Farewell Dear Friends

“‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion.”  The Buddha

 

Dear Sangha,
 It is often said a long journey starts with one step. At this stage of my life I have taken many first steps. In January Daniel and I will be starting a new journey returning to our home in Fresno. Every stage of my life I have met many people who have shaped my views and hopefully made me a little wiser.

My time at Placer has been a great opportunity for me to grow as a minster. I have  been able to become a better minister due to the generous support of the Placer Sangha. I remember how welcoming everyone was when we first arrived at the Church. Daniel and I had an open house to thank everyone for their support.

I chose the opening passage for I feel it contains important Buddhist teachings in a condensed way.
As the passage says that everyone is our teachers, not just the minister. We all learn and grow from each other. “Fellow Travelers”

“Perfect” means Buddhistically orientated.

Perfect Patience: We all need to practice this in order to lead more meaningful lives and to help others.

Perfect Wisdom: Wisdom in this case is not intelligence, rather appreciation for the Buddhist teachings. Having the “wisdom” to understand and practice the Buddhist path.

Perfect Compassion: The ultimate compassion shared with everyone.

I wish further happiness to the Placer Sangha. I will miss all of you. I will always be part of the Placer Sangha as it is part of the larger Jodo Shinshu Sangha.

Feel free to contact me at my new email address: senseirye@gmail.com

In Gassho,

Rev. Kurt