Jodo Mission Monthly Bulletin - August 2011


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  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - AUGUST 2011(#1177-0811)Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested Bon Dance 盆おどり August 19, Friday: 7:30pm-11:00pm August 20, Saturday: 7:30pm-11:00pm (August 19, Friday: 6:45pm Jizo Bon prayer will be held in front of Jizo statue) Getting ready for the Bon Dance Please come, dance around the yagura and enjoy the many food items: BBQ sticks, saimin, sushi, yaki soba, spam musubi, Andagi (Okinawan donuts), hot dog, chili, chili and rice, juice, waffle dog, soda, shave ice, water, etc. Dancers enjoying themselves Food Booths will start at 5:30pm Kiddie games will also be available for pre-schoolers.
  2. 2. Jizosama: Photo on right shows our Jizosama statute which as you see as you enter the Temple grounds. Please note the left hand is missing; some- one took it. Jizo is special to preg- nant women and to those whose children have died. Statutes of Jizo can some-Above photo, people are getting ready for Bon Dance. times be seen wearing tinyBelow prayer is said before Bon Dance begins. children’s clothing or bibs. Grieving parents place toys and other offerings beside the Jizo statute to invoke his protection of their dead child. Offerings are also made by parents to thank Jizo for saving their children from a serious illness. Above: Dancers are having fun! Also above photos show some of the items to be sold.Helping with Bon Dance Preparation: If you are willing to help with Bon Dancepreparation, your help is most appreciated. Please come to the Temple on Thursday,Aug 18 and/or Friday, Aug 19 and/or Saturday, Aug 20 at 9:00 a.m.Bon Dance Practice: Bon dance practice will be held Tuesday, August 16 andWednesday, August 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome topractice or learn from instructors in the inner circle.Jodo Mission Happi Coats: Jodo Missionwill be selling its own happi coats. If you areinterested you may contact Jodo Mission orcome to the Bon Dance. Page 2
  3. 3. VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5) By Rev. Yubun Narashiba Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii has a very unique cultural background.In Japan, Buddhist customs differ from village to village, town to town,prefecture to prefecture. This is because Buddhism has been localized to fit to the customin each area. Since Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii from the various regions ofJapan, 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 theyounger generations. Because of this confusion, younger generations seem to be goingaway from Buddhism by saying that Buddhism is hard to understand. Therefore, in thisarticle, I would like to explain the standard procedure of doing a service. As the first, let meshow you the two common procedures of having funerals among the members of JodoMission 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 serviceNote: Above two service procedures are purely for informational purpose. We shall honor your family customs anddecisions to arrange a funeral service. Page 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge of Biddhism Vol.09 “The Story of Ancestors” (Aug 2011) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe After the funeral of a loved one, we shouldhave several memorial services. I’ll explain themeaning of the services for the deceased. It is basedon the Japanese view of life and death. Memorial ser-vices correspond to the loved one’s transition fromdeath to ancestry. Soon after the person has passed away, wethink his/her soul enters the intermediate state ofmoving on to the next existence. The state is unstableand we should have a service every 7th day to calmdown the soul. Through the 49th day service, he/shewill be born in the Pure Land and become a Buddhist saint. After that, we conduct regularservices on anniversaries such as the one-year service, the 3rd, 7th, 13th, and so on. A seriesof services is not endless. It depends on the local tradition, but in general we will end at the33rd memorial service. After the 50th memorial, the deceased, who lives in the Pure Land,becomes part of collective existence we call ancestors (Senzo). Your family ancestry is aguardian god watching over your family in this world. Simply speaking, we believe that from the 49th day, the deceased become a Buddhistsaint (Hotoke). From 50th year, he/she joins as a member of the ancestry (Senzo). We have aseries of memorials beginning with the funeral and some annual events such as O-Bon andHigan. Through the traditions, your loved ones surely rest in perfect peace and become aguardian spirit of your family. Thank You to All Who Participated with O-Bon Activities Thank you to all who attended our O-Bon Services. It is so nice to see so many families come to pay their respects to their deceased ancestors. For some of you, this may have been your first experience. Hope you enjoyed our services, including the private services. Thank you also for the many monetary donations and rice donations. Thank you to all our ministers who performed the many O-Bon services. Bishop Gensho Hara conducted several services on Friday and Saturday and then re- turned to Maui to his temple in Lahaina. Rev. Narashiba assisted Bishop Hara and con- ducted a couple of services with the assistance of Rev. Nakano. Rev. Ezaki of Haleiwa Jodo Mission assisted on Friday and Saturday. Private services were also conducted by Rev. Narashiba, Rev. Nakano and Rev. Watanabe. Thank you for your many hours of chanting for our ancestors’ visit at O-Bon. (continued on next page) Page 4
  5. 5. O-Bon Photos Thank You to All Who Participated with O-Bon Activities (cont’d from page 4) Thank you to all who came to help with the O-Toba set up and general cleaning on July 3rd. We could not do it without your help! Hope you enjoyed yourself and that while you worked hard, you enjoyed the fellowship. This is very important. Rev. Nakano, Rev. Narashiba and Rev. Watanabe are happy to participate at the Toro Nagashi ceremony. Thank you to the Fujinkai ladies who prepared meals for the ministers and work- ers during O-Bon. Thank you to the Sr. YBA for provid- ing beautiful chrysanthemum potted plants. There were seven O-Bon Services. Above are those who attended one of them.Sophie Narashiba joined the happy Sr. YBAselling potted plants—Teruto Soma, JoAnnMatsuo and Edna Ajimura Service at the Segaki-dan (dining table for hungry spirits. Ministers’ last prayers for the day at the O-Tobas Above are those attending the last ser- vice at the Segaki-dan. Then everyone walked through each row of O-Tobas for the last time. Boat used for Toro Nagashi Page 5
  6. 6. FATHER’S DAY MESSAGES Taylor Mizuki Pualani Akana: I love my Dad because he is very nice, kind and happy. I very, very, very much love him because he plays with me, cares about me and also loves me when I am sad, happy, mad and also when I am bad or good no matter what we do I always love my Dad. Taylor drew a picture of her Dad counting 1, 2, 3, etc. here I come as Taylor is hiding behind a door. Raistlih Akana: I love Dad! Sunday School children: Raistlih Akana, Sophie Narashiba, Taylor Mizuki Pualani Akana with Sophie’s father Rev. Narashiba, Sunday School Advisor Rev. Watanabe and Father’s Day sponsor Sally Hayashi Jennifer Himawari Kaneda: My Father is friendly to me. He is a good person to play with. He is there for me always. He is helpful to me. Everyday he likes me. He is responsible to me Picture on the right is Himaware and her Dad Sophie Narashiba: Dear Daddy, I love my Daddy very much because you play with me baseball. You play with me Kungfu like Kungfu Panda. Thank you for taking me to Hokulani School every morning. I wish my Dad swims in the pool and I could ride on him. It must be very fun! Happy Father’s Day! Love, SophiePage 6
  7. 7. HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICES for Your Loved Ones’ Date of Passing ANNIVERSARIES –2011 In Buddhism, memorial services are ob- Anniversaries Year of Passing 1st year 2010served on the date of passing, which comes 3rd 2009every year, and at the anniversaries, which 7th 2005comes every 4-6 years (please refer to the chart 13th 1999of anniversaries as posted on the right). 