Hawaii District Ministers Association – Monthly Online Seminars for 2021

Updated: HDMA Seminar Flyer - All ministers Sept - Dec 20212021 HDMA Monthly SeminarThe Hawaii District Ministers Association (HDMA) will present monthly online seminars via Zoom on Saturdays for 2021.  Register once and you will receive an email invitation for each of the seminars each month.  Although your attendance for all of the seminars is encouraged, you can attend any class that interest you.  The HDMA and Nembutsu seminars will be held July 10, August 14, September 25, October 2, October 9, November 13, and December 11.  Open to the public and registration is free.  https://forms.gle/bQToK62Pi6J2UoD78.  Any questions, please email hawaii.kyogakkai@gmail.com.


Spiritual Foundation Nembutsu that is true and real

July 10, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Spiritual Foundation:  Nembutsu that is true and real.  Rev. Satoshi Ka’imipono Tomioka, Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple





August 14, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Relationship between Amida Buddha and Shakyamuni Buddha.  Rev. Masanari Yamagishi, Kamuela Hongwanji Mission


HDMA Seminar - Rev. Kawagoe - Sept 25


September 25, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  “What is the temple’s role and responsibility as part of the community?  Discussion led by Rev. Shinji Kawagoe, Papaikou Hongwanji Mission




HDMA Seminar - Rev. Blayne Higa - Oct 9October 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Embracing our Shadow:  Shin Buddhist Wisdom for When Life Gets Difficult.  Rev. Blayne Higa, Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

~ We often believe happiness occurs when we escape pain and suffering.  However, only by embracing the shadowy parts of our lives and moving towards uncomfortable situations can we discover wholeness and healing.  Shin Buddhism offers a practical path of radical happiness and hope for all when life gets difficult. ~

Learning from the Shoshinge



November 13, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Learning from the Shoshinge.  Rimban Kazunori Takahashi, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin.  Have you ever heard or chanted the Shoshinge (Hymn of True Entrusting and the Nembutsu) at Hongwanji temples?  It was written by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) and summarizes the essence of Jodo Shin Buddhism.  This class will focus on learning what the Shoshinge is and reading its beginning part.



HDMA Seminar - Rev. Javellana-Hirano - Oct 2October 2, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  “Path of Resilience, Path of Nembutsu”.  Rev. Carmella Javellana Hirano.  “In times of chaos, resilience is perhaps the one thing we can aspire for, if not faith/trust, so we can get through these enormous difficulties.  We human beings as helpless and ignorant as we are, need to be able to turn to something greater than ourselves that provides refuge, safety, and unconditional kindness:  Amida Buddha.  Being firmly grounded in Namo Amida Butsu can settle our agitated minds, heal our broken hearts, and unequivocally carry us through countless traumatic events.”

HDMA Seminar - Rev. Muneto - Dec 11, 2021December 11, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Living with Wisdom and Resilience:  Following the Footsteps of  Nembutsu Practicers on the Big Island.  Rev. Tatsuo Muneto, Retired Minister of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.


We welcome your donation.  You may donate online by clicking the link below.  Please select “Big Island District”
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Make check payable to “Hawaii District Hongwanji Council” and in the memo section write “HDMA Seminar”.  Please mail check to:
Hawaii District Hongwanji Council
Attn:  Treasurer
PO Box 6027
Hilo, HI 96720

Any questions, please email hawaii.kyogakkai@gmail.com.

The Hawaii District Ministers Association has created a YouTube channel.  If you have missed previous session, you may be able to view in from YouTube.  Be sure to “subscribe” to the page.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwA_Ub1wrD9wiA8awcDLilA