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  • Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - NOVEMBER 2012 (#1192-1112 Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested TOO MANY STAIRS Too many stairs so you cannot come to temple? This is not so. Jodo Mission of Hawaii has a lot of stairs HOWEVER, we do have an elevator to assist you. The elevator is to help you get to the Nokotsudo or Colum- barium or go to a service in the Hondo. Please contact the office at 949-3995 before coming to the temple to say you need to use the elevator and find out where the elevator is located. The elevator is located on the seaside of the tem- ple between the temple and the social hall building. Manypeople are dropped off in the front of the temple only to find out afterthey get to the office, there are two more flights of stairs to get to theHondo and the elevator is in the back. If someone is driving you to thetemple, please have them call the temple ahead of time so they arefamiliar with the location of the elevator. Anyone can ride the elevator. Barrier-Free Memorial Service: Memorial services can also beheld in Ikoi Hall which is on the first floor. There are restrooms at Ikoi Hall. Pleaseindicate when calling for your service reservation to specify Ikoi Hall.
  • The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (4) Heian Buddhism In 784, the imperial capital was transferred from Nara to Nagaoka and in 794 from there to Heian, the present-day Kyoto, where it was to remain nominally at least, until 1868. It is not entirely clear why the capital was removed to Heian. Possibly the grow- ing influence of the Nara school and their hold on the court had something to do with it. There is no doubt that as the power of Buddhism grew, its interest in secular matters increased and it is probably true that Emperor Kanmu (782-805) decided to remove from Nara at least partly in order not to be trouble with Buddhist bureaucracy. Thus the transfer of the capital to Kyoto marked a turning point into only in govern- ment affairs but also in the history of Buddhism. In the early in part of this period two extraordinary men Saicho (767- 822, generally known by his posthumous title Dengyo Daishi) and Kukai (774-853, commonly referred to as Kobo Daishi), separately estab- lished in the vicinity of the capital two new schools, Ten- dai and Shingon. The leaders of these schools were both men who went to China (at this time under the T’angDengyo Daishi Saicho dynasty) to acquaint themselves directly with the latesttheoretical and practical developments in the world of Buddhism. A prominentfeature of both schools is their comprehensive and harmonizing character. In ac-cordance with this orientation both sought to work out a system of thought inwhich every point of view, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, could be assigned aplace in an all embracing synthesis. As these schools grew in strength and influ-ence, the structures of thought they created served as the theoretical foundationfor the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism that later took place. Kobo Daishi Kukai Tendai is the Japanese from of the Chinese T’ien-t’ai, at once the name of a moun-tain in China, a temple situated on that mountain, and a school founded at that temple by Chi-I (538-597). Itwas there that Saicho studied and from there that he returned to Japan to found the Tendai School. The Japa-nese Tendai founded by him is quite different from its Chinese original, since it includes four branches ofBuddhism; Chinese proper T’ien-tai teachings, Zen practices, Buddhist disciplines of the Northern Tradition,and Esoteric teachings. Japanese Tendai is not a purely esoteric type of Buddhism as is Shingon, which exclu-sively taught esoteric teachings. The most important achievement of Saicho was perhaps the establishment of Mahayana rules in order toordain novices in his own monastery at Mt. Hiei, independent of the clerical bureaucracy of the older schoolsin Nara. Until his time, it had been compulsory for all Japanese priests to receive the rules of the SouthernTradition of Buddhism. Since Saicho believed in the Northern type of Buddhism and followed Mahayanateachings, it was quite natural for him to declare independence from the older tradition of obtaining preceptsat the ordination platform of the Nara schools. The priests of the old school strongly opposed his ideas, and itwas only after his death that his efforts to establish Mahanaya rules were officially recognized by the emperor.Since that time, the Mount Hiei Tendai Center has grown to became one of the largest and most importantplaces in Japan for the study and practice of Buddhism. One indication of its influence is that all their power-ful currents of the Kamakura period—Pure Land, Zen, and Nichiren—derive from Japanese Tendai Bud-dhism. In this sense it can be said that Japanese Tendai is the fountain head of many Japanese Buddhistschools and denominations. (To be continued) From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Pag 2 Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation
  • Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 22 St. Honen’s Exile from Kyoto (Part 1) (Nov. 2012) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe第22回 法然上人の配流【一】 (2012年11月) およそ800年前,法然上人は仏さまの大いなる慈悲に気づかれて浄土宗を開きました。あらゆる人に等しく救いの道を開く画期的な教えでした。お念仏の教えは,それまで救いの手が差し伸べられていないと思われていた人々に多くの喜びと希望をもたらしました。 しかし,その念仏の流行を快く思わない人たちもいました。貴族社会に依存してきた守旧派です。既成の体制にしがみついている人々にとって,すべての人に救いの道を開くお念仏の教えは,自らの存立基盤を揺るがす危険思想であり,まさに「不都合な真実」でした。その「真実」を覆い隠すために,彼らは当時の政府に念仏の禁止を求めました。さらに,念仏を勧める僧侶たちの悪口を盛んに言いふらしました。残念なことに,彼らの思惑は功を奏し,些細な事件をきっかけに法然教団への弾圧が始まりました。 あるとき,後鳥羽上皇が熊野の霊場へ行幸しました。その折,法然上人の弟子である安楽と住蓮は,東山で六時礼讃という極楽浄土を讃える法要を催しました。美声で知られる安楽と住蓮の法要に多くの人々が集まりました。中でも,宮廷に仕える女性二人は大いに感動して,菩提心を発して出家しました。ところが,お念仏の流行を快く思わない官吏が,京都から戻った後鳥羽上皇に,法然上人の弟子が宮廷の女官をたぶらかしたと讒言をしたのです。上皇はその報告を受け激怒して,住蓮と安楽に死罪を命じました。さらに,法然上人は京都から遠く離れた四国へ流罪となり,親鸞聖人もまた新潟へ配流されることになりました。こうして,浄土宗の教団とお念仏の教えは,最大の試練を迎えることになります。(次回へ続く)Vol. 22 St. Honen’s Exile from Kyoto <Part 1> (Nov. 2012) About 800 years ago, St. Honen realized the great compassion of Amida Buddhaand started Jodo Shu. Nembutsu is an epoch-making teaching to show everyone theway to the Pure Land. And it has brought people much joy and hope. However, some didn’t like the movement. They were “the old-guard” who deeplydepended on the aristocracy. They thought that Honen’s movement threatened the ex-istence of the old regime because Nembutsu was open to everyone—regardless of gen-der, status, wealth, or education. In other words, Nembutsu was “an inconvenient truth”for them. To cover up “the truth,” the adversaries tried to abolish Nembutsu. Theyspread damaging rumors about Honen’s group and pressured the government to banHonen’s teaching. Unfortunately, as they expected, a small incident caused a major sup-pression of the Nembutsu movement. The retired Emperor Go-Toba happened to make a trip to the Kumano shrine.During his absence, his two maids joined a special Nembutsu service officiated byHonen’s disciples, Juren and Anraku, who were famous for having beautiful voices.These women were so impressed that they became nuns. On the emperor’s return,someone reported the story to him that Honen’s disciples had tempted his maids. Theemperor became so angry that he imposed the death penalty on Juren and Anraku.Moreover, St. Honen was sentenced to exile in a distant province, or Shikoku. St.Shinran, who was the founder of Hongwanji, was sentenced to exile in Niigata. Thus, theJodo Shu faced the greatest challenge since its beginning. (To be continued) Page 3
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS O-Juya Service 2013 Jodo Shu Calendar Will be held on Sunday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. Live the Jodo Shu style each and every day, “Doing good deeds (reciting Namu sharing in the love and Amida Butsu) here and now exceeds a compassion of Amida thousand years of good deeds in the Buddha year round with land of all the Buddhas.” the messages of distin- At Jodo Mission, it is customary guished priests. Calen- for us to offer sweet treats to Amida dar is for January through Buddha. Please do not forget your December 2013. Free calendar is sweet treats to share with everyone. available. Please order your calendar now before we run out. (But not leftovers from Halloween.) Please call Jodo Mission of Please join us for our O-Juya Hawaii at 949-3995 by Service on Sunday, November 11, at 10 a.m. November 11. Sunday School We welcome children to join our Sunday School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu by doing various activities. 11/18 at 10:45 am Jodo Mission of Hawaii Children’s Choir “Malama” Fujinkai Meeting (Women’s Association) こども合唱団マラマ Sewing Circle 11/4 8:30 am 11/4 at 11:15 a.m. No Sewing Circle for November, Any child ages 5 to 9 years old can join. YBA Meeting December, and They will sing mainly Japanese songs and January No YBA Meeting Buddhist gathas. Practice will be in Japa- in November nese. ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫Page 4