17th 1995 23rd 1989 At memorial services, the family dedicates 25th 1987 27th 1985such offerings of flowers, food and incense to 33rd 1979Amida Buddha and their loved ones. Of course 37th 1975these offerings are meritorious, but it is most 43rd 1969required that the family willingly recites “Namu 47th 1965Amida Butsu (I take refuge in Amida Buddha)” 50th 1962bearing sincerity toward the deceased. It is an 100th 1912opportunity for the family not only to rewardthe deceased but also to clarify the meaning of Barrier-free Memorial Servicetheir lives, by learning the impermanent natureof life and appreciating the link of lives of their Memorial services can be held in Ikoiancestors. Service can be observed at Jodo Hall, which is located on the groundMission of Hawaii or at your home alter. level of the temple with bathrooms. If you are having a hard time going upstairs or even using an elevator, please feel free to call the office to make an appoint- ment. (Phone : 949-3995)YBA Meeting Baby Blessing Fujinkai Meeting We all hope our children will liveNO MEETING (Women’s association) their lives happily. Let’s have them in August August 7 at 8:30 a.m. blessed by a minister of Jodo Mission! May Amida Buddha’s love surround Sunday School them forever. Sewing Circle NO SUNDAYSCHOOL in August August 13 Wedding Service is available at 8:30 a.m. As a Buddhist, to pledge the eternal love ♪ ♪ Jodo Mission of Hawaii ♪ ♪ between husband and wife to Amida Bud- dha, is very important. If you are getting Children’s Choir “Malama” married or know a couple who is planning a こども合唱団マラマ wedding, please recommend our temple for the ceremony. August 28 at 10:45 a.m. Page 7
  8. 8. Miso SabaIngredients:2 fillets of saba2 1/2 T miso3/4 c sake1/4 c miringreen onions, sliced in 2 1/2” diagonalsDirections:Put 3/4 c sake into a skillet that is not yet heated. Add to this, 1/4 c mirinand 2 1/2 T of miso. Blend well.Cut each saba fillet into half. Slash the skin in an “X” pattern to helpthe flavor get into the fish.Place fish, skin side up, into the pan ofsake/mirin/miso and cover it with a lid. Turnheat on to “high” and allow the liquid to come toa boil. Continue to cook until liquid is reducedto a consistency of paste.Occasionally spoon liquidonto pieces of fish.Just before it is done, addsliced green onions. Lowerheat to medium andcontinue to reduce liquidand spoon it over pieces offish.Serving:Arrange pieces of fish on a plate, spoon sauce over pieces, addtop with some of the cooked green onions. Information by Rev. Narashiba; Photos by Rev. WatanabePage 8
  9. 9. AUTUMN O-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): 1. 2. 3. 4One 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, September 4, 2011FOR OFFICE USE ONLYOrder accepted by Date accepted / / (In person/ Mail / By phone)Received by Date accepted / / (In person/ Mail / By phone) Write O-HIGAN SERVICE The word “Higan” literally means “the other shore” in Japanese. One shore represents the world we are in, and the other shore “Higan” represents Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. The river represents the bad mind we all possess. The concept is that we practice the teaching to reach the other shore across the river. We have two Higan seasons in a year. One in spring, the other in autumn, as Higan is held during the week of the spring and autumn equinox. Shan Tao, one of the highest ranking priests of Jodo Buddhism in China said that the sun sets due west during the equinox thus it is a good opportunity to think about Bud- dha’s Pure Land which exists far away in the west, as well as appreciate our ances- tors who are also there. Please join us for our Higan-e service and think about Amida Buddha’s Pure Land and our ancestors. Our Higan-e Service will be held: Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 am Chutoba prayers will be conducted during this service. If you would like a Chutoba prayer for your ancestors, please fill out the form on this page and send it or drop it off at the Jodo Mission office by Sunday, September 4th. Thank you. Page 9
  10. 10. 2011 BON DANCE SCHEDULE OF JODO SHU TEMPLES Island Temple Phone No. Dates Times Oahu Betsuin 949-3995 Aug 19 to 20 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Haleiwa 637-4382 July 22 to 23 7/22: 8 pm – 10 pm 7/23: 8 pm – 11 pm Big Island Kurtistown August 6 8:00 pm [Hawaii] Call Rev. Miyazaki Hilo July 8 to 9 7/8: 7:30 pm (808) 935-6996 7/9: 8:00 pm Hakalau August 20 8:00 pm Hamakua August 13 6:30 pm Call Rev. Wansa Kohala July 9 6:30 pm (808) 775-0965 Hawi August 6 6:30 pm Maui Kahului Call Rev. John Hara June 24 to 25 7:00 pm Wailuku (808) 244-0066 June 17 7:00 pm Lahaina (808) 661-4304 July 2 7:00 pm Kauai Kapaa (808) 822-4319 July 22 to 23 7:30 pm Koloa (808) 742-6735 June 17 to 18 7:30 pm Apology for June Eitaikyo ListWe apologize for not listing the following deceased Obituariesperson in the June Bulletin: The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sin- cere condolences to the family members and 6/19 Akashi Miyoshi loved ones of the following members who have recently left this world for the Pure Land. Jodo Mission Office Hours: Betty Kimiko Hisamura 91 Nobuyo Hirota Arashiro 76 Monday to Saturday Shizuko Igawa 97 8am—5pm Itsuo Ogino 87 Sunday & Holidays Kie Takara 80 8am—3pm Kenneth Ito 96 Chiyoko Watanabe 87 Phone: 949-3995 Rev. Dwight Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Resident Minister Nakamura Head Minister Watanabe Retired Minister Resident Minister Page 10
