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Jodo Mission Bulletin - December 2010


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The monthly bulletin of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii, December 2010 issue.

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Jodo Mission Bulletin - December 2010

  1. 1. See next page NEW YEAR’S EVE At this time of the year, Buddhist temples observe two kinds of special ser- vices to welcome the New Year. They are New Year’s Eve service and New Year’s Day service. Have you attended these services before? If not, the follow- ing are meanings for these services. New Year’s Eve Service. New Year’s Eve service is one of the most famil- iar annual ceremonies for Buddhists in Japan. Here in Hawaii, New Year’s Eve Bell ringing service is observed at each Buddhist Temple. When we listen sol- emnly to the sounds of the bell in the silent midnight atmosphere, we reflect in ourselves, and have a feeling of deep meditation. Do you know why the temple bell rings 108 times on New Year’s Eve? To ring the bell 108 times signifies the dispelling of 108 evil passions which all human beings have. According to Bud- dhism we have 108 different kinds of evil thoughts in our minds. While the tem- ple bell is rung, we pray to dispel our evil passions and thoughts. Japanese peo- ple call that night “Joya”. Joya means the very night when we should try to dis- pel all evil things in our lives. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2010 (#1169-1210) Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested
  2. 2. SHUSHO-E (New Year’s Day Service) During this service we will pray for our safety, happiness, and world peace for the New Year. Our senior Minister, Rev. Narashiba will also bestow his New Year’s address in English after the chant- ing. Please join us on Saturday, January 1st , 2011 at 10:00 am - Happy New Year! The New Year’s Eve service gives us a good opportunity to meditate and reflect on our life on this last day of the year. And it is also a time to express our gratitude to every blessing which we have received in our lives and at the same time to our ancestors, parents, our country and our Lord Amida Bud- dha. In so doing, we can welcome a most Happy New Year! New Year’s Day Service. New Year’s Day Service is another special service held on January 1st. New Year’s Day has three beginnings. It is the beginning of a new day, a new month and a new year. Therefore, it is a very important and significant day. Buddhist temples have a special service which is called Shusho-e. This service means a religious gathering to reflect on the past life (year) and correct it and think of the New Year with hopes of a better life. We can reflect on our past lives (years), confess to past deeds, and re- solve for a better life by following the teachings of Amida Buddha. And we can begin the New Year with hopes for the future. These two services have long been the practices for Buddhists to finish the old year and begin the first day of the New Year. In so doing, you can begin the New Year with strength- ened faith in Amida Buddha. JOYA-E (New Year’s Eve Service) During Joya-e Service, we thank Amida Buddha for a safe year and to purify ourselves for the coming year. Then, the Temple bell is rung 108 times to erase all of our sins from the past year. We invite everyone to join us in ringing in the New Year at our Joya-e Service on Friday, December 31st at 11:30 pm. NEW YEAR’S EVE [continued from page 1] NEW YEAR BLESSING AT HOME During January, 2011, New Year blessing at homes is available for those who can- not attend the New Year service at the Temple. Let’s start the wonderful New Year in the love and compassion of Amida Buddha. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995. Page 2
  3. 3. Bits of Knowledge about Buddhism How Many Sticks of Incense Do You Offer? By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe The scent of the burning incense purifies the surroundings, as well as our bodies and minds, and thus prepares us to receive and serve the Holy One. The number of times we offer incense is usually once, twice, or three times. Each has a sense of purpose following the teachings of Buddha. Once means that we pray to Amida Buddha with our whole heart. Twice means that we pray our bodies and minds will be as pure as incense just like KOGE in the Otsutome book. And three times means that we pray we will calm down three poisons of our greed, anger, and ignorance. The Sutra says that these poisons are three poisons of our greed, anger, and igno- rance. The Sutra says that these poisons are three main worldly desires. You may offer incense as many times as you like. However, when many people are waiting after you, please offer incense one time for smooth pro- ceedings. Mahalo. We Can Live to 120 Years Old By Rev. Kanjun Nakano * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A few years ago, I read an