Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple 1155 Noche Buena Seaside, CA Is That a Buddha in the Lotus?

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Is That a Buddha in the Lotus?

“When persons doubt as they plant roots of good, the lotus in which they gain birth will not open; but for those whose shinjin is pure, the flower opens, and immediately they see the Buddha.” KGSS.

I was recently at the temple cleaning

the Onaijin (altar) and I noticed the lotus

flower in the scroll with the characters

namoamidabutsu – 南無阿弥陀佛. I looked at

it carefully and saw what appeared

to be an outline of the Buddha.

I wondered to myself if the artist who made the scroll had done this

intentionally. Whether he did or not may

not be the issue, but what I see as the

Buddha in the lotus.

As you may know the lotus flower represents the Buddha. Most scrolls as seen here and statues in our temples have at the base a lotus flower. A fully opened lotus represents the Buddha or enlightenment.

Atop the lotus in the scroll pictured here is the Chinese characters that read namoamidabutsu. Amida Buddha the Buddha of infinite wisdom and compassion is represented with those characters. The second picture is a statue of Amida Buddha atop a lotus.

If you look carefully, the lotus flower has an outline of what appears to be a Buddha. Within the lotus resides the Buddha ready to appear again. Within the nembutsu, namoamidabutsu the Buddha appears.

When we recite the nembutsu it is an

acknowledgment of something that has already taken place. It is acknowledging and expressing gratitude to the Buddha as he embraces each and every one of us just as we are.

When we recite the Nembutsu we are never alone, Shinran and all others are one within the Nembutsu. I believe this is the reason for the Buddha in the lotus. Notifying us that in namoamidabutsu the Buddha is with us, embracing us.


Rev. Hosei Shinseki

Newsletter June 2020 Vol 19 Issue 6


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020



On Line Live Stream Service Only – ( Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 10:00 A.M.

Deceased Family

Tomizo Takahashi & Suye Takahashi

Takahashi Family Hatsuko Hirabayashi Yoshiyama Family

Koichi Tanaka Mr. & Mrs. Edward Tanaka Sashiro Yamashita Mrs. Meiko Yoshida

Ichiro Gota Mr. Cary Gota & Janis Gota Eto

Kazuo Oka Oka Family

Isamu Narasaki Narasaki Family

Setsuyo Sumida Mr. & Mrs. Ray Sumida

Keizo Ogura Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ogura

Robert Akira Mirikitani Mrs. Sonoko Mirikitani

Aijiro Tokubo Ms. Naomi Takigawa

Otomatsu Enokida Enokida Family

Ben Satoshi Sasaki Sasaki Family Hisakichi Newton Omoto & Mr. William Omoto Buheiji Nakamura

Nakayo Kadani Mrs.Linda Kadani

Mitsuo Miki Haruki Ms. Joyce Haruki

Sakano Ishida Ishida Family

Hidenori Matsubayashi Matsubayashi Family Yoshiharu Yokogawa Mrs. Sayoko Yokogawa

Hiroto Fuji & Misato Fuji Mr. & Mrs. Jung & Yoshiko Hong Mikie Ishida & Midori Ono Mr. & Mrs. Alan & Barbara Okimoto

Tsumae Tatsumi Mr. Craig Higashi

William Torabayashi Torabayashi Family

Mitsuye Hashimoto Fumi (Hashimoto) Kawasaki Stanley Federick Hahn Dr. Gregg and Julie Satow Jeffery J. Shinseki

Roy Kaminori

Rev. Jay & Jane Shinseki Kamimori Family

Tadashi Aoki Mrs. June Aoki Trachsel

Dean Whiteman Denise Onitsuka


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020


On-Line Live Stream Service Only – ( Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 10:00 A.M.

