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Jodo Mission Bulletin - December 2012

  1. 1. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - DECEMBER 2012 (#1193-1212)Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested Lahaina Jodo Mission Centennial Celebration: October 21, 2012
  2. 2. 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’sDay service. Have you attended these services before? If not, the following aremeanings for these services. New Year’s Eve Service. New Year’s Eve service is one of the most familiarannual ceremonies for Buddhists in Japan. Here in Hawaii, New Year’s Eve Bellringing service is observed at each Buddhist Temple. When we listen solemnly tothe 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 rings108 times on New Year’s Eve? To ring the bell 108 times signifies the dispellingof 108 evil passions which all human beings have. According to Buddhism wehave 108 different kinds of evil thoughts in our minds. While the temple bell isrung, we pray to dispel our evil passions and thoughts. Japanese people call thatnight “Joya”. Joya means the very night when we should try to dispel all evilthings in our lives. The New Year’s Eve service gives us a good opportunity to meditate and re-flect on our life on this last day of the year. And it is also a time to express ourgratitude to every blessing which we have received in our lives and at the sametime to our ancestors, parents, our country and our Lord Amida Buddha. In so do-ing, we can welcome a most Happy New Year! New Year’s Day Service. New Year’s Day Service is another special serviceheld on January 1st. New Year’s Day has three beginnings. It is the beginning of anew day, a new month and a new year. Therefore, it is a very important and sig-nificant 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 cor-rect it and think of the New Year with hopes of a better life. We can reflect on ourpast lives (years), confess to past deeds, and resolve for a better life by followingthe teachings of Amida Buddha. And we can begin the New Year with hopes forthe future. These two services have long been the practices for Buddhists to finishthe old year and begin the first day of the New Year. In so doing, you can beginthe New Year with strengthened faith in Amida Buddha.Page 2
  3. 3. JOYA-E (New Year’s Eve Service) During Joya-e Service, we thank AmidaBuddha for a safe year and to purify ourselvesfor the coming year. Then, the Temple bell isrung 108 times to erase all of our sins fromthe past year. We invite everyone to join us inringing in the New Year at our Joya-e Serviceon Monday, December 31st at 11:30 pm. SHUSHO-E (New Year’s Day Service) During this service we will pray for oursafety, happiness, and world peace for the NewYear. Our senior Minister, Rev. Narashiba willalso bestow his New Year’s address in Englishafter the chanting. Please join us on Tuesday,January 1st, 2013 at 10:00 am - Happy NewYear! OMAMORI Omamori are spiritual charms, talismans, and amulets in Japanesereligious tradition that possess the power to ward off misfortune andprocure good luck. They can be made of pieces of wood, patches ofcloth, strips of paper, or rings of metal and come in various sizesthough the majority found in Hawaii tend to be no larger than the sizeof one’s palm. Omamori can often be seen dangling from car rearview mirrors or pasted on bumpersand 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 theBuddhas and kami. It is even fashionable to attach omamori to handbags and schoolbags Omamoris are available at Jodo Mission. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995 for moreinformation. NEW YEAR BLESSINGS AT HOME During January, 2013, New Year blessings at homes are available for those who cannot 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 3