article about the science of medicine. It stated that we can live from 120 to 150 years. It said that our bodies have the ability to function for a very long time. But, we die sooner—maybe at 70, 80, or 90 years old. We are losing many years of our lives! My cousin is a doctor, and I asked his opinion of the article. He said that living for 120 years is, indeed, possible. He told me that the heart can continue to beat for more than 120 years. Then, my cousin decided to make some calculations. First, he explained that the heart has a limited and fixed number of beats for an entire life. Then, he divided that number by the normal number of beats per day. He realized that the heart really can beat for more than 120 years. “Yes, this is true!” he said. So, I believe that I will live for more than 100 years. I still feel young now, so I have many more years to live. I can do many things in 100 years! I will not lose many years of my life. You can live a long life! Don’t think about death, think about life! Right now, listen to your heart beating. Is it beating fast? Fast is not good. Please calm your heart and slow it down. ONEMBUTSU does this for your heart. So, never forget to say ONEM- BUTSU. Page 3
  4. 4. End of Year Temple Cleaning We will be doing general cleaning at temple on Sunday, December 12, at 8:00 a.m. We NEED YOUR HELP. If you have time on December 12, please come and help clean the temple. After temple cleaning you may join the Sunday School with their Annual End of the Year Party. Sunday School Sunday School invites Everyone to their End of the Year Party. Date: Sunday December 12 Time: 10:30 a.m. after Temple General Clean-up Please come and join our Sunday School as they celebrate the end of 2010. End of Year Cleaning REMINDER: As you do your own house cleaning, you may want to bring items you will not use to the temple for next year’s bazaar. Fujinkai November 28 at 8:30 a.m. No Fujinkai Meeting in December. YBA No YBA Meeting in December Sewing Circle” No Sewing Circle in December Ki-Aikido Are you interested in learning more about Ki-Akido.If so, please contact Lokahi Ki Society at or telephone (808) 372-7724 for children & adult classes. Contact person: Eric Kahalelehua ANNOUNCEMENTS Page 4 Halloween Sunday School students abd mothers, together with Rev. Watanabe and Rev. Nakamura shared this Halloween photo. First row: Skyler, Sophie, Himawari, A’marie, Takeru and Melanie
  5. 5. With the New Year just around the corner it is once again time to order our delectable mochi. This year, we will be selling Okasane and Komochi. Due to limited manpower, we are limiting each family to five (5) pounds of Komochi. Please fill out the mochi order form in the November bulletin or call at 949-3995. The deadline to submit your mochi order form is Friday, December 10th . Mochi can be picked up on: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm And to those who would like to learn how to make mochi, we will be making mochi on Wednesday, 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. JODO-E or BODHI DAY SERV ICE Jodo-e or Bodhi Day, is the day that Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The Hawaii Buddhist Council, invites everyone to join in the Jodo-e or Bodhi Day Service: Sunday, December 5, 2010 9:00 a.m. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Parking: Limited, carpooling encouraged MOCHI OMAMORI Omamori are spiritual chairms, talismans, and amu- lets in the Japanese religious tradition that possess the power to ward off misfortune and procure good luck. They can be made of pieces of wood, patches of cloth, strips of pa- per, or rings of metal and come in various sizes though the majority found in Hawaii tend to be no larger than the size of one’s palm. Omamori can often be seen dangling from car rearview mirrors or pasted on bumpers and windshields where they are at once expressions of faith and portals of magical power. They can also be worn on the body or placed in the home as symbols of protection of the Buddhas and kami. It is even fashionable to attach oma- mori to handbags and schoolbags Omamoris are available at Jodo Mission. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995 for more information. Page 5
