Venice Is Creating Its Own ‘Virtual Sangha’

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

“Although we are physically apart for now, we will continue to practice compassion and stay connected together.”

— Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Resident Minister Rev. Kory Quon’s Obon Dharma message to Keiro members

By Jerry Iseda

Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple continues to look for creative ways to keep its Sangha and community engaged during the pandemic.

The temple’s latest venture is the creation of a “virtual Sangha” — custom cutouts (produced by sports merchandiser Fathead) of temple members and friends in Dharma that are placed in the temple’s Hondo. It is providing a means for people to “attend” services while the shelter in place remains in effect.