  4. 4. Haleiwa Jodo Mission Centennial Celebration November 10, 2012 Rev. Koji Jeff Ezaki is the ninth minister of Haleiwa Jodo Mission since it began in 1912. Rev. Jitsujo Muroyama was assigned to start the Jodo Mission for the Haleiwa/ Waialua dis- trict. He rented a house from a Chinese family and set up a temporary temple in Waialua. On October 25, 1913 the church bought the Halei- wa Seaside Hotel and remodeled it as a temple. Rev. Buntetsu Miyamoto was then assigned in 1916 and was the minister until 1949. His sons David and Clifford Miyamoto are regular members of Betsuin. During World War II, Rev. Miyamoto and his family were interned. After the war, they returned to Haleiwa. Shortly after returning, the tidal wave of April 1, 1946 destroyed the temple grounds including the Taisho Gakko Japanese School which at one time had five teachers and 416 students. Through efforts of its members the temple was repaired and the Japanese School got a new building. During Rev. Miyamoto tenure at Haleiwa Jodo Mission, the Fujinkai and the Meisho Y.B.A were established.. Rev. Shunjo Shiratori arrived in 1949 and reestablished the Fujinkai and reopened the Taisho Gakko Japanese School which was damaged by the 1946 tidal wave. In 1954, he started the Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) ceremony which today is one of the largest floating lanterns event. In May 1957, another tidal wave struck and again through the efforts of its members they have rebuilt and survived all these many, many years. Omedeto Haleiwa Jodo Mission! Rev. Kazuhide Takakura, the 6th minister at Haleiwa returned Bishop Gensho Hara said a few and offered incense at the Cen- words on this happy occasion. tennial Service.Rev. Ezaki officiating the Centennial Service Those attending the Centennial Service also included Mrs. Tomomi Ezaki carrying baby Sae and Miku next to her. Left photo: Rev. Ezaki saying grace before dinner. Page 4
  5. 5. The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (4) Six Major Schools established in Nara Period (710 A.D. - 794 A.D.) The various Nara schools represent varying interpretations of Bud-dhism based upon particular texts and commentaries. The KushaSchool, based upon the Abhidharma-hosa, maintains that all reality ismade up of constituents called elements or dharmas. The notion of theexistence of such dharmas is associate with that of time; for thisschool both past and future are real because they are related to the pre-sent by cause and effect. The Kusha School, however, does not posit an enduring existence Kusha School :extending from a point in the past to a point in the future. Existence Kofukuji Temple in Naratherefore is momentary. In opposition to the Kusha School, the Jojitsu School claims that nothing exist, that there is no abiding or even momentary reality such as the dharmas of the Kusha School. [Left: Gangoji Temple in Nara, Jojitsu School] The Sanron School teaches the Middle Path, that is, it aims at the met-aphysical point at which all polarities cease to exist. It reaches this pointby means of four basic arguments, which comprise all possible answers toall possible questions: yes, no either yes or no, and neither yes nor no.The aim of this school is the refutation of all positive views of the otherschools. [Right: Nanin Temple in Nara, Sanron School] The Hosso School attempts to describe the dharmas, but it goes further than the Kusha, for example, in saying that only ideas exist. The world is explained as being composed of dharmas; but phenomena are simply the projection of ideation, that is imagination. [Left: Yakushiji Temple in Nara, Hosso School] The Ritsu School deals with the disciplines and rules provid-ed by the Buddha which are common to all schools. [Right: Toshodaiji Temple in Nara, Ritsu school] The Kegon School aims at real- izing the realm of perfect inter-dependence. It attempts further to fit the various facets of Buddhist teaching stressed by other schools into its own system. [Left: Todaiji Temple in Nara, Kegon School] (To be continued) From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation Page 5
  6. 6. Repairing the Left Hand of Our O-Jizo-sama Is Almost Done We would like to thank you for your generous donations to ourtemple for repairing our O-Jizo-sama. As you may already know,our O-Jizo-sama was dedicated for the healthy and peaceful life ofchildren and the safety of H-1 freeway, and also to offer our prayerfor the spirits of the deceased children. His left hand is now being repaired. We are expecting the O-Jizo-sama to come back to Hawaii at the early part of next year. Thededication ceremony for the repaired O-Jizo-sama will beannounced in our news bulletin and you are cordially invited to theceremony. We are still accepting donations for this repair to O-Jizo-sama. It is not too late!Thank you for your participation and may the blessings of the Compassionate Buddhabe with you and your family.檀信徒の皆様へ、 この度は、お地蔵様の左手の修理に多額のご寄付をいただき、ありがとうございました。