300 or 10, You never know who's listening. ... Sensei Kono
Service this week is in honor of the founder of the Midwest Buddhist Temple, Sensei Gyodo Kono. Sensei Kono came to Chicago directly from the relocation camps of World War II. A majority of Japanese-Americans resettled on the West Coast upon release from the camps. Chicago and the Midwest was a secondary destination.
Reverend Kono came to Chicago to serve the Japanese community and founded the Midwest Buddhist Temple 34 years ago. Reverend Kono also undertook the ambitious task of constructing what is now the home of the Midwest Buddhist Temple on 435 W. Menomonee dedicated in 1971.
Sensei Miyamura, having served under Sensei Kono, has many stories to tell about him. The way Reverend Kono learned English was especially insightful to his ability to overcome obstacles in creative ways.