Jodo Mission Bulletin - October 2012


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  1. 1. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - OCTOBER 2012 (#1191-1012) Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested Bazaar Bazaar will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 (8:00am –2:00pm) Bazaar preparation: Your help is needed on Sunday, October 21,at 10:30 am to bring out all the stored Bazaar items to the Social Hall. Through-out the year people drop off items to be sold at the Annual Bazaar and theseitems are stored. Now we need to take out these stored items. Lunch will be pro-vided. Also, during the week from Monday, October 22 to Saturday, October 27, beginningat 9:00 a.m. each day, help is needed to sort, organize and price the many donateditems in preparation of the Bazaar. Donations of useable clothing, household items, plants, baked goods, craft items,etc. are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop non-perishableitems off anytime during our office hours: Monday to Saturday: 8 am—5 pm Sunday & holidays: 8 am—3 pm No furniture or bulky items will be accepted. All items must be dropped-off at the Temple.
  2. 2. The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (3) In the seventh century, Buddhism was especially valued for its magical and protective powers, particularly in the prevention and cure of sickness. The spiritual element of the religion, however, was also quickly discovered. One of the characteristics of Japanese Buddhism from early times the close con- nection between state and religion. From the early seventh century Buddhist ritual was a part of court ceremonial. With the establishment of provincial temples known as Kokbunji, Buddhism grew into a national religion. The Ko- kubuji temples were branches, so to speak, of Todaiji Temple at Nara, a sort of Buddhism headquarters and center of The Great Buddha in Nara numerous secular and religious functions. Here, in 749, a colossal statue known asthe Great Buddha was completed. It was fifty-three feet high and over ahalf million pounds of bronze was used in its casting. A huge hall wasduly built to protect the statue, called the Dai-butsu-den, or “GreatBuddha Hall,” which burned down in the twelfth century. It is still thelargest wooden building in the world, though only about two-thirds theoriginal size. Todaiji Temple During the Nara period, the economic power of the Buddhist establish- ment steadily increased. The temples were cultural as well as religious centers, and the priests held in their reigns almost all the liberal leaning of the times. Buddhism then became responsi- ble in great part for the spread of institutions of a more material nature: alms houses, orphanages, infirmaries, etc. The close connection of the cler- gy with the court inevitably led to a sometimes unhappy mixture in reli- gious and political areas. The six school imported from China established themselves during the Nara period. Of these six Toshodaiji Temple schools, the Hosso, Sanron and the Kegon belonged tothe Northern Tradition of Buddhism, while the Jojitsu,Kusha and the Ritsu, naturally derive from the Southern Tra-dition. They were not mutually exclusive but rather branchesto be studied with one another, not independent schools inthe present sense of the world. Of these six schools, onlythree have survived as living traditions, while the other threeremain only as the object of academic study. Those whichsurvive at present are the Kegon School with Todaiji as itshead temple, the Ritsu School with Toshodaiji as its head Yakushiji Templetemple, and the Hosso school with Yakushiji as its head tem-ple. Of these, Todaiji temple is world fames for its giant Bud-dha statue erected by Emperor Shomu (701-756) and set up as a model of political centralization based uponKegon philosophy. During this period, the administrative power of the government was not yet centralized.Through the construction of this huge Buddha statue and the large building which established Todaiji Templeas the headquarters of all Kokubunjis or branch temple in every district of Japan, the emperor tried to achievethe political centralization of the nation. (To be continued) From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Page 2 Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation
