Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin invites all interested persons to attend its annual spring seminar Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, conducted by the Rev. Gregory Gibbs, resident minister of the Oregon Buddhist Temple.
Beginning with a public lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, the seminar continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The evening lecture is free; no registration is necessary. The fee for the Saturday seminar is $8, which covers a light lunch, refreshments and materials. Please sign up with payment at the temple office by March 11 to facilitate preparation for the seminar.
Gibbs will also deliver Dharma messages on Sunday, March 17, at Hilo Betsuin’s O-Higan services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
He is the author of “Becoming Buddhist, Becoming Buddhas, Liberating All Beings.” A limited number of copies will be able for purchase at $17 each.
Gibbs grew up in Fresno, Calif., where he graduated from Fresno State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and attended the Fresno Betsuin before beginning his studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Graduate Theological Union. He also studied at Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin in Kyoto for two years.
Before going to Oregon, he served as a minister at the Los Angeles Betsuin for seven years. He is married to the former Kyoko Okura of Myo Toku Ji in Nagasaki. They have two children, Sho Michael, age 14, and Ren Ian, 8.