11th Annual General Meeting Sunday 19th November 2013
Celebration of nearly 3,000 years since the establishment of the Buddha Dharma
Eight Years to Celebration of 800th Anniversary since the birth of Nichiren Buddha Sect
Reporting on the 11th Annual General Meeting of Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society®
Board member Kelly R. called the meeting called to order following regular Sunday Discovery Service, open AGM meeting hosted at Kellys home open to all as advertised
Kelly nominated Janet C. as meeting General Secretary, accepted.
In attendance: Board Members: Stan S., Linda N., Janet C., Kelly R.,
Henry L. Members: Laurie C. Guests: Mark and Brenda
Regards from: members Maureen F., and Erla G.
Best wishes from our Associate Social Sanghas: Brian in Halifax, David B. in Seattle,
Robert in Poland, David in Mexico, Yoku in Peru, Pho K. in Thailand
Vision/Mission of the Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society: Read by: Stan S.
1 ] To educate all seekers in the philosophy of the Buddha’s peaceful teachings.
2] To offer educational, benevolent and spiritual community services through the Buddha-way of faith, practice, study and meditation.
3 ] To accept members into the Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society, Vancouver Island.
4 ] To practice in the tradition of Nichiren Shu, in Japan and in co-operation with the Nichiren Organizations of North America
Member Experience shared by: Laurie C.
Old Business: Reading of 2012 Annual Meeting, by Janet C.
there being no business arising from last years minutes, meeting moved to Administrator/Teacher/Messengers 11th Annual Report.
Administrators 11th Annual Report:
2013 – The Year of Action
Before moving on to our Business Report section, we would like to present some Certificates of Appreciation and spiritual offering. Certificates to be presented to Alan and Karen Davidson, O’Niel, for their more than generous offer of the wonderful dome Retreat Hut, Alan coming and doing all phases of construction throughout and even coming back and adding a second coating to the roof to protect from our heavy rains and winter weather. With the love and support of Karen all the way. The second Certificate to Brian and Winnie, neighbours just up the road, who donated much lumber and building materials including a very nice door which now graces our bathroom even as they continue to find wood and materials to help in the building of our structures here at our Nichiren Peace Center.
Next, #TMHenry presented a Certificates to: Janet C., Kelly R., Maureen F. Linda N., Stan S., and Maria H. who participated in signing of our long term land deed and attending the Thankisgiving Manifestation Chant last November, for our ability to have obtained the permanent 49 year, renewable long term Lease from the Leeming family.
The presentation Certificate is for One Million Daimoku, for each member for their assistance on our Journey to obtain our land. I have chanted One Million offerings of the Infinite Title of the Lotus Sutra, for each of them for Health, Happiness and Prosperity in this lifetime and to shorten any negative karma associated from past lifetimes. Such is the value of faith, practice, study and meditation in our Nichiren Buddha Society.
2013, was indeed a year of Actions, some which we could control and some we could not.
Like the wonderful donation of our new roof decking that protects our main building.
The shock of the manner in which the circle drive for the future of Johnny Bear Road was
bulldozed over, with the elimination of beautiful 100 year old trees. Nothing we had control
over. The good side, is that in the summer of 2014 we may see Johnny Bear Road built through to a new parking area eliminating our temporary Walkway.
As noted, our property, we received a good number of “in kind” gifts of lumber, building materials and indeed the donation of a complete small dome building, completely finished and blessed with the “Opening of the Eyes” Ceremony with Alan and Karen and their daughters Lena Rae Davidson and Alice Hunting chanting in harmony over the blessings as we dedicated Retreat Hut #2, now open to the public during retreats.
Our Community Buddha Society is a faith organization whose goal is to assist all who seek spiritual sustain-ability and peaceful means in their life. This is achieved through our weekly Buddha Discovery Services, Meditation Services, Retreats, Study Groups Life Skills Coaching, personal Counselling, hospice work , home visitations, and local Community service work.
Again this year we supported WarmLand House for the homeless, including a 90 day Meditation Sit, one day weekly for three months, offering meditation techniques to members and staff at Warmland. Our Master Teacher, offered a three week Course on Meditation, twice in 2013, through Elder College at the Island Savings Center, introducing thirty seven people to Meditation.
Our educational materials given to homes for abused women. And Libraries of Youth Prisons. With the poor management of the Island Corridor Foundation it appears that passenger rail will be a thing of the past and we have stopped trying to move their Board forward to a successful commitment from VIA Rail. We continue with our support of the Kinsol Trestle Heritage Foundation. We continue to actively work with the Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of Duncan and North Cowichan District supporting the growth of Bike/Walking Trails for sustainable health and environmental ways of commuting. We have begun the process of becoming Roadway Stewards, cleaning the roadway from the Cowichan Valley Hospital to Vimy Road as part of our Community Services, and hope to have this offering in place by the Spring of 2014 in co-operation with the District of North Cowichan.
Our Teacher as Buddhist Chaplain at the Cowichan Valley Hospital, Victoria General and Jubilee Hospitals in Victoria, BC made 28 Hospital visits this year assisting in cordial visits of support to the sick and with hospice work in the passing of three people from this life. As our Spiritual Director he made 47 Home Visits which includes visiting the sick at home, providing blessings and Opening of the Eyes Ceremonies to bless homes with member visits to encourage daily home practice, while often enjoying the good cooking of these members invitations with gratitude. Several of our members again ran marathons and did personal walks for a variety of Causes, thank you Janet, Maria., Maureen. Henry also made twoYouth Prison visits.
