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Ohigan Seminar

Rev. Tetsuo Unno gives an Ohigan seminar at West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple on September 16, 2017. Handout Part 1 /recordings/170916%20Rev.%20Tetsuo%20Unno%20-%20WLA%20Ohigan%20Seminar%20Pt.%201.mp3.mp3 Part 2 /recordings/170916%20Rev.%20Tetsuo%20Unno%20-%20WLA%20Ohigan%20Seminar%20Pt.%202.mp3.mp3

JANM Archival Seminar

Jaime Henricks, BCA Archivist at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), gave a seminar on how to get started in performing an archival project at your temple. Recorded at the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on July 24, 2017. Handout

We Have a New GoMonShu (Head Priest)!

On March 31, 2017, a group from the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple had the opportunity to attend the Dento Hokoku Hoyo Service held at Ryukoku-zan, the head temple for the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha school of Buddhism in Kyoto, Japan. The Dento Hokoku Hoyo or Head Priest Accession Service allowed us all as Jodo Shinshu followers… Read More »

ABA Aloha Breakfast

Come and have a delicious breakfast at the temple before attending morning service. Special Recipe Chashu fried rice, eggs, sausage, orange / pineapple, with King’s Hawaiian Sweet bread. The VHBT Sangha Teens will be having a fundraising bake sale in conjunction with the breakfast.


Hatsumairi (Infant Presentation Ceremony) is a ceremony in which a child is presented to Amida Buddha for the first time. The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple traditionally holds its Hatsumairi in conjunction with the Hanamatsuri service celebrating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. This year, the combined Hanamatsuri/Hatsumairi service will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2017,… Read More »

2017 Film Festival

The theme for the 2017 Venice Buddhist Film Festival is “The Social Face of Buddhism.” The Film Festival will run on three consecutive Sundays, March 5 through March 19 at the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. See times below. A short discussion will follow each film. For more information about the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Film Festival,… Read More »

The light of your face is unsurpassed in majesty, Your awesome greatness is beyond limit, A brightly shining flame with no equal. Next to your brilliance, Even the brightness of sun, Moon, and Manji jewel (any jewel from sutra) seem covered in black ink. — Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life It is February, and I… Read More »

Pet Memorial Service

We had our annual Pet Memorial service today, where we took the time to remember those special members of our family with whom we have shared great joy throughout the years.

Scout Sunday

Last Sunday we recognized the members of our temple’s Cub Pack and Girl Scouts, as well as a few members from other troops who were here as our guests for Scout Sunday.