am Saturdays
Judo: 7 pm Tuesdays and Fridays
Togen Daiko: 8 am Sundays and 7 pm Wednesdays