2016 Hoonko Service

     Hoonko is the memorial service for our founder, Shinran Shonin who passed away on November 28, 1226 in Kyoto, Japan. Literally, Hoon (報恩) means "to repay gratitude," and Ko (講) means "gathering and learning."  Therefore, the Hoonko service is the most important observance in the year for Jodo Shinshu followers to listen to the teaching of Nembutsu thoroughly.  Sincerely, we express our deep gratitude to all our spiritual predecessors including Shakyamuni Buddha.

     At this occasion, the Jodo Shinshu followers review their Shinjin awareness in their everyday lives through listening to the teaching of Namu Amida Butsu.  Please come and join the service.  Refreshments will be service after the service.    

Shinran Shonin Memorial Service at Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji
Date:  Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time:  10 o' clock
Guest Speaker: Rev. Koen Kikuchi


Rev. Kikuchi

Rev. Kikuchi was born in 1984 in Akita, Japan.  He received his first ordination (Tokudo) when at age nine.
After graduating from high school, he entered Kanda University of International Studies and majored in English language. In 2007, he went to the Malta Republic to study English for one year.  The following year, he entered a graduate program at the Otani University and majored Shin Buddhism.  In 2009, he began working at a temple in Chiba prefecture for five years.  He was assigned to Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (the Hawaii Betsuin) in 2015.  


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