6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 595-2625
Res. Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
Here it is the end of February and now we are going into March. We have a Blood Drive at our church on March 22nd. If you are interested in giving your share of blood contact our minister or a board member for more information.

I don’t know if you read February’s article but I’m going to put in a pitch again about giving your time to our church. I know we all have a very busy schedule. I myself am retired and my children are grown up. I spend my time going back and forth to my daughter’s home in Thousand Oaks to babysit my grandson. Every spare time that I have I try to help by doing things for my church. But, stop and think about what you can do for your church. If it means spending only an hour or two from your busy schedule on Clean-up Saturday, flower arranging, bringing side dishes for otoki, gardening work, help preparing for an activity or just listening to the dharma talk, it would benefit the church, If every member did likewise, it would keep our church going. You as a members are supporting your church. Being a member is not just paying your membership dues but also giving your time. Without everyone’s help, before you know it we won’t have a church to go to and then what happens! The reason why I’m bringing this up is that I read an article in the Wheel of Dharma that Dinuba Buddhist Church closed. To me that was very sad to hear. You wonder why that church closed. Maybe members passed away, no new members, lack of interest in the church, it could be many reasons. Now where do they go to hear the Dharma, This is food for thought for our church members. If we don’t start spending some of our time at church, we too will be like Dinuba church’s closing. Think about it…...

Always looking forward to seeing you at our services.

In Gassho, Donna Sato

President's Desk by Donna Sato

BWA by Sandy Hongo

Happy March! The days are warmer and flowers are starting to bloom on trees and in gardens. I love spring and enjoy looking at the beautiful flowers everywhere. In Hawaii it is always warm and flowers bloom all year so as much as it is appreciated there, I really appreciate seeing the flowers when they start popping up in the warm weather on the Mainland.

Speaking of flowers, on April 5 we will celebrate Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) that commemorates the
birth of the historical Buddha. For the festival, we decorate the Hanamido which is a beautiful arch of flowers over a statue of the baby Buddha. We will pour sweet tea over the baby Buddha to symbolize the sweet rain that fell over Lumbini Garden where he was born. To make our Hanamido as beautiful as we can we need donations of flowers to decorate it. The flowers cannot have strong scents or thorns. Some flower suggestions are chrysanthemums, status, wisteria, baby’s breath, day lilies, calla lilies, orchids, and others. If you are able to donate flowers, please bring them to the church on Friday or Saturday, April 3 or 4, and leave them in water outside the kitchen door. We appreciate your help!

Every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m., we have clean-up day: vacuuming, mopping, cleaning restrooms and the kitchen, cleaning windows, and dusting the entire church. It is a very big job and it is made so much easier when we have many hands to help. There are many areas such as closets, shelves, classrooms, library, storage areas that do not get the attention they need because we run out of time when there are only a few people to do the general clean-up. Please come to help as part of your Dana (selfless giving) to the church. Dana comes in many forms, including monetary, but a large part of Dana is giving your service to the church. We need your help!

If you have any questions, please email me at

In gassho, Sandy Hongo
        10:15am Meditation
3/10: 9:00 am People's Kitchen

3/14: 9am Clean up day
3/16: 6pm Intro to Buddhism

3/22: Meditation and Dharma
        Serv. cancelled.
        12-4pm Blood Drive