Saturday, April 6: Nurturing Mind and Body at BSC’s Spring Festival!

BSC Spring Festival 2024 04/06/24 featured image

On Saturday, April 6, 2024, the Buddhist Study Center will host our first ever Spring Festival grand re-opening of the BSC to the larger Manoa/Moiliili/McCully/Makiki community.

BSC Spring Festival 04/06/24, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Nurturing Mind and Body (flyer image)

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The purpose of this event is to showcase the Hongwanji and BSC offerings to the community and increase awareness of the facility to encourage participation and use. Everyone — students, faculty, community members, and families — is welcome!

Here are some event highlights:

  • Live entertainment in the BSC parking at 9:30 a.m. to kick off the event.
  • Booths with food, games, and activities hosted by various Hongwanji-affiliated groups. Notable activities include a travelling bookstore by Honpa Hongwanji, Matcha with a Minister talk story teatime with Rev. Bert Sumikawa and Rev. Blayne Nakasone Sakata, flower arranging with Irene Nakamoto, and children’s activities by Debbie Kubota and Susan Oshiro.
  • Emi Hashi, the Youth Specialist for Honpa Hongwanji, will also lead a Buddha in Your Pocket mini butsudan craft for students and community members to take home and set up a reflection space of their own.

We hope to encourage new members to join the Buddhist Study Center Fellowship Club.

The following health and wellness workshops will be held upstairs in the BSC lecture hall:

  • 10 a.m.: Coping skills workshop with Rev. David Nakamoto
  • 11 a.m.: Yoga class with Lisa Yanagi (Lisa holds weekly classes at the BSC)
  • 12 p.m.: Healthful cooking with Carolyn Uchiyama and Wahiawa Blue Zones
  • 1 p.m.: Bokashi composting, a healthy living workshop with Chikako Nago

The workshops are centered around our Spring Festival theme of “Nurturing Mind and Body,” and are aligned with our Hongwanji Buddhist values of mindfulness, reflection, and interdependence.

We hope that those on Oahu will attend our inaugural event. Attendees will receive a free eco bag and reusable cup (while supplies last).

Parking:  Available at the UH Manoa parking structure (for approximately $5 per day), or street parking may be available in the area. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation if possible.

For questions or more information about the event, contact [email protected].

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