Guest Speaker for Dharma Lecture and Ohigan Observance

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Please join us in welcoming Mr. Richard Stambul, President of the Buddhist Churches of America, who will be our guest speaker for Ohigan and a special BEC Lecture.

BEC Lecture. On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. he will speak on “Shin Buddhist Religiosity and Confronting Social Ills.” Given the Shin Buddhist religiosity we experience in BCA temples, he will discuss how our religiosity might confront the social ills in today’s world: poverty, homelessness, inadequate medical care, as well as religious discrimination, racism, and hate speech. The lecture is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

Ohigan Service. On the Sunday, Sept. 15 at our 10 a.m. Ohigan Service, he will provide the adult Dharma message.


Richard A. Stambul was born in New York City. He grew up in Southern California and on his grandfather’s chicken farm in the Catskill mountains of New York. Rick served as a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and as a civil rights lawyer. He practiced law for more than 41 years retiring in 2012. Rick joined the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple in 1985. He has been a member of the IBS Board of Trustees since 2014. Rick has served as President of the Buddhist Churches of America from February of 2018 through the present date. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife, Robin Steinhardt, and their cat Sheba.