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Ekoji Buddhist Temple
6500 Lake Haven Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Ekoji, the Temple of the Gift of Light, began in a Springfield, Virginia office condominium in 1981. Through the vision of Reverend Kenryu Tsuji and the support of industrialist and philanthropist, Mr. Yehan Numata, Ekoji became the home to ethnically diverse Shin Buddhists from the metropolitan Washington area. Beyond this, Ekoji serves as the base from which the Dharma is shared with followers in Richmond, Virginia, Georgia, Texas and Florida. Dedicated in 1998, Ekoji's new temple building is a modern sanctuary with a 5-foot statue of the Buddha overlooking seating for 150 Sangha members and friends. A columbarium is also a part of this structure. In a separate building, there is an education center, which includes a library, classrooms, assembly room/social hail, recreation room, and a kitchen facility

Reverend Honda's Background:

Rev. Shojo Honda
Birth: 6/25/29, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii
Education: Graduated from Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan (Buddhist) 3/62; American University, Washington, D.C. 1959-60
Ordination: Honpa Honganji, Kyoto, Japan 6/30/51
Organized: Washington, D.C. Sangha, 1959- Present
Assignment: Part-time, non-resident minister of Ekoji Buddhist Temple 5/00
Occupation: Reference librarian, Japanese Section, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 1961-91