The Reedley Buddhist Church was established in 1936 with the Rev. Rijun Katsueda becoming the first resident minister. After World War II and the relocation of the Japanese residents, the church was rebuilt in 1952-53 and the Rev. Gibun Kimura became the third minister. In 1961, the Sunday School classrooms, conference room, office, and restrooms were started and completed in 1962. A boyhood statue of Shinran Shonin was donated by Mr. Seichi Hirose of Japan and placed in the U-shaped garden. The entire project was completed and dedicated on April 15, 1967.
Rev. George Shibata, our retired resident minister, began his association with the Reedley Buddhist Church in 1975 and completed 37 years in December, 2011. Rev. Hidehito Sakamoto was appointed as resident minister in March, 2012, until December, 2013. From January, 2014 through July 2015, the church was under the supervision of the Fresno Betsuin. In August, 2015, Reedley had three ministers under a shared system of the seven temples of the Central California District Council of the Buddhist Churches of America: Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rev. Alan Sakamoto, and Rev. Matthew Hamasaki. The shared system is coordinated by the Central California Ministers' Association, the CCDC Ministerial Advisory Committee, and the staff of the Fresno Betsuin. In December, 2016, Rev. Alan Sakamoto retired from the BCA. Rev. Matthew Hamasaki left in January, 2018, to become the minister in Sacramento, and Rev. Kaz Nakata was assigned to the Central California in August, 2019. At the present time, Rev. Nakata is the supervising minister of the Reedley Buddhist Church.
The church renovated the conference room and added a new kitchen facility in 2004. They added a new wrought iron fence surrounding the property in 2006, updated the hondo in 2007, and completed a storage building next to the small kitchen in 2008. The social hall bathrooms received an update in 2010 and in 2011 the grounds between the hall and the Japanese School building were graded and decomposed granite was added. In October, 2017 the church grounds between the hall the Japanese School building were cemented, and in January, 2018, a solar panel system went into service to minimize the utility costs. During the Covid pandemic, safety measures were taken and an AED was installed in the conference room, touchless features were added to the restrooms, and PPE were added so the members could safely return to church.
The membership is approximately 100 members. The Buddhist Women's Association, the Reedley Dharma School, and the Jr. Young Buddhist Association remain active and support all activities sponsored by the church.
The Reedley Buddhist Church welcomes you to join us at any service and encourages new members to join our organization.
There are services online each Sunday at 10:00 AM. Please follow the link: https://mobile.twitter.com/fresno_nishi You can also watch the service afterwards since they are recorded.
SERVICES & ACTIVITIES FOR JANUARY
Sunday, January 1, 2023 - Shusho-E (New Year's Day) Service - 10:00 AM
Sunday, January 15, 2023 - Combined Hoonko, January Shotsuki, & Dharma Service
Saturday, January 28, 2023 - RBC Cabinet and Board of Directors Installation, Dinner, &
General Membership Meeting - 5:00 PM
Thank you for your support of the Autumn Favorites
Fundraiser on November 6, 2022
We appreciate the support from our members & friends!
1 Shusho-E Service (New Year’s Day) 10:00 AM
10 Omigaki - Altar Cleaning 6:00 PM
14 BWA Mochi Manju Making 8:00 AM
15 Hoonko Service, January Memorial
Service (Shotsuki), & Dharma
School Service 10:00 AM
28 Reedley BC Cabinet & Board Installation
Dinner & General Meeting 5:00 PM
Rev. Nakagawa's Message
January, 2023 Newsletter Article
Rev. Nakata's Message
January, 2023 Newsletter Article
Shin-nen Ake-mashi-teḥ, Ome-deto wu (new year’s day is broken and all buds are sprouting)
I Wish You A Happy New Year!
As we enter the New Year 2023, we are looking forward to the beginning of another year of Central California Sangha activities: Seven Chapters, English Howakai and Japanese Howakai, BWA, Dharma School, Junior YBA, Various Dharma Study Classes, Meditation Classes, Camping in the Sierras, Gumyo Taiko and other cultural classes/activities are going forward in full swing.
With the completion of the Hondo of the Fresno Betsuin, now is the time for us to try to transform the practice of Dharma from its long period of stagnation into a suitable way into the future.
Let's think about the future of C.C. Sangha…
When I should mention activities, especially in the history of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), you'll remember that a large number of good things for its foundation were established in the old C.C. during the 1930s to 1940s: Dharma School for English-speaking students, training programs for English-speaking Dharma School Teachers, Neighborhood Howa-kai (Dharma-gathering), Lay-speakers program for Sunday Service, etc….
