Statue of Amida Buddha looking back to ensure no one is left behind. Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

Statue of Amida Buddha looking back to ensure no one is left behind. Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

Listen to the call of nembutsu or the primal vow in your life. It is the sound of true reality echoing throughout the universe.

The Dharma, this truth taught by Sakyamuni Buddha more than 2,500 years ago in India, awakens in each one of us the realization of things as they are and of our interdependence with all that exists. In Shin Buddhism this truth is expressed in the phrase, “Namo Amida Butsu,” literally meaning, “I trust in the Buddha of Immeasurable Light.”

For more than a hundred years, the nembutsu way of life and thought has been taught to and practiced by members of the Hawaii Betsuin. It has been the source of inner peace and strength; the solace, support and inspiration of those who follow the joyous Pure Land way.

The Hawaii Betsuin ministers provide skilled and thoughtful guidance to help those in search of giving meaningful insight into their workaday lives.

Come and enjoy the fellowship of the Hawaii Betsuin and listen to the Dharma. We invite you to participate in any or all of the following.

  • Sunday Services. We offer Sunday Services in both English and Japanese. During the school year, we also offer a Dharma School service geared to families with children. (For those who are unable to attend services in person, re-broadcast of adult services is on radio station KZOO, 1210 AM, on following Sundays at 10:00 a.m.)
  • Fellowship and discussion. After the 10:00 a.m. service, join us in the social hall for refreshments and consider joining the dharma discussion in the lounge.
  • Dharma classes and workshops. We offer classes during the week through our Dharma Light program.
  • Quiet meditation. On Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., quiet meditation is offered in the lounge before the 10 a.m. service.
  • Cultural classes. The temple calendar is rich with offerings in cultural, dance, and exercise classes.

Several organizations from Scouts to schools to service organizations make their home at the temple, both for families with children and for adults. Be sure to see our For Families and Affiliated Organizations web pages for more ways to participate at the temple.