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“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 […]

Green Hongwanji: Betsuin launches a “bring your own CUPs” program

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Green Team sign with team members, including Rev. Tomioka with Disney-esque costume

Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness help us understand that, even though we say ‘throw away,’ there really is no ‘away.’ A new waste-reduction program at Hawaii Betsuin is making it a little bit easier for members to align their actions with this understanding. Encouraged by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Green Hongwanji Initiative, the Betsuin has […]

News from Mission Headquarters: May 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The May 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: Governor General’s Message on the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund Governor General’s Message on the PBA Graduation The Accession Ceremony Tour (see also accession ceremony flyer, March/April 2017) BSC Summer Session 2016 “Mindfulness and Buddhism in America” […]

Hongwanji Hawaii launches Kumamoto Earthquake Relief special collection

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three images of 2016 Kumamoto earthquake damage

Earthquakes on April 14 and April 16 in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan killed scores of people and caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Nearly 400 Hongwanji temples suffered damage, up to and including structural collapse. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) is sending an initial donation of $5,000 from the Social Welfare fund […]

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

News from Mission Headquarters: March 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The March 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: Gomonshu’s Message on the Commemoration on the Accession of the Jodo Shinshu Tradition Hongwanji Sokyoku Administration Changes Social Concerns Donation to Family Promise Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom Honored by the Institute for Buddhist Studies

News from Mission Headquarters: January 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The January 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: New Year’s messages from the Monshu, Bishop, and HHMH President (also appeared in the Betsuin’s January newsletter) The Accession Ceremony (Dento Hokoku Hoyo) Legislative Assembly Aloha Luncheon and Living Treasures of Hawai’i™ Recognition 12 Million Pounds of Food Distributed […]