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

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group photo of choir with Rev. Tomioka in center

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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Shinran Shonin statue with purple banner

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 […]

Why do we ring the temple bell 108 times on New Year’s Eve?

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header image featuring the Hawaii Betsuin temple bell, or kansho, outside the main hall

Submitted by Betsuin board member David Atcheson. Hawaii Betsuin celebrated two services for New Year’s 2017: one on New Year’s Eve and one on New Year’s morning. At the conclusion of the New Year’s Eve service just before midnight, attendees filed out of the main temple hall (hondo), each taking a turn to strike the […]

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 […]