As the summer season draws hot, and we begin to think about what we need to survive setting up for the Obon Festival and the gratitude that we pay our ancestors, we should remember that this is an opportunity for Ekoji to cook and sell and play and entertain at this festival with maintaining our Ekoji in mind, and be grateful as well now for all of the giving that has brought us into this Honda and the Sangha that inhabits it. Temples started as shade trees, but they do not grown on them. Thanks to the support through 30 years that brings us to the comfort of Ekoji.
Rev. Kenji Akahoshi's Sunday Dharma message at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple on July 31, 2011 following up on the previous day's workshop he presented titled "If life is a nightmare, wake up to a dream - Resolving life issues utilizing Buddhist principles."