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HIGASHI HONGANJI BUDDHIST TEMPLE CLOSURES

Dear Members and Friends,

We regret to inform you that we will be temporarily closing our temple doors. In an effort to keep our members and community safe and help avoid further community spread of the COVID-19 virus, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple will be suspending all services and activities for the CDC’s recommended eight weeks.  As of now, we plan to reconvene on May 17th but will continue to reevaluate as the situation develops over the coming weeks and update all of you as it continues to change.

BISHOP NORIAKI ITO’S COVID-19 MESSAGE

To view Bishop Noriaki Ito’s COVID-19 message, please refer to this link.

SUNDAY SERVICE

During these weeks while the temple is closed and we are all staying within our own homes, we will be live streaming our Sunday Services via Facebook. You do need a Facebook account in order to view the live stream, but anyone can sign up at facebook.com and it’s free. Just go to Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hhbt.la or you can also click the round Facebook icon below) on Sunday at 10:00 am. You will also be able to watch the service later if you miss the initial 10:00 am broadcast.

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Bon Odori Aerobics – October 24, 5:00pm (via Zoom)

Title: Bon Odori Aerobics

Description: Obon has concluded, but Bon Odori will continue.  Come out and join us for Bon Odori Aerobics.

Join us for the October Bon Odori Aerobics on Zoom on Oct. 24th from 5 pm.  Since we will be meeting so close to Halloween, we thought it would be fun to dance in costume.  So if you are inclined join us in costume or in happi/yukata or just as you like.

Please rsvp to Trish Nicholson at bikimi@aol.com and you will be sent the link before the 24th.

Trish Nicholson will again lead the class as we’ll practice some old odori favorites, learn new ones, and have a great time socializing with old and new friends.

Trish will hold classes throughout the year, so check back periodically.

Date: 2020-10-24

Start Time: 5:00pm


*_____ Statement against Injustice and _____*
*________ in Support of Black Lives ________*

Discrimination, racism and police brutality have no place in a free society. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans prove there’s still much wrong in our world. Now is the time to protest against a system that breeds injustice and the senseless taking of human life. We must all work together towards much needed change.

Our Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temples and members in the United States are no strangers to discrimination and racism. Founded by Japanese immigrants more than a hundred years ago, our temples were vandalized, burned and shuttered during World War II. Many Japanese Americans were arrested and incarcerated without due process of law, solely based on their ethnicity. Entire communities—grandparents, adults, and children—were forced to abandoned homes and sent to concentration camps.

These actions were especially unjust because they were Americans, denied their civil rights and liberties as U.S. citizens. Today it’s a sad fact that Black Americans still face ongoing systemic discrimination, racism and brutality. It’s time for change.

The Buddhist teachings encourage us to hold all life as precious. Moreover, we all are inter-connected and inter-dependent, so it’s important to recognize these truths and try to work together and live in harmony. These are not merely sweet words without substance; they represent true reality. We must see them in our lives here and now. We must try to live in accord with these truths in our communities, in our country, and in our world at large.

However Buddhism also teaches us the greatest impediments to peace within ourselves and in the world are greed, anger and ignorance. We naturally are attached to our own views and strongly tend to be selfish and self-centered. We all must break through this cloud of ignorance to see the greater good.

Shinran Shōnin, founder of Jodo Shinshu, welcomed all who wanted to hear the Buddhist teachings. He treated everyone equally, calling them “fellow travelers.” With this attitude, we also are encouraged to see others as equals, to be helpful, and to support people in need.

In this spirit, let us strive for a more equitable and just society. Let us try to see ignorance and selfishness within our selves, to speak out against discrimination, injustice, and brutality, and to work together to create a more peaceful and harmonious world.

Bishop Noriaki Ito

Higashi Honganji North America District