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.


Sunday. April 30th





Sunday, May 7th

9:00 am - Q&A Session

10:00 am - Dharma Service

11:00 am - Dharma Class



Sunday, May 14th

8:30am - Meditation Class

10:00 am - Shotsuki Hoyo Service

11:00 am Mother's Day Brunch


Sunday, May 21st

9:00am - Q&A Session

10:00 am - Dharma Service, Gotan-E

11:00 am - Dharma Class


Saturdau amd Sunday. May 26th to 28th

Memorial Weekend Services





Dharma in the Desert


The official podcast of the Arizona Buddhist Temple hosted on SoundCloud. The purpose of this cast is to spread the teachings of the Dharma and provide different insights into the teachings of the Buddha. Every cast is a brief introduction of Buddhist concepts, followed by a Dharma message written by one of the temple ministers.


Hosted by:

Rev. Lynn Sugiyama

Sensei Vonn Magnin

Sensei Mike Tang




Dharma Message

Seijo Michael Tang - May 2017



  The summer heat has returned, and while the evenings grow warmer, it more importantly means that baseball is back.


  I love baseball, an avid fan ever since 1999 when the Diamondbacks took on the Mets in the playoffs and Steve Finley failed to come down with a straight shot to center field off the bat of Mike Cameron. That said, the way that I watch baseball games has changed considerably as I’ve gotten older, and more than that, the reason that I enjoy baseball has changed dramatically. While I used to just like the pitching match-ups and home runs, I’ve found that what I’ve begun to like the most about games is that they offer perspective, and an opportunity to reflect.


  A beautiful aspect of baseball is that it is ultimately a simple game, but one which asks us to sit and think about all the causes and conditions that lead to each individual moment that unfolds. The biggest moments in baseball games are always experienced as a single, defining moment that changes the tide, tips the scales or sends someone home a winner –but really, each moment in a baseball game is the long result of an infinite number of causes and conditions.


  We think of Gonzo’s bleeder just out of Jeter’s reach, Johnson’s perfect game, Womack shaking with furious joy after doubling in the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth of the World Series off of Mariano Rivera, Ishikawa’s home run to send the Giants to the World Series, Ted Lilly’s glove slam after he gave up a HR to Chris Young in the 2012 wild card round –I can summon these memories at will, relish in them as singular experiences, but none of those experiences are possible without all the moments that came before them.


  Every at bat is a complicated interplay of swings and misses, strikes and balls, statistical averages unfolding incrementally in real time between pitchers and batters, and more than that, each of these plays can only take place because of all the runs scores before, or all the pitches throws before, all the errors that came before, and not only that, the meaning of each moment is always framed, given context, by the games that come before them –to calculate all the causes and conditions that lead to singular moment of a baseball game is impossible.


  In Jodoshinshu, we are asked to reflect to these same effects, but more to our lives. We are asked to look at the big picture and see the interconnectedness and the interdependence in every action, and in every life. When we think about defining our own lives, it’s easy to stick to the big hits: the weddings, the graduations, the birth of a child, the big job promotions, the loss of friends and family. It’s easy to nostalgically be intoxicated by the “movie moments” and overlook all the fibers that made them meaningful in the first place. In truth, it's the good mornings between friends that we forget, but mean more than anything else. It’s the quiet cups of coffee we enjoy alone in calm reflection, or the look of the sun as it seeps through the windows after working all night, the way a child smiles, or doesn't, or the sound our loved ones make when they drift off to sleep. Weddings, graduation, promotions, none of them mean much without a lifetime of these things moments.


  In some sense this is hopeless. We can never truly see the tangle of threads that make up the tapestries of our lives, let alone appreciate them in all their wonder in the moment. Just as in baseball, you can’t accurately map every pitch of a baseball season –however, the appreciation of the journey always begins somewhere, and to take time in our lives to appreciate these journeys as they unfold, makes the extraordinary moments all the more beautiful in the end. Each at-bat, each pitch can be a reminder to take a moment and think how impossible it is to appreciate what is happening in the now, even in a single game, let a lone a lifetime.


  So too does it go with our understanding of the Dharma. We strive to understanding the workings of the world, often to no true avail, but the teachings of the Dharma are here to help remind us to enjoy the in between moments. And so, when our October comes, whatever the outcome, we trust that Amida Buddha will help us better understand how it all fits together. 



President's Message


Megan Ishikawa Tang - May 2017


 Dear Sangha,


  Happy spring! I hope this finds you all well in the light of the Buddha dharma. First off, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Hanamatsuri service a success. The Jr. YBA did an amazing job decorating the Hanamido with beautiful flowers. I would also like to thank the Women’s Club for providing a delicious lunch, and for all of the Temple members who helped to set up and clean up. The dharma school classes also provided some great entertainment after lunch full of dancing, singing, and playing taiko! This year, we hosted Reverend Hiroshi Abiko from San Francisco. I would like to thank him for putting on a great Hanamatsuri seminar, as well as being our guest speaker for our Hanamatsuri service.


  This month at Temple, the Dharma school classes will be hosting a Mother’s day brunch on Sunday, May 14th which is also our monthly Shotsuki Hoyo service. We will also be having our Gotane Infant Presentation service on Sunday, May 21st. Please notify Sensei Vonn or Sensei Mike if you have a child you would like presented on this day. There will be no Temple service on Sunday, May 28th. Our ministers will be doing cemetery visits this weekend for Memorial Day Services. Please see attached schedule for service locations and times.


  A few things coming up in June: We will be having our graduation luncheon and Teacher’s appreciation day on Sunday June 4th. This luncheon will be potluck style, so please bring your favorite dish to share! Also, please save the date for our Obon! It will be held on June 10th & 11th with the dinner and dancing festivities on Saturday and Temple service on Sunday. Please see the attached flyer. We will be setting up at the Temple at 9:00 am on Saturday the 10th for those of you who can come and help.


  Over this past year, we have started something new. Our Jr. YBA group is growing and each month, the students are taking turns submitting an article for the Prajna. They have been doing an amazing job writing short, meaningful articles about Buddhism and what it means to them. I hope that you all have enjoyed reading their stories as they are full of insight.


  At the end of March, we hosted an interfaith seminar with the Arizona Faith Network. Sensei Lynn, Vonn, and Mike put on a short service of chanting and meditation followed by a seminar for about 40 attendees. They had great discussions about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as well as the Japanese internment camps.  It was truly a great experience to gather with the greater community to engage in interfaith collaboration and the sharing of diversity within different cultures and religious traditions. The attendees were very excited to learn more about Buddhism and the Japanese culture and we were very honored to host this group.


In Gassho,

Megan Tang





Arizona Buddhist Temple Women's Club

Betsy Matsumoto


  We would like to thank those who helped with making the pink mochi, pink cupcakes and obentos for Hanamatsuri.


  We also want to thank those who continue to donate items for our thrift store.  Starting April 14th, the store will be closed on Fridays and open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Big items may be picked up by contacting Kathy Inoshita or Betsy Matsumoto. Please verify that the store is open as it might be closed because of Temple events or activities.  


  The BWA will have a Mother’s Day Dinner at Hana’s Japanese Eatery on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 pm.  Details on menu and prices will be at the Temple during Sunday Dharma Services.  Deadline to make a reservation is Sunday, May 7 at 12:00 noon.   


  The next BWA meeting will be on Sunday, May 21 at 9:00 am.




4142 W Clarendon Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85019

Phone: (602) 278-0036

Fax: (623) 738-3927