At our Sunday service May 7, 10 a.m. we will have a special guest speaker, Mr. Rami Elkinawy, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations talking about Islam. The challenges and misunderstanding faced by the Muslim community mirrors many of the problems faced by the Japanese American and Buddhist communities around World War II. Everyone welcome to attend. No charge.

Rev. Ken will show pictures and give a presentation on his trip to India and Buddhist historical sites at the Feb. 12 Sunday/Shotsuki service, which starts at 10 a.m. Service will end early and the presentation will be held in the social hall on the wide screen TV.

Come end the year with quiet reflection at our year end service, held Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Afterwards join us for refreshments in the social hall. On New Year's Day at 11 a.m., we hold a special service to start the year with a fresh open mind. Refreshments will be served after service. Come join us! (Please note, the temple will only be open from about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today).

Our annual mochi-tsuki rice cake making fundraiser will be held Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We steam rice, knead, pound and shape by hand the old fashion way. Please submit your orders ahead of time to ensure your mochi.

Order forms are available through this link:

mochi order form

Many people have asked how they can donate to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Our Higashi Honganji denomination has many temples in Japan. In the area of Japan hit by the recent calamity, there are approximately one hundred Higashi Honganji temples. A full assessment of the damage is not yet available, but preliminary reports indicate heavy damage or destruction. Our Higashi Honganji headquarters in Kyoto has started a fund to help these temples. More information will be made available shortly. If you would like to donate to this fund, you may send a check to our temple payable to "Higashi Honganji North America District" and indicate the check is for tsunami relief. Funds collected will be sent to Japan. Thank you for your concern and support.