Live the Nembutsu: Help Us Prepare for the WBWC in 2019!
By Nancy Kimura and Nanette Nakamichi, FBWA Co-Presidents
As a member of the World Buddhist Women’s Federation, it is the honor and privilege of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations (FBWA) to host the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention (WBWC) this summer in San Francisco over the Labor Day Weekend. This international Jodo Shinshu gathering occurs in the BCA only once every twenty years! The WBWC is not limited to BWA members. The FBWA is pleased to invite all interested parties to attend and support this momentous event.
World Conventions are the only international gatherings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhists that include lay and clergy. We are looking forward to welcoming the Gomonshu, His Eminence Kojun Ohtani, along with over a thousand Jodo Shinshu followers from Japan, Hawaii, Canada, South America, and BCA. For BCA, September 1, 2019 also marks the 120th anniversary (September 1, 1899) of the arrival of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha’s first two kaikyoshiministers to the U.S. mainland, in San Francisco.
Our WBWC keynote speakers are Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi, resident minister of the Stockton Buddhist Temple, and Professor Keiko Toro, an independent Buddhist scholar.
Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi has 39 years of experience as a Jodo Shinshu minister in the United States and has spoken at BCA seminars and conferences as well as interfaith community events. Prof. Keiko Toro is a lecturer on Japanese Buddhism at Jin-ai University in Fukui, Japan. She was a research fellow at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in 2002 – 2003 and a keynote speaker at the 2013 Pacific Seminar presented by IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education. Both speakers are daughters of Jodo Shinshu ministers; both are fluent in English and Japanese.
In addition to the keynote presentations, the Convention will feature an exciting variety of multidisciplinary, interactive workshops exploring the theme, “Live the Nembutsu.”
The FBWA represents local BWA members and we are relying on broad support for this very auspicious convention. As the cost of hosting this major international event in San Francisco is quite formidable, FBWA is respectfully seeking financial support from the broader BCA community. The Arigato Obaachan (Thank You, Grandmother) project invites gifts of $20 to $1,000 or more. Donors’ names will be inscribed on bodhi leaves for display at the Convention. We envision a bodhi tree in full foliage on display at the Marriott next September, reflecting the gratitude, generosity, and Nembutsuwishes of many.
Your generous contribution for this once-in-a lifetime endeavor, along with other gifts, will ensure that we can host an inspirational and memorable experience for all who attend. Click here for more information and send your donation at your earliest convenience. Thank you very much for your support!