Posts from 2016

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Design a Mascot for the Hawaii Betsuin Centennial!

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Historical image of the Betsuin in 1918

Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin (HHHB) seeks a mascot design that represents a compassionate, respectable character to celebrate the centennial milestone of the construction of the Betsuin Temple Main Hondo and basement offices in July 1918. Eligibility: This contest is open to everyone of all ages. Fee: There is no fee to enter the contest. Entry […]

“Dalai Lama Awakening” film at BSC on Saturday, February 4

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Buddhist Study Center (Google Maps image)

Hawaii Betsuin and the Buddhist Study Center are pleased to host a screening of Dalai Lama Awakening at the Buddhist Study Center near UH Manoa, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. The film is feature length. Refreshments and discussion follow until 7 p.m. Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, Dalai Lama Awakening presents the profound […]

Don’t miss the Dharma School wreath when you visit Honolulu City Lights

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wreath detail including quote, "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." - Buddha

The Hawaii Betsuin Dharma School has entered the 2016 City and County of Honolulu 31st Annual Holiday Wreath Contest! Wreaths are on exhibit in the Lane Gallery of Honolulu Hale during Honolulu City Lights from December 3, 2016 to January 2, 2017. Here is how the wreath is described on the entry form: Buddha reached […]

PBA new classroom building update / One-lane driveway access

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Pacific Buddhist Academy school bus

The new classroom building for Pacific Buddhist Academy (PBA), which shares our temple campus, is beginning to take shape. The foundation for the first floor is almost complete. Work on the retaining walls continues. In spite of winter approaching, the construction team is making progress every day toward opening the building in autumn 2017. The […]

Understanding Shin Buddhism class starts Saturday, Nov. 12 at Betsuin

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

Hawaii Betsuin is pleased to host the Dharma Light class “Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps” starting Saturday morning, November 12, 2016. Instructors are Hawaii Betsuin’s Barbara Brennan & Charlene Kihara, newly ordained as Jodo Shinshu priests (see photo below) and Minister Lay Assistant Dexter Mar. The class is 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on six […]

Slots remain for Betsuin Blood Drive on Sat. Nov 12 — sign up today!

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Give blood. Give life.

You can still sign up for Betsuin’s 4th Annual Blood Drive on Saturday, November 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main social hall. Most openings are in the mid portion of the day. To schedule your donation contact Cheryl Sora (382-9561 or or Miki Saito (221-0137 or Food donations for […]

BWA News for October 2016

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images of Eshinni and Kakushinni

As reported in the October 2016 Goji newsletter… Excursion to Iolani Palace September 1, 2016 Approximately 50 BWA members and guests participated in the annual “temple visitation” excursion. The first stop was to Iolani Palace, which is the only palace in the entire United States of America. Iolani Palace was built by King David Kalakaua, […]

October 2016 Goji now available online

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display case with Betsuin news and announcements (decorative banner)

The October 2016 Goji, the newsletter of the Hawaii Betsuin temple, is now posted to our website in English and Japanese versions. In this issue: Dana Awareness Dharma Message from the Rimban Betsuin Blood Drive News from Scouts, Dharma School, and BWA Affirmation Rites Nov. 19 Rev. Tomioka: Permanent Residency! Albert Miyasato Memorial Dharma Session […]

Choralfest 2016 videos now available on YouTube

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[This post originally appeared on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii website.] Choralfest 2016, the sixth Choralfest of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, was held at Hawaii Betsuin on September 24-25, 2016. On Sunday, a special music service open to all featured the combined voices of many Hongwanji singers singing “I Dream a World,” […]

BWA News for September 2016

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display case with Betsuin news and announcements (decorative banner)

As reported in the September 2016 Goji newsletter… After our hectic spring and summer activities of bazaar and bon dance activities, fall brings the BWA somewhat a breather, an aftermath in relaxation. The following are the scheduled activities for September. September 1, Thursday: Excursion to Iolani Palace and to the Chinese Buddhist Temple followed by […]