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Rev. Blayne Higa discusses how the inclusive and affirming spirituality of Shin Buddhism serves as the foundation for his life and ministry.  Within the universal embrace of boundless wisdom and compassion how does understanding our imperfections help cultivate gratitude, acceptance, and resilience?

Rev. Higa is the Resident Minister of the Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies with a focus on Shin Buddhist ministry and chaplaincy.

This CLGS Lavender Lunch was recorded on 9 February 2021.


1. “All Beings Are Equally Embraced by Amida Buddha”: Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Same-sex Marriage in the United States.” Click here for this reading.

2. “I’m not ok and that’s ok.” Click here for this poem.

3. “In Dark Times, ‘Dirty Hands’ Can Still Do Good” is an essay from The New York Times that discusses the foundational thought of Shin Buddhist spirituality.” Click here for this reading.