SAN FRANCISCO — Socho (Bishop) Koshin Ogui of the Buddhist Churches of America issued the following statement on March 14:
“The devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, 2011 (local time) has left, in its wake, a tragedy beyond our comprehension. The enormous loss of life, the damage to the infrastructure, and the affects on the livelihoods of so many people is tremendous. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are suffering as a result of this natural disaster.
“On behalf of the Buddhist Churches of America, I express my deepest concern and sincerest condolences to those who are suffering and who have suffered such great loss. May the strength and support of your community, together with the support and wishes from our sangha members, as well as the people from throughout the world, offer you strength during this difficult time.
Ogui and BCA President Everett Watada announced that the BCA is currently collecting donations for earthquake/tsunami relief efforts. The funds collected will be forwarded to the Hongwanji’s Social Welfare Department via the Hongwanji International Department. Donations may be made in the following manner:
1. Make donations to your local BCA temple or church (checks should be made payable to the temple or church). These will be forwarded to BCA Headquarters.
2. Send donations directly to Buddhist Churches of America, 1710 Octavia St., San Francisco, CA 94109, by April 20. Make checks payable to “Buddhist Churches of America” and write “Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief” in the memo section of the check.
3. Donations may also be made using Paypal at the following link. You do need to be a Paypal member to donate.
“We thank you in advance for your support and dana,” Ogui and Watada said.