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Akemashite Omedetto Gozaimasu!  First of all I would like the thank Rev Watanabe, Yasuko Kujiraoka, the Board of Directors and the entire Sangha for their selfless cooperation and support of this temple.  This includes BCA, ministers and laypersons who have directly or indirectly supported us, thank you.  As you know this past year had its unique challenges but the Sangha bravely came together to meet it head on.  As we embark on a new year I request your continued spirited support and will do what I can to help communicate the message of the Buddha.  As we frequently recite during Sunday service under ‘Shin Buddhist Life Principles’, my goal for the New Year is to “Share the True Dharma with All.”   Former Monshu Koshin Ohtani, in his book ‘The Buddha’s Wish for the World,’ cites: “Your life is a gift wished into existence.”   May 2018 bring on a deepening awareness. 

In Gassho, 
Elwyn Kawate  

of the 

OBT Board of Directors
Please click here to visit the "President's Corner" for more from President Kawate.

Obon is Coming Soon!

Saturday, July 13th

Bon Odori Dance Practices 

7:00 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays June 18, 20, 25 & 27

July 2, 9, & 11

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New scholarship available from Tsugio and Betty Hiji!

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Monthly message from our Reverend Watanabe

The Teaching of the Harp

Rev. Masanori Watanabe


 Wintery rainy days have gone, and nice warm sunlight has arrived to our delight. As a Japanese, I feel that April symbolizes an entrance ceremony to welcome new students or employees to a new beginning. In Japan, April is also the month when the beautiful cherry trees blossom. Many people have parties under the cherry trees while watching the flowers fall. The viewing is called “Hanami 花見”, and I used to do it with my Japanese friends so I look back on it with nostalgia. 

On April 7th, there is a very important Buddhist Service at the temple. It is Hanamatsuri, or Kanbutsu-e, and it is the celebration of the Buddha’s birth. I look forward to the Hanamido (flower-pavilion) decorated by our Dharma school and the Hatsumairi (first temple visit for babies). Lastly, I appreciate your support and participation in our wonderful Hawaiian Breakfast. 

    In the legend of the Buddha’s birth  more         Go to the message

Recent Announcements

  • Obon Coming Soon-July 13 Come to the Bon Odori Dance practices starting June 18. 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 18, 20, 25, and 27, July 2, 9 and 11. Send the attached ...
    Posted May 14, 2019, 7:55 AM by Steve Yoshinaga
  • Tsugio & Betty Hiji Scholarship Hello Folks!   In memory of Tsugio and Betty Hiji, their family has offered a generous scholarship to help young people with college. Thank you very much Hiji family! If you ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2019, 6:48 PM by Steve Yoshinaga
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By Reverend Masanori Watanabe for our Sangha



Weekly meetings: Times may vary, visitors please call ahead.

Japanese Language School: 8:30 am Saturdays
Judo: 7 pm Tuesdays and Fridays
Togen Daiko: 8 am Sundays and 7 pm Wednesdays