Rinban Nori Ito is head minister at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles, California.
|Addressing the topic of "Buddhism and Its Relevance to Today's World: Shin Buddhism Engaged," Rinban Nori Ito will explore, in a four-week series of informal yet highly-informative study classes, the relevance of the Buddhadharma in the world today. He will look at how Buddhism has impacted the cultures in which it has appeared in history, how it has helped shape the countries in Asia over its 2,500 year history, and the impact it is making throughout the world today. He will draw on his experiences in interfaith dialog, in campus ministry (Ito Sensei is the Buddhist advisor at Occidental College), and in community activism to measure the contributions Buddhism is making and can make in both the United States and on a global scale.
The sessions will hopefully lead to meaningful reflections on the current state of our temples and help to determine our plans for the future.
Lectures will be held on consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm beginning April 15 and running through May 6, 2008.
Lectures are open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike and will be held at West Covina Buddhist Temple (map). Cost for the series of 4 lectures is $40 ($35 if you are a temple member). If interested in attending, please e-mail or call the temple at (626) 913-0622 for more info or to register.