ご存知の通り、このお地蔵様は、子供たちの健康で幸せな生活とH-1フリーウェイの安全を祈ると共に、幼くして亡くなった子供たちのために建てられたものです。 修理は順調に進み、来年早々にはハワイに戻ってこられる予定です。開眼法要の日時はこの寺報でお知らせいたしますので、是非ご参列ください。 この修理のご寄付を引き続き受け付けていますので、どうぞご協力よろしくお願いいたします。 この紙面をお借りしまして、皆様に感謝の意を表するとともに、皆様に大慈悲の仏様のご加護がありますことを心からお祈りしています。In Gassho,Rev. Yubun NarashibaJODO MISSION OF HAWAIIHead MinisterO-Juya Service held on Nov. 11: O-Juya is the practiceof reciting the Onembutsu for 10 days and nights which is nowshortened to one day. It is said that the practice of reciting theOnembutsu brings us closer to Buddha’s Land where there is noevil person. Even to do one complete hour of Onembutsu is notso easy. Through this service we wish to be born in the Buddha’sPure Land. Photo at right: members in line to offer incense. At O-Juya Service, it has been a custom for people to bring sweets and share among the mem-bers present. Farmers were thankful for the gifts from the land and dedicated the first crop to Bud-dha—it is like a Thanksgiving.Page 6
  7. 7. BAZAAR NEWS MAHALO NUI LOA Thank you, thank you to everyone whovolunteered their precious time to make ourannual Bazaar held on October 28, a great suc-cess. This year the Bazaar was chaired byJo Ann Matsuo. It was an event of dedicatedmembers and friends who unselfishly came Neatly folded clothes; signs for people to seefor days to prepare the merchandise for theBazaar. The preparation involved donationsby members and friends; the collection andstorage of these donations, the sorting, dis-playing, pricing, selling and the overall clean-up; the parking attendants; the planning andcoordination of every phase of the Bazaar; thepre-Bazaar preparation, i.e., the buying of Lines before Bazaar door opens—please open door!foods for the pickles and meals for the volun- Lots ofteers for the whole week; and all the other in- interestingcidentals that come with a great project. things! Here are some photos. Last month weshowed some photos of people bringing outthe bazaar things. Then we start by folding all Lots of stuffed animalsthe clothes and putting signs for people tosee. Then as people go through the pilesof things, what happens! Happy workers selling craft items ARIGATO! To all who came who shopped for bargains, to the workers who worked so hard and tirelessly, THANK Happy workers selling fruits, jelly & YOU SO MUCH! pickles Happy Shopper— lots of bargains! Hope you had fun! Page 7
  8. 8. ANNOUNCEMENTS End of Year Temple Cleaning We will be doing general cleaning at the temple on Sunday, December 2, at 8:00 a.m. We NEED YOUR HELP. If you have time on December 2, 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 HYAKU-SAI Sunday School invites everyone To reach 100 years old or Hyaku-sai is to their End of the Year Party. a precious age. Many of our members are in Date: Sunday their nineties. Are there any members who December 2 are 100 years of age or older? Please con- Time: 10:30 a.m. tact Jodo Mission to let us know. after Temple General Clean-up We would like to recognize these Hyaku -sai members on Sunday, January 20, 2013 Malama Children’s Choir will perform at our New Year’s Party which follows our before Sunday School Year End Party 10 a.m. Sunday Service and General Mem- begins. ♫ ♪ ♫ bership Meeting. Please come and join our If you know of any member 100 years Sunday School as they old or old or who would be 100 by January celebrate the end of 2012. 20, 2013, please contact Jodo Mission. Thank you. No Meetings in December: No Sewing Circle in December Fujinkai and YBA JODO-E SERVICE Jodo-E (sometimes referred to as 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 Service: This year it will be held at Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii 1685 Alaneo Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 Parking: Limited, carpooling encouraged *The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist Temples: Nichiren Mission, Soto Mission, Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission and Tendai Mission..Page 8
