MVBT President’s Message – February 2021

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.

As we close out the Year of the Rat, and welcome the Year of the Ox, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the entire Mountain View Buddhist Temple Sangha.  You’ve persevered through the worst possible year in our Temple’s history, yet you’ve all managed through it, and thanks to your thoughtful generosity, I think we emerged from 2020 as an even stronger Sangha.

I’d like to take this time to thank Reverend Mukojima and our two Minister’s Assistants, John Arima and Devon Matsumoto, for bringing us our online services this past year.  Our online Sunday Services have brought calm to the ongoing storm that we continue to maneuver each and every day.

My term as President comes to an end on January 24, 2021, when Bob Matsumoto will become the new MVBT President.  I hope you will give Bob the same support that you have shown me during my term as MVBT President.  2021 will not be without challenges and our Temple will continue to need everyone’s support.  Even with vaccines on the way, COVID-19 will persist for many months to come and this will force us all to continue to think of new ways to support each other during these uncertain times.

Happy New Year to all.  Stay safe and healthy and I hope to see you all (in person) real soon.  Please take care!

With Kindness and Gratitude beyond words,

Doug Sawamura

MVBT President 2019-2020