Rev. Katsu’s Weekly Reflection (5/18/2020)

I hope all of you are staying safe and in good health.

I want to announce the Metta Award virtual ceremony was held on Saturday, May 16th. I am pleased to announce ten (10) students received the Metta Award. For those of you who may not know, let me share the following from the “Metta Award” website.

“The Metta Award program is designed to help Cub Scouts of Buddhist faith to deepen their faith and to further their knowledge and practice of the Buddhist Teachings.
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Rev. Katsu’s Weekly Message (5/11/2020) [The 75th Anniversary of A-Bomb]

The first Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima city on 8:15 AM, August 6th, 1945, and the second one was dropped on Nagasaki city three days later on 11:02 AM, August 9th, 1945. About one-third (1/3) of each city’s women, children, men and animals were instantly killed. One hundred and forty thousand (140,000) people in Hiroshima and seventy thousand (70,000) people in Nagasaki.

Seventy-five years have passed since then. My father, Rev. Tatsuya Kusunoki, is a survivor of the Nagasaki’s A-bomb; he was only 6 years old at that time. Since then and throughout his life, he had an unceasing desire to share his experience and to use his experience to promote his wish for promoting peace with others.

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Rev. Katsu’s Weekly Message (5/4/2020)

Tour planning is fun. One day I was thinking about the next temple tour to Japan. It will be in 2023 when the next World Buddhist Women’s Conference will be held in Japan. I am sure that many people from Seattle Betsuin will attend the convention. I know it is too early to think about it, but I am already looking forward to attending the convention and traveling to different places in Japan. Continue reading “Rev. Katsu’s Weekly Message (5/4/2020)”