Buddhists Celebrate Bodhi Day in HI

December 4, 2004

Source: Honolulu Star Bulletin


On December 4, 2004 Honolulu Star Bulletin reported, "members of seven Buddhist denominations will celebrate the founding of their religion tomorrow in a Bodhi Day service that is open to the public... The Rev. Jion Donald Prosser, an American who studied Buddhism in Japan and was ordained in the Tendai sect, will be the guest speaker. Now a resident of Minnesota, he conducts seminars on Buddhism throughout the United States. An exhibit of drawings, ink and brush paintings, and clay images of the Buddha made by Pacific Buddhist Academy ninth-graders will be on display following the service. Local ceramics artist Hideo Okino joined instructors in the art program intended to 'deepen their understanding of the various Buddhas and the Buddha, thereby deepening their hope and faith.' The first Buddhist high school in the United States, the academy opened last year on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission School grounds in Nuuanu."