  6. 6. Obituaries The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincere condolences to the family members and loved ones of the following members who have recently left this world for the Pure Land. Sue Sueko Wasada 78 Sumi Akashi 90 Tomoyoshi “Tom” Horiuchi 79 Ukiko Judy Tanaka 95 George Choichi Oshiro 78 Tadao Murashige 90 Henry Tetsuo Yamane 81 Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm Rev. Yubun Narashiba Head Minister Rev. Kanjun Nakano Resident Minister Rev. Dwight Nakamura Retired Minister Page 6 What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) This record of a perpetual memorial service and is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of death occurs for a person listed on this record, the ministers pray for that individual during the morn- ing service. The prayers will continue each year for as long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put your own name on the list, too. This also helps when it is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. How to apply Stop by the office, and fill out the application form. Each name costs $200. After the application is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Apology for October & November Eitaikyo List We apologize for not listing the following deceased persons in the October & November Bulletins: 10/18 Masaru Hashimoto 11/15 Toyoichi Yamada Wedding Services, Baby Blessings, House Blessings are available upon request. If you are planning to get married or know someone who is planning a wedding or if you would like to renew your wedding vows, you are welcome to recommend our Temple. To pledge eternal love between husband and wife to Amida Buddha is very important. Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s love surround our children with love. House Blessings: May your new house, apartment, home be blessed. Please call for an appointment. Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe Resident Minister
  7. 7. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for December 1 Jusaku Kimura Sato Imaguchi Isamu Matsumoto Masayoshi Tanigawa Kimura. Muroshige Senzo Dai Dai Imaguchi Senzo Dai Dai 2 Kame Aoki Kame Yano Ayako Yokoyama Shizue Matsuda Shizue Nakano Hisashi Kochi Tose Terada Aoki. Kimura Senzo Dai Dai Yano. Konaka. Hayashi Senzo Dai Dai Yokoyama. Morita Senzo Dai Dai Matsuda Senzo Dai Dai Michiko Miyao 3 Fumie Chinen Fumiko Hayashi Fujino Masatsugu Chinen Senzo Dai Dai 4 Ryuichi Higashimura Gunichi Morioka Nobusuke Shinagawa Higashimura Senzo Dai Dai Morioka Senzo Dai Dai 5 Tatsuji Kusunoki Yuichi Kanayama Yasuyo Hirano Kane Otani Rice Ishii Kameyo Morimoto Irene Nishida Kiyoichi Kishida Kusunoki Senzo Dai Dai Hirano. Kaneko Senzo Dai Dai Tane Oda 6 Tokuemon Imamoto Hideo Morita Kiyoko Maehara Imamoto. Kawakami Senzo DaiDai 7 Matsujiro Tanimura 8 Reisuke Wakagi Seiichi Nakamura Yoshio Higashimura Matsuyo Tanimura Takaichi Tamakawa Wakaki Senzo Dai Dai Nakamura Senzo Dai Dai Tanimura Senzo Dai Dai 9 Genjiro Shimabukuro Tora Aoki Ichiro Kishi Yutaka Onaga Shimabukuro Senzo Dai Dai Aoki Senzo Dai Dai Kishi Senzo Dai Dai 10 Hyoichi Sugihara Asa Nanba Chokichi Nakamura Hiroshi Hayamoto Ito Kawanishi Matsu Gushiken Jiro Saiki Sugihara Senzo Dai Dai 11 Asajiro Inada Zenshiro Sato Paul Tanigawa Edward Yokoyama Hanako Uchiumi Inada. Morimoto Senzo Dai Dai 12 RokuichiYanagihara Jisaku Yanagihara 13 Mosaku Hayashi Hana Imai Sachiko Fujikami Yano. Konaka. Hayashi Senzo Dai Dai 14 Umetaro Ogata Yuichi Nose Tamikichi Yasuda Naoji Nishimura Yoshiko Tanigawa Tsuruko Gushikuma 15 Masagoro Kitagawa Yoshio Miyao Masami Kawamura Kitagawa Senzo Dai Dai 16 Fusakichi Okawa Shigeoka. Okawa Senzo Dai Dai 17 Yasukichi Kaya Rinsuke Uesugi Hideo Moritsugu Kona Matsuda Kaya. Shimazaki Senzo Dai Dai 18 Bishop Kyodo Fujihana Alice Y. Fukunaga Kiyoko Kagihara Taichi Ebisuzaki 19 Tsunesuke Yanagihara Iwa Yanagihara Jane Takabayashi Jeanette Hayashi Yanagihara Senzo Dai Dai 20 Satoshi Yasumoto 21 Tokutsuchi Saeki Masao Yano George K. Kimoto 21 Seiichi Kimura Judith K. Kodama Saeki Senzo Dai Dai 22 Emiko Hirai Kama Chinen Tsurumatsu Miyamasu Umekichi Yamachika Kikuyo Goto Harold T. Hamasaki Hirai Senzo Dai Dai Chinen Senzo Dai Dai Miyamasu Senzo Dai Dai Yamachika. Matsushige Senzo Dai Dai 23 Tsuru Nakamura Teruo Asai Hideko Wada Giichi Kawamura Nakamura Senzo Dai Dai 24 Totsuchi Namba Tokutsuchi Muranaka Matsu Yokomichi Kame Yanagihara Ryuichi Ipponsugi Hatsuno Hirai Michika Umeda Gaines Nanba Senzo Dai Dai Muranaka Senzo Dai Dai Nanba Totsuchi Senzo Dai Dai 25 Sato Senzo Dai Dai Robert Mitsuyasu 26 Haru Ogawa Seiji Minehira Maurice Bungo Udo Shinemon Toishigawa Hisayo Doris Imaguchi 27 Tsunesuke Yamamoto Tamito Yasuda Evelyn Hideko Yagi 28 Ichiro Sagawa Saichi Ikeda Kawahara Senzo Dai Dai Ikeda Senzo Dai Dai 29 Kiku Yanagihara Shotaro Nose Kamato Akamine Chiyoe Kameoka Teruo Gushikuma 30 Seiichi Tsuchiya Hatsuyo Yoshioka Tsuchiya Senzo Dai Dai 31 Hira Yamane Teruyo Kishii Yoshikazu Wada Frances S. Johnson Ito Yamane. Harada Senzo Dai Dai
  8. 8. SunMonTueWedThuFriSat 1234 567 10;30Maunalani Visitation 8910 Deadlineto OrderMochi 11 121314 10:00CCHvisitation 15161718 19202122232425 262728297:00am Mochitsuki 12pmto4pm MochiPickup 3031 11:30pm Joya-eService **3:15pmJodoShu Hour **JodoShuHourRadioK-ZOO(AM1210Khz,Japanese station) 8:30amMorningService EverydayDecember2010 JodoMissionofHawaii Phone:949-3995 10:00SundayService 10:00SundayService 8:00TempleClean-up 10:30SundaySchoolEnd oftheYearParty 11:45BoardMeeting **3:15pmJodoShu Hour COMINGEVENT:Shusho-EorNewYear’sDayService onJanuary1,2011,at10am Sunday,January23,2011—NewYear’sPartyandGeneral MembershipMeeting 9:00HBCJodo-eService atJodoMission