Guest Speaker: Barbara Brennan
M.C.: Cynthia Rodriguez
Guest Speaker Barbara Brennan
Barbara, originally from Mesa, Arizona, grew up in a strong Jodo Shinshu family and was active at the Arizona Buddhist Temple in Junior YBA and as a Sunday school teacher. After attending the University of Arizona, where she majored in Asian Studies, Barbara moved to Hawaii in 1967 to work for Pan American Airways.
Barbara is a member of Hawaii Betsuin BWA and choir. She has previously been a Dharma School teacher, and a leader with the Hongwanji Girl Scout program; member of various Betsuin and Kyodan committees; and Project Dana Site coordinator, trainer, volunteer.
An important part of her journey on the Nembutsu path included taking the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course in 2011. After completing Tokudo studies with Hawaii Betsuin and Kyodan ministers in 2016, Barbara attended the Tokudo training session in Kyoto, Japan. The path leading to the decision to become a minister is the result of many people and circumstances in her life. She looks forward to sharing her experiences and the joy of learning and discovering a deeper appreciation of the Dharma.