About Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha

Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha gathering for 10th anniversary

Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha 10th Anniversary

Welcome to the Las Vegas Sangha Buddhist Sangha Website. We are Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha group that meets the second Sunday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm. We are located at 4110 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89032. School age children are welcome to attend and are encouraged to join our Dharma Classes. Each month we have a different visiting minister who is assigned by Rev. Marvin Harada, Executive Assistant to Bishop Umezu. Yearly dues are only $20 per family.

As we approach our 4th decade of service to the Las Vegas community, we honor our members, friends and visitors, past and present.  Here is our story from the beginning:

December, 1984   Organizational meeting held at home of George & Chiyo Goto, with Bishop Seigen Yamaoka and BCA president, Jim Komura present as advisors.  20 others attended.

December, 1984 to February, 1985   Monthly services were held at home of Bill and Janet Sakahara. Monthly budget was $175 (orei and airfare).  Room and board provided by Fred and Hana Fukumoto.

February 13, 1985   Stockton Buddhist Temple donated a beautiful obutsudan at their yearly BCA Council Meeting held in Sacramento.  L.V. Sangha members.were present to accept, and transported the obutsudan to the home of Fred and Hana Fukumoto, where monthly Sangha services were held until December, 1988.

1985   Bill Sakahara was elected first president.

April 26, 1985  Coinciding with Hanamatsuri, Nubutsu shiki was held.  Bishop Yamaoka and Rev. Hiroto officiated.  Wayne Tanaka and Bill Sakahara built the hanamido, which is still in use today.

April 26, 1985  Coinciding with Hanamatsuri, Nubutsu shiki was held.  Bishop Yamaoka and Rev. Hiroto officiated.  Wayne Tanaka and Bill Sakahara built the hanamido, which is still in use today.

July 4, 1985  Received a grant from BCA.  First fundraiser held selling raffle tickets for a TV.  Drawing was held at Bill Sakahara’s home.

July 18, 1985  First Obon Service was conducted by Rev. Akio Miyaji.

Dec. 19, 1985  Adoption of first By-Laws; election of officers for 1986; approved yearly dues of $15.00 per family.  Objectives outlined: Continue regular scheduled monthly services; special events, such as Hanamatsuri and Obon; provide services such as weddings, funerals, memorials and possible Dharma school.

Feb.27, 1986  Memorial tribute conducted for the late astronaut, Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka, a fellow Shin Buddhist.

August 29, 1987  First joint service with San Diego ABA members at the Heritage Square.

October 15, 1987  Seattle Fujinkai members (11) were guests at our service.

August 19, 1988  Second joint meeting with San Diego ABA members.

December, 1988  First service held at new rental location at Heritage Square Clubhouse.  Rental fee: $75.00.

August 12, 1989  To subsidize the Sangha treasury, and following Rev. Arthur Takemoto’s suggestion, a very successful first Obon Festival and raffle was held in the Gold Room of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

August, 1990 to August, 1995  Annual Obon Festivals were held at the Zelzah Shriners’ Temple.

February, 1991  Co-hosted Western Adult Buddhist League Conference (WABL) at the California Hotel and Casino.

July, 1992   Happi coats with Las Vergas Buddhist Sangha log available.

February 6, 1993   Co-hosted WABL Conference held at California Hotel and Casino. Fred and Hana Fukumoto received Bishop’s Award.

March, 1995  $4,360 sent to Kobe Earthquake Relief Fund.

April, 1995  Refurbished and re-varnished obutsudan.

November 17, 1995   10th  Anniversary celebration held at San Remo Hotel.

August, 1996 to Present  Obon Festivals held at Cimarron Memorial High School.

February, 1997  Co-hosted WABL Conference at California Hotel and Casino.  Sumiko Cann, Sally Hanagami, Sueno Migaki, Dr. Caryl Suzuki, Mariko Ushiroda, Sadako Wanless received Bishop’s Awards.

February 6, 1999   Hosted 50th WABL Conference at California Hotel and Casino. Rosie Kakuuchi, Sadie Kasamoto, June Maruyama, Myrtle Noguchi, Roy Suzuki, Wayne Tanaka received Bishop’s Awards.

Feb. 11, 2000  Co-hosted WABL Conference at California Hotel and Casino.

June 16, 2000   Choir group (12) from Pearl City Hongwanj Mission were guests. The choir entertained us with many songs.  Their minister assisted Rev. Ben Mayeda conduct our service.

January 20, 2002  Dr. Ken Inada conducted the first class on “Introductory  Course in Buddhism,” followed by lectures on development of Zen and Daoism.  Lectures were opened to the public.

February 3, 2002   Co-hosted WABL Conference at California Hotel and Casino.  Tom Hanagami and Mits Kodama received Bishop’s Award.

May, 2002  A successful First Annual Buddhist Sangha Golf Tournament was held, initiated by Paul Sakamoto.

February 16, 2003  Monthly service time changed to Sundays, 2:00 p.m.

February, 2003  $1,000 was approved for the restoration and preservation of the Hongwanji Founder’s Hall structure in Kyoto.

May 16, 2004  Monthly service time changed to Sundays, 10:00 a.m.

January 15, 2005  20th Anniversary Celebration  at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.

February 20, 2005    Rev. Ron Kobata chosen to serve as Supervising Minister.

August 27, 2005  $500 approved for the Los Angeles Betsuin’s 1OOth  Year Celebration.

February 19, 2006  $5,000 donated to “Campaign BCA -The 21st Century”

April 7, 2007   Approved establishment of first website for Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha.

Sept. 16, 2007  $225 to subsidize purchase of 15 “American Pastime” DVD for high schools in Clark County.

January, 2008    Monthly services changed to 2nd Sunday at 10:00 a.m. January service held at the JACL Activity Center.