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 7, 2013 WHERE: Honpa Hongwanji Mission (1727 Pali Highway) TIME: 9:00 am Buddha Day Service at Main Temple 10:30 am Entertainment at Social Hall 11:00 am-1:00 pm Games, Activities, Food Both, Bounce House Admission: FreeParking is limited: Please car pool if possible. Parking is also available at Hongwanji Mis-sion School (enter from Iliahi St) and Soto Mission of Hawaii (1708 Nuuanu Ave).Please join the Hawaii Buddhist Council on April 7th to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’sbirthday. Address Service Requested Honolulu HI 96814 1429 Makiki St. Jodo Mission of Hawaii (#1197-0413) Bulletin - APRIL 2013 Jodo Mission of Hawaii
Hanamido for Buddha Day Celebration The Hawaii Buddhist Council Buddha Day celebration will be held on Sunday, April 7beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Pictured on the right is a Hanamido fully decorated with flowers,with Baby Buddha in the center. This represents the Lumbini Gardenwhere Baby Buddha was born. Sweet tea or amacha is poured over thestatute of Buddha. The tea symbolizes the gentle rains that fell on theday 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! ANNO UNCE M E NT S Sunday School ♫ ♪ Jodo Mission of Hawaii ♫ YB AWe welcome children to join our Sun- Children’s Choir “Malama”day School. Let’s enjoy studying No Meeting Our Children’s Choir meeting inOnembutsu by doing various activities. in April April to be announced). Any child ages 5 to 8 years old can join. 4/28 @ 10:45 a.m. Children will sing mainly Japanese songs and Buddhist gathas. Practice will be in Jap- anese. F UJ I NK A I (women’s association) ♫ ♪ Ukulele by Stuart Nago ♫ Sewing Circle No meeting in April Please come and enjoy uku- ******** lele music by Stuart Nago April 13 and 27, 2013 Oahu Rengo Fujinkai on Sunday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. April 21 at Haleiwa 10:00 a.m. after Sunday Ser- vice. He may also play his Any interested person is guitar. welcome to participate. Jodo Mission Hanamatsuri Will be held on Sunday, April 28, at the temple. We look forward to seeing all of you at the service. WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2013 WHERE: Jodo Mission of Hawaii TIME: 10:00 a.m. Page 2
Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 26 Think Different (Apr. 2013) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe A Buddhist walks the road that leads to Enlightenment. We be-lieve in the nature of Buddha in our mind and follow the teaching of Buddha. Wehave to think and behave as Buddha and his disciples have done. Now, I’d like totalk about a promise as an example of Buddha’s thinking. Through this story I hopewe will learn the process of Buddha’s thinking and practice it in our lives. It is important to keep our promises. Parents or teachers often say to us,“Keep your word” or “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.” That is our hope. Politi-cians make campaign pledges. Business people make contracts. The world is full ofpromises. It is essential for us to keep them for our prosperity. However, I think there is no promise to keep. In fact, there is no promise tokeep exactly as it is expected. That is Buddha’s way of thinking. We can say “ThinkDifferent” in the words of Steve Jobs. For example, let us imagine an appointmentto meet someone. To reach the meeting place on time is easy to say but hard to do.Many factors can be obstacles to our plans: health, weather, and traffic. Even if wemet the schedule as promised, we might need to fine-tune the time and place. Inthat sense, the promise is not kept perfectly. It is very lucky to see each other atthe right place on time. That’s why we appreciate people’s effort and luck to fulfillpromises. A Buddhist doesn’t accept the worldly rule in its original form. People thinkBuddhism as nihilistic because Buddhists often deny the idea. However, to reject theidea is not the end but the start. We have to think about it deeply and differently tomake sure of the truth. And then we restructure the facts and reevaluate the world-ly