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Jodo Mission Bulletin - March 2013

  1. 1. Information of O-Toba for 2013Dear Members and Friends of Jodo Mission: Thank you very much for your support to Jodo Mission. Wehope you are enjoying a very safe and peaceful New Year. Timepasses so quickly! It is time to order your O-Toba. We will soon send you an O-Toba order formto order your O-Toba for O-Bon 2013. Because of the Temple’s busy summer schedule, the deadline to order your O-Tobais Friday, April 1st. Our O-Bon services will be held July 12-14 (Fri-Sun). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. In Gassho, Jodo Mission of Hawaii Address Service Requested Honolulu HI 96814 1429 Makiki St. Jodo Mission of Hawaii (#1196-0313) Bulletin - MARCH 2013 Jodo Mission of Hawaii
  2. 2. VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5) By Rev. Yubun Narashiba Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii has a very unique cultural background. InJapan, Buddhist customs differ from village to village, town to town,prefecture to prefecture. This is because Buddhism has been localized to fit to the custom ineach area. Since Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii from the various regions of Japan,ceremonial customs are different according to the area where the family came from. However,as time passes, those customs are becoming unclear and more confusing for the youngergenerations. Because of this confusion, younger generations seem to be going away fromBuddhism by saying that Buddhism is hard to understand. Therefore, in this article, I wouldlike to explain the standard procedure of doing a service. As the first, let me show you the twocommon procedures of having funerals among the members of Jodo Mission of Hawaii. 1. When Someone Passed Away 2. When Someone Is Very Close To Death Death Call for a minister ↓ ↓ Medical examination Rinju Gyogi (Last rites) ↓ ↓ Call for a minister Death ↓ ↓ Makuragyo (Bedside service) Medical examination ↓ ↓ Call for a mortuary Call for a mortuary ↓ ↓ Body pick-up Body pick-up ↓ ↓ Meeting with the funeral director at the Meeting with the funeral director at the mortuary mortuary ↓ ↓ Viewing service Viewing service ↓ ↓ Cremation Cremation ↓ ↓ FUNERAL with the first 7th day service FUNERAL with the first 7th day service ↓ ↓ 49th day service 49th day service Burial service Burial service ↓ ↓ Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) service Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) service↓ ↓ ↓ 1 year memorial service 1 year memorial service Note: Above two service procedures are purely for informational purpose. We shall honor your family customs and decisions to arrange a funeral service. **Editor’s note: This article is a reprint from our August 2011 issue. Because this article contains information you will need to know some day, we will be reprinting it from time to time as space permits. Page 2
  3. 3. Spring Higan Chutoba Form (彼岸会中塔婆申し込み用紙) Your Name(お名前) : Phone(電話): ______________ Name of Deceased (亡くなった方のお名前): Higan Service March 24 at 10 a.m. 1. ____ I plan to attend service 2. ____ I do not plan to attend 3. 4. One Chutoba is $7 X Total of Chutoba = Total $ (中塔婆1本7ドル) (本数) (合計) Please make checks payable to “Jodo Mission of Hawaii”. DEADLINE: Sunday, March 17, 2013 FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Order accepted by Date accepted / / (In person/ Mail / By phone) Received by Date paid / / (Cash/ Check # ) Write Spring Higan-e Service The word “Higan” literally means “the other shore” in Japanese. One shore represents thisworld which we are in, and the other shore “Higan” represents Amida Buddha’s PureLand. The river represents the bad mind we all possess. The concept is that we practice theteaching to reach the other shore across the river. We have two Higan seasons in a year. One in the spring, the other in autumn, as Higan isheld during the week of the spring and autumn equinox. Shan Tao, one of the high rankingpriests of Jodo Buddhism in China said that the sun sets due west during the equinox thus it isa good opportunity to think about Buddha’s Pure Land which exists far away in the west, aswell as appreciate our ancestors who are also there. Please join us in crossing the river to the other shore as we think about Buddha’s PureLand and respect for our ancestors. Our Higan Service will be held: Sunday, March 24 at 10 am On that day, Chutoba prayers will be conducted during the service. If you request aChutoba, please fill out the form on this page, and send it to or drop it off at the Jodo Missionoffice. One Chutoba is SEVEN dollars. Please make your check payable to “Jodo Mission ofHawaii.” Page 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 25 All Is One, One Is All (Mar. 2013) By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe The topic of this month is a flower. Actually, there is anotherterm for my topic: Interdependent Co-Arising. All teachings of Bud-dhism are based on Interdependent Co-Arising. When we understand its truemeaning, we’ll know that it has rich potential to open the way to a bright fu-ture. This idea is sometimes called the teaching of cause and effect. But thatcan be misleading, because we usually think that one cause leads to one effect.But, according to Buddha’s teaching, cause and effect co-arise and everything isa result of multiple causes and conditions. Interdependent Co-Arising goes be-yond concepts of space and time. “The one contains the all”. Now, I will introduce to you Buddha’s interesting words to explain themeaning of interdependence in Buddhism. Here are the dialectics of the Dia-mond Sutra. “A is not A. That is why it is truly A.” What does it mean? That’slogically inconsistent. You may be right. It is true that Buddha’s words soundlike a wrong argument, but we should listen to his words more carefully andthink about them more deeply. For example, you can picture a flower on the altar. It is made of non-flower elements—sunshine, clouds, water, earth, minerals, and gardeners. Abeautiful flower needs enough sunlight, water, and nourishment to grow. Also,people have to take care of plants and arrange flowers to put on the altar. Theflower here consists of many factors, or a chain of causes and effects. A flowertruly contains the whole universe. Even if we return any one of these non-flower elements to its source, there will be no flower. That is why Buddha says,“A flower is not a flower. That is why it is an authentic flower.” We have to re-move our concept of flower if we want to touch the real flower. In this way, Interdependent Co-Arising means a phenomena we see nowhas come from many causes and conditions. All phenomena in this world in-clude natural blessings and people’s dedication. “All is one, one is all.” If yousee through Buddha’s eyes in this way, a small thing looks different than it didpreviously. This is the “Right Understanding” in the Eight-Fold Path.Have you noticed the new look of our Bulletin front page? It is not a mis-take. It is purposely printed upside down on one-half of the page so the folded edge willgo through the mail machines when the postal department processes our bulk mail. Ifthis does not work, you may see another version on later issues. Thank you.Page 4
  5. 5. The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (6) Kamakura Buddhism (1192-1336) The Kamakura period (1192-1336) witnessed the birth of many new denominations. As a reactionagainst types of Buddhism for the upper class people established in the Heian period, practical and devo- tional types of Buddhism for the common masses were formed in this period. It was during this Kamakura period when types of Buddhism which most pros- pered and played an important roles in the history of Japan, were founded. In fact, those denominations which are followed by the majority of Buddhist pop- ulation of Japan at present were founded during this period. Again Buddhist priests of this period played really an important role in the actual society not only in the field of religious activities, but also in almost all fields of social and cultural activities. It is, therefore, almost impossible to talk about politics, economics, arts, architecture, dramas, education, social welfare works, and performed by Buddhist denominations and priests of this period. Pure Land teaching rose autonomously, Honen adapting itself to the practice of the common masses, and from this type of Buddhism, manynew denominations evolved. For example, the Jodo denomination was foundby Honen (1133-1212); Shinran (1173-1262) gave impetus to the rise of theJodo-shin (or Shin) denomination; Chishin (Ippen 1239-1289) formed the de-nomination known as the Ji; and Ryonin (1072-1132), the Yuzu-nembutsudenomination. Moreover, Zen type of Buddhism was transmitted anew from China as independent denominations; and the Rinzai denominations of Ensai (1141-1215) and the Soto denomination of Dogen (1200-1253) Shinran came to be widely practiced The Nichiren denomination, founded by Nichiren (1222-1282), was an attempt to make the teaching enshrined in the Lotus Sutra (Myo-ho-ren-ge- kyo) clear from the standpoint of the Japanese Nation, and consequently be- came independent of the Tendai denomination which was found in the Heian period. The various denominations of the Kamaku- ra period were handed down through genera- tions by numerous priests and followers with Dogen each denominations manifesting its specific character and contributing to the edification ofthe Japanese people. As mentioned above, it is noteworthy that these Bud-dhist denominations founded in this period are the most flourishing and im-portant denominations and have the most followers in present day Japan. From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation Nichiren Page 5
  6. 6. Announcements Sunday School F U J I N K AI YBA We welcome children to join our Sunday (women’s association) School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu by March 24 March 3 at 8:30 a.m. at 8:30 a.m. doing various activities. March 3 field trip March 31 11:00 a.m. Oahu Rengo Convention at Haleiwa Sewing Circle All Fujinkai members wanting to go to March 9 and 23 Haleiwa on Sunday, April 21, to attend the 8:30—11:00 a.m. Oahu Rengo Convention, please contact Any interested person is welcome the Betsuin office at 949-3995 to put your to participate name on the list for 1) bentos and 2) bus ride to Haleiwa.. ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪ This is a wonderful opportunity for the Oahu Fujinkai members to meet and enjoy Jodo Mission of Hawaii fellowship! Please attend. Children’s Choir “Malama No Malama Children’s Choir in March HAWAII STATE JODO SHU FUJINKAI SCHOLARSHIP Namiye Nakamura Scholarship The Hawaii State Jodo Shu Fujinkai offers a $750 Namiye Nakamura Scholarship to a Ha-waii high school graduate or a member of the temple who wishes to further his/her educationtoward a degree or advanced degree in an accredited college or university. The applicant for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:1. Priority will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Hawaii.2. If there are no graduating students applying, any applicant continuing their education may receive the scholarship.3. Be accepted at an accredited university or institution of higher learning.4. Possess good moral character and leadership potential5. Be an active member of his/her respective Jodo Mission6. Submit an application by April 15th. The family or legal guardian of the applicant must currently be a member of his/her respec-tive Jodo Mission. Financial need will be considered. Determination of the scholarship recipi-ent will be made by a Scholarship Committee. If there are any questions about the scholarship, please consult Rev. Yubun Narashiba at949-3995. Page 6
  7. 7. Den Den Mushi Photos Each year around this time of year students from Shukutoku University Panel Theatre Group called Den Den Mushi come to Hawaii to perform their musical picture story show visit- ing care homes, schools and Jodo Missions. On Sunday, February 17, we were fortunate to have 5 Shukutoku Uni- versity students: Ayana Saito, Ayaka Fukuda, Atsushi Sugo, Seiya Matsu- zaki and Yuki Takano This year, they even played the accordion and guitar in addition to singing A lot of children came to see Den Den Mushi and they seemed to enjoy them- selves. Den Den Mushi sang about 8 songs: Do Re Mi; BINGO, Old McDonald Had A Farm, O Bla Di O Bla Da, Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Song of the Island, and It’s A Small World. If you missed this event, please be on the lookout next year around this time of the yearAfter their performance and some fellowship with members and children, Den Den Mushi wentto Maui to perform at the Lahaina Jodo Mission. Thank you Den Den Mushi for a wonderfulperformance and see you next year!*****************************************************************************************Botamochi or Ohagi: This mochi rice covered with azuki beans is customarilymade at Higan time or spring equinox March 21 or autumn equinox September21. The sun usually sets due west on these days. It is usually made and eatenaround Higan time. During the spring this sticky rice covered with azuki beans iscalled botamochi from the botan flower or tree peony flower which blooms in thespring. During the autumn, it is called ohagi from the hagi or bush clover flower. Please come to the temple for Higan Service on March 24 and quite possibly you may beable to purchase some botamochi made by the Fujinkai ladies. If you want to help with thebotamochi making, please contact the temple that you are interested. Thank you. Page 7
