Dharma Message

By Rev. Kenji Akahoshi, Resident Minister

On August 1, 2013, the Buddhist Temple of San Diego happily welcomed Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi, and his wife, Karen, to the beautiful city of San Diego, as Kenji-sensei began his duties as Resident Minister.

From the very beginning, Kenji-sensei has been a perfect fit for the Buddhist Temple of San Diego. Both Kenji-sensei and Karen have kept up with the busy schedule of the temple, and continue to help move this temple forward.

Kenji-sensei is originally from San Jose where he practiced dentistry for over 30 years and was an active member of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. Kenji-sensei conducted study classes under the Betsuin’s BEC program and was involved with Dharma School. He received a Master’s Degree in trans-personal (spiritual) psychology. He attended and graduated from IBS in 2010, while he was transitioning out of dentistry. Kenji-sensei was ordained in the tokudo ceremony in 2010 and received kyoshi status from the Hongwanji in Kyoto in December 2012. Around September 2014, Kenji-Sensei received his Kaikyoshi status as a minister. This also marked the completion of his first year as a resident minister, at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego.