Events of 2015
Shoreline Clean up (September)
Clothing Drive (until September)
Potluck Parties (October)
Food Bank (November - December)
RCC Christmas Party (December)
2015 Summer Barbecue Party
2015 Summer barbecue party was held on a cool Saturday afternoon - a brief break from the beating August weather. Despite the overcast many gathered to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter.
Samuel Guillen Parra, Mexico
I joined Reiyukai when I was 22. Back then, I was stubborn and short-tempered and I often got into arguments for frivolous reasons. One day my brother invited me to his karate class. I really loved the atmosphere there so I started to take lessons. It was interesting to see that before and after each class, everyone would bow in front of the altar; I thought it was part of the martial art ritual. Soon I found out that my sensei was a member of Reiyukai, and he explained to me about their philosophy. He told me that I could practice the philosophy without reconsidering my religious beliefs, so I joined. The life stories of other members always motivated and moved me; I gradually began to get involved in various Reiyukai activities.
One day, I invited my cousin to a Reiyukai gathering. He was quiet throughout the entire gathering. When it ended, he looked quite upset and told me, “This isn't what our grandfather has taught us.” I argued, “But Reiyukai's teaching is about family values. What's wrong with that?” He didn't listen to what I wanted to say. I was startled and didn't know what to do.
When I arrived home, my mother asked how things went. She noticed my awkward behaviour, so she invited me to have a conversation with her. I told the whole story: how my cousin was upset, what he told me, and how I was rattled by his comments. After I let out all my thoughts, she told me, “You should judge whether it is good or bad by yourself. Your father and I can only give you advice but it doesn't appear to us that Reiyukai is an indecent organization. If we are not telling you to quit, why should anyone else?”
So I decided to continue Reiyukai: I recited the sutra, went to gatherings, and actively took part in the membership drive. Slowly, I began to change from a judgmental critic to a more supportive listener, who made effort to solve other people's problems. Through this personal transformation, I met my lovely wife. Nowadays, we recite the sutra together.
These days, I work in my father's meat-processing business with my brother. My mother is currently suffering from diabetes and heart disease; I continue to pray for her while developing my inner-self. I believe that our family bond is getting stronger than ever through cooperation and my personal spiritual development.