The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Film Festival concludes on Saturday, May 25, at 11AM, with the documentary, Koyaanisqatsi. "Koyaanisqatsi is a visually-stunning non-narrative film depicting a life and world out of balance." (Richard Modiano)
The VHBT had the opportunity to take part in the filming of an HBO documentary, East of Main Street: Milestones. The documentary is now airing on select days on HBO Family Channel and also during the entire month of May via HBO On-Demand and HBO GO.
Milnes Kurashige, former temple president and now a temple komon (senior advisor) teaches hana fuda during the Venice Hongwanji Senior Outreach Program (VHSOP) game day. The VHSOP meets Tuesdays (tai-chi), Thursdays (Wii fitness), and Fridays (game day) after morning service. To find out more about the VHSOP, click here.
The Spring issue of the VHBT Newsletter, Gassho, is now available online. The front page starts off with an article on tradition by Rev. Iwohara. Also in this issue are updates from the different temple organizations and a list of major services and activities for 2013.
An Introduction to Buddhism class is currently being held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:30PM - 8:30PM (check temple calendar for schedule). Classes are free, and will fulfill the requirements for the Sangha Award (Boy Scouts), Padma Award (Girl Scout Cadettes), and Dharma Award (available to all).
Note: please feel free to attend even if you are not going for a particular award.