Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - April 2012


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  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - APRIL 2012 (#1185-0412)Jodo Mission of Hawaii1429 Makiki St.Honolulu HI 96814Address Service Requested HBC BUDDHA DAY CELEBRATIONApril 8th is the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha. This birthdaycelebration is known as "Buddha Day” and is also known as“Hanamatsuri”. The Hawaii Buddhist Council cordially inviteseveryone to the Buddha Day Service. WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2012 WHERE: Nichiren Mission of Hawaii 33 Pulelehua Way, Honolulu TIME: 9:00 a.m. —Ceremony Guest Speaker: Rev. Eisei Ikenaga Entertainment by Matsuri Taiko Admission: FreeParking is limited: We will have a bus leaving Jodo Mission at 8:15 a.m. to Nichiren Missionand return at 11:30 a.m. Please sign up for the bus ride by calling Jodo Mission of Hawaii949-3995. Deadline for the bus ride is April 1, 2012.Please join the Hawaii Buddhist Council on April 8th to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday.
  2. 2. Buddha Day Guest Speaker Rev. Eisei Ikenaga Rev. Eisei Ikenaga is presently at the Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. He was born in 1959,in Saga City, Japan. He attended Roosevelt High, in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from theUniversity of Hawaii in 1982. He also graduated from the University of California, Los Ange-les in 1986; and Rissho University in 1991. He worked as a minister at Daikyoji, Honmonji,and Enyuji in Japan. He worked at the Nichiren Buddhist International Center, in Hayward,California, and at Sao Paulo Hokekyoji in Brazil. He taught in the English Department at To-kyo Rissho Junior College, and in the Department of Buddhism at Rissho University. Hanamido for Buddha Day Celebration The Hawaii Buddhist Council Buddha Day celebration will be held on Sunday, April 8beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. Pictured on the right is a Hanamido fully decorated with flow-ers, with Baby Buddha in the center. This represents the Lumbini Gar-den where Baby Buddha was born. Sweet tea or amacha is pouredover the statute of Buddha. The tea symbolizes the gentle rains that fellon the day Buddha was born. At the Buddha Day celebration, please be sure to bow in front ofBaby Buddha and pour some amacha over the Baby Buddha statute. The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist temples: HigashiHongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission,Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. It is alwaysnice to get together with fellow Buddhists! Please come and celebrate Buddha’s Birthday! ANNOUNCEMENTS ♫ ♪ Jodo Mission of Hawaii ♫ Sunday School YBA Children’s Choir “Malama” We welcome children to join our Sun- Convention Our Children’s Choir will meet on day School. Let’s enjoy studying Planning Onembutsu by doing various activities. Sunday, April 15, at 10:45 a.m.. Meeting Any child ages 5 to 8 years old can join. 4/8/12 @ 11:30 a.m. April 15 at Children will sing mainly Japanese songs 11:30 a.m. and Buddhist gathas. Practice will be in 4/29/12 @ 10:45 a.m. Japanese. FUJINKAI ♫ ♪ Ukulele by Stuart Nago ♫(women’s association) Sewing Circle Please come and enjoy uku- April 1st at 8:30 a.m. lele music by Stuart Nago April 14 and 28, 2012 ******** 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 15 atOahu Rengo Fujinkai 10:00 a.m. after Sunday Any interested person isApril 22 at 10:30 a.m. Service. He may also play welcome to participate. his guitar.Page 2
  3. 3. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 17 What Is He Doing with His Hands? (Apr. 2012) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe第17回 仏像とその心:釈迦如来像(2012年4月) 仏伝によると,ブッダは,三十二相八十種好という人々と異なる特徴を具えていたそうです。仏像はこの仏伝に基づいて作られています。たとえば,白毫相といって,ブッダは眉と眉の間に白い毛がうずを巻いていると説かれます。仏像では水晶を円形に彫り両眉の間に挿し込んでそれを示しています。 多くの寺院では,釈迦如来と阿弥陀如来を大切にして,二尊を本堂にお祀りしています。ただ,上記の特徴はすべてのブッダに共通しているため,仏像の容貌を見ただけでは見分けがつきません。そこで見分けるにはその両手に注目してみましょう。手の位置や指の曲げ方で,その仏像がどの仏さまか分かります。仏さまの印相は,それぞれの仏さまの教えや性質を象徴しています。 まず,釈迦如来像について説明しましょう。右手は,肘を曲げて前につき出し,指を曲げずに開いて,掌を外に向けています。左手は,膝の上に安んじて,同じく指を開いて掌を上に向けています。この印相はお釈迦さま特有のものです。右手の印を施無畏印,左手の印を与願印と呼びます。施無畏は不安の除去,与願は願いの成就を示します。つまり,釈迦如来像は,人々の不安を取り除き,願いをかなえる存在として表されています。大乗仏教では,広く悩める人間を救済すること,すなわち自利よりも利他を中心にしています。お釈迦様の両手は,まさに利他の精神を示す印であり,慈悲としての仏のあり方を示しているのです。