  3. 3. How to come to our temple by busFrom Ala Moana Center: From Waikiki: Walk to Mahukona St + Kapiolani Bl Walk to Kuhio Ave + Seaside Ave About 8 mins (0.4 mi) About 1 min (315 ft) 2 Bus towards SCHOOL STREET - Middle St Mahukona St + Kapiolani Bl Stop ID: 848 17 Bus towards Makiki OR 18 Bus towards Makiki S Beretania St + Keeaumoku St Stop ID: 39 Keeaumoku St + Kinau St Stop ID: 2086 Walk to 1429 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI Walk to 1429 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI 96814 96814 About 4 mins (0.2 mi) About 4 mins (0.2 mi)From Kahala: From Downtown: Walk to Waialae Ave + Hunakai St Walk to S Hotel St + Bethel St About 4 mins (0.2 mi) About 4 mins (0.2 mi) Waialae Ave + Hunakai St Stop ID: 3166 S Hotel St + Bethel St Stop ID: 127 1 Bus towards Kalihi Transit Center 2 Bus towards Waikiki - KCC (14 mins, 11 stops) S Beretania St + Keeaumoku St Stop ID: 39 S King St + Keeaumoku St Stop ID: 140 Walk to 1429 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI Walk to 1429 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI 96814 96814 About 4 mins (0.2 mi) About 8 mins (0.4 mi) Page 3
  4. 4. 22nd Hawaii Jodo Mission Laypersons’ Association/ 23rd Hawaii Jodo Shu Rengo Fujinkai Kauai Convention The 22nd Hawaii Jodo Mission Laypersons’ Association / 23rd Hawaii Jodo ShuRengo Fujinkai Convention was successfully held on September 21-23, 2012 on the Islandof Kauai. The Laypersons’ theme was “Maintaining Jodo Shu Presence in Hawaii’. Thissubject was an interesting subject for every temple to look into. As many temples are losingtheir members and as the younger generation are occupied with raising children, taking chil-dren to various activities, i.e. soccer games, judo lessons, etc. or that they have more thanone job in order to keep up with inflation and on Sundays they want to rest or be a familytime. Whatever the issue, the fact is that membership is not increasing. How do we in-crease our membership? There is no hard fast answer to this and no one thing is the answer.We must try other things that would make it more interesting. Bishop Gensho Hara states in his welcome message in the Convention booklet that heis encouraged by the Buddhist saying that “if one blossom blooms, the whole world willblossom”. So if one person awakens in this world, the whole world will receive the benefitsand become a brighter and better place. Let us ask for Amida Buddha’s guidance and con-tinue to devote ourselves to a brighter future for Jodo Shu in Hawaii. We must try to look outside the box. Also, we have many people who attend our bondances, our O-Bon services but won’t come to Sunday Services. At a recent Aloha StateMeisho YBA Convention here on Oahu in June 2012, “Jodo Mission Daily Affirmations”pamphlet was produced. This is one way of trying to bring families back to Jodo Shu andalso to practice these daily affirmations. {Should anyone want a copy of the Jodo MissionDaily Affirmations, please come to the office to pick up a copy.} The Hawaii Jodo Mission Laypersons’ Association is comprised of all members andhonorary members of a Jodo Mission temple. A layperson is any person who believes in thedoctrines and teachings of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism and who contributes to the supportand maintenance of the Jodo Mission. There are 13 Jodo Shu temples in the State of Ha-waii: Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu, Haleiwa Jodo Mission, Kurtistown Jodo Mis-sion; Hakalau Jodo Mission; Hamakua Jodo Mission, Hawi Jodo Mission, Kohala JodoMission, Wailuku Jodo Mission, Kahului Jodo Mission, Lahaina Jodo Mission, Kapaa JodoMission and Koloa Jodo Mission. With the help of the JARPA funding, Hakalau and Kurtistown have received funding orare in the process of applying for funding for building a parsonage and for starting a pre-school program.Page 4
  5. 5. With declining membership of the Hawaii Jodo Shu Rengo Fujinkai (or statewideFujinkai or women’s association), the ladies are not able to host a statewide conventionby itself and the Laypersons’ Association was willing to give part of one day’s session tothe Fujinkai in order for the Fujinkai to conduct its business meeting. Since Kauai hasno Fujinkai officers and did not want to conduct any meetings, Oahu accepted the invita-tion so that the business meeting could continue. The Fujinkai of each temple also needsto try to recruit younger women into their units. Something the ladies can look forwardto is possibly a Hawaii Jodo Shu Rengo Fujinkai Cookbook consisting of recipes fromall the four islands—Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island (it is just in its talking stageand may be completed by the time of the next Convention in Hilo in 2014). This wouldgive each Fujinkai an opportunity raise money. The Laypersons as well as the Fujinkai made revisions to their Bylaws, heard re-ports from their Scholarship, Resolution and Nomination Committees. The 2010-2012Laypersons’ President was Clifton Hayashi of Kapaa Jodo Mission and he is succeededby Robert Miyake of Hilo as the 2012-2014 President. The 2010-2012 Hawaii RengoPresident was Sally Hayashi and she is succeeded by Eleanor Miyake as the 2012-2014President. The next Hawaii Jodo Mission Laypersons’ Association and Hawaii Jodo ShuRengo Fujinkai Convention will be held on the island of Hawaii in September 2014.Please keep this in mind. It is a wonderful way of meeting other Jodo Shu members aswell as other Jodo Shu temples. All members of any Jodo Shu temple in Hawaii iseligible to attend the Hawaii Jodo Mission Laypersons’ Association meeting soplease remember to sign up in 2014 Page 5
