Rev. Koshi Kuwahara
Reverend Koshi Hiroyuki Kuwahara, age 83, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018
at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, Mitsuyo Kuwahara, son Kenny (Hiroko), daughter Emily
(Ian Barner), and grandchildren, Dean, Zoe, Kaitlin and Luke, and by many other relatives
His funeral services was held on March 23rd at Zenshuji.
Rev. Koshi Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1934 as a son of a merchant, and
led his youth in Tokyo in the most chaotic era; before and after World War II. After
becoming a Zen monk, he attended Komazawa University to study Buddhism, and then
volunteered for his first mission to Brazil in 1959. His duty began with traveling
and serving the Japanese communities which were dispersed over the huge country,
and he helped establish the missions in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In 1964, he
came to the United States as a member of the Institute of Zen Buddhism in North America;
its office was located at Zenshuji. While serving at Zenshuji, he attended local
colleges and UCLA where he studied American cultures, English and translation of
Buddhism materials. He then worked as a system analyst and manager in the business
world for a while, and in 1999, he was assigned as residential minister of Zenshuji
until his retirement in 2005. Currently he continues to serve Zenshuji by organizing
and supporting a computer class, Japanese class, and Zen discussion class.