  8. 8. General Membership Meeting On Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the General Membership Meeting President Jon Riki Kara-matsu thanked everyone for coming and for supporting the temple not only in monetary contributionsbut also volunteering at many temple events, especially the Bon Dance in August and Bazaar in Octo-ber and mochi making in December. He said he looks forward to everyone’s continued support in thecoming year. Installation of Kyodan Board of Directors: Bishop Gensho Hara installed the new officersfor the 2013-2015: President: Jon Riki Karamatsu First Vice President: Ian Kitajima Second Vice President: Sally Hayashi Third Vice President: Jo Ann Matsuo Secretary: Ryan Ogawa Assistant Secretary: Burt Lum Treasurer: Akiko Nishiyama Assistant Treasurer: Herbert Fujikawa Advisors/Directors: Rev. Yubun Narashiba and David MiyamotoOther Directors: Clifford Miyamoto, Kay Oshiro, Chris Sullivan and Stanley Kitajima Hyaku-Sai Recognition: Highlight of the New Year’s Party was the recognition of six Hyaku-Sai(100 year old) members: Mr. Robert Taro Ashimine, Mr. Wataru Muramoto and his wife Mrs. SumikoMuramoto, Mrs. Tamayo Nakamura, Mrs. Eleanor Masako Tanaka and Mrs. Yukimi Okada (was notfeeling well and did not appear). Could not believe the Centenarian couple—Mr. and Mrs. Muramoto(101 and 100)! Each Hyaku-Sai member received a Certificate as a Jodo Shu follower from BishopGensho Hara and a beautiful koa wood frame (donated and made by Butchie Nishiyama). They wereall so happy to be here. It is so wonderful to see so many healthy 100 year old members! Thank youalso to the family members who brought them to this celebration! Good friends Mrs. Tamayo Nakamura (100) and Mrs. Yoshiko Kitagawa (93) enjoyed each other’s company at the New Year’s party. It is not too often that they get to visit with each other. Happy Hyaku-Sai members: Mr. Robert Ashimine, Mrs. Eleanor Tanaka, Mr. Wataru Muramoto, Mrs. Sumiko Muramoto and Mrs. Tamayo Nakamura along with Bishop Hara, Jon Karamatsu and Rev. Narashiba. Page 8
  9. 9. New Year’s Party Photos Temple members prepared the New Year’s Party Luncheon: sushi, sekihan, nishime, potato salad, veg- etable tempura, spare ribs, tsukemono, desserts. Food was so delicious! Thank you Aki Nishiyama for coordinating the ono lunch and to all the ladies who helped prepare the ono lunch! Entertainment: Stuart Nago performed with his gui- tar by playing a song he created. Stuart also plays a song or two about the third Sunday of each month af- ter Sunday Service. Mrs. June Hatsuko Suzuki performed the shamisen with her stu- dent Brandon Goda. It is so beautiful to see the playing of the shami- sen; we are so lucky to have Mrs. Suzuki play the shamisen and sing! Sophie Narashiba joined Darin Miyashiro’s koto group. 6 persons playing the koto were so beautiful to hear and also a rarity so see. Miyashiro sensei had Sophie sing a Japanese popular song while playing the koto.Bingo Game and Lucky Number: Kay Oshiro in the photo on theright read some Bingo numbers while Takeru Nii is wondering whydoesn’t she call my numbers!What a wonderful day! To all who attended, thank you for coming.If you missed the New Year’s Party, please come next year. To allthose who attended the day’s events, starting with the memorialservice for Honen Shonin, General Membership meeting, Board ofDirectors installation, New Year’s Party with entertainment, recog-nition of Hyaku-sai members, and good food! WASN’T IT A WONDERFUL DAY! Thank you again to the relatives who brought the Hyaku-sai members to the New Year’sParty. Living to 100 is wonderful but it is the family members who assist them who mustalso be thanked. Page 9
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its This record of a perpetual memorial service and sincere condolences to the family membersis called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of and loved ones of the following membersdeath occurs for a person listed on this record, the who have recently left this world for the Pureministers pray for that individual during the morn- service. The prayers will continue each year foras long as Jodo Mission exists. James Akira Tamura 83 Anyone can be included in it. You may put your Aileen Mitsuyo Kishida 65own name on the list, too. This also helps when it Fumi Murasame 40is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Agnes Yoshiko Kubota 82come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Florence Shigeko Nakao 81 How to apply Stanley Takayuki Ajimura 82 Amy Toshie Sumida 85 Stop by the office, and fill out the application Umeko “Evelyn” Suehisa 90form. Each name costs $200. After the application Douglas Asama Nakamura 83is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Wedding Services, Baby Blessings, House Blessings are available upon request. Jodo Mission Office Hours: Wedding Services: If you are planning to get married or know someone who is plan- Monday to Saturday ning a wedding or if you would like to renew 8am—5pm your wedding vows, you are welcome to rec- ommend our Temple. To pledge eternal Sunday & Holidays love between husband and wife to Amida 8am—3pm Buddha is very important. Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s Phone: 949-3995 love surround our children with love. House Blessings: May your new house, Website: apartment, home be blessed. Please call for an appointment. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Dwight Head Minister Rev. Yasuhiro Nakamura Resident Minister Watanabe Retired Minister Page 10 Resident Minister
