February 2015
President's Message
By Glenn Torio, Board President
President's Message                       
ringing of the Friendship Bell on Shelter Island (New Year’s Eve), to celebrating at
the Temple’s New Year Party. Over 170 Sangha members were in attendance;
from our “88 and Great” club, to the youngest of the Dharma School students,
to our new temple members. The entertainment was provided by our great
Taiko Group, and a sing-a-long with the BWA. Rever-end Marvin Harada, from
the Orange County Buddhist Church, was in attendance as well. He not only
held a BEC talk the night before our service, but spoke 3 times for the different
service groups! One important presentation he made was to Kenji Sensei for
obtaining his Kaikyoshi Status as a minister in the BCA. This is one of the greatest
accomplishments of a new min-ister; it comes with many hours of study and
    Finishing up the month of January for the New Year was the Temple General
Meeting (Jan. 25), and the 21st Annual Leader-ship Awards Gala held at the Del
Mar Marriot, hosted by the Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana. We, the
Buddhist Temple of San Diego, were awarded the prestigious Phillips Community
Service Award for our “cultural interchange and understanding between
Japan, San Diego and Tijuana.”
    I hope to continue to see many of you at the Temple for reg-ular services.
There is something for everyone! Come listen to Kenji Sensei’s messages while
the kids are in Dharma School, and partake in the Hospitality time after service;
such a great place to meet other temple friends to catch up, and have some
light snacks.