Mission to host seminar
LAHAINA – Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, a Buddhist temple, will host a seminar with Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, co-director at the Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education.
The public is welcome to listen to Rev. Kuwahara speak on “Pureland, The Working We Receive Here and Now” on Nov. 26 from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission, 551 Wainee St. Call 661-0640 for information.
In the BCA publication “Wheel of Dharma” in August 2008, Rev. Kuwahara wrote: “The Buddha’s teachings are for everyone. We strive to follow the spirit of Buddha and share the dharma with others universally. All of our BCA temples share a common teaching of openness and inclusion. Our struggle is to ensure that each of our temples express it. Exclusion and discrimination, even in our minds, is not justifiable. That said, discriminatory attitudes may arise. At such times, we should humbly scrutinize ourselves under the light of the dharma and sincerely receive Buddha’s guidance. Only then can there be genuine respect, enabling everyone to find a safe and welcoming place within the Buddhist community.”