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.

HELP AND SUPPORT THE NEPAL


On April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal was struck by a 7.8 earthquake. This disaster has left in its wake a tragedy beyond our comprehension. The enormous loss of life, the damage to the country’s infrastructure, and the effect on the livelihoods of the people of Nepal as well as many of its neighboring countries, is tremendous. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those who are suffering as a result of this tragedy.


The Kathmandu Hongwanji, headed by Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, has always been involved in helping their community. In the wake of this disastrous earthquake their priority continues to be helping the community, in spite of the damage to their temple building. They are asking us to help support their efforts. I want to ask you to respond to their call for help.


As we respond to the call from Nepal, we must remember that tragedies and natural disasters happen constantly, all over the world. Let us remember that we are part of the world community and be willing to help at all times and in all situations. I ask that your temple or church be mindful of people everywhere. I want to encourage you to support not only this effort, but to engage in social welfare efforts in your communities as well.


Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop Buddhist Churches of America, April 27, 2015


Please visit BCA ( Buddhist Churches of America) Website to see how we can help with the fundraising efforts for the victims of the earthquake. 

STUDY CLASSES on BUDDHISM and JODO SHINSHU BUDDHISM

2015 SPRING (April to June)

Origin and Establishment of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rev. Koho Takata

Monday, 6:30-7:30PM (class) followed by Annon Café (Q & A, fellowships)

April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1 (5 week class: $50)


Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 19 (5 week class: $50)


Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective by Rev. William Briones

Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (5 week class: $50)


Buddhist and Jodo Shinshu Vocabulary from the Japanese by Rev. Masao Kodani

Thursday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 2, 16, 30, May 7, 21 (5 week class: $50)


日本語浄土真宗講座   Jodo Shinshu Buddhism taught in Japanese by Rev. Kazuaki Nakata      Every Friday, 10:00-11:00AM ($5 per week)


親鸞聖人の御生涯と御教示   Life of Shinran Shonin and his Teachings taught in Japanese by Rev. George Matsubayashi

Saturday, 9:30-11:00AM: April 11, 25, May 9, 23, June 6, 20 (6 week class: $60)


Focusing on and Being Guided by the Transcendently Profound Religious Experiences of Great Shin Buddhists and also, of Great Zennists by Rev. Tetsuo Unno

Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM: April 25, May 2, 9, 23, 30, June 20 (6 week class: $60)


Introduction to Buddhism/Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Rimban William Briones

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


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

Sunday, 11:30-12:15AM (free): May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7, 14, 28     


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Upcoming Events   |   Calendar


Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, May 31 at 10:00am

Location: LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Speakers: Rev. Koho Takata (English), Rev. Kaz Nakata (Japanese)

Followed by Dharma class led by Rev. Koho Takata

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, June 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, June 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

 

Gotane, Birth of Shinran Shonin (open to public)

Date: Sunday, June 14 at 10:00am

Location: Hollywood Buddhist Temple

Speaker: Rev. Koho Takata

 

Sunday Dharma Service (open to public)

Date: Sunday, June 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, June 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