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Registration now open for Dharma Light courses

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The new semester of Dharma Light classes for July-December has started. Already underway at Wahiawa Hongwanji is "Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps," but three others offered at the Buddhist Study Center start in the coming weeks. They are: Buddha’s Café Happy Hour, monthly starting September 14, featuring an exploration of The Big Picture: On the […]

43rd Annual Buddhist Study Center Summer Session begins July 10, 2017

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[This news item first appeared on honganjihawaii.com.] The 2017 Summer Session begins the evening of Monday, July 10 at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave in Honolulu. This year’s guest lecturer is the Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, Head Priest of Kathmandu Hongwanji, Nepal. The session is entitled: “Shin Buddhism in the Land of Shakyamuni” […]

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

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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 […]

Summer Session at BSC: Video available

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[updated July 20] The 2016 Summer Session at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Buddhist Study Center (BSC) concluded July 15. The guest scholar was Professor Jeff Wilson, author of Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture. His lectures provide a thorough look at the Mindfulness movement in America today and […]

New Dharma Light class schedule announced

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The Buddhist Study Center’s Dharma Light program has announced its July-December 2016 set of classes, now open for registration. Offerings begin with the annual Summer Session, this year featuring Dr. Jeff Wilson on “Mindfulness & Buddhism in America.” Other course titles include “Buddhist Insights on Current Social Issues,” “Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps,” and “Pure […]

Dharma Light Program Feb-Jul 2016 classes open for registration

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The Dharma Light Program — offered through the Buddhist Study Center — offers classes on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. Each of the classes currently scheduled for the February-July session are at the Buddhist Study Center across from UH […]

Now online: Many new dharma talks in Japanese

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Did you know the Betsuin website offers on-demand access to dharma talks in Japanese and English that previously aired on the radio? We have just posted tens of dharma talks in Japanese and wanted to let you know they are now accessible. Find them here: Japanese-language Dharma Talks » The most recent messages are New […]

2015 Futaba Lectures video now available on YouTube

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The October 24, 2015 presentations by Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams are now available on YouTube. You can play the video right on this page or view it at YouTube.com. Dr. Williams provided many insights on “Camp Dharma: Buddhism and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II.” Some of the most important lessons about American […]

Dharma Light Program Aug-Dec 2015 classes open for registration

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The Dharma Light Program — offered through the Buddhist Study Center — offers classes on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. Many classes are at the Buddhist Study Center across from UH Manoa on University Avenue and some are at […]

April 2015 newsletters from the Betsuin and Mission headquarters now online

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April 2015 Goji (our temple newsletter) You may now view the April 2015 Goji, the newsletter of the Hawaii Betsuin temple, online in English and Japanese versions. In this issue: Buddha Day services information (April 5 & 12) Betsuin Dharma Discussion II starting May 1 Rimban’s Column Introducing Colleen Kunishige, Office Manager News from BWA, Dharma School, […]