These events are not organized by the Hawaii Betsuin but may be of interest to our members and web visitors.

Thursday-Friday, March 20-21, 2014
“Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future.” Two days of presentations, discussion, and films at the Buddhist Study Center across from UH Manoa (see map). $15. Can attend all or part and the evening films (Aloha Buddha and Gate: A True Story) may be free. Cosponsored by the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Buddhist Study Center (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i).
Preliminary event flyer with registration form »
Event web page »

More About the Event
Since all sessions are open to the general public, this symposium provides a unique opportunity to explore and discuss issues surrounding violence, non violence, and the role Buddhism and other Japanese religions played in the past and could play in the future. Following the April 2012 visit of the Dalai Lama, the local community in Hawaii seems especially receptive to the idea that there is a deep connection between the spiritual quest, inner peace, and societal trends favoring nonviolence. Everyone is invited to attend this exceptional event and to interact with scholars of world caliber. It will also be a forum where ideas about engaged Buddhism and ways to improve society are being discussed with people active on the ground.