A Buddhist Symposium

Wisdom & Compassion At the End of Life: A Buddhist Symposium

  • How can we face the death of a loved one?
  • How does understanding dying help those who must care for their elders and those who have lost dear ones?  What are some Buddhist approaches and practices to deal with these most trying times?

Friday & Saturday
March 9 & 10, 2012

Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
Annex Temple
1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu

Keynote speaker: Dr. Carl Becker is a Professor at the Kyoto University Graduate School, Kokoro Research Center and Department of Human and Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative East-West Philosophy from the University of Hawaii in 1981 as an East-West Center Grantee.

Registration cost: $30

For more information about the Symposium call the Buddhist Study Center at 973-6555 or:

Email: bscassist@honpahi.org

Parking is available both in front of and behind the temple. For those who have never been there before; you may want to enter from the back entrance on Lusitana St. rather than Pali Hwy which is always busy.


Friday March 9, starting at 6:00pm
Registration & Refreshments
6:30    Opening-Bishop Matsumoto
6:45    Intro to panel – Dr. Carl Becker “Approaches to End of Life Care from Different Buddhist
  • Moderator – Dr Pat Masters. The panel will consist of: Theravadan–
  • Dr Than Huynh, M.D. and Vipassana practioner, Tibetan –
  • Lama Rinchen Karma, Head Lama at the Tibetan Temple, Kagyu Thegchon Ling Temple, Chinese
  • Venerable Hung Shih Abbess Yi of the Hawaii Buddhist Cultural Society, Japanese
  • Rev Tatsuo Muneto, Rimban of the Honpa Hawaii Hongwanji Betsuin
8:15    Questions and Discussion
8:35    Break
8:45    Sharing of Personal Experiences
9:45    Summary and Wrap Up
Saturday morning, March 10
7:30am Registration & Refreshments
8:00 Chant Shoshinge in Hondo
8:30 Keynote Presentation – Dr. Carl Becker

9:50 Session I – Spiritual Care breakout sessions:
    1a. Hospice Care
        Rev. Clarence Liu, Chaplin Hospice Hawaii
        Rev. Shigenori Makino, Retired Minister, Honpa Hawaii Hongwanji Betsuin
    1b. Palliative Care – "Taboos, Barriers, and a Good Death"- The Role of Clergy in Palliatve Care
        Dr. Naomi Morita, M.D. Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
        Rev Yoshiaki Fujitani, Retired Bishop, Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii
    1c. Bereavement –
        Rev. Darcy Ing, PsyD, Counseling and Spiritual Care Center of Hawaii
        Rev. Earl Ikeda, Minister of Moiliili Hongwanji Mission

11:10 Session II – 2a, 2b, 2c same rooms as Session I.
 Participants to change rooms

12:25 Lunch

1:30pm Session III – Breakout sessions:
   3a. Advanced Care Planning and Health Directives
         Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kokua Mau, Hawaii Hospice & Palliative Care Org.
   3b. Japanese Traditions and End of Life Issues
          Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki, Director of the Buddhist Study Center
   3c. Raising Consciousness at the Moment of Death, a Tibetan Buddhist Approach
        Dr. Pat Masters, President of the Hawaii Assn. of International Buddhists
    4d. Current Programs for compassionate Care (Project Dana)
        Rose Nakamura, Director of Project Dana

2:55 Session IV – Whole group Summary – Next Steps

3:30 Summary – Dr. Carl Becker

4:00 Close

Sponsored by:  The Buddhist Study Center and the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists