Unique Buddhist Prep School to Graduate its First Class

May 14, 2007

Author: Alexandre Da Silva

Source: The Star Bulletin


A Honolulu high school that mixes Buddhist teachings of peace into its curriculum is graduating its first class on Friday.

The Pacific Buddhist Academy, the only Shin Buddhist college preparatory school in the country, educates 60 students who must agree to take judo, kendo and play taiko drums to enroll.

Four years after the school opened, 14 academy seniors will receive their degrees in a ceremony at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin temple.

The service will include Buddhist chanting led by the students, who will receive a "shikisho," a piece of brocaded fabric worn around the neck, in recognition of their engagement in the dharma, or cosmic order.