Shibai: Seattle Japanese American Theater Collection

法  (ほう)                   hō             dharma (Buddha’s teachings)

楽  (らく)                  raku         joy, rejoicing,  comfort, ease

法楽(ほうらく)   hōraku    the joy of waking to the dharma

“Entertainment followed (Buddhist) services, as far back as 1,200 years ago. Shibai (plays) were the sources of entertainment and taught us something.”
                                             -Reverend Masao Kodani Senshin  

                                                Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles