Author Archives: Ron Gee

Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism

The VHBT Buddhist Education Committee is presenting the third set of classes in our Introduction to Buddhism series (the first two were Introduction to General Buddhism and Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism). Classes will be taught by Minister Assistant, Richard Modiano. Description: Developed out of the Mahayana tradition, Pure Land Buddhism does not promise liberation into Nirvana in… Read More »

How Do you Spend a Lazy Day?

Happy Summer, Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Family! Thank You for Your continued support with the upcoming Venice Japanese Community Center Festival (6.22-23) and our own Obon Festival (7.22-23). We are all part of this community and I look forward to seeing and working with all of you. It not only brings us all together, but… Read More »

2019 Obon Festival

The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 20-21, from 3PM-9PM. Come sample our teriyaki chicken bowl, vegetarian curry, chili dogs and chili rice, salad, spam musubi, and dangos for dessert. Fried wontons will be making a re-appearance following a one year hiatus! Odori (dancing) will run from 7:00PM-8:30PM on both evenings.

April 6, 2019

Hello All, Thank you to those of you who have informed sangha members in your district/temple of our invitation to add new members to our Archives and Historic Preservation Committee.  We have drafted a list of our current goals/projects:  Network with other temples and individuals in districts throughout BCA. Encourage individual temples to establish/expand their… Read More »

March 17, 2019

Hello BCA Friends, Thank you for your interest by attending our archives workshop and/or visiting the information table at National Council and Ministers’ Meetings in Phoenix. We hope we were able to give you some ideas to take back to your temples to develop or expand your unique collections, or to consider donating to the… Read More »

The Social Face of Buddhism

Happy New Year! 2018 was a very eventful year. Thank You to everyone for helping to making it so memorable for the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. I look forward to a Wonderful 2019! A little while ago, our temple hosted the Southern District Conference at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Our theme was… Read More »

2019 Film Festival

The theme for the 2019 Venice Buddhist Film Festival is “Troubling Times.” The Film Festival will run on four consecutive Sundays, March 3 through March 24, starting at 12 noon at the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

BWA Memorial Service

Our BWA will be holding its annual Memorial Service for all BWA members who have passed away, in conjunction with commemoration of Lady Takeko Kujo, founder of the Buddhist Women’s Association; Eshinni-sama, wife of Shinran Shonin; and Kakushinni-sama, daughter of Shinran Shonin.  Rev. Candice Shibata of Buddhist Church of Florin will be our guest speaker.  Please… Read More »

Failure to Success

Hello, Friends and Families of the Venice Buddhist Temple Community! Our doors are now open and we are back into full swing. With new sewer lines, gas lines, and floors, we look forward to all of you coming home.* As I was listening to a television show, I came to hear this quote from Albert… Read More »

2018 Obon Festival

The VHBT Obon Festival will take place over the weekend of July 21-22, from 3PM-9PM. Odori practice begins Wednesday, June 27, from 7:00PM – 8:30PM.