Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple

Welcome to the

Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple

Our Mission is to provide support to all congregants in achieving their desired personal and spiritual potential through Shingon Buddhism. Additionally, the Japanese Cultural Academy fosters the study and practice of traditional and evolving Japanese arts.


Important announcements are posted below, but not all of our news is on this page. Please follow our newsletter feed for regular updates: https://sites.google.com/view/shingon-pdx/news.

For the latest temple updates, please sign up for our newsletter: bit.ly/33Er2BH and follow us on Facebook. You can also visit our classes page and our calendar page on this website.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email secretary@shingonpdx.org.

New Class: Introduction to Buddhism

Oct. 3 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Introduction to Buddhism class. This class is biweekly and the next one is Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-buddhism-shingon-concepts-tickets-123943330839

PDX JACL Black Lives Matter Panel

Sept. 24, 2020

UPDATE: View the archived video of the panel discussion on the Portland Japanese American Citizen League's Facebook Page (click the image to the left).

Black Lives Matter Event

And Why We Need to be Involved: A Nikkei Community Conversation

Sept. 24, 2020

UPDATE: View the archived video of the panel discusson on the Portland Japanese American Citizen League's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PDXJACL/videos/607961949900099

Sept. 11, 2020

The head minister of our temple, Rev. Kosho Finch, will be speaking on a panel about Black Lives Matter in collaboration with the Japanese American community, Sept. 19. The event is hosted by Portland Japanese American Citizens League.

From the Portland JACL:

Today, communities are coming together to rise up against injustices. What is the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement? Where do Japanese Americans fit in? Join the Portland JACL for this virtual event to hear from community members about why the BLM movement is necessary and how it affects the Nikkei community. We will have time for Q&A after the panel.

When: Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where/How: Zoom – Registration is required to receive the link for the Zoom event. You can submit questions for the panel in advance during registration. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 18 at https://tinyurl.com/Nikkei4BLM

New Class: Qigong

Sept. 8, 2020

Thank you to everyone who offered feedback to help us determine next steps for adding a Qigong Meditation cohort. Class starts this Sunday the 13th. Please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qigong-meditation-tickets-120140570681

Video: Obon Prayers

Aug. 9, 2020

During Obon, we remember and honor those who came before us and express our gratitude for their lives and efforts by offering prayers, recitations of Buddhist texts, and sharing merit from spiritual practice.

Racial Justice Event

July 14, 2020

The Henjyoji temple community, led by its founders, Bishop Daiju and Rev. Wako Henjyoji endured the indignities of the internment camps during WWII.

This resilient group faced extreme racial and religious discrimination upon re-entry into the American society at the close of the war. Against all odds, the Henjyoji Temple made amazing inroads to integrate with their local predominantly Judeo-Christian and non-Asian societies through sharing Japanese arts such as Ikebana, Bonsai, Tea Ceremony and dance. This offering fostered peace and healing over time and brought people together in a unique way.

We invite you to reflect on the Japanese American history related to the temple and our community via a free virtual event hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University on July 15 at 6 p.m. PST.

For more information and to RSVP, go to: Barriers to Re-entry: the Racial Exclusion of Japanese Americans in Postwar Portland

Online Classes

July 10, 2020

We've added information on our online classes to this website. Please visit our page on the Dharma Talk series and Buddhism in Film.

How You Can Support Black Lives Matter and Affect Social Change

June 6, 2020

Many members of our diverse community have asked how they can support Black Lives Matter and fight against anti-Blackness and racism. Not everyone is capable of demonstrating in protests on the frontline, but you can support in other ways: educate yourself on Anti-blackness and racism and don't rely on Communities of Color to tell you how to do so, commit to an ongoing practice of equity and inclusion, donate to organizations that support Black Lives Matter and anti-racism, support Black-owned businesses, contact your elected officials, and vote. These are just some ways you can participate in social change and social justice right now. The Portland Japanese American Citizens League recently shared a list (scroll down) of places to donate to and petitions to sign demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and we strongly encourage supporting them. There are also lists of articles, books, podcasts, films and other multimedia that can help you educate yourself. We encourage you to look into those and find something that resonates with you.

Resources for our community

These resources are only a few examples of many that are widely available.

For the white members of our congregation: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/how-white-people-can-talk-to-each-other-about-disrupting-racism

For our members who identify as non-Black People of Color: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/our-role-as-non-black-people-of-color-in-disrupting-racism

Self-care Tips for African American and Black People in our community: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/coping-with-discrimination-guide

Resources shared from the Portland Japanese American Citizens League

Donate to a local Black-led fund or organizations.

Black Resilience Fund

Provides direct support to Black Portlanders so they have an opportunity for some healing in the wake of a painful month.


Don’t Shoot PDX

Advocates for marginalized communities through social justice art and free legal resources.


Portland African American Leadership Forum

Helps the Black community imagine the alternatives the community deserves and build the civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.


Urban League of Portland

One of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.


Demand Justice for:

George Floyd - Text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the petition

Breonna Taylor - Sign the petition: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforbre-breonna-taylor-officers-fired

Ahmaud Arbery - Text JUSTICE to 55156 to sign the petition

View the full JACL statement: http://www.pdxjacl.org/portland-jacl-in-solidarity-with-black-lives/

Thank you for supporting this vital movement. We can and will stand together. Black Lives Matter.

We Offer Online Events

May 22, 2020

As a participant in the Stay Home, Save Lives order in Oregon, the Henjyoji Shingon Buddhist Temple closed its physical doors, but we have opened up new avenues for connection.

The Thursday evening Dharma Talk classes with Kosho Finch Sensei have moved to an online format. We're also offering a class on Buddhism in Film. If you are interested in attending these events, please follow us on Facebook or email events@shingonpdx.org for updates.

Please also visit the classes webpage:

Important Messages From HSBT

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear HSBT Community,

Our communities - locally, nationally and abroad - are all navigating a public health crisis.

The temple board prioritizes the health and safety of our community, and with this in mind, we've carefully considered options for upcoming events. We met last night and decided to cancel all temple events scheduled in March. We will notify our members of any changes to April events as we learn more from state and local authorities. Please check your email, our website or Facebook page for updates.

Our decision is consistent with local and state recommendations to postpone or cancel events and in-person meetings to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Please take precautions to stay healthy. Here is a list of resources for guidance.

CDC guidelines: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

CDC info on COVID-19: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 webpage: oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx

Multnomah County FAQs: multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-faq

With gratitude,

The HSBT Board


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Greetings Sangha,

In light of the local messaging around novel coronavirus COVID-19 and social gatherings, we're informing you that dharma talk will resume tonight. Although the temple is open to everyone, we ask that you stay home if you have novel coronavirus COVID-19 or cold/flu symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. The temple board will meet tonight to discuss options for future temple events. The health and safety of the sangha/community is our top priority. We will send updates about events periodically on FB, our website and via our newsletter. Again, thank you for your patience and support.

Please visit the Multnomah County FAQs for more information on the novel coronavirus COVID-19: https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-faq

Also be sure to stay informed of the CDC guidelines:


Thank you,

Jaime Dunkle

HSBT Communications Director and Board Secretary

Our website is currently under construction.

Thank you for your patience.