May 1998 Newsletter (Volume 1, Number 5)
On January 18, 1998, at the invitation of Reverend Eishin Irene Matsumoto of the Palolo Kwannon Temple in Honolulu, Divine Mother Audrey gave a presentation on the beloved Kwannon Sama, who is revered by Buddhists throughout the world as the beautiful Goddess of Mercy and Compassion. The Palolo Kwannon Temple is affiliated with the Tendai Buddhist sect. Our deepest thanks to Reverend Matsumoto and her congregation for their hospitality and warm reception to the spiritual family.
Reverend Matsumoto took over the leadership of the Palolo temple from her husband, Bishop Chiko Richard Matsumoto, after he passed away. She undertook rigorous training and discipline at the Mount Hiei gyoin (i.e., Buddhist training center), near Kyoto, Japan. Upon successful completion of her training, Reverend Matsumoto became qualified as a resident minister in 1996. Reverend Matsumoto had previously been an elementary school teacher for 28 years, and gave up her teaching career to carry on the works of her husband. Her late mother in law, Myosei Matsumoto, was the primary force behind establishing Palolo Kwannon Temple in 1935. Myosei Matsumoto was renown for her healing abilities, which she attributed to a divine visitation from Kwannon Sama. The Matsumotos have been well known throughout the years for their kindness and selfless, loving service to their congregation and community.
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