West Coast Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples 2008 Lecture Series

Learn more about Buddhism as the West Coast Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples begin their 2008 Lecture Series.
Jodo Shinshu teachers from all over North American have been invited to speak at Vancouver area temples throughout the year.
We hope you can attend this FREE lecture series to get a better understanding of Buddhism.

Buddhism for Dummies

Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 9:30am-11:30am
Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Ave. Vancouver, BC
Speaker: Rev. Bob Oshita

Rev. Bob Oshita of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento has administered Dharma services to the 1,000 member community there for 13 years. He was ordained in 1973 in the Jodo-Sinshu tradition and has taught for 22 years.

Rev. Oshita graduated from U.C. Berkley, attended the Institute for Buddhist Studies, and has studied in Japan and with many teachers from diverse Buddhist traditions. He is highly treasured by his sangha for his energetic style and his compassion.





The Importance of “Self" in Amida Buddha
Friday, April 4, 2008 at 7:00pm
University of British Columbia, Thea Koerner House (Graudate Student Centre) located next to Asian Studies Centre.
(Parking is available at either the Chan Centre or the Asian Studies Centre, 6371 Crescent Road on the corner of West Mall and Crescent Road)
Speaker Dr. Leslie Kawamura

Reverend Dr. Leslie Kawamura is currently a full professor of Buddhism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. He is also the Director of the Buddhist Churches of Canada - Living Dharma Centre.

Since becoming a member of the Department of Religious Studies in 1976, Leslie Kawamura has devoted ceaseless efforts to promoting the study of Asian cultures and to fostering an interest in Asia within the University and Calgary communities. He has been instrumental in the established of connections between the University and individuals and institutions in Asia.




Buddhism for Beginners (1)
Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 2:00pm
Steveston Buddhist Temple, 4360 Garry St, Richmond, BC
Speaker: Reverend Ronald Kobata, Buddhist Churches of America

Sensei Kobata graduated with a bachelor's degree from Berkeley, and has his master's from the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He has been assigned to various Buddhist temples in Washington and Hawaii.
Kobata was most recently assigned to Makawao Hongwanji temple in Maui, Hawaii and appointed in Feb. 2005 as executive assistant to Bishop Koshin Ogui.



Finding One Self in the Vows of Amida Buddha
Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 9:30-11:30am
Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Ave. Vancouver, BC
Speaker: Reverend Gregory Gibbs, Oregon Buddhist Temple (Portland)

Gregory G. Gibbs was a resident minister at Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple from 1994-2001. He served at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple from 2003-2005.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (M.A. in Buddhist Studies and Master of Jodo Shinshu Studies) and an active member of the North American Branch of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies. His publications include, "Understanding Shinran and the Burden of the Traditional Dogmatics" (The Eastern Buddhist, Fall, 1997), and "Shinjin as a Transformation in Personal Identity" (The Pure Land, 1998).




Buddhism for Beginners (2)
Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 7:30-9:30pm
Steveston Buddhist Temple, Richmond, BC
Speaker: Reverend Masao Kodani, Senshin Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles, CA

After graduating from Centennial High School, Reverend Kodani attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned his degree in East Asian Studies. While at UC Santa Barbara, he became close with Reverend Art Takemoto of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Through Rev. Takemoto’s influence, Kodani traveled to Japan to study Buddhism at Ryukoku University.

After his studies were completed, he returned to the United States and was assigned to the Senshin Buddhist Temple in South Central Los Angeles.




Gathering of Joy
Friday, July 11, 2008 at 7:00-9:00pm
Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Ave. Vancouver, BC
Speaker: Reverend Ronald Kobata, Buddhist Churches of America

Sensei Kobata graduated with a bachelor's degree from Berkeley, and has his master's from the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He has been assigned to various Buddhist temples in Washington and Hawaii.
Kobata was most recently assigned to Makawao Hongwanji temple in Maui, Hawaii and appointed in Feb. 2005 as executive assistant to Bishop Koshin Ogui.



Buddhism for Beginners (3)
Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00-4:00pm
Steveston Buddhist Temple, 4360 Garry St, Richmond, BC
Speaker: Reverend Thomas Okano, Bishop Hawaii Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Honolulu, Hawaii

Thomas Okano is the 15th Bishop of the Hawaii Honpa Hongwanji. The Hawaii Honpa is the largest organization of Buddhist temples in the State of Hawaii.

Previously, he was the Director of the Buddhist Study Centre at the University of Hawaii. He is recognized as a talented scholar and a wise, compassionate administrator.







Presented by the West Coast Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples:

Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple
Abbotsford, BC

Steveston Buddhist Temple
4360 Garry St. Richmond, BC
604-277-2323
www.stb.shawbiz.ca

Vancouver Buddhist Temple
220 Jackson Ave. Vancouver, BC
604-253-7033

BCC Executive Meeting

During the BCC Executive meeting held at the BCC Headquarters in Richmond, it was decided that a meeting of the LDC Directors would be held at the Toronto Buddhist Temple on December 1, 2007. The major agenda item for the meeting will be the question of re-organizing the Board, both in name and in structure.

Also, during the BCC Executive Meeting, there was expressed the concern about the status of Dharma School. Consequently, in the early part of 2008, I wish to visit every Jodo Shinshu Temple in Canada and meet with the Executives and the Dharma School teachers. Your Temple will be contacted in the very near future and I look forward to meeting many of the Temple members when I make my visit. Regarding the BCC Executive meeting, I would be amiss if I did not report about Mrs. Fujikawa’s “thoughtful and compassionate” effort to ensure that the delegates had a fantastic Japanese-styled lunch. “Thank you very much Mrs. Fujikawa.”