sat28jan9:00 am– 4:30 pmNishi Hongwanji | Winter Pacific Seminar“East Meets West” Dharmathon with Higashi and Nishi Ministers9:00 am – 4:30 pm Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 815 East First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012Contact Phone Number: (213) 680-9130
The 2017 Winter Pacific Seminar – 21st Century: “East Meets West” Dharmathon with Higashi and Nishi Ministers continues the dialogue initiated last year by and about the two branches of
The 2017 Winter Pacific Seminar – 21st Century: “East Meets West” Dharmathon with Higashi and Nishi Ministers continues the dialogue initiated last year by and about the two branches of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. This event will be held at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in the Little Tokyo District on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am. Registration forms are downloadable at www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org
As Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Provost, Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) wrote in his introduction to the 2016 “East Meets West” seminar:
“The two largest branches of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism are Shinshu Otani-ha (“Higashi Honganji”) and Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (“Nishi Hongwanji”). Over four hundred years ago, the two branches arose from a single Honganji organization. From that common origin-taking Shinran Shonin as their founder and his teachings as foundational-the two branches grew independently and developed in ways both similar to and different from one another. Now, for the first time in America, a gathering of followers from both branches will discuss the teachings, services, ritual items, architecture, and activities of both the Higashi Honganji and Nishi Hongwanji traditions….”
For this program, “Higashi” meaning “east” in Japanese, refers to Shinshu Otani-ha, a.k.a. Higashi Honganji. “Nishi,” meaning “west,” refers to Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, a.k.a. Nishi Hongwanji, the mother temple of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA).
This second Pacific Seminar focusing on “East Meets West” will feature a “Dharmathon”-a series of dharma messages-given by over a dozen ministers from both traditions. Among the presenters will be Rev. Noriaki Ito, Bishop of the Higashi Honganji North American District; and Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and Regional Superintendent of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha North American District. Separate concurrent sessions will take place in English and Japanese. There will also be opportunities for discussion and questions and answers.
The Pacific Seminar, a Shin Buddhist educational tradition, began in Berkeley, California in the early 1950s and continued until the late 1980s. With the establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Center, IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education revived the tradition in 2008 as the Pacific Seminar – 21st Century, with the goal of creating exciting new opportunities for sharing the Buddhist teachings and deepening the appreciation and dialogue on the historical and doctrinal roots of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in America. It is for all interested parties: scholars, clergy, and laypersons from all backgrounds and generations.
This historic gathering is presented by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, and the Shinshu Center of America. It is hosted by the BCA Southern District Ministers Association and Buddhist Education Committee.
The $40 registration fee includes lunch and is due by January 17. Southern California temple members are encouraged to register through their respective temples. Checks are payable to “SD BEC” and in the memo line: “Winter Pacific Seminar 2017.” Please mail registration forms to LA Hompa Hongwanji, 815 East First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, contact Rev. Koho Takata at NishiDharmaCenter@gmail.com or call (213) 680-9130.
(Saturday) 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
815 East First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
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