Okazu by Gary Hongo

The Apple of my Eye
Sitting on one of the pews in our hondo (chapel) and looking forward at the onaijin (altar), you cannot help but notice food items placed on the onaijin. One is rice and the other fruits. The fruits, usually oranges, apples and maybe pears are neatly stacked one on top of the other and add color to its surroundings. It is the apple that catches my eye.
As some of you may know, eating apples daily can be very beneficial. Scientific and medical studies have shown that apples are nutritious, good antioxidants and good for weight loss due to its high fiber content which fills you up resulting in eating less. Apples can also lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, mental health decline (memory loss) and cancer. Furthermore, eating apples promotes good gut bacteria. Giving your teacher an apple can also provide a side benefit.

When you shop for apples at the grocery store, you will see the familiar ones such as Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith and Braeburn. Then along came Fuji, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Jonagold. More recently I’ve seen Cameo, Jazz, Kanzi, Opal and Pacific Rose. There are more than 100 varieties of apples grown in the United States alone. Some of you may have preferences as to what you desire in a perfect apple: crispness, sweetness, thickness of its skin, size and one that doesn’t brown quickly when cut. Whenever I notice a new apple or unfa-miliar one at the grocery store, I’m quick to try it – I may like it. At this point I may have found my perfect apple – the Sugar Bee. When ripe, its color is full red, its size is on the larger side, it is crispier than the Honeycrisp, sweeter than a Fuji and its skin is of average thickness. Sometimes it has a very slight but unique after taste. So if you do see a Sugar Bee at the market, try one and let me know if you like it but more importantly, describe that slight after taste for me.
SLO
BUDDHIST TEMPLE
6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 595-2625
Res. Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
minister@slobuddhisttemple.org
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Recently at the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) National Council Meeting, a motion was passed to provide funding that will enable churches/temples in the Central California District to beam live services to each other. That district is comprised of 6 temples/churches spread from Fresno in the north to Visalia in the south. A head district minister (rinban) and a new fully ordained minister
(kaikyoshi) service these 6 temples/churches. Some of these temples/churches may have a minister holding service only once per month. This pilot project will enable the Sangha in Parlier, for example, to follow along in a service held at the Fresno Betsuin.

If successful, the project may have far reaching effects. People who are interested in Shin Buddhism and live in remote areas or areas without a Buddhist temple nearby may be able to view a service and follow along in real time. They will be able to hear the dharma messages being delivered by a “real” minister and hopefully, Jodo Shinshu may spread more rapidly within our country.
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The SLO Buddhist Temple cordially invites vendors of Asian arts and crafts, clothing, and other related media and books to sell their merchancise at our annual SLO Obon Festival, Aug. 3, 2019. St. Patrick's School in Arroyo Grande is a great location with good exposure to local traffic and plenty of parking. The address is 900 West Branch Rd., Pismo Beach. Festival hours are 12:00pm to 8:00pm.

Our Obon Festival is an opportunity to share Japanese American cultural arts, foods, and crafts in our local area. We look forward to hosting many longtime supporters as well as capturing the attention and participation of many new friends.

FOR BOOTH INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Sun. 7/14/19 at 11am
Obon/Hatsubon Service
Bon Odori practice @ 1pm

Tues. 7/16/19 at 5:00pm
Basics of Jodo Shinshu

Thurs. 7/18/19 at 6pm
Bon Odori practice

Sun. 7/21/19 at 1pm
Bon Odori practice

Mon. 7/22/19 at 6:00pm
Intro to Buddhism


Thurs. 7/25/19 at 6pm
Bon Odori practice

Sun. 7/28/19
Guadalupe Obon

Sat. 8/3/19
SLO OBON
at ST. PATRICK'S SCHOOL
in Arroyo Grande
*** DATES TO REMEMBER ***
obon@slobuddhisttemple.org
OBON 2019