Religion: Fresno Betsu-in

Like Christianity, Buddhism includes many a sect. One of the more potent is the Jodo-shinshu sect, founded in Japan 700 years ago. Month ago in the Hompa Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, Abbot Otani, head of the sect, blessed a two-foot image of Lord Buddha, carved of wood and covered with eight layers of gold leaf. Last week an envoy of Abbot Otani arrived in San Francisco with the image, turned it over to Rinban, or Bishop, Kenju Masuyama, the Occidental-looking head of some 50,000 U. S. members of the Jodo-shinshu sect.

Rinban Masuyama...

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