Dharma Services

Available Online Service (LAHHBT).pdf
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Available Online Service

   Since middle of this March to today, Nishi Betsuin is closing its door to public due to the COVID-19 situation, yet during this time, many members and friends are looking for the guidance of the Buddha. For this situation, some online services are available as the alternative of the in-person service in the building. Please see "Available Online Service."

Sunday Service 日曜礼拝

DHARMA SUNDAY SERVICE: 10:00 a.m. (English and Japanese)

Open to Public

Followed by Dharma School Classes for Children & Adults


Basic Service Order

Kansho: Hearing Meditation with Ringing of the bell

Opening Remarks

Voice Meditation with Chanting of Sutra

Dharma Sharing by Ministers (both in English and in Japanese)

Gatha Singing


Closing Remarks


Sunday Service is open to public. Let us all together to practice and listen to the Teachings of the Buddha. If you have any quesions, please contact us at info@nishihongwanji-la.org.

Jōdo Shinshū Service Book.pdf
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Buddhist Etquette
Buddhist Etiquette.pdf
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Buddhist Altar
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Funeral 葬儀

FUNERAL SERVICE: A funeral service has its own important unique meaning. Attending a funeral service is not only to pay our final respects to the deceased but also to express our gratitude for Amida Buddha's Wisdom and Compassion that sustain us constantly in our daily lives. A funeral service is also an occasion to hear the true teachings of the Nembutsu and to become aware of the truth about life and death.


Basic Service Order

Kansho: Hearing Meditation with Ringing of the Bell

Chanting in front of the Casket

Presentation of Dharma Buddhist Name

Voice Meditation with Chanting of Sutra

Offering of Incense by Family and Congregations

Gatha Singing

Opening Remarks and Personal History

Offering of Incense by Representatives


Gatha Singing

Memorial Dharma Message

Words of Appreciation by Family

Closing Remarks


Those who need any assistances and helps at difficult time, please contact us at (213) 680-9130 or info@nishihongwanji-la.org.

Meaning of Death
Meaning of Death.pdf
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Memorial Service 法事

MEMORIAL SERVICE: The memorial service is a precious opportunity for you, your family, and friends to listen to the teachings of the Buddha as well as an opportunity to remember your beloved ones. It does not matter whether you observe a memorial service before or after the memorial day. The most important thing is your feelings and attitudes while listening to the voiceless voice of the Buddha and the deceased.


Basic Service Order

Opening Remarks

Voice Meditation with Chanting of Sutra

Offering of Incense by Family

Memorial Dharma Message

Closing Remarks


2021 is the memorial year for

those who have died in:

2020 1 - year memorial
2019 3 - year memorial
2015 7 - year memorial
2009 13 - year memorial
2005 17 - year memorial
1999 23 - year memorial
1997 25 - year memorial
1989 33 - year memorial
1972 50 - year memorial
If you need to make an appointment of the memorial service, please contact us at (213) 680-9130 or info@nishihongwanji-la.org.
Memorial Service Observances.pdf
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Wedding 結婚式

WEDDING CEREMONY: The Buddhist wedding ceremony is joyous, as well as a solemn event. The atmosphere of happiness and devotion, filled with Amida Buddha’s Compassion, make your wedding day truly memorable. Let us be a part of your most precious day as you begin a new life.


Basic Service Order


Praising Virtues of Amida Buddha (Chanting)

Introduction of Bride and Groom

Wedding Message

Exchange Vows

Exchange Rings

Presentation of Nenju and Offering of Incense




If you need any assistances to coordinate your wedding ceremony, please contact us at (213) 680-9130 or info@nishihongwanji-la.org

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Same Gender Marriage
Same Gender Marriage.pdf
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