Vol. 17 What Is He Doing with His Hands? (Apr. 2012) As legend goes, Buddha, or an Awakened One, has 32 major charac-teristics and 80 minor characteristics which distinguish Him from other peo-ple. Buddha’s images reflect these characteristics. For example, it is said thatthe Buddha has a white curl between the eyebrows and the white curl givesoff light. That’s why Buddha’s statue has a round crystal between the eye-brows. We honor Sakyamuni Buddha and Amida Buddha. Many temples placethe two Buddhas’ images in the sanctuary. The above characteristics arecommon to all Buddhas. So, it’s difficult to distinguish between the twoBuddhas by their looks. How can we tell them apart? Let us focus on theirhands. The position of their hands and fingers teaches us which is which.Signs made with the hands symbolize Buddhist teaching and the personalityof each Buddha. Page 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge cont’d Sakyamuni Buddha makes symbolic signs with his hands (see pic- tures below). The right hand is shown with the palm up and out. The right elbow is bent and the forearm is raised. The left hand is shown with the palm down and out in His lap. The right hand means Buddha removes our fears. The left hand means Buddha fulfills our wishes. In Mahayana, a Buddhist should put others before oneself. We should be unselfish. Sakya- muni Buddha’s hands symbolize the main concept of Mahayana, or the great compassion. He teaches us the way of life and leads us to the Enlightenment. (To be continued) Photo 2: Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple in Nara Photo1: Oldest Buddha at Asukadera Temple in Nara DEN DEN MUSHI This year five students from Shukutoku University Panel Theatre Group came to Hawaii toperform their picture story show and visiting care homes, schools and Jodo Missions. Due toscheduling, the only day available at the Betsuin was February 16 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone who at-tended enjoyed the Den Den Mushi performance. As you can see from photos above, the studentsreally enjoyed themselves in Hawaii. After arriving on February 9, they visited Maui and stayed at the Lahaina Jodo Mission.While on Maui, they performed at the Lahaina and Wailuku Jodo Missions, Kahului and WailukuHongwanji Pre-Schools. They visited the Children of the Rainbow Pre-School, King KamehamehaIII School (Grades K-1) and Kahului Hale Mahaolu. We await Den Den Mushi’s visit next year! Page 4
  5. 5. FUJINKAI On February 26, 2012 the Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai held its 89th General MembershipMeeting. The meeting began with a ceremonial offering of candle, incense and flowers whilethe ladies sang “Imasasagu”, followed by chanting by the ministers and offering of incense byvarious Temple organizations, Fujinkai, Kyodan, YBA, Intermediate YBA and Sunday School.The business meeting was held with President Sally Hayashi thanking the Fujinkai ladies as wellas their families and friends for the many Temple events that the Fujinkai ladies participate in,i.e. Spring and Fall O-Higan refreshments with the delicious bota mochi or in the fall it is calledohagi, O-Bon services, Bon Dance, Bazaar, mochi making. In looking forward to the comingyear 2012, she asked the ladies to plan to attend the Laypersons and Hawaii Rengo Conventionin September on Kauai as it is a wonderful way of meeting other Fujinkai members from theother temples. Below is a photo honoring our keiro members and supporters who were 80 yearsold and older. Happy Keiro members and supporters each received a container of Sekihan or happy rice. Sekihan or Happy Rice made of mo- chi rice and azuki beans were given Everyone singing Imasasagu while the offering to Keiro members of candle, incense & flowers were presented Altar FlowersOfferings of candle, incense &flowers Mrs.Kitagawa and her group New member Tracy Shige- Mrs. Kimiko Diamond passed out door prizes and bingo receives her door prize. mura receives her door price prizes. Long time member Aki Nishiyama First general membership from Sunday School student receives her door prize from Sunday meeting she attended & Takeru School student Sophie she looks happy! Page 5
  6. 6. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) This record of a perpetual memorial service and The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extendsis called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of its sincere condolences to the familydeath occurs for a person listed on this record, the members and loved ones of the followingministers pray for that individual during the morn- members who have recently left thising service. The prayers will continue each year for world for the Pure long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put yourown name on the list, too. This also helps when it Masayuki Nishihara 73is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Alfred Akira Tanaka 67come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Chiyo Fuse Azuma 102 How to apply Noboru Yokoyama 84 Stop by the office, and fill out the applicationform. Each name costs $200. After the applicationis accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Wedding Services, Baby Blessings, House Blessings are available upon request. Wedding Services: If you are planning to Jodo Mission Office Hours: get married or know someone who is planning a wedding or if you would like to renew your wedding vows, you are welcome to recom- Monday to Saturday mend our Temple. To pledge eternal love be- 8am—5pm tween husband and wife to Amida Buddha is Sunday & Holidays very important. 