2014 Obon, Day 2

Finally got the time to adjust the photos for posting. These are photos of our Obon Odori, with most of the photos of the dancing. Starting with Rev. Miyaji, our supervising minister from Gardena Buddhist Church overseeing the opening gasshou. Since I was dancing, and was not concentrating on shooting photos, some are repetitious. the… Read More »

2014 Venice Obon

We hope everyone had fun at this year’s obon festival. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes who put it all together. From 2014 Venice Obon. Posted by Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on 7/21/2014 (48 items) The Jr. YBA working the dango booth. Those are some fancy looking spam musubis. Girl Scout Troop 5325 Is your… Read More »

Last Day of Dharma School

Today was the last Dharma School session of the current school year. Our Dharma School students received an end-of-year gift, plus they put together their ojuzu using the beads that they had been collecting. Starting on the first day of the school year, each student collected one bead for each class that they attended, and… Read More »

Farewell, Mrs. Sato

Today after our morning service of the Shoshinge and Wasan, attended by Rev. John Iwohara and Rev. Ray Fukumoto, we bid a sad farewell to one of the pillars of our temple. Mrs. Ethel Sato. She has been both teacher and mother (like) to many of our Dharma School Students over the many decades she… Read More »

Hatsubon / Obon Service

We held our annual Hatsubon & Obon service today, in order to remember those who have passed before us, especially those who have passed since last year’s Hatsubon service. From Hatsubon & Obon Service. Posted by Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on 7/07/2014 (5 items) A candle is lit for each individual who has passed away… Read More »

Gotan-ye & Mothers’ Day Service

Today we had a combined Gotan-ye (the birthday of Shinran Shonin) and Mothers’ Day service. Officiating the service was Rev. John Iwohara, former resident minister of VHBT. Our guest speaker was Rev. Kazuaki Nakata from the Los Angeles Betsuin. Afterwards, we had our traditional Mothers’ Day otoki of spaghetti and meatballs. From 2014 Gotan-ye &… Read More »

Rev. John’s Farewell Party

The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple shows its appreciation to Rev. John Iwohara and his wife, Eri, at a farewell luncheon held at Sea Empress Seafood Restaurant on April 20, 2014. From Rev. John’s Farewell Party. Posted by Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on 5/01/2014 (104 items) "Come on in!" The ladies manning the reception table. Tyson… Read More »

2014 Hanamatsuri/Hatsumairi Service

Last Sunday, we held our joint Hanamatsuri/Hatsumairi Service. We had two Hatsumairi infants who were presented to the Amida Buddha for the first time. Officiating the service was Rev. John Iwohara, former resident minister of the Venice Hongwanji, now with Gardena Buddhist Church. Our guest speaker was Rev. Nobuo Miyaji, current resident minister of Gardena… Read More »

Rev. John & Rev. Ray’s Last Dharma School Service

Today was Rev. John Iwohara’s last official service as the Resident Minister and Rev. Ray Fukumoto’s last participation as a regular contributing minister. Rev. John will be leaving to Gardena Buddhist Temple and Rev. Ray, off to his next adventure. Today was a regular Dharma School service. Rev. John’s message today was filled with memories… Read More »