The mission of the ARIZONA BUDDHIST TEMPLE is to encourage Sangha:

1) to learn the joyful and compassionate teachings of Amida Buddha;

2) to practice these teachings in their daily lives; and

3) to share the teachings with others.

All beings be happy. May they be joyous and live in safety. All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall or short, big or small, visible or not visible, near or far away, already born or yet to be born. May all beings be happy.


May no one deceive or look down on anyone anywhere, for any reason. Whether through feeling angry or through reacting to someone else, may no one want another to suffer. May all beings be happy.

Saturday, December 31st

New Year's Eve

7:00 pm - Joya-E Service


Sunday, January 1st

New Year's Day

10:00 am - Shusho-E Service


Sunday, January 8th

8:30am - Meditation Class

9:00am - Fujinkai Meeting

10:00 am - Shotsuki Hoyo


Parent’s Club Meeting after

clean up


Sunday January 15th

9:00 am - Q&A Session

10:00 am - Dharma Service Ho-Onko

11:00 am - Dharma Class


Sunday January 22nd

8:30am - Meditation Class

10:00 am - Dharma Service

11:00 am - Dharma School


Sunday, January 29th

10:00 am - Dharma Service

Board Installation

11:00 am - Dharma School

Birthday Sunday


Dharma Message

Ungyo Lynn Sugiyama - January 2017



  According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster! People born in the Year of the Rooster are able to sense what will happen in the future. They are considered warm, generous, diligent, sociable and quick witted. They are good speakers and they are early morning risers, highly motivated and conscientious. However, sometimes they are impatient. Those of you were born in the Year of Rooster, does this describe you? It is always fun to read about how your personal traits match those characteristics written for the Year of Rooster.  


  In Buddhism, we are learn about self-reflection. It does not matter what Chinese zodiac says about your personal traits. Are you able to think about the Buddhist teachings and reflect on your life? As we start 2017, perhaps we can ask ourselves these three questions on a daily basis or weekly basis. Ask yourself, “What have I received from my family and friends?” “What have I given to my family and friends?” And, “What trouble and difficulties have I caused to my family and friends?”


  It is taught that Shin Buddhism is a religion of awareness. By asking these questions, we may discover how selfish or ignorant we tend to be. This is a good step to become more aware of improving the way we treat others and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. We realize that we should appreciate and feel deep gratitude for family and friends who help us in life.


  It is with gratitude that I wish everyone a Happy 2017 New Year! Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! Year 2016 is ending and it seems that the year flew by very quickly. I want to thank all the temple members for their support of the Temple. Vonn Magnin Sensei, Michael Tang Sensei, and I truly appreciate all of you who attend the Sunday services and helping out at the temple activities.


  I want to thank Vonn Sensei and Michael Sensei and their families for always helping at Sunday Services. When they give their Dharma talks, they offer great insight and their appreciation of the Buddhist Teachings. This past summer, Michael went to Japan to earn his Otokudo ordainment in Kyoto, Japan. He came back to Arizona with so many great experiences to share with us.


  I also want to thank the members of my family for always supporting me on my activities at the temple. Without my wife, daughter, my sisters and their families, I would not be able to function. I am truly grateful to them.


  I look forward to a great 2017 Year! Thank you again for all the support you give to the temple.



Namo Amida Butsu,


Rev. Lynn Sugiyama



President's Message


Chuck Matsumoto - January 2017




Dear Sangha,


  2016 seems to have gone by so quickly. I have been busy participating in many Southern District and BCA programs as well as holding office as the Southern District YBL Advisor.


  This year, Fujinkai has opened up a thrift store with the help of the Sangha. This has helped bring additional income to the Temple. I would like for everyone to consider making an end of the year donation so that we can continue spreading the Dharma.


  Unfortunately for 2017, I will have to step down as your President. Just recently I’ve been diagnosed with cancer so I will be concentrating more on my health and family. I have been president for the past 17 years and have really enjoyed serving as your president. I have every confidence that our Board, coupled with the leadership of Lynn, Mike, and Vonn, will successfully guide our Temple for the future.


  I would like to thank everyone for all of their support and dedication to not only the Temple, but to me and my family as well. It has been an honor to serve the Temple and all of you.


In Gassho,


Chuck Matsumoto.


Arizona Buddhist Temple Women's Club

Betsy Matsumoto


  We would like to thank everyone who helped on Saturday prepping for Mochitsuki; and, on Sunday, December 18, Mochitsuki day. We steamed 375 pounds of mochigome for the all-day event. There are extra plain ko mochi and an mochi. If you would like to purchase some, they will be available on any Sunday during Dharma Service.


  The 2017 Matsuri Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 at the Heritage and Science Park in downtown Phoenix. This is our biggest fundraiser, so please put these days on your calendar.


  There are several members that need to renew their Food Service Worker Card. We will notify you if it is necessary for you to take the Food Service Work test. If you would like to help but do not have a card, we ask that you take the test. Maricopa County is no longer issuing the Food Service Worker ID photo cards but a card or certificate can be obtained by taking a test with a ANSI-accredited food handler training program. A list of the accredited programs can be found on www.ansica.org. More information can be found on the Food Service Worker Card – Maricopa County website.


  We would like to thank everyone who has supported the thrift store. We are taking donations; and, if large items need to be transported, please ask Kathy Inoshita or Betsy Matsumoto. The store hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm., Saturdays and Sundays.


  The next BWA meeting will be on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 9:00 am.


Betsy Matsumoto


4142 W Clarendon Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85019

Phone: (602) 278-0036

Fax: (623) 738-3927