The Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin has been serving Southern California since 1905. It belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, one of the largest denominations of the Pure Land stream of Mahayana Buddhism. As a Betsuin, our temple is a direct branch of Nishi Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto, Japan. It is also one of 62 temples affiliated with Nishi Hongwanji in the mainland United States.

The Buddha Does Not Discriminate

 

In midst of recent painful tragedies of violence and counter violence, I would like us to remember Shinran Shonin’s words describing how we are viewed in the eyes of the Buddha of Infinite Compassion and Wisdom. I would like to share these words from the Kyogyoshinsho with you.

 

“In reflecting on the ocean of great shinjin [the Buddha’s mind and heart], I realize that there is no discrimination between noble and humble or black-robed monks and white-clothed laity, no differentiation between man and woman, old and young.” (Collected Works of Shinran, p. 107)

 

Although he does not mention anything about racial issues, I can hear Shinran Shonin saying that all people are equal in the eyes of the Buddha. Discrimination comes from our defiled human minds. We live our lives relying on our unenlightened minds, but Shinran Shonin has told us how truly precious we all are in the eyes of the Buddha. He is urging us to live our lives as brothers and sisters regardless of racial differences.

 

Let us humbly turn to the caring call from the Buddha’s True and Real Realm of Equality. Let us live our lives respecting and caring for each other on a journey to the realm known as the Pure Land.

 

Namo Amida Butsu

 

In Gassho (With Palms Together),

Bishop Kodo Umezu, Buddhist Churches of America

DHARMA CENTER presents Dharma Classes

FALL 2016 (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER)

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Shoshin Nembutsu-ge (Shoshinge) - Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu - by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-8:00PM

September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10 (5 week class: $50) 

 

Introduction to the Three Pure Land Sutras by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25 (5 week class: $50)

 

Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective (Discussion) by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5 (5 week class: $50)

 

Traditions of Nishi Hongwanji by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM

September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27 (6 week class: $60)

 

妙好人  Myokonin (Class taught in Japanese) by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

September 24, October 22, November 12, December 17 (4 week class: $40)

 

Being Guided, Once Again, by Shin Buddhists of a Transcendental Spiritual Depth, Such as the Lady Takeko Kujo, the Poet Muso Kimura, and the Great Layman Goromatsu Maekawa and others by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM

September 10, 24, October 1, 22, 29 (5 week class: $50)

 

Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. William Briones

Every Sunday, 11:00-11:30AM (free)

 

Applied Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies for Teens (Age 11 and up) by Rev. Kaz Nakata

Sunday, 11:30-12:15PM (free)

September 11, 18, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 20, 27, December 18

 

For more information, please contact Dharma Center at nishidharmacenter@gmail.com

Upcoming Events   |   Calendar

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, July 31 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rimban William Briones (English), Rev. Kaz Nakata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rimban William Briones

 

Atomic Bomb Memorial Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, August 7 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rimban William Briones (English), Rev. Koho Takata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rimban William Briones

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, August 14 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rimban William Briones (English), Rev. Kaz Nakata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rimban William Briones

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, August 21 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rimban William Briones (English), Rev. Koho Takata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rimban William Briones

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, August 28 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rimban William Briones (English), Rev. Kaz Nakata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rimban William Briones