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Warm LA Welcome to Rev. Yoshizawa

Rev. Takashi YoshizawaAs with the changes of the season, December also brings changes for RK leadership, including some here in southern California.

Effective December 1, Rev. Takashi Yoshizawa will succeed Rev. Kodaka as minister of the RK Buddhist Center of Los Angeles, while remaining director of Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America (RKINA). The RKINA office will move to Los Angeles late March so Rev. Yoshizawa may more easily facilitate the two positions simultaneously.

Rev. Yoshizawa has supported the U.S. mission with great breadth of vision. His mission covers southwest United States, Colorado, Texas, Nevada and other states.

Rev. Yoshizawa has been a member of Rissho Kosei-kai since 1955. Before becoming a reverend at RK, Yoshizawa-san worked at several international financial institutions in Manhattan for 28 years. He has Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Culture from Sophia University in Tokyo. Rev. Yoshizawa, his wife Hitomi and twin daughters Yumi and Aimee are looking forward to settling in Los Angeles County.

Rev. Toshiyuki Kodaka will return to Japan to become deputy director of the Rissho Kosei-kai Youth Division. His contributions to the development of the Los Angeles center’s mission will be remembered for many years.

An Orange County Sangha will continue; meeting location to be announced.

To contact Rev. Yoshizawa regarding RKINA matters, please continue to use his current email: For matter concerning the Los Angles Buddhist Center, specifically, please send emails to After March 31, you may reach Rev. Yoshizawa by phone at (323) 269-4741. Until such time, his telephone number remains (949) 336-4430.
Please join in congratulating Rev. Yoshizawa on his dual role!

Read about more leadership news in the December Living the Lotus issue.

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