  • 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, prefectureto prefecture. This is because Buddhism has been localized to fit to the custom in each ar-ea. Since Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii from the various regions of Japan, cere-monial 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, Iwould like to explain the standard procedure of doing a service. As the first, let me showyou the two common procedures of having funerals among the members of Jodo Missionof 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 5
  • Power of Sweet Potato Mark Nakamura, Hawaii Buddhist Council President, recently sent an article regarding thepower of the purple sweet potato, which we would like to share. The purple sweet potato: The latest in a long line of poten- tial Superfoods. The sweet potato coloring contains the chemical anthocyanin, which is known to lower the risk of cancer and could even possibly slow down certain types of diseases. The color is the important part because the purple color is responsible for the amount of anthocyanin in the potato. Scientists have already used two strands of anthocyanin to treat colon cancel and found that the pig- ment slowed down the growth of cancerous cells. Anthocyanin, which produces, red, blue or purple colors in different types of food, can also befound in blueberries, red grapes and red cabbage, however the specially grown purple sweet potatohas a higher concentration of the chemical than any other species of potato. SWEET POTATO (Kamote) far exceeds the nutrition and health values of rice. Here are thebenefits of substituting rice with kamote: 1. Sweet potato is more filling and suppresses hunger pangs longer. It is also cheaper thanrice. 2. Unlike rice, it is easy to grow. It grows in backyards with or without fertilizers. Localgovernment executives can provide their poor communities with idle government land for plantingkamote which the entire community can share. 3. Unlike rice which needs to be eaten with a dish, Sweet Potato tastes good and can be eatenby itself. Thus, substituting rice with sweet potato saves money for other needs. 4. Rice cannot match the nutritional values of potato. Because rice converts to sugar in thebody, many become diabetics. The poor tends to load up on rice and less on the main dish which aremore expensive. That makes them vulnerable to diabetes, an ailment known in developed countriesas a rich man’s disease. 5. The nutritional values of a 3 oz. baked sweet potato are: calories 90, fat 0 g, saturated fat0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, carbohydrate 21 g, protein 2 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sodium 36 mg. Too much riceconsumption can make you sick, but sweet potato (kamote) can be healthy and keep away somehealth problems. These have been proven medically. Sweet Potato (Kamote) lowers hyptertension, bad cholesterol and even blood sugar wheneaten as a substitute to rice! The purple sweet potato (kamote) is particularly effective for low-ering hypertension. EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HAPPY!Page 6
  • MAHALO and ARIGATO THANK YOU to all who came out on Sun-day, October 21, to assist with Bazaar prepara-tion! Thank you also to everyone who came to helptake things out and all those who came during theweek of October 22 to October 27 to sort and priceall the various items donated by temple members,friends and relatives. It is hard work trying to dust,sometimes wash or clean the item, price and present items so people couldpurchase them. Many people bring things in boxes, trash bags, etc. Then theymust be sorted. As you can see from the mountains of clothing below, thereare always a lot of clothing. We appreciate your help! THANK YOU also to those who came out on Bazaar Day, October 28,to help those who had questions, to help sell items, to help fold and fold againthe many tons and tons of clothing for sale, to help people finding a place topark the car, the cashiers who were most pressured when the lines got long andsomeone had a lot of things to purchase. THANK YOU also to the many peo-ple who made baked goods, tsukemono, pickled vegetables, spam rice, andother treats. We appreciate you taking the time to make these items for sale. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SHOP FOR BAR-GAINS! What is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Wehope you had fun shopping and made friends. THANK YOU EVERYONE! This is the beginning. Taking out the boxes and bags of things for the Bazaar. BAZAAR DAY! Page 7
