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.
Please Send Your Obon Prayer Requests
July 28, 2020
Obon (Japanese), or Ullambana (Sanskrit), is a Buddhist celebration for the deceased. The tradition has a long history with symbolism borrowed from Indo-Iranian beliefs about the afterlife. As Buddhism travelled across East Asia, it encountered existing celebrations and memorial practices for the deceased. Buddhism brought these traditions to Japan, where the celebration became known as Obon.
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.
If you would like your loved ones commemorated in this Obon celebration, please fill out the form linked below and make a request by Aug. 6.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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
The HSBT Board
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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:
HSBT Communications Director and Board Secretary