  6. 6. OFFERING INCENSE Incense offering was an old ceremony at the time of Shakyamuni Buddha in India.The scent of the burning incense purifies the surroundings, as well as our minds and bodies,and thus prepares us to receive and serve the Holy One. It enables us to recall the fragranceof the Pure Land and the sense of appreciation for the Buddha’s grace. It also helps us torecall impermanency of life as we look at the burning incense and rising smoke.How to Offer the Incense: Walk up to the front of the altar, stop about one or two steps before the incense burner.Bow lightly toward the altar, and then step to the incense burner. With the right hand, pincha small amount of incense with the thumb and medicine fingers (or the thumb, the indexfinger, and the middle finger) and drop it into the incense burner gently. Then bow ingassho, recite the Nembutsu, take one or two steps backward, bow lightly toward the altarand return to your seat. However, when many people are waiting to offer incense after you, step aside one ortwo after dropping the incense into the incense burner, so that the next person can proceedto the incense burner without any collision or disturbance to each other. Then bow ingassho and recite the O-Nembutsu in the same position, take one or two steps backward,bow lightly toward the altar and return to your seat. Usually we offer the incense one time. However the number of times one offers in-cense is not as important as the realization of the significance of offering incense. Otsutome Book; Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions Juzukuri Service—normally the fourth Sunday Ser- vice each month, unless there are other activities. Page 6
  7. 7. SUNDAY SCHOOL AND KEIRO KAI Our Sunday School presented each Keiro mem- ber with a paper lei, goodie bag, and a container of Sekihan prepared by YBA ladies. Yoshiko Kitagawa (93) and Gene Ikeda (91) were the oldest members present on that day. The Intermediate YBA treated our Keiro members and other Sunday Ser- vice members with a delicious luncheon buffet..HEALTH TIPS:1) Wash your hands frequently.2) Drink lots of water; eat lots of fruits and vegetables.3) If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth, use a Kleenex and then throw it away. If you cover your mouth with your hands, please be sure to wash it right away or use a hand sanitizer.4) Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.5) If you are sick, stay home or try not to go to crowded areas where you may make others sick. Page 7
  8. 8. Announcements Sewing Circle Fujinkai Meeting (Women’s Association) October 6 and 13 YBA Meeting 10/7 8:30 am 8:30—11:00 a.m. No Meeting in Any interested person is October welcome to participate HELP NEEDED ♪ ♪ Jodo Mission of Hawaii ♪ ♪ For Nokutsudo/Columbarium Children’s Choir “Malama” こども合唱団マラマ Our Nokutsudo or Columbarium has grown and is still growing. We need more October 7: at 11:15 a.m. help with cleanup. What type of help is needed you might ask? Clean up would include throwing out old flowers, carefully washing vases and putting them back onto the shelf, changing Sunday School water in vases if flowers are still good, etc. We welcome children to join our It does not mean this is for only women to Sunday School. Let’s enjoy studying do. Men are most welcome to help. Pres- Onembetsu by doing various activities. ently, our only male helper is Gene Ikeda. Date/time to be announced If you are able to help, please contact the temple office at 949-3995 with possible times you are able to help. If you can only help sometimes, that would be most appre- ciated. Please contact the office. Any help is most appreciated. . Thank you. A R I G AT O ! Sunday School Sunday School students learn about Buddhism and at the same time they do enjoy each other’s fellowship. On this day, the students celebrated Stryder Ootsuke Kaneda’s 7th birthday.Page 8
  9. 9. MORE BON DANCE PHOTOS August 17-18, 2012Bon Dancers keeping time with the music and hav-ing going around the yagura. Bon Dance Watchers: It is fun just watching everyone dance! Bon Dance Musicians and Singers Happy Dancers: It’s more fun to dance! Shave Ice Time: “After The Lion appeared dancing, shave ice is sooooo good!! Page 9