rule. To have Buddha’s eye, we should practice the way of thinking and try to re-veal the realities of life. For another example, we tend to think that death is the end of life. But, ac-cording to the Jodo Shu teaching, death is the start of eternal life in the Pure Land.It is true that we miss the deceased, but we can live together with our loved one ina different way. A bad situation is a stepping stone to become better. We can find away to success. To do that, we should observe the situation carefully beyond thevisible fact, because the fact that we look at now is a kind of virtual reality. I thinkthat our recognition is always wrong. We have to challenge the genuine truth be-hind truths. That is the Buddha’s way of thinking. Let us go back to the story of promises. After all, there is no appointment tobe kept perfectly in this world. However, Amida Buddha’s promise is for sure be-cause he attains Enlightenment. We believe in the original vow which He has met.When we call his holy name in the last moment, Amida Buddha comes to us andtakes us to the Pure Land. Also, we hope that death is a fresh start for liberation.Our belief and hope are serious and true. Sayonara, good-bye, or Aloha are notwords of separation but words of wishing to meet again. Please remember that theBuddha’s thinking makes us embrace our suffering and reveal the way to peace. Page 3
Honolulu Jodo Shu FujinkaiInstallation of Officers: The officersfor 2013-2015 were installed on Sunday,February 24, 2013:President: Sally HayashiVice President: Akiko NishiyamaRecording Secretary: Doris SomaAssistant Recording& Corresponding Secretary: EdnaAjimuraTreasurer: Yukari Narashiba Auditors: Yoshiko KitagawaAssistant Treasurer: Tomoko Hisamoto Harue Maki Peggy Miyamoto Shuji Rev. Yubun Narashiba Fujinkai honored their keiro members (members over 80 years old) with Sekihan. This photo of keiro also includes their male keiro supporters. Sunday School Excursion: Sunday School students went to visit Teddy Bear World in Wai- kiki. Looks like the children en- joyed themselves. It’s not often they get to go on an excursion!Ministers from Japan: Fourministers from Japan were in Hono-lulu before returning to Japan.Front row left is Rev. ChikaShimizu of Kyoto. Back row left isRev. Maras Minoru Tanaka of Hy-ogo Rev. Yuki Sawada of Kyotoand Rev. Masayuki Takeda of Wa-kayama. Missing in photo was Rev.Yuken Kikuchi their guide who tookthis photo.Pagee 4 They studied in Los Angeles for a week, then traveled to Maui for two days and two days on Oahu.
The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (7) From Kamakura through Tokugawa Periods (1192 - 1868)PURE LAND BUDDHISM The first budding of the Pure Land concept was already seen at the time of Prince Regent Shotoku (574-622), having been influenced by the Chinese Pure Land thoughts. This faith passes through the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1192) periods and gradually went wide and deep, taking root in the minds of the Japanese people. It was however, during the end of the Heian and the beginning of the Kamakura periods when this faith was formed into independent de- nominations in Japan. Even before Honen the founder of the Jodo denomination, there were such priests as Kuya (903-972) and Ryomin, the founder of the Yuzu-nembutsu denomination, who taught the teaching of Pure Land Buddhism. It was, however, Honen in whom we can see a landmark of any historical importance. Honen The worship of Amitabha (Amida) Buddha, the Lord of the Pure Land, gathering strength in the Heian period was systematized in Kamakura period by Honen, and worthyof particular attention as it is the first establishment of an indigenous Japanese Buddhist denomination, though wecould see its forerunning thoughts both in China and Japan. At the end of the Heian and beginning of the Kamakura periods, it was indeed necessary for the commoners tohave a religion which would give them peace of mind amidst the continuing civil wars, caused by conflictsamong Samurai warriors, as well as various natural disasters. Tendai and Shingon, the two esoteric type