LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
1. The spirit of equality: respecting the life of all beings.
2. The spirit of independence: awakening to the universal truth of oneness and living this truth.
3. The spirit of self-searching: reflecting continuously on one’s true nature.
4. The spirit of gratitude: to be alive.
5. The spirit of peace: to encourage all beings to co-exist in peace and prosperity.
The temple’s main hall is called Hondo. It is the place which we gather to listen to the Teachings of the Buddha. Providing guidance and instruction in the Buddha-Dharma at the temple are ministers.
The temple provides the venue and the opportunity to listen to the Dharma and study the teachings in depth through such religious activities as Dharma services, seminars, workshops, special observances, and special events. Another objective of the temple is to provide assistance, through various means, for the welfare of the community, extending beyond the circle of the sangha. As the central focus of the community, the temple and its members, both ministers and lay people, have the responsibility for society at large. It may also occur that the temple is regarded as a cultural center, offering a wide range of programs, all aimed at cultivating the Dharma and in particular, the teaching of Jodo Shinshu.
The Board of Directors supports the ministers in managing the business of the temple. Committees are established on occasion to plan and formulate temple activities. To further make the Nembutsu practice an integral part of their everyday life, Sangha members are encouraged to participate in activities and programs for propagating and promoting the Jodo Shinshu teaching.