Deceased Family

Matsusaburo Kawasaki Mr. Stanley Kato

Shoichi Yoshiyama Mr. & Mrs. Andy Yoshiyama Toshiharu Sasaki & Yuka Sasaki Mr. Robert Komatsu

Miyoko Honda Ms. Lisa Honda Haruo Kodama, Mitsuro Harold

Kodama & Fujiko “Fudge” Kodama

Mr. George Kodama & Kurt Kodama Kengo Oda Mr. & Mrs. Larry Oda

Kotaro Kitahara Mr. Junki Kitahara

Same Oka Oka Family

Carmie Cronin Cronin Family

Yataro Hori Hori Family Satoru Tanaka Mrs. Tomiko Yorita

Masao Yokogawa Mrs. Sayoko Yokogawa George Saiki Mrs. Miyo Saiki

Eiko Watanabe Debbie Janssens

Hatsue Shibasaki Mr. & Mrs. Jim Shibasaki Hisako Louise Oka Oka Family

Yoneko Satow Mrs. Margaret Satow Robert Nakamura & Mr. & Mrs. Gary Nakamura Rose Kiyomi Nakamura

Keiko Coake Coake Family

Fumiko Shingu Mr. & Mrs. Garrett Shingu Etsuko Esther Higashi Mr. Craig Higashi

Sadano Minami Mr. & Mrs. Martin Minami Wataru Waco Shintani Mrs. Mary Shintani

Kazue Shibata Jordan Mr. Sidney Jordan

Mitsuye Kanaya Dr. Sadayo Kanaya Lurie & Mrs. Junko Kanaya Adams George Uyeda Mrs. Toshiko Uyeda

Michie Jean Esaki Mr. John Esaki & Amy Kato Kazu Yamazi Yamazi Family

Danny Tanaka Ms. Jane Naito Tomine Ann Tomiko Sasaki Sasaki Family

Koyomi Tanaka Tanaka Family Margaret Chiyomi Shinseki Rev. Jay Shinseki Alice Yoshimi Kadani

Yoshimasu Yamashita Herbert Setsuo Tanaka Miyoko Fukunaga Shigemi Uchida

Mrs. Diane Kadani Mrs. Fumi Yamashita Mrs. Susie Tanaka

Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Eileen Fukunaga Mr. Jeff Uchida

Michiko Aoki

Mitsuko “Mitzi” Kamimori Ms. June Aoki Trachsel Kamimori Family Yas Yaguchi Ms. Carle Hirahara


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020


April Shotsuki Hoyo Donations

Akemi Ito Lisa Honda Roy & Sydney Yamashita

Ray & Betsy Sumida

Hanamatsuri Service Donations

Itsuo & Keiko Nakasako Akemi Ito Lisa Honda

Robert Silva Patricia Hori Kurt Kodama

Hidetake & Rimiko Ogura Roy & Sydney Yamashita Linda Kadani & Dr. Alan Amemiya

Special April Donations Received

Sachi Akaba, Shotsuki Hoyo donations, in memory of Hiroshi Nishi & Hideko Nishi Randolph & Jeanne Onitsuka, Shotsuki Hoyo donation in memory of Isamu Sakai Karen Sakai & Charles Dene, Shotsuki Hoyo donation in memory of Isamu Sakai

The Sakino Family (Ron, Irene & John), Shotsuki Hoyo donation in memory of Margaret Ayako Sakino

Robert Silva, Ohigan Service donation

Akemi Ito, Ohigan & Gotane service donations

Hei Takarabe, donation in appreciation for facility use for Tai Chi Workshop Marlyn Johnson, Special donation for April general activities

Hans Royer, Special donation to temple

June Matsuoka, Sogetsu Ikebana facility use donation for March Nathan Grijalva, April facility use donation

Robert Silva, 2020 Membership dues

Roy & Sydney Yamashita, 2020 Membership dues Hidetake & Rimiko Ogura, 2020 Membership dues Patricia Hori, 2020 Membership dues

Akemi Ito, 2020 Membership dues

Thank you for all your Generous and Thoughtful Donations

We hope everyone is Staying Safe and Healthy.


The temple would like to send a huge THANK YOU to our following members:

Linda Shingu and her Granddaughters, Lily and Zoe Shingu for pulling all the weeds from the front of the temple every week. Without their dedicated HARD WORK, the front of our temple would be overgrown by weeds and look abandoned and

unoccupied. But, instead, it looks neat and free of unsightly weeds.

Nathan Grijalva for pulling weeds throughout the temple grounds every week. Thank you for helping us take care of our temple garden.

