Welcome Reverend Yamagishi
Nice to meet you! I am Reverend Masanari Yamagishi.
I am happy to be assigned 4 temples in Hawaii District. This is my first assignment in Hawaii. I hope to see you all members at the church and online as soon as possible. We have some difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I believe we are always connecting each other with the teaching of the Nembutsu. I would like to spend a wonderful time with all of members at the temple service and fundraising event, and recite the Nembutsu together under the guidance of Amida Buddha’s Wisdom and Compassion.
I am from Toyama prefecture in Japan and am the third son of a temple family. I received Tokudo ordination at the age of 18. After I graduated from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, I worked as an office worker in a company in Toyama. However, after I experienced the loss of family members, I changed my mind and the incident led me to a period of trying to find myself and to understand what was happening in my life. It was at that point that I returned to a life of studying, and I decided to become a minister.
In 2018, I got my first assignment, which was to be a resident minister of Buddhist Church of Lodi and a supervising minister of Walnut Grove Buddhist Church in California. I transferred from BCA to Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in February 2020. I completed the training program at Hawaii Betsuin until the end of July, and I was under HQ, and now I am assigned to Kamuela Hongwanji, Honokaa Hongwanji, Kohala Hongwanji and Paauilo Hongwanji from May 1, 2021.
See you soon! Thank you.
Reverend Masanari Yamagishi