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Rev. William Briones

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Local Address:  Monterey Park , California , United States
Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Employment History

  • Nishi Hongwanji L.A
  • Minister
    Mexican-American Jodo Shinshu
  • Resident Minister
    Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Research Biologist In the Department of Physiology
    Syntex Pharmaceuticals

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Institute of Buddhist Studies at CA Berkeley's Graduate of Theology Union
19 Total References
Web References
Ministers at Nishi Hongwanji L.A., 3 Aug 2014 [cached]
photo of Reverend William Briones
Rev. William Briones was born and raised in Mountain View, CA. His major was in Biology. He worked 28 years as a Research Biologist in the Department of Physiology, at Syntex Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto, CA. He took an early retirement in 1995 and enrolled at the Institute of Buddhist Studies at CA Berkeley's Graduate of Theology Union. Upon Completion of ministerial program at Berkeley, Rev. Briones attended Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin (Buddhist Seminary) in Kyoto, Japan for 2 years. He received his Tokudo ordination in September 2000 and Kyoshi certification in April 2001.
His orientation began at LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in June 2001 and he joined the ministerial staff as a full time minister in January 2002. He became the 10th Rimban (head minister) of LA Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in September 2013.
William Briones
Reverend Bill Briones of ..., 29 July 2013 [cached]
Reverend Bill Briones of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will discuss the history and traditions of obon in Japan and the U.S. At 4 p.m. the first-ever mariachi concert at JANM will be performed by Japanese mariachi singer Roger Del Norte with the Mariachi band MEXICAPAN and special guest singer, Lupita Infante.
Manitoba Buddhist Temple Editor's Blog, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Takei,and Altman exchanged vows at a Buddhist ceremony pre­sided over by Rev. William Briones, Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
Rev. William Briones is the first Mexican-American Jodo Shinshu Minister in America. He is also the person who officiated the marriage of Takei and Altman. He writes in November's BCA newsletter that Amida's Primal Vow does not discriminate.
Later, Takei and his partner, Brad ..., 28 June 2014 [cached]
Later, Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, were married by Rev. William Briones, resident minister of LA's Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
This article's author, Rev. William ..., 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
This article's author, Rev. William Briones, is a minister of the L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Temple, and this article is reprinted with his permission.
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