We Are Back!

Do You Wonder What is Happening?

It’s been a long summer… and an even longer couple of years.

Impermanence may be more obvious than we are accustomed to.

  1. We are back! In-person Dharma School and Services will begin at Denver on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 at 9:15 am. Services at other Tri-State temples have been cancelled for this week so that we may all welcome Reverend Hayashi together at Denver.
  2. Affiliates and Groups are able to use Temple facilities as per usual.
  3. During dense indoor gatherings of people of all ages and abilities–particularly any service in the Hondo–precautions such as masking remain requested, recommended, and encouraged. Masks of various kinds are available at the entrance. Thank you for your consideration of innumerable causes and conditions.

If you wonder how TS/DBT is planning to operate over the next few months, please read the following:

  • Services
    • Sundays at Denver will take place on a regular schedule.
      • This includes Dharma School, Family Service, Adult Service, reception after service, Temple activities, and the activities of affiliate and non-affiliate groups at the Temple.
    • Services at all Tri-State Temples will be scheduled in the forthcoming week or two, and resume a familiar rotation. We are currently working with Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Greeley, Sedgwick, and LaJara/Alamosa temples so they can continue their Dharma services with as little interruption as possible. We are confident that these service arrangements and schedules will be set up for October and onward–if not sooner.
    • Individual family Hoji services, funerals, weddings, any school visits, classes, interbuddhist and interfaith activities, and informational sessions are being handled on an ad-hoc basis. Please call the office and leave a message for more information. If you would like to set up a service, please contact the office phone number.
  • Administration
    • Currently, office hours and an operating cadence are in the process of being set.
    • For the time being, office personnel functions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. As you can see, this is an evolving process. Thank you for your patience. If you have an emergency, or need to contact the Reverends, contact information is provided in the phone message.
    • We are in the process of re-envisioning and re-formatting the TS/DBT newsletter. Look to see new issues of it soon! If you wish to assist in this, please contact the board.
  • Staffing
    • Our new Resident Minister is Rev. Nari Hayashi. Rev. Hayashi comes to us from Ekojii Buddhist Temple in Virginia. During our first service back, we will introduce and formally welcome Rev. Hayashi! His official start date was September 1st, 2022.
    • Rev. Kaitlyn Mascher-Mace has returned from Kyoshi (Teaching Certification) in Berkeley, CA and a Chaplain Externship Program at UC Anschutz Hospital and has resumed her assignment at TS/DBT at this same time.
    • Minister’s Assistant Sensei Frank Miyazawa continues to serve our Sangha.
    • Rev. John Hughes continues to maintain ministry at Longmont Buddhist Temple.
    • Temple Administrator Donna Inouye has, after seventeen years, retired from the staff position of office administrator.
    • Rev. Noritaka Imada has accepted an assignment as Resident Minister at Buddhist Church of Lodi. The Temple held a luncheon, thanked Rev. Imada for his years of dedicated service during this turbulent COVID situation, and wished him and the entire Imada family happiness in their new adventure. His official date of departure was August 07, 2022.
  • Education
    • Several members have expressed a desire to further their Buddhist education in an effort to serve their fellow Sangha members. Both lay leaders and/or prospective Ministers Assistants’ make invaluable contributions to the vitality of the community; and there will be renewed and expanded opportunities provided, both informal and formal, to further learning and service which recognizes our connections and interdependence. If you have interest in learning more, please inquire with one of our Ministers!

Hopefully, the most weighty of your questions have been answered with this article. If not, please do not hesitate to ask at Sunday Service, check this page for updates, or contact the temple office.

During this period, we are all fortunate to experience and deal with impermanence. We thank you for your patience, assistance, and tremendous support during these times. We’ll see you soon!

Welcome back!