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Honpa Hongwanji Lay Associations Convention to Feature BCA’s Stambul

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

The Hawaii State Federation of Honpa Hongwanji Lay Associations will be holding its 58th annual convention on Sept. 10-11.


This convention offers an opportunity to bring together lay members of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii to discuss key issues and opportunities facing island temples.

The keynote address for the convention will be delivered by Richard Stambul, past president of the Buddhist Churches of America. The topic of Mr. Stambul’s talk will be “Shin Buddhism: A Response to Anti-Asian Racism and Hate in 21st Century America.”


While registered convention participants will hear Stambul’s talk via the Zoom virtual platform, Lay Convention planners would also like to give non-registered individuals an opportunity to listen to his talk as well. Stambul’s talk will be livestreamed on YouTube. To access his talk, go to: Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii's YouTube channel


The livestream of Stambul’s keynote address will begin at 9:15 a.m. HST (Hawaii Standard Time) on Saturday, Sept. 11. If you are not able to view his talk at that time, his message will be available for future viewing on YouTube.


Stambul was a foot soldier during the Civil Rights Movement, a past President of the Buddhist Churches of America, and a lawyer with a career focus on issues of social justice. He will ask you to be courageous in your thinking, to dare to see a Shin Buddhist path that calls out to you to confront the anti-Asian racism and hate we find in 21st century America, and how we use love, and not hate, to confront this racism and elevate ourselves in the process.

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