We assisted with the passing of three people, including hospice work and the memorial for
Joy Parkes. This loss for Danny and her family was very heavy and our support continues.
Her passing also resulted in Danny’s company making an offering on behalf of Joys passing,
for the materials for our full roof deck for which we are very grateful.
At a public auction in Victoria in May we were able to obtain the beautiful six panel Asian screen as a backdrop for our Butsudan/Altar, along with some beautiful vases for our greens and a couple of ancient and classical Tankas, or protected hand painted Buddhist scrolls and a couple of tall, orient, beautiful glass flower vases.
With our land ownership and our rhus ability to have a permanent base for practice, we
were able to offer Seven “7″ Vancouver Island Retreats during 2013. This will now become a permanent feature of our Nichiren Buddha Society offering to the public at large and for members of our faith community. These Retreats were attended by forty two members of public and our own Community Members. They were one day, three days and seven day retreats. Including: A Day with the Buddha’s, a Day with Nichiren, A Day of Meditation, the 13th Annual Buddha In the Park three day retreat and the new offering, our seven day, Tien Tai Mindfulness Retreat.
In harmony with our practice of the Buddha-way that is correct for our times our Internet Community includes associate Sangha members in Poland, Mexico, India, England, and Peru, as well as Canada. These people follow our local Sangha on Tweeter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our Website. With over 200 followers through Twitter and Facebook. Our Weekly Buddha Blog, monthly Buddha’s Message and personal faith based conversations to assist with the work they are doing in their Communities and Countries.
In total during 2013 we had 315 Guests and 471 Members attend our Thursday Evening Meditation Services and our Sunday Nichiren Discovery Services, our Retreats, Study Sessions and Public Forums, such as the Annual Sharing of World Peace Day. A total of 786 attendees. And, I would like to thank those members who came from time to time to share daily morning or evening services. Our group remains small and dedicated with several new persons looking into their spirituality that they may find our Community in line with their Heart-Minds and desire of spiritual purpose.
We hosted one Gojukai, or Member Community Vow taking in 2013 and the Board of Directors unanimously elected Joy Parkes as our first Honourary Member with her passing from this life.
We thank our Board of Directors Kelly, Stan, Linda, and Janet, for their dedication, suggestions and active membership. This year we will add Laurie C. to our Board of Directors with your acceptance. May their blessings from the Buddha’s of the Ten Directions be many.
2013 FINANCIAL REPORT Financial Report
[ detailed Financial Report is available online through Revenue Canada
Or by request ]
General Net Income $ 4,097 Business Donations $ 4211
SAD [ Anonymous Donation] $3,796
Total Expense $ 19,968 Total Revenue $ 19,968
Increase/Decrease over 2011 Annual Expense $ 9,125
Payments towards completing our long term 49 year, renewable lease was $4,697 ,meaning we have a balance of $12, 246
Moved by: Janet C. Seconded by: Kelly R.
that the 2013 Administrators Financial Report be accepted. Passed UNAM
As those visiting our Peace Land Park and attending services can see readily our pioneering efforts continue to show results. We look forward to the coming year as we continue to host Volunteer Days to make way for our Meditation Pathways, and the beginning of planting for our fruit orchard and a start on our commuinity garden and berry patch. And work towards completing the financial arrangements of our land ownership.
This Journey has included many people of great Heart and Energy, some will not be able to enjoy our efforts, but you are here today and I deeply respect you. I cannot express in words my Joy and thanks for all your efforts as we fulfil our Mission to relieve the suffering of all BE-ings searching for happiness and peace in their lives. Here, on our two acres that borders on the BC Heritage protected water shed of the Cowichan River, on this ancient land, we vow to protect!
We welcome everyone to come have Tea, to come see the land, to come participate in this exciting project for all people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds even while we teach
the Nichiren Buddha way to spiritual sustain-ability and peaceful means in peoples lives.
Further New Business:
Moved by: Laurie C.that Adminstrators 2013 Report be accepted Seconded by Kelly R. UNAM
Moved by: Kelly R. I move that Laurie C. become a member of our Nichiren Buddha Society Board of Directors Seconded: Linda N. UNAM
Moved by: Janet C. Seconded by: Laurie C. UNAM
That we re-new our annual membership with the Nikkei National Museum & Cltural Centre in Burnaby.
Moved by: Stan S. Seconded by: Linda N. UNAM
That 2014 be designated as “The Year of Progress”
There being no further business our Teacher/Messenger, TM Henry, read a Quote from the Lotus Sutra, from Chapter Ten….
“after my extinction, those who would teach the universal Law, should abide in pleasant speech, this is the second method, take no pleasure in telling of the errors of others neither does he despise other teachers, nor speaks of the good and evil, the merits and demerits of other people.” “One should keep a cheerful heart and spread no gossip. He then says “if there by any difficult questions, one should answer according to its meaning and at the capacity of the person asking.” This is so that they may be able to grasp the essence and proceed to the next level of understanding of the pathway to wisdom and enlightenment. Thank you for sharing this day together, I deeply respect you
Board Member, Kelly Robertson then called that the 2013 Annual Meeting close in harmony and unity. Second by: Maria H. Passed UNAM
Thus It Has Been Shared, Respectfully, Henry Landry, Administrator, Founder,
Dharma Teacher, Author, Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society® of Vancouver Island.