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OUHHBWA Rules & Regulations May 15 2014 scan

Eshin-ni and Kakushin-ni Chair for Jodo Shinshu Studies

A primary purpose of the BWA is to support the propagation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism throughout the world.  To implement this purpose, our  World Federation of BWAs is proposing to establish a Jodo Shinshu teaching position at the BCA’s Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkely, California.  IBS has been vital in spreading Jodo Shinshu not only in the Americas (North and South), but also in Hawaii, Canada, Europe, and Japan, etc.

The GOAL is to raise three (3) million dollars with the interest earned yearly to be used to fund the teaching position of an instructor.  This position will be named for two individuals close to our hearts – The Eshin-ni and Kakushin-ni Endowed Chair for Jodo Shinshu Studies.

Each Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple worldwide is being asked to support this project and the Hawaii Federation of BWAs is in favor of it.  Each temple’s goal is approximately $300.   The BWAs in Hawaii will spearhead this fundraising effort with all donations earmarked as coming from the entire temple membership.  Deadline is December 31, 2018.

framed images of Kakushinni, left, and Eshinni, right, before the altar at Hawaii Betsuin
Images of Kakushinni, left, and Eshinni, right, at Hawaii Betsuin.
Ala Moana Hotel and Golden Gate Bridge

Make plans now for the HHMH Joint Conference (Sept. 2018) and BWA World Convention (2019)

We want to make sure you aware of these two significant opportunities to connect with extended Jodo Shinshu sangha.

HHMH Joint Conference

One is the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s first Joint Conference at the Ala Moana hotel in Honolulu from September 1 – 3, 2018. The conference will include the Lay Convention, the BWA Convention, the Minister’s Spouses’ organization, Jr. YBA, and Dharma School. Groups will hold their major conferences, and workshops will be open to everyone.

The theme of the conference is “Embrace Change – Harmony (Accept Differences)” and our keynote speaker will be Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, a national leader in the fight for civil rights. For more information, including registration details, please see our Joint Conference event page.

BWA World Convention

The 2019 World Federation Jodo Shinshu Hongwaji-ha Buddhist Women’s Associations Convention will take place Labor Day weekend, 2019 (August 30 – September 1, 2019) at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. The theme is “Live the Nembutsu.” For more information, including an overview letter and a video, please see wbwconvention.org. We’ll also post more to our event page for the convention as the date gets closer.

Fall 2017 newsletter cover page

Fall 2017 newsletter

The Fall 2017 edition of Hawaii Buddhist Women’s News, newsletter of HFBWA, is now available online.

Included are:

  • HFBWA President Irene Nakamoto gives thanks as she completes her term. She will not be seeking re-election.
  • Reports from the five Uniteds (district-level BWA organizations)
  • Reports from Student Exchange women to Japan
  • Information about 2018 Hawaii Joint Conference
OUHHBWA Rules & Regulations May 15 2014 scan


Hawaii Buddhist Women’s Associations has a new Facebook page.  Look for it on our website’s homepage.  Click the “f” icon in the upper right portion of the screen.  We welcome current articles, photos, news, events.  Send information to the following for posting:  Federation (Tamayo Matsumoto, Lois Toyama); Honolulu United (Lois Toyama); Kauai United (Rev. Tomo Hojo); Big Island United (K.T. Cannon-Eger)