  11. 11. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for March1. Fusa Sato Toshikado Kimura Hisayo Kawaoka Stephen Toshiichi Kotake The Matsushita Family Howard Masuji Tasaka The Sato & Suzuki Families 10. Chotaro Fujise 19. Umeki Matsumori Fujise & Kobayashi Family The Matsumori Family 27. Yukitsuchi Morikawa2. Kazuo Ishizaki Fushi Shintaku Tsuru Fukuda The Morikawa Family Haruo Shigeoka The Isogai Family Ototsuchi Yamanaka Kiyoe Kakehashi Masao Hayashida Harriet Nomiyama Yamanaka Family Setsuko Tsuda De St. Martin Ikuzo Kuniyuki 29. Muta Chinen (2) Satoshi Ukeda3 Hideo Shoji 11. Seikichi Teramoto 20. Ichiyuki Mizuno Shizuno Ebisuzaki The Shoji Family The Teramoto Family The Mizuno & Ohta Family Yoshima Takabayashi (2) Mami Kumagaya Asakichi Iwamoto 30. Bishop Shinko Nakajima The Nanbara Family Shizuko Kubota Iwamoto Family Setsu Yamamoto The Tanigawa, Hirano,& ’ Yoshiko Oshiro Zennoshin Yoshioka Betsy Yoshiko Kubota Hisano Family Ono Iwamoto Kikuyo Lila Uyeharu The Namba Family Kazue Kishida 21. Masuji Kajioka Betty Sun Ogata The Kajioka & Morita4. Kuma Tabata 12. Taikichi Yamane Family 31. Kamenosuke Kinoshita Mume Yamamoto Clara Asami Tominaga Shima Nakagawa The Kinoshita Family Kuni Ishikawa Ruth Chieko Sakuda The Nakagawa Family Aki Fukuda Bishop Shinjun Shimizu The Fukuda Family5. Matsue Nakamura 13. Benshiro Tanimura Gonsuke Nakahara Nao Fujita Yukio Hisamoto The Tanimura Family The Fujita Family The Hayashi Family Kunisuke Higashimura 22. Asano Fujikami The Nakamura Family Toshisuke Terada Mume Yanagihara The Fujikami Family Margaret Chieko Iwamoto Seitaro Komiya Suegusu Matsuo Sadae Kanehira Tetsumi Fujimoto (2) The Matsuo Family Shigeno Toyofuku Rui Hara Ishi Onaga The Hara Family The Onaga & Nakamura6. Bishop Enjo Ito Fujino Imada Family Hideo Kubota Barney Rio Heijiro Furumoto Kaoru Kusunoki Ito Nakamoto Chiyo Iwamoto 14. Eijiro Hara Rev. Shutetsu Uenoyama Tsugio Aoki (2) Satoshi Shinagawa Chiyoko Umezu Ruiko Kaita Yuku Nakamura Yoshikata Hayashi7. Kiku Yagi 15. Hachizo Aoki 23. Miko Kawano The Yagi Family The Aoki & Kimura Family The Kawano Family Makoto Tanaka Naoyuki Hara Kazu Nakai The Tanaka Family Hara Family The Nakai Family Hiroshi Higa Asajiro Asai Midori Uno The Higa Family Omoyo Nagano Sadami Suehisa Suematsu Nanba The Nagano Family Kikue Tanaka Hajime Aoyama 24. Rikuo Masuoka The Tanaka Family Harunori Ohara The Masuoka Family Kenichi Kinoshita Hanako Yanagihara Masao Hashimoto 16. Hanako Kanehira Torae Miyao Hideo Sugihara Shigeo Sakuda (2) Shigeki Hirono The Sugihara Family Chizuko Yasumoto Kamado Taira The Kanehira Family 25. Chiyo Nishimura Masato Kawano The Nishimura Family8. Hatsuno Daitoku Robert Katsuhiko Sumida Kimie Umemoto (2) The Daitoku & Fujimoto The Umemoto Family Family 17. Seiichi Yanagihara Tetsubei Ishimoto Yoshi Imamoto The Yanagihara Family The Ishimoto & Akimoto The Iwamoto & Kawakami Tadako Kunimoto Family Family Kunimoto & Nago Family Nobuo Nakamoto Gisaburo Kawamura Edwin Seimu Matsumori(2) The Nakamoto Family The Kawamura Family Mieko Nomiyama Kichizo & Kikue Miura Satoru Takitani Tsuchiyo Fujimoto Shizuno Uyehara Mizuko Tokuichi Ohara Sankichi Umemoto9. Sumie Chikamoto Suyekichi Watanabe The Ota Family 18. Moyo Iwamoto Seiichi Takaoka Matsuyo Hamada Inouye 26. Yukiko Takeda Masao Watanabe Eisaku Asaumi The Takeda Family Gohichi Hifumi Shuso Saiki Satoru Iguchi Sam Takaoka George Aoki Giichi Hayashi
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service March 2013 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 9 8:30 am Fujinkai Meeting 10:00am Obetsuji Service 8:30 am Sewing Sunday School field trip Class10 11 12 13 14 15 16 10:00am Sunday Service17 18 19 20 21 22 23 10:00 am Sunday Service 8:30 am Sewing 11:45 am Board Meeting Class Deadline: Chutoba Orders24 25 26 27 28 29 30 8:30 am YBA Meeting 10:00 am Spring O-Higan Service31 10:00 am Sunday Service 11:00 am Sunday School COMING EVENTS: April 1: Deadline for O-Toba Orders April 8 @ 9 am: HBC Buddha Day Celebration at Waikiki Shell April 21 Oahu Rengo Fujinkai Convention at Haleiwa Jodo Mission of Hawaii