of Bud-dhist denominations founded in the Heian period, had great popularity among the aristocrats. It was, however,very difficult for the commoners to follow these teachings to acquire the tranquil mind, since their doctrines weretoo complicated and profound. Even the Pure Land (Jodo) adherents at that time strictly observed many preceptsof the religious life by practicing good deeds and chanting the sacred phrase of Na-mu-a-mi-da-butsu(Nembutsu). That is to say, Nembutsu recitation in the from of Na-mu- a-mi-da-butsu was a kind of a religiouspracticing and, therefore, they had believed that it was though their own efforts to be able to recite the name ofAmitabha Buddha. On the contrary, what Honen was seeking was a simple teaching and practice which was ap-plicable to all people. According to him, the recitation of Nembutsu is the best method of attaining birth in thePure Land of Amitabha Buddha because it is supported by the power of Amitabha’s Original Vow. Honen castaside all other practices and disciplines and selected only the Nembutsu, which he regarded as the best and easiestway for attaining birth in the Pure Land This teaching of Honen was inherited by one of his disciples, Shinran, the founder ofthe Jodo-shin denomination, and became further simplified. Jodo-shin or simply Shin de-nomination, which is followed today by the majority of the Buddhist population of Japan,is traced back to its founder, Shinran. Strangely enough, however, according to his ownwords, he had no intention of founding a denomination. He first met this Pure Landteaching through Honen, and became his disciple for life. He kept up a perpetual recita-tion of the Nembutsu until his death-bed. Shinran himself simply tried to follow what hismaster Honen taught. Nevertheless, we can find a great difference between them, judgingfrom lives they spent and word they spoke, which will be mentioned in the next chapter. After the death of Shinran in 1262, at the age of ninety, Jodo-Shin denomination be- Shinrancame independent of Jodo denominations of Honen. In its twelfth generation, theHongwan-ji Temple, whose abbot had been the descendants of Shinran was divided into two branches: Higashi(East) Hongwan-ji and Nishi (West) Hongwan-ji school, because of difference in the problem of succession. To-day their teaching and faith are the same, with the only difference begin in historical tradition. It may be note-worthy that these two Jodo-shin school, the Higashi and Nishi Hongwan-ji, are the only Buddhist denominationswhich have descendants of the founder as their abbots, since Shinran was the only person among founded of allJapanese Buddhist denominations and school who had his own off-sprigs. From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation Page 5
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 Land.as long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put your Takeo Yoneda 91own name on the list, too. This also helps when it Momoyo Yoshida 95is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Margaret Tamaye Tomita 93come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. How to apply Stop by the office, and fill out the application NOKOTSUDO (Columbarium)form. Each name costs $200. After the applicationis accepted, the name will be listed on the record. VASES Before the O-Bon season arrives, Apology for March Eitaikyo List: We we plan to clean the Nokotsudo (or Col- apologize for incorrectly spelling the deceased umbarium) which has many, many vases. person’s name in March Bulletin: Saturday, June 15th is our target date. 3/7: Suematsu Namba If you have personal vases, artificial plants and flowers, would you please take them home. We realize that you Jodo Mission Office Hours: may bring a special vase for your use and Monday to Saturday then when you come the next time, you 8am—5pm cannot find it and so you bring another one. Sunday & Holidays We do not want to break your spe- 8am—3pm cial vase and that may happen when the Phone: 949-3995 Nokotudo people are cleaning the vases or if there are too many vases on the Website: www.jodo.us shelf. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Dwight Head Minister Rev. Yasuhiro Nakamura Resident Minister Watanabe Retired Minister Page 6 Resident Minister
EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for April1 Anzaemon Kajioka The Kohatsu Family Kazu Saiki The Kajioka & Morita Family Yoshiko Hara Kyoichi Koyama Yae Ogata Francis Sadamu Furutani, Jr. 12 Naka Nakamura Mistuko Arakawa Toshiko Umemoto 23 Bishop Sensho Fukuda Shimoyo Karamatsu Eiko Gushikuma Seiichi Kimura 13 Yasuko Daitoku Shigeichi Aoki George Kaname Sakuda The Daitoku & Fujimoto Family Moushi Uyehara2 Ryosaku Maeda Kayo Doi Shigeo Tom Muranaka The Maeda Family Tsuyo Uchiumi Shuzaburo Kunihiro Zentoku Uyehara 24 Setsuyo Misawa (2) The Misawa Family The Kunihiro Family Yasu Iguchi The Watanabe Family Masao Kamihara Masashi Yamane Yoshio Kunimoto James Isamu Tomita 14 Heiji Yasumoto 25 Michizo Imaguchi (2)3 Kinjuro Ajimura The Yasumoto Family The Imaguchi Family The Ajimura Family Yoshi Okamura (2) Yasuko Ueda Katsuichi Takeda Kiyoto Kawaoka Tsunegoro Iwamoto The Takeda Family Takeo Kuniyuki 15 Toso Kamisato Soichi Sakai Katsusaburo Yamamoto The Kamisato Family 26 Kikujiro Yokoyama Kikue Kubota The Aoki Family The Yokoyama & Morita Family Mikayo Higashimura4 Masayo Kusunoki Toshiro Kawabe Makoto Takahashi Masato Ishida The Kusunoki Family The Kawabe Family Tokue Uehara Shinichi Amakawa Masakane Himuro The Amakawa Family Kenji Hayashi 27 Misae Umemoto Hitomi Miyaura Toshiko Sumida Nishimoto The Umemoto Family William Hatsuichi Kishimoto The Ida Family5 Tsune Isobe The Matsushima Family The Isobe Family 16 Bunsuke Isobe Shizue Nose Mamoru Najita The Isobe Family Robert Murakami Isematsu Takenaka Ryu Tsurusaki Haruko Teruya Kazumitsu Kaya The Tsurusaki & Inada Family Masatoshi Umemoto 28 Rokusuke Yanagihara7 Yasu Hirohama Patsy Hisako Himuro The Yanagihara Family The Hirohama & Kawasugi Family Mitsuyoshi Gushikuma Iwakichi Matsuda Kikujiro Uchiumi The Toichi Funamoto Family Naomi Fuse Johnson 17 Kenichi Namba Fay Johnson Misao Yamane The Namba Family Masa Miyao Okamoto Yumi Yokoyama Tsuneharu Imaguchi Ume Kawamura Isaburo Terada Toru Yamane 18 Toyokichi Iguchi 29 Mitsuyo Kamioka The Iguchi & Sasaki Family The Kamioka &8 Tadaichi Aoki Eki Mineishi Hanaoka Family The Aoki Family The Mineishi Family Kojiro Okamoto Tatsuyo Ohara (2) Yojiro Watanabe The Ohara Family The Okamoto & Nakamoto Family 19 Jun Kunihiro Tsuchi Kajioka Shigekichi Yoshizaki The Yoshizaki Family The Kunihiro Family Heijiro Asai Naotaka Hayashi Motoo Ueda Tsune Uesugi The Ueda Family Koji Kamioka Misue Imamoto Yoshio Takara Maka Tamanaha Manzuchi Higashi The Tamanaha Family Kazuto Hamada Masamitsu Nakano Matsutaro Shimizu Hatsumi Nakamura9 Shizuko Hironaka Isamu Yoshioka Yoshiyo Yanagihara The Hironaka & Ishimoto Family Thomas Lai Mitsuyo Kanai Yoshida Fumie Iwasaki 20 Hiroshi Ohta 30 Tsuru Matsuno Tokio Nishikawa Mantsu Takara Esa Yamane10 Tomi Arakawa Shozaemon Matsumoto Kume Nakamoto Matsuji Yamamoto Mildred Yukiko Ito The Nakamoto & Sakagawa Family11 Tsunekichi Matsuno 21 Naomi Takara The Matsuno Family The Matsuno Family Genichi Tamura The Yamane Family & Sadako Yokoyama 22 Kyoichi Koyama Harada Family The Yokoyama & Morita Family Shigetaka Imada Teru Sakuda The Koyama Family Chieko Miyakawa Miyoko Shindo The Sakuda Family Sada Harada Hiroshi Nakai The Nakai Family Page 7
8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday April 2013 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 67 8 9 10 11 12 13 9 am HBC Buddha Day Service at Honpa Hongwanji 8:30 am Sewing Class14 15 16 17 18 19 20 10:00 Family Service 11:45 Board Meeting21 NO SUNDAY SERVICE 22 23 24 25 26 27 8:30 am Sewing Class 10:00 Oahu Rengo Fujinkai Convention28 29 30 10:-00 Hanamatsuri Service 10:45 Sunday SchoolCOMING EVENTS: COMING EVENTS:Lei Making Project on Friday, May 24 for Punchbowl graves. O-Toba Set up Day: June 30, 2013 We NEED YOUR HELP!Fujinkai may have a Mini Bazaar in May –to be announced O-Bon Services: July 12, 13, 14, 2013State YBA Convention on Maui June 7, 8, 9, 2013 Bon Dance: August 16, 17, 2013