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.

Response to the Shooting in Orlando, Florida

 

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We wish to express our profound sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. 

 

When we encounter tragic events such as this, we turn to the Buddha for guidance on how to live our lives without hating and harming each other. We recognize that the root of hatred is very difficult to identify. It comes from deep inside of our karmic consciousness. We live our lives based on emotions and feelings of love and hatred. This is the source of our daily actions. 

 

But there is a true and real realm beyond love and hatred. This is the Buddha’s realm; the realm of Enlightenment. Deeply grieving our condition, the Buddha urges us to listen to the Dharma and to hear the words from the world of true equality. Through this realization, we are able to see one another as fellow travelers on a journey to the world of true equality. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, we should live our lives with respect and kindness. 

 

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, 11:30-12:15AM (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

 

Hatsubon Dharma Service

Date: Saturday, July 2 at 10am and 1pm

Speakers: Rimban Willliam Briones (English at 10am & 1pm), Rev. Koho Takata (Japanese at 10am), Rev. Kaz Nakata (Japanese at 1pm)

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, July 3 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

 

Obon Carnival & Dance (open to public)

Date: Saturday, July 9 from 1pm to 10pm, Sunday, July 10 from 1pm to 8pm

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

 

Obon Dharma Service (open to public)

Sunday, July 17 at 9:00am at Evergreen Cemetery

 

Sunday, July 17 at 10:00am at Temple Hondo

Speaker: Rev. Fumiaki Usuki (English & Japanese)

 

Sunday, July 17 at 11:30am at Nokotsudo

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, July 24 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, 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