Religion Briefs

Naikan method taught in lectures and at 5-day retreat

The Naikan method of introspection and meditation will be taught in lectures and a retreat next month in Hawaii.

The structured method of self-reflection was formulated in Japan 50 years ago by Buddhist minister Ishin Yoshimoto.

Speaking here will be David Reynolds, director of the Constructive Living Institute, and the Rev. Mari Sengoku, a Naikan therapist and director of the Office of Buddhist Education of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Sengoku said the method is used in mental health counseling and rehabilitation but is also "a source of self-illumination for mentally healthy people."

June 10 is the deadline for reservations for the Naikan retreat to be offered June 21-26 at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley. The $450 fee for five days includes meals and housing. Fees will be prorated for participants who stay for fewer days. For information call Mari Sengoku, 522-9212.

Reynolds and Sengoku will present free public lectures on "Naikan: a Journey in Self Discovery" at the following locations:

>> June 28: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave.

>> June 29: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kahului Hongwanji Mission, Maui.

>> July 1: 7-9 p.m., Hanapepe Hongwanji Mission, Kauai.

Hawaii Tokai presents symposium on peace

The prospect of educating a younger generation that opts for global peace will be explored next Saturday in "Considering Peace, War and the Media."

The symposium at Hawaii Tokai International College will feature Brien Hallett, a professor with the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, Glenn Paige, director of the Center for Global Nonviolence, and Scott Saft, who coordinates programs for international students at Hawaii Tokai International College.

The session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2241 Kapiolani Blvd. It is open to the public. Free parking is available in the college tower.

Big Isle nurse to speak on life with Palestinians

Big Island nurse Susan Dongen, who recently returned from volunteer work with Palestinians in the Middle East, will talk about "Life in Occupied Palestine" on Friday.

The 7 p.m. talk at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave., is free. Van Dongen worked earlier this year with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank. She has worked as a volunteer nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Nablus, in the Occupied Territories. She was a delegate on an Earthstewards fact-finding mission to Iraq in 1991 after the Gulf War.

St. Patrick's honors Aiona at June dinner

The St. Patrick's community will honor Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona as the 2003 Outstanding Leader of the Year at a June 13 banquet.

Gov. Linda Lingle and St. Louis School athletic director Cal Lee will speak at the 6 p.m. event at the Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel.

The annual fund-raiser will benefit the $9 million capital campaign to renovate and expand St. Patrick's School and Church in Kaimuki. A technology center is planned for the school, as well as construction of an early learning center for 4- and 5-year-olds.

The deadline for reservations is June 9. Tickets are $150, of which $100 is tax-deductible. For more information, call 734-8979.

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