  11. 11. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for August2 Sato Hirouji Kuranoshin Matsumoto Misao Kuniyuki The Miyamasu Family Yoshi Nishimura The Hirouji Family 12 Hatsuichi Karimoto Toshiyuki Ogawa The Nakamura Family Toraichi Kurakake Tadashi Nakamura 14 Ashizuchi Fujikami Janet Okawa The Fujikami Family 22 Yuri Hironaka Shizuo Yokomichi The Hironaka & Ishimoto Family3 Satsu Hashimoto The Yokomichi & Kondo Family Masuichi Tabata The Hashimoto Family Iichi Yanagihara Yoshijiro Iwamoto 23 Yoshisuke Masuda4 Masaichi Harada Raymond Totsuji Nishiyama Tsuru Nomura 15 Maki Hara The Nomura Family The Hara Family 24 Kazuo Kano Sumako Iguchi Bishop Shoshin Inouye The Kano & Wataba Family Kenkichi Kimoto The Nose Family Teisuke Hamamoto Keisuke Masuda Sata Nitta The Hamamoto Family Torano Toyoshiba Eizo Fukuda5 Tori Matsubara Noboru Hamamura Tatsuki Heirakuji The Matsubara Family Hatsue Yamada Watanabe Sueko Onaga Tahei Higashimura The Higashimura Family 16 Masao Mizuno 25 Tema Iuchi Mantaro Nitta The Mizuno & Ohta Family The Iuchi Family Toichiro Tomita Ume Miyamasu Kiku Masuda Yutaka Kubota The Miyamasu Family The Masuda & Asamura Family The Masaki Family Etsuko Ohta6 Toshiko Nishimura Yoneo Masuda The Ohta Family Yoshio Fujii The Masuda Family Koji Yasumoto Gladys Otsui Ikeda7 Kametaro Yano (2) 17 Toshikata Shinagawa The Yano Family David Kenji Moritsugu 26 Tadasuke Nishida The Yano, Konaka & Kiyoji Yamamoto Masaji Ishida Hayashi Family Kazuyo Furukawa Umeno Masuda Chokichi Tanaka Torao Maehara The Tanaka Family 18 Mitsuru Morisako Aiko Fukuhara The Morisako & Ishii Family 27 Harumi tasaka The Inouye Family Shinsuke Mito Shigeo Kobashigawa Kikuno Yamane The Mito Family The Kobashigawa Family Kaneichi Kato Fuji Yasumoto Hanayo Imai 28 Hitoshi Mizuno8 Takao Tsuda Miyuki Ono The Mizuno & Ohta Family Kitae Yamanaka Toraichi Kurakake Seikuro Hisamura The Yamanaka Family Rev. Ryokai Yamanaka Shichiemon Ebisuzaki (2) Zentoku Takara Ruysuke Machida Hana Noyama Kame Taira 19 Eiko Maeda 29 Tadashi Higashi9 Takeo Sato The Maeda Family The Higashi Family The Sato & Suzuki Family Kiyoshi Hisamura Kenji Hamada Hiro Yonemoto Hisano Oyabu The Hamada Family Tora Higashi The Oyabu & Kondo Family Atsushi Fujita The Hashimoto Baby Wakichi Suzui Family The Fujita Family Evelyn Murakami Takeshi Umetsu Masahiko Miyagi Yonemoto Family Sakae Matsumoto The Higashi Family 30 Thomas Takeshi Tanaka 20 Shizue Iwamoto Elsie Kikuya Tatei10 Seitaro Yamamoto Henry Hashimoto Katsumi Nishimoto The Suzuki & Yamamoto Family Kame Namihira Takaji Shigeoka Chie Nakagawa 31 Toshiyasu Misawa (2) Kinichi Imai Misawa & Watanabe Family Saburo Nishimura 21 Yoshisuke Sato Misawa Family Ito Fujita The Sato & Suzuki Akira Misawa The Fujita Family Yutaka Tejima Riyo Yano Hideo Yamagata The Tejima Family Saka Kuniyuki11 Tomegusu Kotake Morishige Inage
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday August 2011 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 10:30am Maunalani Visitation **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Hr7 8 9 10 11 12 13 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 10:00 Sunday Service 10am CCH visitation 8:30 Sewing Circle14 15 16 17 18 19 20 8:00 am Yasura Set Up 6:45pm Jizo Bon Prayer NO SUNDAY SERVICE Bon Dance Practice **3:15 pm Jodo Shu 11:45 Board Meeting 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm B o n D a n c e : 7:30 pm 11:00 p m21 22 23 24 25 26 27 8:00 Yagura Kuzushi NO SUNDAY SEVICE Bon Dance Clean-up28 29 30 31 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Children’s Choir Coming Events: Sept 4 Deadline for Autumn Chutoba Orders for Higan Service Sept 11 @ 10am Higan Service and Keiro Kai & Grandparents’ Day **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) Sept 16-18 Kyoku Convention at Betsuin Sept 22 @ 6 pm Zen Buddhism Panel Discussion #2