The devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, 2011 (local time) has left, in its wake, a tragedy beyond our comprehension. The enormous loss of life, the damage to the infrastructure, and the affects on the livelihoods of so many people is tremendous. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are suffering as a result of this natural disaster.
On behalf of the Buddhist Churches of America, I express my deepest concern and sincerest condolences to those who are suffering and who have suffered such great loss. May the strength and support of your community, together with the support and wishes from our sangha members, as well as the people from throughout the world, offer you strength during this difficult time.
Koshin Ogui, Socho
Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America
March 14, 2011
JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI RELIEF FUND
On March 11, 2011 (local time), Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a catastrophic tsunami. On behalf of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA), we extend our deepest concerns and sincere condolences to those whose lives have been affected by this tragedy.
The Buddhist Churches of America is currently collecting donations in the name of the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief for this disaster. The funds collected by the BCA for this relief effort will be forwarded to the Hongwanji’s Social Welfare Department via the Hongwanji International Department. Donations for the Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund may be made in the following manner:
1. Donations may be made to your local BCA temple or church (checks should be made payable to the local temple or church). Donations made to the local temples and churches will be forwarded to the BCA Headquarters.
2. Donations may also be made directly to the Buddhist Churches of America National Headquarters at the following address:
BUDDHIST CHURCHES OF AMERICA
1710 OCTAVIA STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109
Please make checks payable to the BUDDHIST CHURCHES OF AMERICA. Please note JAPAN EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI RELIEF in the memo section of your check.
We thank you in advance for your support and dana.
Koshin Ogui, Socho Everett Watada, President
Bishop Buddhist Churches of America
Buddhist Churches of America
The following is an update of the relief efforts made by the Hongwanji in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
REPORT OF RELIEF EFFORTS BY THE HONGWANJI(PDF) Earthquake_Relief_Efforts_by_Hongwanj
- March 11, 2011 Central Emergency Disaster Relief Office established at Hongwanji
- March 11, 2011Letter of Concern sent to those affected by the disaster and 2,000 towels sent to the Tohoku District Office
- March 12, 2011Message of Concern sent to those affected by the disaster and additional 1,000 towels sent to the Tokyo Districot Office
- March 12, 2011 Disaster/Relief Assistance Offices established at the Tohoku Kyoku Distict Office (at Sendai Betsuin) and the Tokyo Kyoku District Office (at Tsukiji Betsuin)
- March 12, 2011 Decision made to send an initial 30 million yen (approx. U.S. $300,000 to disaster region)
- March 12, 2011 2011 Tohoku Kanto Pacific Coast Region Great Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund Drive initiated by Hongwanji
- March 12, 2011 Signboards erected at the Hongwanji and Ohtani Hombyo (Ohtani Mausoleum) expressing concern and sympathy for those affected by the disaster
- March 12, 2011 Hongwanji sends investigative team to the disasher zone
- March 12, 2011 Hongwanji Social Welfare Department Supervisor dispatched to the disaster zone together with the First Assistance and Relief Staff from Hongwanji
- March 12, 2011 Messages of concern and sympathy sent from the Hongwanji to the local temples affected by the disaster
- March 13, 2011 Hongwanji dispatches Second Assistance and Relief staff to the disasher zone. First Assistance and Relief Staff and local Disaster/Relief Assistance Office staff extend messages of concern and sympathy, as well as relief goods to 15 temples in the Miyagi Prefecture region affected by the disaster
- March 14, 2011 First Assistance and Relief Staff arrive at Ishinomaki City disaster area to deliver water and food to the evacuation centers at the Ishinomaki Girls High School and the Ishinomaki Prefectural High School
- March 14, 2011 Second Assistance and Relief Staff from Hongwanji, together with Sendai Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association members and Betsuin Kindergarten staff, prepare and distribute pork soup and riceballs to evacuees in front of Sendai Betsuin
- March 15, 2011 Hongwanji First Assistance and Relief Staff return to Hongwanji. Supervisor of the Hongwanji Social Welfare Department remains in the disaster zone. Plans being organized to dispatch the Third Assistance and Relief Staff to the disasher zone
- March 15, 2011 Third Assistance and Relief Staff from Hongwanji dispatched to the Tokyo District Office Relief/Assistance Center (at Tsukiji Betsuin); Fourth Assistance and Relief Staff dispatched to the Tohoku District Office Relief/Assistance Center (at Sendai Betsuin)
- March 16, 2011 Third Assistance and Relief Staff returns to Hongwanji
- March 17, 2011 Second Assistance and Relief Staff returns to Hongwanji; Tohoku District Disaster Volunteer Center put in place
- March 18, 2011 Fourth Assistance and Relief Staff, together with Supervisor of the Hongwanji Social Welfare Department, returns to Hongwanji; Fifth Assistance and Relief Staff dispatched to Sendai Betsuin.
(translated from the Hongwanji Japanese Website : www.hongwanji.or.jp)Share