OCBC Dharma Message on ‘Shohei Mandala’ Proves to Be a ‘Clean’ Hit

The unlikely combination of a Dharma message and its topic — the megapopular Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei “Shotime” Ohtani — has taken off with a life of its own, much like one of Ohtani’s legendary home runs at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.


Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra, in her virtual Sept. 26 Dharma message to the Orange County Buddhist Church Sangha, spoke on the topic of “Shohei Mandala: Repeated Practice Becomes a Good Habit.”


That Dharma message caught the attention of the OCBC and Vista Sanghas — and resonated with Los Angeles Times writer Gabriel San Román, who quoted and referred extensively to Rev. Dr. Wondra’s message in his Sunday, Oct. 3, Times story, “For Japanese Americans in Orange County, Shohei Ohtani is already their MVP.”