Mary Foster Appreciation Service with Bodhi Tree Dedication (Honolulu)

Event details

  • Sunday | December 15, 2019
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813 (enter parking from Lusitana St.)

looking up to backlit bodhi tree leaves showing capillary structure

Special Bodhi Tree Dedication
for Mary Mikahala Foster

On Sunday, December 15 at 10 am, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Hawaii Betsuin, and Maha Bodhi Hawaii will hold a special service at the Hawaii Betsuin temple to remember and appreciate the many contributions of Mary Elizabeth Mikahala Robinson Foster to Buddhism and especially Hongwanji in Hawaii.

Venerable (Rev.) Ayya Vimala of Maha Bodhi Hawaii and Bishop Eric Matsumoto will speak on the legacy of Mary Foster to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and in Hawaii. A special Bodhi tree will be dedicated to Mary Mikahala Foster to perpetuate our gratitude for her generosity of spirit and support.

The Maha Bodhi Society was founded by Sri Lankan Anagarika Dharmapala and English journalist/poet Sir Edwin Arnold in 1891 to restore the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, the site of the famed bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama meditated to become the enlightened Buddha, and the Buddhist teachings in India.

Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist temple location
Note: Access to the temple campus is from Lusitana Street, not Pali Highway.

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