The BCA Endowment Foundation is entrusted with the management of monies and property held in trust by donors to benefit the Buddhist Churches of America in its propagation of Buddhism in America.
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Hello Fellow Dharma Friends,
I am Michiko Inanaga and I recently joined the BCA Endowment Foundation team as the Director of Development. When I was 2 ½, my father became the resident minister at Santa Barbara Buddhist Temple. When you’re little, chubby and speak Japanese you receive a ton of loving attention from the Sangha. Despite moving from temple to temple several times, I have always felt this loving environment my entire life. I’m proud to be a product of the BCA and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
As my professional life now blends with my spiritual, I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to elevate both, especially now. My first career Development experience was at Keiro Senior HealthCare in Los Angeles. At Keiro, I saw firsthand the importance and difference “support” can make. Every dollar given was intended to support a solution, care for someone, given with hope, and never by just one person. It was the community, a collective team of people, that made the difference. Each and every gift was important.
I appreciate those who have supported the BCA, its temples, Sanghas and programs all of these years. The BCA is not a new organization. Its 100 year-plus history is sustained by the Sangha who cared enough to support it through the best and worst of times. And equally so, I appreciate new members and those with open hearts and minds who are willing to hear what the Dharma is saying to us in this unique moment and its relevance to our daily lives.
As Director, my goals are straightforward:
EDUCATE - by sharing the many activities and opportunities that the BCA is involved in and supports, as well as increasing our understanding and awareness of the Nembutsu.
CONNECT - by embracing our interdependence, our oneness of community and Sangha, and navigating our “new normal” of increased technological reliance.
ENRICH – by encouraging support and contributions by everyone to create and expand who and what we are and opening it up to diverse experiences so that we can begin to push the Dharma Forward, especially in this environment.
As we physically distance ourselves and show respect and empathy to others, please share with a friend the amazing content that BCA temples and their ministers have created online.
I look forward to meeting you! To my old friends, I look forward to seeing you again! I hope that through conversations we will create opportunities to share and secure the future of the Dharma. It’s up to us! 🙏 Gassho
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Invitation to the Dana Program
Dear Dharma Friends:
As the Buddha dharma reveals, all things are interdependent and interconnected. Present-day existence reminds us how intimately connected we are to the followers of the Nembutsu who have passed before us. They created, developed, and nurtured our temples, our national organization and ultimately the teachings of Shin Buddhism in America. Without their efforts and sacrifices we would not be able to enjoy the benefits of these teachings and share in the wonderful spiritual home we know as the Buddhist Churches of America.
Please “pay it forward” and show your appreciation for the gifts that have been left to us. By contributing to the Dana Program you will carry forward this legacy for future generations. Through your Dana, or selfless giving, you support important programs that ensure that the teachings will be available to all in our lifetime and beyond. These programs include:
♣ the Institute of Buddhist Studies offering programs in Shin Buddhist ministry, Buddhist chaplaincy and graduate degree programs in Buddhist studies;
♣ the Center for Buddhist Education offering continuing education programs for both ministers and lay individuals;
♣ support for Ministerial Benefits including retirement programs and disability plans that express our appreciation for the ministers who serve the BCA;
♣ Youth Programs including Scouting and the Youth Advocacy Committee that encourage youth engagement at our temples
Namo Amida Butsu.
In gassho, with palms together,
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