The Nishi Young Adult Buddhist Association organization was established for young adults to learn and share the teachings of Shinran Shonin and the Nembutsu, strive to live as a Buddhist and volunteer services for the benefit of others.
The membership is composed of young adult professionals ages 31 through 40. Nishi YABA is a chapter of Cal YABA, an affiliate of the Buddhist Churches of America.
YABA activities include Jodo Shinshu forums, youth programs, social activities, and temple fundraising. In the past Nishi YABA has sponsored a forum for volunteerism and Buddhism, a career fair for Dharma School students and hosted the annual Cal YABA Conference.
The Adult Buddhist Association (ABA) was established to provide adults with a forum to share the teachings of the Buddha Dharma, as well as to provide fellowship within the membership through religious and social activities.
ABA’s activities include trips to places of interest, and get-togethers with other ABA organizations. The members of ABA support the Betsuin with its annual fundraising events and participate in various conferences and seminars.
ABA welcomes new members. For more information and present activities, contact any ABA member or go to our website (https://labetsuin-aba.org/)
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The Nishi Jr. Young Buddhist Association is a member of Southern District and provides youths between ages 15 -20 years of age, and grades 9 – 13, to learn the teachings of the Buddha Dharma and participate in activities with Jr. YBA groups from other temples. These activities include conferences, Buddhist seminars, leadership retreats, jam sessions, volleyball, and basketball.
The Nishi Jr. YBA participates in the Nishi temple activities such as chairing services, garden cleanup, and temple picnics.
The Nishi Sr. Young Buddhist Association is a member of the Southern District Young Buddhist League. The purpose of the Sr. YBA is to unite the young Buddhists of the Southern District in order to establish a system of harmonious cooperation in an effort to encourage the teachings of the Jodo-Shinshu Hongwanji-ha as expounded by Shinran Shonin and to strengthen each other by mutual contact.
The Sr. YBA is an association of young adults ranging from age 18 to late 20's. There are various activities throughout the year which include Conferences, retreats, athletic tournaments, fund-raisers and social events. The Sr. YBA always welcomes new members. Contact the Temple for membership information.
The Hui Aikanes organization was established to unite the Nembutsu followers from Hawaii in an effort to support the activities of the Los Angeles Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
Hui Aikanes became an affiliated organization of the Temple in 1984. Activities of the organization include: monthly ballroom dancing for fund raising; helping the Temple’s annual yakisoba dinner/bingo fundraiser; participating in the annual Obon activities which includes the carnival and Obon dancing; helping with the Temple’s weekly yard/garden maintenance and annual general clean-up, and bi-annual club officers installation dinner.
Although mainly a service club, the Hui Aikanes have their share of fun and camaraderie. Fishing derbies, picnics, beach and mountain campouts, ballroom dancing practice sessions, ukulele playing lessons, Las Vegas and Laughlin trips and occasional new year parties have all been part of the club’s activities.
The Sangha Teens was established in 1993 by parents of Dharma School students ages 11 through 14. The purpose of Sangha Teens is to instill the Buddhist faith; provide group experiences within a Jodo Shinshu environment; promote individual personal growth, leadership and citizenship; provide social and recreational activities and provide service to and for the Temple. It operates under the umbrella of the Fubokai.
Sangha Teens is a service organization with its primary concern to reinforce Jodo Shinshu Teachings. The activities include workshops, fund raisers, dance parties, basketball, participating in the Obon festival, and participating in Temple services and annual Temple clean-up.