6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 595-2625
Res. Minister: Rev. Naomi Seijo Nakano
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said "I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you."

"Of course I can," said the father.
Nails In The Fence
Author Unknown
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.

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
in Arroyo Grande
OBON 2019