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The ABCs of Buddhism: Universal Teachings (Part 4 of 4)

  • Kailua Hongwanji Mission 268A Kuulei Road Kailua, HI, 96734 United States (map)

What is Buddhism? Learn the terminology, concepts, and history of “original” Buddhism and understand the common source of all Buddhist paths and the connection to the Jodo Shinshu path. Why do people “take refuge” in Buddhism?

Designed for those new to Buddhism, this course covers the fundamental aspects of Buddhism. Through the study of its foundational elements - teachings, rituals, and stories - this course introduces the various beliefs and practices of one of the world’s major religions. Portions o the PBS documentary, the Buddha,” will be used to enhance understanding.

Course Learning Opportunities

By the end of the course we will have had the opportunity to:

  • Comprehend the historical context for and development of the Buddhist tradition.

  • Examine the basic beliefs and practices of Buddhism.

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for the unity and diversity of the various paths in Buddhism.

Class Pre-requisites

None. Bring your questions for informal discussion.

About the Instructors

Rev. Bert Sumikawa: Minister of Kailua Hongwanji Mission, a Shin Buddhist Temple

Dexter Mar: Minister Lay Assistant and Buddhist Study Center Program Chair

Keilji Kukino: Minister Lay Assistant, Kailua Hongwanji Mission

Saturdays at 9:30 - 11:00 am, October 6, 13, 20, & 27

Kailua Hongwanji Mission, 268A Kuulei Road, Kailua

$20 per person, due at 1st class in cash or preferably by check made out to the “HHMH” (Tuition assistance and scholarships are available.)





Contact Rev. Sumikawa (808 492-7254 or email:

Earlier Event: October 21
Family Service
Later Event: October 28
Remembrance Day Service