David, Dawn, Isabel & Michel’le Correia for sanitizing the inside of the temple after we closed the temple because of Covid-19 and their continued efforts to watch over the temple and help with its maintenance while we are closed. Thank You


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020


Online Live Stream Sunday Services

The Monterey Buddhist Temple will offer live streaming services each Sunday at 10:00 am until further notice. Log into the temple website at On the home page, you will see a link to the “Sunday Service Live Stream”. Please join us each Sunday at 10:00 am.

On Line Donation Option Available on Temple Website

Make a one time donation to the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple using a credit card via PayPal. No PayPal account is required, except to setup a recurring (monthly) donation if that is something you would like to consider.

Please view our website at This option appears on the footer of every page of our website. We appreciate everyone’s generous donations and we hope this option will make it easier to forward your donations to our temple in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact our temple through our email:

2020 Membership Forms

Please find in this newsletter our 2020 Membership form. The temple dues have remained the same as 2019. However, we once again are asking those who can participate to send in the additional $155.00 BCA membership dues. The BCA dues have increased this year due to the increased 2020 Budget for the BCA.

Also, Thank You to all our members who have sent in their 2020 dues.

The temple will remain closed due to the Covid-19 virus until the end of June. We will follow the guidelines put forth by the State pf California and Monterey County Health Department. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding. Please note the information below on how to join us for Sunday On-Line Live Stream Services and Chat times online. We hope to keep in touch with all of our members and friends through the internet. Please note below the options to send in your thoughtful donations through our on-line Pay Pal account option through

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Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple E-Chat

Rev. Shinseki has set up an E-Chat session every other Tuesday at 7 pm – 8 pm (PDT). If you would like to join in on the E-Chat session, please contact Rev. Shinseki at 1-650-868-9883. As this is a meeting set up through the Zoom meeting application, Rev. Shinseki will need to add you to the list of participants. Thank you for your interest.

Request for Sandbags

Now that the rainy season is over, anyone having filled sandbags to get rid of can bring to temple and dump at base of oak trees at side of driveway. The sand is needed


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020



We are very proud to announce that Ms. Mika Gordon is the recipient of the $1,000.00 MPBT

Scholarship awarded to a graduating Senior. She was very active in our Dharma School Program and participated in helping us with our Obon Festival and danced every year on the Yagura. We want to wish her all the best and success in all her new endeavors and adventures.

In this issue, we are featuring three of our recent graduates and next month, we will feature three more of our scholarship recipients and bring everyone up-to-date on all their accomplishments and future plans.


Due to Shelter in Place, my last few weeks of high school have been relatively relaxing. My

mornings start much later and instead of a stiff chair and desk I can participate in classes online from my bedroom in my pajamas.

For my graduation ceremony this year, instead of walking on the Pacific Grove High School football field, I will be taking laps on the Laguna Seca

Raceway. Keeping up with the quarantine has not been the most social time of my life, but I look forward to seeing everyone running out of their cars on the racetrack to take a single photo and getting their diplomas.

As for my next step forward, I will be attending Saint Mary’s College. It is a small, private college nestled in the hills of Moraga, CA near Walnut Creek. I’m going in as an Art History major and considering a minor in digital studies. For now, Saint Mary’s is planning to have students on campus in the Fall so I will be living there for the time being. Even though I’m not sure what my future holds, I am very honored to be part of the St. Mary’s community and look forward to the next four years.

I will have special memories of my 2020 graduation year with getting my diploma on a racetrack plus having Barack Obama as my commencement speaker.


Nembutsu Wave

June 2020




Bruce is graduating early (next month) from UCSB as a double major in Economics & Sociology.

He is currently doing an internship (remotely) with a think tank in Washington DC. He is applying for jobs and internships for summer and/or fall.

He also had his first article published in a well-known education website called “The 74 Million” Here is the link:

A Student’s View: Thinking Outside the Device — With a Little Ingenuity, Libraries Could Keep Kids Loving Reading While Schools Are Closed

Please join us in congratulating Bruce for this extraordinary accomplishment.


After four years of study at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, I graduated this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre.

In the future I hope to continue my work in scenic and lighting design as a resident artist at a

regional theater, while currently I have moved back to Pacific Grove and am open for

commissions or other freelance design projects. I want to thank everyone at the Monterey

Peninsula Buddhist Temple for their constant support and encouragement during such a large portion of my formative years.

While the transition hasn’t been easy, I am grateful for so much, including that I can continue to call this peninsula my home.





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