Happy New Year everyone!
Once again this year due to the continued situation with Covid, we were unable to print the usual BCA calendars. We hope that you found the digital calendar last year useful or were able to print it out at your own home.
In 2023, our mother temple, the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan, will hold a major observance to celebrate the 850th year birth of Shinran Shonin, and the 800th year since the establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching. As we prepare to mark this major event, and for this year’s digital calendar, we are pleased to feature photos of statues of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Shin Buddhism, that are at various churches and temples throughout our BCA.
Our BCA theme for 2022 will be “Moving the Dharma Forward,” which is also the theme of our major campaign to raise 15 million dollars for the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Buddhist Churches of America. The funds raised through this campaign will provide the financial basis to truly move the Dharma forward to future generations and to those who have yet to encounter the Shin Buddhist teachings.
May you have a wonderful year in 2022 and may we all continue to listen to the Dharma either virtually or in person at our local churches and temples.
Rev. Marvin Harada