Everything was the traditional Shin-Buddhist action led by the Buddhist understanding of Shinran Shonin. Issei/Nisei pioneers in Central California carried on the true life-style that Buddhism teaches us, even though they lived in much difficult circumstances.
Today, all Central California Buddhist Temples are facing many changes, and we are responding to these changes at a time of generational change.
To live as a Buddhist in America is an exciting experience, and we’ll continue to meet and bring inspired Dharma Friends together in activities like this to ensure that our Sangha remains at the cutting edge.
As many people in this country have already begun to realize, when people sincerely hope for a peaceful society with fewer incidents of violence and less mutual hatred, the last hope is the teaching of the Buddha.
Namōmitābhaḥ - How boundless the wisdom that overflows from buddhahood is!
Reverend Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban
Websites for Dharma Talks
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Watsonville Buddhist Temple
New Year with New Events -
Sangha outings and more!
Happy New Year to all Central California Nishi Hongwanji Sangha friends! We welcomed the start of year 2023. Again, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of you for your support and guidance during 2022. I sincerely hope that you will continue your support to your respective CC temples and churches.
Each month, I have been attending 4 temple/church board meetings whether in person or via zoom. Last Spring, their boards started discussing whether they will fully open their facility to Sangha, after they had tested a “partial” opening for several months. Since, they have been discussing how they can welcome back their Sangha friends to their Sunday and weekday church activities like before the pandemic.
Visalia Buddhist Church has their board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Their official board meeting starts at 7pm, but I always leave my house at 5pm on that day to attend their 6pm board dinner at KFC at the Visalia shopping center. During the dinner, many topics are discussed. One of the discussion topics of September was how to motivate their members back to Sunday services. I commented “our members come on Sundays, not only for listening to the Dharma, but also for chatting so they can enjoy their friendships. While churches have been closed under restrictions, many public and private business have been reopened. Why don’t we plan for an outing to restart friendships with fun.” My comment became an idea at the KFC and was added to the board meeting agenda. Visalia BWA leadership graciously arranged the outing, and my idea was named “Visalia BWA Fun Trip with Rev. Kaz”. I told them even if we get a handful people for the outing, we will just do it for fun. Based on their membership, I thought if we get a half dozen of people, it would be successful. On November 19th, 15 members arrived for the outing. I thought it was a great turnout for their membership.
One of their BWA leaders, Kathy Ishimoto wrote an article of the outing. I would like to share it with you.
“VISALIA BWA TRIP TO THREE RIVERS”
Several weeks ago, at Reverend Kaz’s suggestion, we started planning a small side trip to somewhere local just to get away. He felt we needed a distraction from our quarterly fundraisers and we needed to get together for something fun, not work. We decided on having lunch in Three Rivers with a stop at Reimer’s on the way home.
We met at the church on November 19, 2022 at 10am and in four cars, caravanned to a quaint little town, Three Rivers with 17 people to eat lunch at the Gateway Restaurant. If you’ve never been to Three Rivers, the drive is about a 45-minute scenic drive from Visalia straight up Highway 198 east. We all were a happy group after a satisfying, delicious lunch; sandwiches and hamburgers with the best fries ever! And if that wasn’t enough, we stopped at a long time, local confectionery in Three Rivers, Reimer’s Candies for their specialties; chocolate candy, candies, and ice cream. Some of us braved crossing the street to purchase some yummy beef jerky, as well as other types of exotic jerky….elk, deer, alligator, etc. Then we sat and soaked in that beautiful sunshine while eating our ice creams.
General consensus was the weather was beautiful and the company was great! We will definitely do this again sometime soon, maybe a different locale and just as fun.
In Gassho, Kathy Ishimoto
I strongly believe that our temple and churches are the place for learning Buddha Dharma to make our life more appreciative and meaningful, as well as enjoying friendship. I am sure our CC leaders are planning to launch new activities or events for our enjoyment. Buddha Dharma teaches us that things are constantly changing. So, we must adjust ourselves to the post-pandemic environment to continue to make our Buddhist society enjoyable.
Reedley Board Meetings
The Reedley Buddhist Church Board started the year having their meetings online using Zoom, but moved to in-person when everyone was fully vaccinated. They have met each month and discussed ways to improve procedures when we return to on site church services and activities.
The restrooms have been updated with touchless faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers. Doors to the restroom do not have any handles as they are being changed to push only. An AED defibrillator was purchased for any emergencies as well.
Church services resumed, but depending on the local health directives, this will change from month to month. We may be sitting further apart, but at least we'll be together to listen to the Dharma.
2035 15th Street - P.O. Box 24
Reedley, CA 93654 Phone: (559) 638-2146
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Rev. Kaz Nakata
Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban
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