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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” […]

2017 Spring Higan services are March 19 with Bishop Matsumoto

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You are cordially invited to attend the Hawaii Betsuin’s 2017 Spring Higan Services scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM (Japanese language service) and at 9:30 AM (English service). Higan means “other shore” whereas the word Shigan means “this shore.” In the present world, everything is so fast and busy. Sometimes, we only […]

Betsuin Choir throws a Mahalo and Aloha Party for Rev. Satoshi Tomioka

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Article and photos by Ruth Tokumi On January 26, 2017, Hawaii Betsuin Choir members shared an enjoyable musical evening with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka following choir practice. Tomioka Sensei played his ukulele and led choir members in singing “Shojoji” and “Yuyake Koyake” and one of his favorite gathas, “A Special Place.” Following the presentation of gifts […]

Hoonko Services at Hawaii Betsuin: January 14 & 15, 2017

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You are cordially invited to attend the Hawaii Betsuin’s 2017 Hoonko Services scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday January 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Hoonko is an important service for Jodo Shinshu followers as this is the time we express our sincere gratitude to our founder, Shinran Shonin, who dedicated […]

October 2016 Goji now available online

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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 […]

Congratulations to Hawaii’s newly ordained Jodo Shinshu priests!

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Charlene Kihara (Hawaii Betsuin), Kerry Kiyohara (Moiliili Hongwanji), and Barbara Brennan (Hawaii Betsuin) in robes at Honzan

Charlene Kihara (Hawaii Betsuin), Kerry Kiyohara (Moiliili Hongwanji), and Barbara Brennan (Hawaii Betsuin) recently returned from Japan as Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha priests. Charlene, Kerry, Barbara, and six candidates from Buddhist Churches of America made up a group traveling to Kyoto in July to pursue the final steps for Tokudo ordination. The candidates trained intensively for […]

News from Mission Headquarters: April 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The April 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: Condolences The 30th Ministers’ Spouses Seminar on Big Island Social Concern Donation to the American Red Cross Hawaii Faith-Based Summit on Homelessness Appreciation to Rev. Shimabukuro Speaking Engagements by Timber Hawkeye PBA Graduation Calendar Committee

Rev. Chikai Yosemori, 1932-2016

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Rev. Chikai Yosemori, the retired 14th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. He was 84 years old. For all of his 42 years as a minister and his work after retirement, the foundation of Rev. Yosemori’s philosophical beliefs centered around the values of knowledge, respect, and gratitude. […]