Reverend Michael Hayashi passes away

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Reverend Michael HayashiReverend Michael Hayashi, of the Manitoba Buddhist Temple, has passed away.

Here is the letter posted by the Living Dharma Centre, the Jodo Shinshu umbrella organization in Canada:

To Temples, board members, members and friends,

Reverend Michael Hayashi, our wise, caring and genuine friend, the minister for the Manitoba Buddhist Temple has entered the Pure Land at 2:50CST Friday December 4th, 2015. His family was by his side and he passed away peacefully while listening to one of his favorite song “Dust to Dust” by The Civil Wars.

Sensei Michael was admitted to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre on November 21st. As it became apparent that he had incurable stomach cancer, his wife Kiyomi and their family, his aunts and uncles, sister and mother and many friends came to comfort him.

There is no doubt that Reverend Michael has touched many people in his many years as a minister.

The JSBTC has consulted with the family on how we can convey messages of support and koden (donation to the family as an offering of condolences and to assist with expenses) and we suggest the following:

Loving Thoughts and Expressions of Koden

1. By mail addressed to:
Kiyomi Hayashi and family c/o
220 Jackson Ave
Vancouver B.C. V6A 3B3

Cheques should be payable to: Kiyomi Hayashi
Please include your name, address or email in your message.

2. At your local Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple:
Temples will accept sealed envelopes containing cards and cheques marked with your name and address. Please avoid using cash however if this is necessary, include your name and address.

3. By credit card on the web (in Canada and abroad):
visit: on the homepage you will see an article and Button to “Koden Offering”. Click on the button and follow instructions including entering your email, message and mailing address. The service costs approximately $0.60 plus 5.5% of the transaction amount. The family will receive the net amount. This service may be available on other temple websites as well. This method will be available at least until January 1, 2016 and may be extended further.

Please note that financial support of this nature does not qualify for CRA tax receipts

Please join us in reciting the Nembutsu.
Namo Amida Butsu
Namo Amida Butsu
Namo Amida Butsu

Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC)

On behalf of the JSBTC and Bishop Tatsuya Aoki,
Trudy Gahlinger, JSBTC Secretary

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