WCBT's 40th Anniversary Party!
WCBT members celebrated their temple's 40th anniversary on October
10, 1999. It was a very moving event, with a special award of recognition
and thanks given to temple founders Kim and Mary Hatakeyama, who
got the temple going way back in 1959.
WCBT's main hall was full at the 40th Anniversary
Some late-comers even had to stand in the back!
The service began with a special Sutra Chant led by the 4 ministers present.
These chants are the actual teachings of the Buddha.
Rev. Koyo Yuki, representing the entire North American District of our
Higashi Honganji sect, read a special congratulatory message from our Japan
Rinban ("head minister") Nori Ito gave a wonderful talk which both highlighted the achievements
of WCBT's 40 year history and challenged its members to constantly discover
anew the meaning of the Buddhist teachings in a personal way, and to find
new ways to share the Buddhist teachings with others
Glenn Nakatani (l) and Rev. Ken Kawawata (r) present a special award to
Mary and Kim Hatakeyama
After the service, particpants enjoyed a great dinner in the gymnasium.
Pictured are the Ito Family.
Peter Hata, Rev. Yuki, Joannie Martinez, Rev. Saito and Rev. Ken enjoyed
the food and conversation!
After the banquet, we were all treated to a funny "Trivia Game"
presented by the Dharma School kids
The Junior YBA pose after their informative skit which illustrated some
of the Buddhist teachings, such as "impermanence."
The finale was the melodious singing of the "Four Ministers,"
who sang favorites like the 50's hit "Sukiyaki."
After the program, everyone got together for a group shot.
- *All pics by WCBT member Danny Iwama, except last pic
by Revs. Kawawata/Kotani