Dear Hongwanji Community:
Pacific Buddhist Academy big news to share! Thanks to a pledge of 250,000,000 yen (about 2 million dollars) from the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha and support from you and many temples, affiliate organizations and laypeople of the Hawaii Kyodan and other friends, PBA has reached a major milestone in our journey toward a new school building! We look to break ground on our future site during the winter holiday. The groundbreaking represents growth and promise as the new facility will enable the size of the student body to increase to at least 120 and will allow numerous education programs to expand.
To celebrate this auspicious occasion with you, here is a glimpse of PBA’s building design concept. Classrooms, a science lab, a tea ceremony room and other design features were all developed by keeping in mind how learning in the 21st century can best accommodate new generations of practitioners of peace.
We are truly grateful for your support! Your generosity has helped us guide more students toward the practice of peace and brought us much closer to our vision of PBA’s future. We’ve reached an important next step, but there are a few more to climb, and we hope we can count on you to reach them. We anticipate a new surge in fundraising with the pledge from Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, and we urge you to consider giving additional support. As our dream becomes a reality, we’ll keep you informed of new milestones achieved.
Join us for the rest of the journey! Since unveiling our new educational model to families in 2003, PBA has successfully shown how an integration of peace education and Buddhist values transforms lives. Together, we have sustained a school where students aspire to academic excellence while learning such values as mindfulness, gratitude, and compassion. Now let’s ensure that light shines brightly into the future. We invite you to call or write us if you would like more information.
Josh Hernandez Morse & Rudiger Ruckmann