2009 YAC YLT Conference

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February 27 – March 1, 2009 Irvine Hyatt Regency Irvine, CA

By Kristyne Wada

“They are not the future of BCA. They are the present leaders of BCA.” At the Young Leaders Today (YLT) Conference at the BCA National Council Meeting in Irvine, California, Youth Advocacy Committee (YAC) Chairman, Richard Odagawa, spoke of the Youth Minister’s Assistants and the other young adult leaders from Junior and Senior YBAs as the BCA’s leaders of today. ...

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2009 YAC YLT Conference

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February 27 – March 1, 2009 Irvine Hyatt Regency Irvine, CA

By Kat Hirayanagi


YLT Conference 2009 The Youth Leaders Today (YLT) Conference took place over a span of three days at the BCA National Council Meeting in Irvine, California. The ...

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2008 CYBA College Conference

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October 24-26, 2008 Jodo Shinshu Center Berkeley, CA

On Friday, October 24 th, myself and about 30 other college-aged delegates, flew, drove, and walked over to the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley for the annual College Conference, “The Dharma Bums,” based on Jack Kerouac’s ...

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2008 YMA Hawaii Trip

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Reflections of Hawaii

The Week That Was by Samantha Nitta

As you may already know, the BCA Youth Ministers Assistants recently embarked on a journey with the mission of trying to find a new understanding in the world of Buddhism, learn about the Hawaii Kyodan, and also to spread the success of our programs to other Sanghas. We spent 8 days in Hawaii on the island of Oahu visiting various temples and we met ...

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2008 YMA Hawaii Trip

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Reflections of Hawaii

Bed & Breakfast by David Fukunaga

One part of the Hawaii trip that I’ll never forget is the Bed and Breakfast that we utilized as our showering facilities and advisor sleeping quarters while we lived out of Waialua Hongwanji. Every night and every morning, since there were no showers at the temple, we were shuttled four or five at a time to this house to take a shower. The girls showered ...

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2008 YMA Hawaii Trip

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Reflections of Hawaii

Expectations going it and coming out by Grant Saito

When I first learned about this retreat to Hawaii I was doubtful that it would be as intensive as a “normal” retreat because we only had one minister as a supervisor. Once I arrived in Hawaii however this retreat would become a grueling nine days that included four dharma lectures, over fifteen YAC led services, trips to seven temples, as well as ...

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