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Obon services will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018, and we are pleased to announce that Reverend Kazunori Takahashi from Lihue, Hawaii will be our guest speaker.

Born in Nagato City, Japan, Reverend Takahashi completed his Masters degree in Buddhist Studies at Ryukoku University in Kyoto in 2007 and then participated in an orientation programme at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. He has been a minister at several Hawaiian temples: Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Kapaa Hongwanji Mission and currently at the Lihue Hongwanji

As of July 1, 2018, he will be assigned to the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii headquarters as Executive Assistant to the Bishop.

Reverend Takahashi has been very active in the propagation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism through his Dharma talks for Hawaiian radio and appearances as guest speaker at many temples and workshops. He is also involved in the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course as one of the ministers for the district of Hawaii.

If you would like to read some of Reverend Takahashi’s Dharma talks and messages, please go to the Lihue Hongwanji Mission’s newsletter, “Dharma Wheel”, which can be found on their website:

In his spare time, Reverend Takahashi enjoys traveling, photography, reading and running.

We look forward to welcoming him to our temple for Obon 2018.