Services for Rev. Shindo Planned for August

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Rev. Hosho Shindo at Gardena Buddhist Church's Obon celebration last year. (Photo by Mario Reyes/Rafu Shimpo)

GARDENA — The honsou shiki (funeral service) for Rev. Hosho Shindo of Gardena Buddhist Church will take place on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. at the church, 1517 W. 166th St., with the Buddhist Churches of America co-sponsoring.

Rev. Shindo, who served at the church for two years, passed away on July 3 at the age of 62 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance.

He previously served at Buddhist Temple of Salinas, Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple and, prior to his assignment to the BCA, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. During his 30 years in Hawaii, he served at temples on Kauai and the Big Island.

A private service (missou shiki) was held at Gardena Buddhist Church on July 12. Traditionally, only the family is invited, but in this case the entire sangha (congregation) was invited because he considered them all part of his family.

The public service was scheduled for next month to allow family and friends from Japan, Hawaii and Northern California to attend.

Alan Kita, former board chairman of the church, wrote on the church’s Facebook page that Rev. Shindo exemplified selflessness: “He would be working ’til late at night prepping for services. Sometimes, I would have to tell him to go home to rest. He worked daily, always thinking of our temple and the people it serves. He did not care to be the center of attention.

“I wished he hadn’t always thought this way. For about one year and 10 months, he had been battling a stubborn cancer. I wished we could all been in on it and fight it together. But he probably did not want us to be bothered by it. But he could not win it over and succumbed to it …

“For us who only knew towards the end of service, it was not a surprise. Nor would we have been surprised to learn that he wanted to come to temple to thank the people. Probably, not really to thank us for the gifts and thoughts of him during this illness, but most likely to thank us all for giving him the opportunity to be of service to us.

“He really was a selfless person. I am truly blessed to have known him.”

Rev. Shindo is survived by his wife, Mieko; two sons, Takayuki and Alan; and a daughter, Julianne.

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