Higashi Hongwanji Hawaii District and Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will observe founder Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial Service this month. At the same time, members will also celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
As one of the 100th anniversary commemorative events, Higashi Hongwanji Missison of Hawaii has established a Dharma Study Center, which will provide many lectures and classes for the members and Dharma friends who study and learn Buddhism and Shin Buddhism in a classroom style. Also included as an integral part of the Dharma Study Center will be publications and the training of future leaders.
The Dharma Study Center will present its first lecture series on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5, 7, 12 and 14.
“To present the series, we invited Dr. George Tanabe Jr., who is professor emeritus in the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa,” said spokesman Kenjun Kawawata.
The topic for this lecture series is “Finding Harmony in Chaos.” Tanabe will focus on how Sakyamuni Bimba, who is Sakyamuni’s wife, Prince Shotoku and a grandmother in Hawaii find harmony and peace in the chaos of their ordinary lives.
“So in reflecting the way of their lives, we will find peace and harmony in our busy everyday lives,” said Kawawata.