Nembutsu Seminar: “Diversity & Acceptance in Buddha’s Vow” with Rev. Ko’e A. Umezu

August 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
In person at BSC and online via Zoom

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Honolulu & Oahu Hongwanji Councils & Office of Buddhist Education Nembutsu Seminar

“Diversity & Acceptance in Buddha’s Vow”
with Rev. Ko’e A. Umezu,
West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple

Saturday, August 12, 2023
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

At the Buddhist Study Center and online via Zoom
(see registration link below)

Seminar Description

Join us to reflect on what diversity and acceptance means within The Fundamental Vow of Amida Buddha (Hon-gan). The seminar will feature a screening of “A Profound Silence” which was produced by Gardena Buddhist Church Ichi-Mi, followed by a group discussion.


9:00am Welcome/Opening by emcee (5 min)
9:05-9:50am Rev. Umezu’s presentation/Ichi-Mi project & video (45 min)
9:50-10:20am Video: “A Profound Silence” (30 min)
10:20-10:30am Break (10 min)
10:30-11:00am Breakout Group Discussion (30 min)
11:00-11:25am Q&A and *Breakout Group lead share group’s discussion highlight (25 min)
11:25am Closing/Mahalo (5 min)
11:30am Seminar concludes

About Our Speaker

Rev. Ko’e A. Umezu is an assistant minister and Community Outreach Coordinator at the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple. She currently resides in Torrance, CA, with her spouse, Marie Miyashiro. Rev. Umezu and Marie are co- presidents of Ichi-Mi, an organization of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists dedicated to providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ identifying people within the Sangha, their family members, and allies, in order to create conditions for everyone to safely hear the Nembutsu teaching.

Donations Welcome!

Donations will be given to the Ichi-Mi Project. Check payable to Gardena Buddhist Church (include Ichi-Mi project in memo line) and mail to: Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 W. 166th St, Gardena, CA 90247.


Registration is free. Registration Deadline: Saturday, August 5.

Online Registration Link

OR print the event flyer and fill out and mail the form at the bottom of the flyer.

QUESTIONS? Call the Mililani Hongwanji Office (808) 625-0925.

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