Parlier Holds 90th Anniversary Event

The Buddhist Church of Parlier celebrated its 90th anniversary with a virtual Zoom event on Oct. 17 with the theme of “A Celebration of Gratitude.”

The theme perfectly encapsulates the essence of our Jodo Shinshu way of living. We have so much to be thankful for and our religion reinforces that as exemplified in our daily living.

We appreciate what our Issei founders had brought to our community; a vision of bringing Jodo Shinshu to their new home in America. Although they encountered great difficulties, they persevered in establishing those roots.

Following in their footsteps, the Nisei continued to build the legacy of the Nembutsu teaching. Their support allowed following generations the opportunity to hear the Dharma by building our temple and to sustain the dream of the Issei. What our founders had given us is the chance to enjoy the fellowship of our multi-generational Sangha for years to come. We are the beneficiaries of the fruits of their labor. For all of this, our only response can be one of gratitude.

A new sutra, the “Shoya Raisan Ge,” was introduced by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata for the special event. Seattle Betsuin Rinban Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki conducted a Zoom chanting lesson from Seattle in February, which gave us a great start. We practiced it for many months and the results were melodic and beautiful.