“The Dharma speaks to us through the sounds of the world forcefully and eloquently and beautifully. It speaks of the unending change around us, the immutable truth of interdependence, and the peace in nature. Do we have the ears to hear and listen…?” ~Excerpt from the poem, “Listen” from the book, The Heart of the […]

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The first Japanese to settle in the Santa Maria Valley did so to work in the sugar beet fields around 1899, and by 1909, the population of Japanese had increased to 500. At the time no religious organization existed for the Japanese community. While both the Christian and Buddhist Churches were invited to serve the […]

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How rare and wondrous it is to have been born into human life And now I live it. How rare and wondrous it is to be able to listen To the Buddha-Dharma, and now I am able to hear it… I rely on the Buddha… I rely on the Dharma… I rely on the Sangha… […]

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