8am—3pm Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s love surround our children with love. Phone: 949-3995 House Blessings: May your new house, 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
  7. 7. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for April1 Anzaemon Kajioka Yoshiko Hara Francis Sadamu Furutani, Jr. The Kajioka & Morita Family 12 Naka Nakamura 23 Bishop Sensho Fukuda Yae Ogata Toshiko Umemoto Eiko Gushikuma Mistuko Arakawa Shigeichi Aoki Shimoyo Karamatsu 13 Yasuko Daitoku Moushi Uyehara Seiichi Kimura The Daitoku & Fujimoto Family Shigeo Tom Muranaka2 Ryosaku Maeda Kayo Doi 24 Setsuyo Misawa (2) The Maeda Family Tsuyo Uchiumi The Misawa Family Shuzaburo Kunihiro Zentoku Uyehara The Watanabe Family The Kunihiro Family Yasu Iguchi Yoshio Kunimoto Masao Kamihara Masashi Yamane James Isamu Tomita 25 Michizo Imaguchi (2) 14 Heiji Yasumoto The Imaguchi Family3 Kinjuro Ajimura The Yasumoto Family Yasuko Ueda The Ajimura Family Yoshi Okamura (2) Tsunegoro Iwamoto Katsuichi Takeda Kiyoto Kawaoka Soichi Sakai The Takeda Family 15 Toso Kamisato Takeo Kuniyuki 26 Kikujiro Yokoyama The Kamisato Family Katsusaburo Yamamoto The Yokoyama & Morita Family The Aoki Family Kikue Kubota Makoto Takahashi Mikayo Higashimura Masato Ishida4 Masayo Kusunoki Toshiro Kawabe Haruko Teruya The Kusunoki Family The Kawabe Family Shinichi Amakawa Masakane Himuro 27 Misae Umemoto The Amakawa Family Kenji Hayashi The Umemoto Family Hitomi Miyaura Toshiko Sumida Nishimoto The Ida Family The Matsushima Family5 Tsune Isobe 16 Bunsuke Isobe The Isobe Family The Isobe Family Shizue Nose Robert Murakami Mamoru Najita Ryu Tsurusaki Isematsu Takenaka The Tsurusaki & Inada Family 28 Rokusuke Yanagihara Kazumitsu Kaya Masatoshi Umemoto The Yanagihara Family Patsy Hisako Himuro Iwakichi Matsuda7 Yasu Hirohama Mitsuyoshi Gushikuma The Toichi Funamoto Family The Hirohama & Kawasugi Family Misao Yamane Kikujiro Uchiumi 17 Kenichi Namba Masa Miyao Okamoto Naomi Fuse Johnson The Namba Family Ume Kawamura Fay Johnson Tsuneharu Imaguchi Yumi Yokoyama 29 Mitsuyo Kamioka Isaburo Terada 18 Toyokichi Iguchi The Kamioka & Toru Yamane The Iguchi & Sasaki Family Hanaoka Family Eki Mineishi Tatsuyo Ohara (2)8 Tadaichi Aoki The Mineishi Family The Ohara Family The Aoki Family Yojiro Watanabe Tsuchi Kajioka Kojiro Okamoto 19 Jun Kunihiro Heijiro Asai The Okamoto & Nakamoto Family The Kunihiro Family Tsune Uesugi Shigekichi Yoshizaki Motoo Ueda Koji Kamioka The Yoshizaki Family The Ueda Family Manzuchi Higashi Naotaka Hayashi Maka Tamanaha Kazuto Hamada Misue Imamoto The Tamanaha Family Hatsumi Nakamura Yoshio Takara Matsutaro Shimizu Yoshiyo Yanagihara Masamitsu Nakano Isamu Yoshioka Mitsuyo Kanai Yoshida9 Shizuko Hironaka Thomas Lai 30 Tsuru Matsuno The Hironaka & Ishimoto Family 20 Hiroshi Ohta Esa Yamane Fumie Iwasaki Mantsu Takara Kume Nakamoto Tokio Nishikawa Shozaemon Matsumoto The Nakamoto &10 Tomi Arakawa Mildred Yukiko Ito Sakagawa Family Matsuji Yamamoto The Matsuno Family 21 Naomi Takara The Yamane Family &11 Tsunekichi Matsuno Genichi Tamura Harada Family The Matsuno Family 22 Kyoichi Koyama Shigetaka Imada Sadako Yokoyama The Koyama Family Miyoko Shindo The Yokoyama & Morita Family Teru Sakuda Chieko Miyakawa The Sakuda Family Hiroshi Nakai Sada Harada The Nakai Family The Kohatsu Family Kazu Saiki Kyoichi Koyama Page 7
  8. 8. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday April 2012 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 2 3 4 5 6 7 10:00 Obetsuji Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour Deadline; O-Toba orders8 9 am HBC Buddha Day 9 10 11 12 13 14 Service at Nichiren Mission 8:30 am Sewing Class 11:30 Sunday School 11:45 Board Meeting15 16 17 18 19 20 21 10:00 Sunday Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour 10:45 Malama Children’s Choir 11:30 YBA Convention Meeting22 10:00 Sunday Service 23 24 25 26 27 28 8:30 am Sewing Class 10:30 Oahu Rengo Fujinkai Convention29 10:-00 Juzukuri Service 30 10:45 Sunday SchoolCOMING EVENTS: ** Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station)Yard Cleanup Day: Sunday, May 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m.YBA Lei Making Project on Friday, May 25 for Punchbowl graves.