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New Reverend, New Year

posted Dec 27, 2018, 10:13 AM by Lance Gilbert

Happy Holidays!  Earlier this year we began an exciting collaboration with Henjyoji Shingon temple in Portland.  I am pleased to announce that the temple's Board of directors has asked me to serve and help continue the temple's mission which has been in operation since the 1930's, and at the current location since the 1940's.  In the coming months we will transition our activities from Beaverton, to Portland.  The first step in this effort will be the Year End and New Year's Day service.  

Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple, 2634 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

December 31, 2018 6:30pm-7:30pm
Year End Service, Toshi-no-se.  Brief service and ringing of the bell 108 times to symbolically overcome the 108 obstacles to enlightenment and remove our negative karma of the prior year.  While traditionally this service is done near midnight, we will celebrate a bit earlier in the evening so everyone can get home safely. 
January 1, 2019, 11am--3pm

New Year's Day Service; Shusho-e; praying for the peace and harmony of the nation and our lives in the New Year.  Service followed by light refreshments, fellowship, and give people the opportunity to come visit the temple on New Year's Day.

Please join us for these services, and thank you all for your support of the teaching over the years as we've moved locations.

With respect, 

Rev. Kosho Finch
Foundation for Shingon Buddhism
(971) 336-3780

Laity Sunday gathering cancelled ...

posted Sep 3, 2016, 7:16 PM by Lance Gilbert

Due to changing availability of community leaders, the Sunday chanting has been cancelled.

Joya no Kane 12/31/15 & Hatsumaeri 1/1/16 services @ Henjyoji -- The New Year!

posted Dec 30, 2015, 1:10 PM by Lance Gilbert   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 1:11 PM ]


We will gather at 10pm on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 for a potluck dinner and the Joya no Kane (Tolling Bell Ceremony) service.

We will also gather at 10am on Friday, January 1st, 2016 for the Hatsumaeri service, followed by a potluck involving osechi (New Years food).

All are welcome to participate in celebrating the turning of the year!

Buddhist Henjyoji Temple
2634 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Kind Regards,

- Lance
VP, Board of Directors

Mochitsuki 2015, December 28th!

posted Dec 16, 2015, 12:46 PM by Lance Gilbert

The annual fundraiser community activity will be held on Monday, December 28th.  All are welcome to join in the festive productivity of mochitsuki at Henjyoji!

See the following link to volunteer signup and the link to order mochi.


Aki Matsuri 2015 - 75th Anniversary Saga Goryu! November 7th & 8th!!

posted Oct 26, 2015, 7:49 PM by Lance Gilbert   [ updated Dec 30, 2015, 1:12 PM ]


One of longest chapters of Saga Goyru Ikebana, Portland’s branch of Saga Goryu is celebrating its 75th anniversary, with a special Ikebana exhibition at Buddhist Henjyoji Temple, 2634 SE 12th Ave, Portland OR, 11/7-8/2015, from 10am-4pm. 

The ikebana demonstration will be performed by Etsuho Kakihana November 7, 11:00-11:30. We are honored to have Kakihana Etsuho, of Saga Goryu, Daikaku-ji in Kyoto, who has demonstrated Saga Goryu Ikebana, widely, in Japan and abroad.

Her mentor, Hasegawa, Kikushu, visited Portland, in 1968, as part of a U.S. tour,
titled "Visiting Ikebana Masters. Kakihana Sensei first visited Portland, five years ago, so we are especially pleased to welcome her back. Accompanying her on this visit are Shima Mitsuko, Kamimura Kazuko, Horii Setsuko and Umezu Michiko who are Haken Koshi or representatives of the School dispatched to workshops and demonstrations. 

Featuring local potters the late Yoshiro Ikeda, Ken Pincus, Motoko Hori, Chris Baskin, and Jan Rentenaar.

Yuu Kou 融光、(infusing light) is this year’s theme, derived from the names of the late Bishop Daiyu Henjyoji and Hoin Wakou Henjyoji, who started the chapter in 1940.

Guided by the past
Going forth with gratitude
Infusion of light!

Ikebana Exhibition and Demonstration
75th Anniversary Saga Goryu School
Exhibition:  Saturday/Sunday November 7-8, 10:00am-4:00pm
Demonstration: Saturday November 7, 11:00-11:30am

Buddhist Henjyoji Temple
2634 SE 12th Ave, Portland OR

Please direct inquiries to

Kind Regards,
- Lance
​ Gilbert​
VP, Board of Directors

"Do not follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought."

Lay Practice on Sundays!

posted Sep 1, 2015, 3:56 PM by Lance Gilbert

We have started a weekly lay practice on Sundays at 10:30am.  People interested in joining the practice of mantrayana - shin jou gon gyo are welcome to experience the meditative mantra chanting in a supportive, comfortable environment at Henjyoji.

Obon services 2015

posted Aug 8, 2015, 10:15 AM by Lance Gilbert

Henjyoji once again commemorated our friends, family, and other loved ones who have passed.  The service on 8/2 was part of our ongoing relationship with our sangha.  Namu Kako Shouryo.

Buddha Relic Tour 2015, an experience not to be forgotten!

posted Jul 31, 2015, 10:15 AM by Lance Gilbert

The Maitreya Loving Kindness Relic Tour was a huge success for Henjyoji and the Portland community in general.  The opening ceremony was diverse and inclusive and held great breadth and depth.  Attendees of the free public viewing represented an array of Buddhist sects, along with members of many other faiths.  The experience was loved and respected by all.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host the tour a second time.  We wish the tour continued success, harmony, and kindness as it prepares for a weekend in Vancouver, BC, next stop along it's continuous journey ...

Garden and Grounds Cleanup a Success! ありがとう!

posted Jul 24, 2015, 2:10 PM by Lance Gilbert

With the teamwork of serveral members of the Otera, we we able to complete the summer seasonal Garden and Grounds Cleanup at Henjyoji on 7/11!  Arigato!


Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project Update: Construction is Complete

posted Jul 5, 2015, 7:41 PM by Lance Gilbert

As part of the Tabor to the River Program, Environmental Services has completed construction on the Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project.


Project Benefits

The project replaced 3,800 feet of sewer pipe with an average age of 102 years. The project also constructed 24 green street planters and added two blocks of pervious paving that will keep 1.8 million gallons of stormwater out of the sewer system annually. These improvements help protect water quality, public health, and the environment by increasing the reliability and efficiency of our sewer system and reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses.


Tabor to the River

The Clinton Green Street and Sewer Project is part of the Tabor to the River Program, which combines innovative stormwater management techniques with sewer repairs and improvements to stop basement flooding, manage stormwater more naturally, and to restore watershed health. The program area extends from Mt. Tabor to the Willamette River between SE Hawthorne and SE Powell boulevards.


For More Information

Go to or contact Matt Gough. To see a short demonstration of pervious pavement at workclick here.  


Over the course of this project many neighbors have contacted us to ask questions, report concerns, and provide general comments and feedback. Thank you for your communication and cooperation during this important project.






Matt Gough

Community Outreach and Information

City of Portland Environmental Services

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000

Portland, Oregon 97204

Phone: 503-823-5352 l Cell Phone: 503-823-6622


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