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.
A Way of Living as a Nembutsu Follower
Delivered by the 25th Monshu (Resident Minister of Hongwanji) Kojun Ohtani
Temple Shutdown Due to COVID-19
Due to coronavirus and the recommendations of the LA County, we are closing temple and nokotsudo and cancelling all temple activities from March 14 to April 19.
These and future actions will be reviewed to determine whether this decision will further continue and what additional actions need to be taken.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and hope this situation will improve in the near future. Thank you for your understanding under these most trying times. In Gassho
Sutra Chanting & Dharma Message
Rev. Hibiki Murakami on April 5, 2020 (English)
村上 響 開教使 2020年4月5日（日本語）
Rimban William Briones on March 29, 2020 (English)
ブリオネス ウィリアム 輪番 2020年3月29日（日本語）
Rev. Koho Takata on March 22, 2020 (English)
高田 興芳 開教使 2020年3月22日（日本語）
Special Message from Bishop
I would like to express my deepest concern over everyone’s physical and spiritual wellness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many temple and church services and events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Though you are not able to physically be at your temples and churches, you can listen to the chanting of Juseige, Sanbutsuge and Junirai on our website. When we put our hands together and recite the Nembutsu, we are reminded that we are always within the compassionate heart of Amida Buddha.
Shinran Shonin teaches us that we are always with the Buddha no matter where we may be or what condition we are living in. Though we live in this world of uncertainty, the Nembutsu teaching makes us realize that we are constantly grasped by the realm of Oneness. Nothing can destroy our Life. Let us continue to live our lives in accord with the compassionate heart of Amida Buddha.
DHARMA CENTER presents DHARMA GATHERING
Due to coronavirus precautions, we are cancelling all classes and Dharma gatherings for 2020 Spring course. Thank you for your understanding.
2020 SPRING (April to June)
What is or ought to be an American Jodoshinshu Temple by Rev. Masao Kodani
Monday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4
Tannisho - A Record in Lament of Divergences - by Rev. Koho Takata
Monday, 6:30-8:00PM: May 11, 18, June 8, 15, 22
The Basic Teaching of Jodo Shinshu by Rev. Ryuta Furumoto
Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
Contemporary Issues and Jodo Shinshu Perspective by Rev. William Briones
Wednesday, 7:00-8:30PM: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
『弥陀のご本願に聞く』－『安心論題』を中心に by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji
Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM: April 23, May 14, 28, June 18, 25
蓮如上人の『御一代記聞書』に聞く by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji
Saturday, 10:00-11:30AM: April 25, May 30, June 27
Need to Register to attend the Dharma Gathering. For more information, please contact Dharma Center at NishiDharmaCenter@gmail.com
There is no sunday service and Dharma gatherings until further notice.