The Venice Hongwanji Young Adult Buddhist Association (YABA) is an organization which connects young adults interested in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by providing Buddhist talks and discussions, hosting social events and participating in community service activities. YABA recognizes that a generational gap exists in the Temple membership and provides a community for young adults associated with the temple.
YABA offers an introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, by having Buddhist talks and discussions, and by participating in the traditions and rituals associated with the religion through VHBT. YABA provides continuing Buddhist education and demonstrates how the Teachings fit into community and social situations.
Jodo Shinshu beliefs affirm that the Sangha is as important as the Teachings. Realizing this, YABA hosts social events and outings for young-adults to provide the opportunity to meet new people and strengthen the community.
Community Service has always been a part of the Buddhist tradition and Jodo Shinshu heritage, because of this YABA will be volunteering at numerous events throughout the year. In addition, YABA will attend Temple events to establish stronger connections with the Temple and other affiliated organizations.
YABA is open to all individuals between 22 and 35 years of age who have an interest in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Regular meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and open to all visitors. Annual dues are $20 and include a YABA t-shirt.
YABA hosts many events throughout the year. Our monthly Dharma Discussions are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at Venice Hongwanji. We kickoff each discussion with a short reading or talk and continue with a lively discussion on a wide array of topics. Our annual Sake Tasting is held on the first Saturday in November and has become our signature event. Guests are invited to a variety of sake brands and styles while enjoying food and mingling with YABA members.
YABA members also participate in the annual TechnoBuddha conference at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, CA where we connect with other young adults from across the West Coast. Throughout the year YABA participates in many temple events: helping out at mochitsuki, running doughball at Obon, and many other temple activities.