Onenju Workshop for 2/16/19 Cancelled

Shown is a common onenju style, this one with brown beads.

Shown is a common onenju style, this one with brown beads.


We will reschedule the Onenju workshop scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Alice Aoyama

Mrs. Aoyama was called out of town to help with a family situation up north. She is doing fine herself and hopes to be back down to San Diego this Sunday.

On her return we will reschedule this workshop, so please stay tuned.


Note: The original article posted last month is as shown following.


Fix Your Broken Beads: Learn How to Repair Simple Onenju in this Demonstration and Workshop

The Buddhist Education Committee thanks our Sangha’s own Mrs. Alice Aoyama for sharing her approach to making repairs of simple onenju — ones without tassels or complicated knots on the strings.

Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dining Room of the main temple building for this demonstration and work session.

Bring Your Broken Onenju. After Mrs. Ayoama demonstrates how to make the repair, she can advise us on how to proceed with our own onenjus.

Focus on Simple Onenju. This demo will focus on simple onenju that have a simple knot at the bottom of Buddha bead, like the sample shown here. We may not be able to address more complicated beads that have tassels attached to the strings or that end below the Buddha bead with a series of knots (similar to the box stitch lanyard). We hope to schedule more onenju repair sessions in future in which we may be able to address more complex onenjus.

The Buddha bead is the three-hole bead at the bottom of the onenju.

What is the Buddha Bead? At the bottom of the round circle of beads, one bead is usually larger and has a T intersection, so threads from both sides can join and exit down through the bottom of the bead.

Some Supplies Available. We will have a variety of string (some stretchy options) to assist you in restringing your Buddhist beads. The supplies are free while they last. We may not have much in the way of replacement beads, especially the Buddha bead, but we will look to bring what we can..

About Mrs. Alice Aoyama. Mrs. Aoyama has been active in Temples throughout her life, and after moving to the United States, has lived in various parts of California, including Los Angeles, Marysville/Auburn, Chula Vista, and Placer/Penryn. A devoted member of our Buddhist Women’s Association and doting grandmother for her grandchildren. Alice is the spouse of Reverend Tesshi Aoyama, Emeritus. They lived in San Diego during Aoyama Sensei’s stay as Resident Minister here at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, from 1998 to 2005, and they returned upon Aoyama Sensei’s retirement in 2012.

Free, Open. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted and will go to Temple operations. Thank you Mrs. Aoyama!.

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