Ministerial Movement

There was some movement among ministers this year in Canada. Two ministers, both Canadians, will make their homes in two new cities.
First, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada is happy to welcome Rev. Christina Yanko to the Toronto Buddhist Church in Ontario. Rev. Yanko is originally from Claresholm, Alberta. She was recruited by the late Rev. Dr. Leslie Kawamura while she was studying with him at the University of Calgary.

She is currently working towards completing her PhD on the development of Pure Land Sutras in 1st century CE at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She completed her Kyoshi certification in Kyoto in 2012.

She and her husband David have a young son named Atticus.

Rev. Yanko joins Rev. Tomofumi Fujii at the Toronto Buddhist Church.

Almost simultaneously, Rev. Michael Hayashi leaves Toronto and transfers to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rev. Hayashi was at the Toronto Buddhist Church for over two years. Wanting to be closer to home (B.C.), Rev. Hayashi has accepted a reassignment to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple. He will be under the guidance of Rev. Fredrich Ulrich.

Like many Japanese-Canadians, he grew up in a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist home. His grandfather, with whom he lived, was the lay-minister at the Thunder Bay Buddhist Church. This connection would become the roots for his future.

In 1992, Rev. Hayashi attended Lakehead University receiving an Honours Bachelors of Arts (English) and Education (Ontario Teacher’s Certificate).

With the encouragement of his family, Rev. Hayashi went to Kyoto, Japan to study at Ryokoku University in 1997 where he received a Master of Arts in Jodo Shinshu Theology. Rev. Hayashi has been a minister at several Canadian temples in his career.

Both ministers are excited for the challenge and the opportunity. If you are a member of either congregation, please lend them your full support.


Saturday's Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Buddhist Church was honoured to have hosted the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada from April 29-May 1, 2011. The weekend event provided many challenges for the delegates to address and resolve. The solutions will allow the organization to proceed with renewed and re-energized vigour in walking the path of the Dharma.

Rev. Grant Ikuta becomes the first Canadian-born Socho or Bishop (Head Minister). He follows his father, Reverend Susumu Kyojo Ikuta who became the Bishop in 1998. Socho Grant Ikuta will also continue to serve his congregation at the Steveston Buddhist Temple in Vancouver.

Newly-elected Bishop, Grant Ikuta (front row, middle)

President, David Ohori and Board of Directors for 2011

Choir for the delegation to Shinran 750th Memorial in Kyoto

Thanks to our hosts for providing a home, away from home in which you could still feel and share in the embrace of Amida. We look forward to meeting our Dharma friends again in Winnipeg next year.

The Changing Role of Women In Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

"Women who remain in lay life should realize and never entertain the slightest doubt that those who, without any calculation, deeply rely on Amida Buddha single-mindedly and unwaveringly, entrusting themselves to the Buddha for their emancipation in the after life, will all be saved." -Letters of Rennyo, 5-3

Rennyo Shonin wrote this letter after the death of both wife, Eshinni (above) and daughter, Kakushinni.

Invitation to a Public Lecture 

The Changing Role of Women In Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
by Rev. Patricia Kanaya Usuki
Author "Currents of Change:  American Buddhist Women Speak Out on Jodo Shinshu" and of the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Panel Discussion
Rev. Patti Nakai, Buddhist Temple of Chicago & Buddhist  Educational Centre  
Prof. Jeff Wilson, East Asian Studies, University of Waterloo, Author: "Buddhist Guide to New York"

Saturday October 18, 1:00pm  

Toronto Buddhist Church
1011 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON
         (one block East of Downsview Subway  Station) 

For more information, call 416-534-4302

Coming Soon on DVD...

In order to have all temples enjoy prominent speakers of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, the LDC has requested the Steveston and Vancouver Buddhist Temples to record the lectures of Sensei LaVerne Sasaki formerly of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco in September.

The Toronto Buddhist Temple, hosted Professor Duncan Williams from the University of California, Berkeley in September. Both lectures were recorded and will also be made available in the near future.