  • HELP NEEDED For Nokutsudo/Columbarium Our Nokutsudo or Columbarium has grown and is still growing. We needmore help with cleanup. What type of help is needed you might ask? Clean up would include throwingout old flowers, carefully washing vases and putting them back onto the shelf,changing water in vases if flowers are still good, etc. It does not mean this is foronly women to do. Men are most welcome to help.Presently, our only male helper is Gene Ikeda. If you are able to help, please contact the templeoffice at 949-3995 with possible times you are availa-ble to help. If you can only help sometimes, thatwould be most appreciated. Please contact the office.Any help is most appreciated. . Thank you.A R I G AT O ! Omigaki: On Sunday, December 16, 2012, we will have omigaki cleaning after Sunday Service. This is the cleaning and polishing of various ornaments on the tem- ple altar including candle holders. Monthly Bulletin Monthly Bulletin If you would like to know more We would appreciate your response toabout Jodo Mission of Hawaii, please our monthly Bulletin. Is it interesting?inquire about adding your name to our What type of interesting things would youlist of e-mails or regular mail. We like to see in our Bulletin? We try to informwould be more than happy to add you you as to what is going on at the temple. Weon to our e-mail or regular mailing list. understand some of you are not able to comeAll of your information will be confi- to the temple. Would you rather see moredential. Please call at 949-3995 things in Japanese characters? Would you rather see more photos or less photos? What We are encouraging those who have type of articles do you like to read? Woulde-mail addresses to let us send you themonth bulletin via e-mail to save our you rather see another format?environment! Your response is most appreciated. Please either write or call the temple with your comments.Page 8
  • MOCHI (Dec. 29) ORDER FORM おもち注文表 Deadline for order is Saturday, December 8, 2012 注文締め切り12月8日 PLEASE PRINT NAME 名前 HOME PHONE NO. 電話番号 OKASANE おかさね KOMOCHI こもち TOTAL $4.00/SET 3” SIZE $3.50/POUND 合計 SETS LBS DOLLARS DOLLARS DOLLARSFOR OFFICE USE ONLYOrder accepted by: _______________ Date accepted: _____/_____/_2012 (In person/ Mail / Phone) Received by: _______________ Date paid: _____/_____/_2012 (Cash / Check# ) Cut MOCHI With the New Year just around the corner it is once again time to order our delec- table mochi. This year, we will be selling Okasane and Komochi. Please fill out the mochi order form above. The deadline to submit your mochi order form is Saturday, December 8th. Mochi is to be picked up on: Saturday, December 29, 2012 From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm And to those who would like to learn and make mochi with us, we will be making mochi on Saturday, December 29th from 7:00 am. This is a fun and memorable experience for all, especially families (a family who makes mochi together sticks together). Please come and join us. We look forward to seeing you. Page 9
  • What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sin- This record of a perpetual memorial ser- cere condolences to the family members vice and is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. and loved ones of the following members When the date of death occurs for a person who have recently left this world for the listed on this record, the ministers pray for Pure Land. that individual during the morning service. The prayers will continue each year for as Sueko Umemoto 94. long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put your own name on the list, too. This also RELAX! Tips and ideas for helps when it is difficult to have memorial services. We also welcome you to attend the stress-management: Did you know morning service at 8:30am. that 20 minutes of deep relaxation rests the body more than four hours worth of How to apply sleep? Simply taking a break from your Stop by the office, and fill out the applica- busy schedule to close your eyes and tion form. Each name costs $200. After the breathe deeply can have a wonderful application is accepted, the name will be effect on your ability to handle all your listed on the record. responsibilities. Find a time that works for you. Early in the morning, during a coffee or lunch break at work, before you begin your evening, or before going to sleep, give yourself a few minutes. Jodo Mission Office Whether you call it a “power nap”, Hours: “TPM” (Twenty-Five Peaceful Minutes), or just a quick break, taking a Monday to Saturday few minutes to relax every day gives 8am—5pm you the benefits of more energy and a Sunday & Holidays calmer frame of mind. [Peggy Miyamoto shared this from her Macy’s 8am—3pm Credit Union newsletter.] Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Rev. Dwight Rev. Yubun Narashiba Nakamura Head Minister Resident Minister Watanabe Resident Minister Retired MinisterPage 10
  • Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for November1 Gensaku Nakagawa Natsu Kanemoto The Fukuda Family The Nakagawa Family The Kanemoto & Miyamoto Mamu Iwasaki Hidetsugu Kanai Family Yaeko Uesugi Sadao Hedani Otome Sugiyama (2) Kaname Tanimura Masao Takeda Yoshio Kanehira Tadao Murashige Mildred Asako Tsuda 20 Naka Iwamoto The Iwamoto Family2 Koichi Yoshiumi 10 Yoshisuke Miyakawa Totaro Nomiyama The Yoshiumi Family The Miyakawa Family Toyo Terada Koichi Nakamura Shinayo Kano Yoshi Yamanaka Jiro Masuda The Kano & Watabe Family Taru Namihira Kenjiro Ishii Rev. Myoshun Hayashi Tari Sato The Hayashi Family 21 Bishop Kyokujo Kubokawa Shuichi Ota3 Fuji Yoshisaki Clarence Katsuji Morimoto 22 Wasa Hamada The Yoshisaki Family The Hamada Family Tsurue Hayase 11 Tsuru Teramoto Shina Karamatsu The Teramoto Family The Karamatsu Family4 Kiichi Saiki Tamotsu Sugiyama (2) Minnosuke Ebisugawa Kanji Kimoto Soyo Nishida Mamoru Tatei Emi Taira Yonoichi Kitagawa Fusae Oshita Shigenobu Tamashiro Herbert H. Kano Paul Shigeyuki Sakuda Hisayo Okawa5 Kanichi Iwamoto 23 Matsue Inoue The Iwamoto Family 12 Tomohei Tejima The Inoue Family Matsutaro Tanimura The Tejima Family Sano Matsumoto The Tanimura Family Sueji Yano Yutaka Matsumoto Yuriko Sano Yoshiichi Takemoto Yasuichi Hamasaki 13 Matsujiro Tsurusaki Kinji Yamamoto Katajiro Yamamoto The Tsurusaki & Inada Family Takami Aoki6 Kinroku Morita 14 Shiro Fukunaga (2) 24 Tatsuo Tsuda The Morita Family Alice Chieko Masatsugu Yonezo Kitagawa Jihei Shimokawa The Shimokawa Family 15 Gentaro Arita 25 Tadao Nakamura Tokizo Fujita The Arita Family Matsuyo Yamamoto Tomi Tominaga Toyomi Moritsugu Tsutomu Kuniyuki Jihei Shimokawa Kana Teruya Enosuke Kawasugi 26 Asako Yamamoto7 Taeko Mizuno Rosalie Katsuko Nishimura Kieko "Kay" Fuse Mizuno & Ota Family Toyoichi Yamada Miyoko Matsumura Tadahito Sakuda Noboru Tarumoto The Sakuda Family 16 Tora Otani Shoichi Hisamura The Otani & Yanagihara Family 27 Chisaburo Azuma Kimiko Nobuji Shosaku Yagi The Azuma Family Hatsue Gonhata The Yagi & Okada Family Jane Hatsuko Higa Aki Ikeda Kazuo Hayashi Hisako Kurakake (2) Kenji Sano The Hayashi Family Koichi Ono 28 Tameno Fujimoto8 Machidas Baby The Ono & Yamada Family The Fujimoto Family Masao Uno Mitsuko Yanagihara Hatsuo Murao The Uno Family Fumi Miyamoto Bansuke Tomai 29 Junichi Oki The Tomai Family 18 Jinkichi Tanaka Heizo Furukawa Tsutomu Hanano The Tanaka & Noda Family Kazuo Gonhata Kimie Hashimoto 30 Tsuma Ishida Kazo Kubota The Ishida & Aimoto Family 19 Onsho Chinen Shizu Shigeoka9 Iwao Iwamoto The Chinen Family Usanosuke Otani The Iwamoto Family Saku Fukuda
  • 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday November 2012 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 34 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 5 6 7 8 9 10 10:00 SundayService Haleiwa Centennial 11:15 Malama Children’s Celebration Choir11 12 13 14 15 16 17 10:00 O-Juya Service 11:45 Board Meeting18 19 20 21 22 23 24 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Sunday School25 26 27 28 29 30 10:00 Sunday ServiceHEALTH TIPS (Flu season is here): COMING EVENT:1) Wash your hands frequently. 11/22: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!2) Drink lots of water; eat lots of fruits and vegetables. 12/2 8:00 am—General Cleanup3) If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth, use a Kleenex and then 12/9 HBC Jodo-e Service (Bodhi Day Service) throw it away. If you cover your mouth with your hands, please be sure to 12/16 Omigaki (cleaning of brass ornaments at altar) wash it right away or use a hand sanitizer. 12/28: 9:00 am—Mochitsuki preparation4) Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. 12/29: 7:00 am Mochitsuki; Pickup: 1:00 pm to 4pm5) If you are sick, stay home or try not to go to crowded areas where you may make others sick.