Mark Diamond 's Interreligious Experience And Engagement Class Essay

1526 WordsOct 19, 20167 Pages
In Rabbi Diamond’s Interreligious Experience and Engagement class, I have learned how to show respect and appreciation for all beliefs and religions across the world. In just Los Angeles alone, there countless religions practiced. It is important to educate oneself about other religions to understand the world around us, while also strengthening our own faiths. Most of the semester, we have focused on the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths and how to show interfaith relations between the two. On October 10 at 9:30 AM, for my interfaith field experience, I took the time to visit Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist Temple in Culver City, California at “12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City, California 90230”. I thought it would be interesting to visit a place of worship much different from what we have studied in class thus far. This unique temple is the 61st temple of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) and is one of fifteen BCA temples in the Southern District. The Buddhist Churches of America represent a specific denomination of the Buddhist religion known as Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, a religion originally founded in Kyoto, Japan. The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has a rich history, spanning over the course of fifty years. Though the temple and its followers date earlier, this Culver City Temple was founded in the early 1960s. The Temple was founded in the late 1950s as a missionary project by the Los Angeles Betsuin and was originally two houses on Culver
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