Keynote Speaker : Reverend Peter Hata
Rev. Peter Hata received Tokudo ordination in 2011 and, in 2012, received Kyoshi ordination. In the fall of 2012, he received Kaikyoshi status and was appointed resident minister of West Covina Buddhist Temple.
Rev. Peter is also a musician and is an original member of the jazz-fusion group Hiroshima, with whom he played guitar, toured the U.S.A and Japan, and recorded four albums in the 1970s and 80s. Later, he left the group to pursue the more traditional jazz styles, which led to his writing a book entitled, Speaking Jazz: The Natural Way to Jazz Improvisation. In 2006, he earned his Master of Music degree from Cal State LA and, upon graduating, was invited by the university’s music department to become a faculty member and has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate music courses there. He also performs locally with his own jazz trio and has directed the Lotus and Bodhi Tree youth bands, and the Dharmatones adult choir at the temple.
In 2014, Rev. Peter was reassigned as staff minister at the Los Angeles Betsuin, beginning yet another new chapter of his life. He brings with him a wide variety of interests, including Buddhist chanting music and the dynamic interaction between Shin Buddhism and our American cultural and intellectual traditions.