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) This record of a perpetual memorial service The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincereand is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the condolences to the family members and loveddate of death occurs for a person listed on this ones of the following members who have recentlyrecord, the ministers pray for that individual dur- left this world for the Pure the morning service. The prayers will contin-ue each year for as long as Jodo Mission ex- Toshio Kouchi 98ists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put Karl Kiyotani Nishimoto 87your own name on the list, too. This also helps Kenichi Ono 92when it is difficult to have memorial services. Fred Takuzo Nomura 89We also welcome you to attend the morning Sadako Yoshioka 76service at 8:30am. Dean Kazuo Ida 45 How to apply Stop by the office, and fill out the applicationform. Each name costs $200. After the applica- Apology for September Eitaikyo Listtion is accepted, the name will be listed on therecord. We apologize for not listing the following deceased person in the September Bulletin: 9/7: Nobuo Hara Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Dwight Head Minister Resident Minister Rev. Yasuhiro Nakamura Watanabe Retired Minister Page 10
  11. 11. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for October 1 Yuriko Hirono Kiso Fujimoto Sumi Akashi Take Hinotsume Sunao kurakake Takeo Ishida Haruyo Hashimoto Shizuku Hashimoto 19 Harriet Hatsuko Umeda 2 Takeo Taniguchi Henry Yoshiichi Uyehara Saito 30 Fuji Yamada Yasumoto Kawahara Shizue Omura The Yamada Family The Kawahara Family 11 Shizuo Fujikami Sue Matsuo Yoshimi Ohara The Fujikami Family 20 Masaichi Ishizaki The Matsuo Family Tsukie Iwamoto Shizuyo Kimura Mino Kamisato Chiyoko Ogata Akira Hashimoto The Kimura Family Shuichi Yamamura Taniguchi Family Takeo Nakata Iso Ikuta 31 Rikizo Fukuda Katsuko Tsuji Ayako Nakamura Wayne Shoji Nakata The Fukuda Family Shuichi Yamamura Tora Okawa 12 Mitsuo Hisamura 21 Aiko Okamoto The Shigeoka &Okawa 3 Tome Yanagihara Aoki Family The Okamoto & Family The Yanagihara Family Nakamoto Family Kuni Yamamoto Masa Ueda 13 Ishimoto’s Child Shizuyo Fukada The Yamamoto Family Bishop Bino Mamiya The Ishimoto & Akimoto Yasuko Mitsuyasu Tanezo Fujimoto Family 22 Kei Sawamura Kana Kimura Yoshiko Imaguchi Kiyomi Fujimoto The Imaguchi Family Jerry Suyeichi Iwamoto 4 Tsune Matsumori Seizo Hayashi The Matsumori Family Masanobu Asai 23 Shigezaburo Kanayama Senichi Iwaki The Kanayama Family The Iwaki Family 14 Yukichi Sakuda Noboru Kuriyama Robert Yanagihara The Sakuda Family The Kuriyama Family Tsunejiro Imaguchi Kosai Nakamura 5 Toshiro Ashinaka The Imaguchi Family Shozaemon Yoshida The Morita & Ashinaka Shotaro Ueda Kiyoto Horiuchi Family The Ueda Family Eleanor Sato Daughter of K. Nakamura Kokichi Okimura Rinji Inouye The Okimura Family 24 Yoshiichi Yamada Hideo Imamoto Masato Kamisato The Yamada Family Katherine Hatsuko Tsune Nomiyama Kitaro Yamato Shibuya Teruko Sumimoto The Yamato Family Shimo Hirouji Miru Umemoto 6 Masu Tanimura Edward Shoichi The Tanimura Family Matsumoto 25 Mamoru Fukuda Kazuhiro Kawabuchi Harue Nakagawa The Fykuda Family Asataro Yamamoto 7 Itsue Hirohama 15 Arata Nishimoto (2) The Yamamoto Family The Hirohama & Kawasugi The Nishimoto Family Hatsuji Yamamoto Family Fukashi Yamamoto Komao Harada Wakamaru Masaki Kiku Yanagihara Masa Ikuta Yamada Mamu Teraoka Masumi Yano 26 Kikuji Okada 8 Junichi Nanba 16 Ichijiro Aoki Yaichi Maruich The Nanba Family The Aoki & Okubo Family Taro Taira Sato Morikawa Iwakichi Matsumori Kiyoko Aoki The Morikawa Family The Matsumori Family Yonesuke Yonemoto Nobuichi Nobuji 27 Fumio Yanagihara The Yonemoto Family Yoshio Tsuda The Yanagihara Family Setsuko Tanaka Kazue Uyehara Nobuo Amakawa The Tanaka Family Mamoru Hayashi Nobue Noyama 17 Tome Nagata Take Kimura Gunichi Wakazuru Marsha Yoshioka Toichi Toyofuku Mamoru Furuya Masa Furukawa 18 Takeichi Shintaku 9 Shinzo Kawamoto Tokuichi Iwasaki 28 Hideo Inouye Masaru Hashimoto10 Asa Isobe Marla M. Horiuchi 29 Takayuki Kameoka The Isobe Family Tomoaki Ito The Kameoka Family
  12. 12. Jodo Mission of Hawaii8:30am Morning Service October 2012 Phone: 949-3995 Everyday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Hour7 8 9 10 11 12 13 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 8:30 Sewing Class 10:00 Sunday Service14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Lahaina Jodo 10:00 Family Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Mission 11:45 Board Meeting Hour Centennial 10/20 & 10/2121 22 23 24 25 26 27 10:00 Sunday Service 10:30 BAZAAR SET UP Lunch BAZAAR P R E P A R A T I O N: All week until Bazaar Day 10/28/1228 NO SUNDAY SERVICE 29 30 31 BAZAAR 8am to 2 pm COMING EVENTS: **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) Nov 10 Haleiwa Jodo Mission Centennial Celebration Nov 11 at 10:00 a.m. O-Juya Service (Bodhi Day Service) Dec 9 Jodo-e Service-H.B.C. Dec 2 at 8:00 am General Clean-up—We need your help on Dec 29 Mochitsuki Day this day!