On Sunday, November 15, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple held their annual Eitakyo Service and Keiro-kai @ Home event. At the service, Rev. Mukojima gave a nice Dharma talk reminding us about “Eitai dokyo.” The Temple Choir performed a rendition of Arigato.
Following the service was the Keiro-kai @ Home event program. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Keiro-kai @ Home was an online Zoom event. While there was not the traditional luncheon, there was plenty of entertainment, fun and smiles all around. The theme this year was “Resilience,” which was aptly named for the trying times we all faced in 2020.
About 47 Keiros and 58 non-Keiros pre-registered and it was likely that well over 100 people attended. We are thankful for help and assistance from friends and relatives in getting our Keiros online and participating!
This year, two centenarians were recognized. Rev. Nekoda (101) & Mrs. Ryo Shishido (103). Congratulations!
Keiro-kai @ Home began with welcoming messages by our MC, Debby Inenaga, as well as messages from Rev. Mukojima and Temple President Doug Sawamura. Doug then presented a slide show of the Hiro Apartment complex now taking shape in the back lot. Next in the program was an audience participation Sing Along followed by an encore performance of “Lava” by the Ukulele Club. Next were two entertaining slide shows put to music. The first was “Then and Now”, a photo history of events and landmarks on the Temple grounds. So interesting! The second upbeat slide show depicted the Boy Scout activities from our own Troop 87.
Finally, it was time to play BINGO! About 15 games were played with some great prizes. On every game, we played until a Keiro had a BINGO, which made for some great fun!
In other Keiro-kai @ Home activities, personalized greeting cards were mailed by the Dharma School students to every Keiro. Many thanks to Carol Harbin for organizing this activity. Also, Fun Facts was questions and answers submitted by many the Keiros, mostly about having fun and getting by during the pandemic. Please visit the Keiro-kai @ Home website to read the interesting responses and view pictures of the event.
After all the festivities, we had closing gassho by Rev. Mukojima. It was a nice opportunity to again hold our Annual Eitaikyo Service and Keiro-Kai and to be able to honor our Keiros along with the special recognition of our 100-year-old Keiros.
Zone 9 – Keiro-kai @ Home Committee
“Shikata ga nai”
We can “bounce back”