  9. 9. MOCHI 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. Please fill out the mochiorder form below or call at 949-3995. The deadline to submit yourmochi order form is Saturday, December 8th. Mochi can be picked up on: Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm For those who would like to learn how to make mochi, we will be making mochion Saturday, December 29th from 7:00 am. This is a fun and memorable experience forall, especially families (a family who makes mochi together sticks together). Please come and join us. It is a time to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. Above are young people enjoying fellowship while shap- ing mochi; Rocky & Masa pounding mochi; left photo shows a mother showing son how to dust the mochi, Kay Oshiro with phone in her ear so she could help with mo- chi and not miss any phone calls. 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# ) Page 9
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends This record of a perpetual memorial service and its sincere condolences to the familyis called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of members and loved ones of the followingdeath occurs for a person listed on this record, the members who have recently left thisministers pray for that individual during the morn-ing service. The prayers will continue each year for world for the Pure long as Jodo Mission exists. Mildred Mitsue Yanagihara 89 Anyone can be included in it. You may put your Haruyo Kotake 92own name on the list, too. This also helps when it Katie Katsuko Hayashi 89is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Angelica “Angie” Shizukacome you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Higashide 95 How to apply Melvin Shigenobu Hashimoto 76 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. Gifts You Might Consider: During this holi- day season, you might consider purchasing a Jodo Mission happi coat, Hanafuda cards or place your order on a new book entitled “Journey of Heroes” the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team (in comic book style). Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays: 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Rev. Dwight Rev. Yubun Narashiba Head Minister Resident Minister Watanabe Nakamura Retired Minister Resident Minister Page 10
  11. 11. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for December1 Jusaku Kimura Takaichi Tamakawa 17 Yasukichi Kaya Seiji Minehira Sato Imaguchi The Wakaki Family Rinsuke Uesugi Maurice Bungo Udo Isamu Matsumoto The Nakamura Family Hideo Moritsugu Shinemon Toishigawa Masayoshi Tanigawa The Tanimura Family Kona Matsuda Hisayo Doris Imaguchi The Kimura & Muroshige Kaya & Shimazaki Family 9 Genjiro Shimabukuro 27 Tsunesuke Yamamoto Family Tora Aoki 18 Bishop Kyodo Fujihana Tamito Yasuda The Imaguchi Family Ichiro Kishi (2) Alice Y. Fukunaga (2) Evelyn Hideko Yagi2 Kame Aoki (2) Yutaka Onaga (2) Kiyoko Kagihara 28 Ichiro Sagawa Kame Yano (2) The Shimabukuro Family Taichi Ebisuzaki Saichi Ikeda Ayako Yokoyama The Aoki Family 19 Tsunesuke Yanagihara (2) The Kawahara Family Shizue Matsuda The Kishi Family Iwa Yanagihara The Ikeda Family Shizue Nakano 10 Hyoichi Sugihara Jane Takabayashi Hisashi Kochi 29 Kiku Yanagihara Asa Nanba Jeanette Asako Hayashi Tose Terada Shotaro Nose Chokichi Nakamura The Yanagihara Family The Aoki & Kimura Family Kamato Akamine Hiroshi Hayamoto 20 Satoshi Yasumoto The Yano, Konaka & Chiyoe Kameoka Ito Kawanishi Hayashi Faimily 21 Tokutsuchi Saeki Teruo Gushikuma Matsu Gushiken The Yokoyama & Morita Masao Yano 30 Seiichi Tsuchiya Jiro Saiki Family George K. Kimoto Hatsuyo Yoshioka The Sugihara Family The Matsuda Family Seiichi Kimura The Tsuchiya Family Michiko Miyao 11 Asajiro Inada Judith K. Kodama Zenshiro Sato The Saeki Family 31 Hira Yamane3 Fumie Chinen Teruyo Kishii Paul Tanigawa Fumiko Hayashi 22 Emiko Hirai Yoshikazu Wada Edward Yokoyama Fujino Masatsugu Kama Chinen Frances S. Johnson Ito Hanako Uchiumi The Chinen Family Tsurumatsu Miyamasu The Yamane & Harada Inada & Morimoto Family4 Ryuichi Higashimura Grace Saiki Beringer Umekichi Yamachika Family Gunichi Morioka Kikuyo Goto Wilfred Masaichi Taira 12 RokuichiYanagihara Harold T. Hamasaki Nobusuke Shinagawa The Agari Uebaru Family Jisaku Yanagihara The Hirai Family The Higashimura Family The Naka Uebaru Family Robert Wong The Chinen Family The Morioka Family The Uebaru Guwa Family 13 Mosaku Hayashi The Miyamasu Family5 Tatsuji Kusunoki The Yamachika & Hana Imai Yuichi Kanayama Matsushige Family Sachiko Fujikami Yasuyo Hirano The Yano, Konaka & 23 Tsuru Nakamura Kane Otani Hayashi Family Teruo Asai Rice Ishii 14 Umetaro Ogata Hideko Wada Kameyo Morimoto Irene Nishida Yuichi Nose Giichi Kawamura Kiyoichi Kishida Tamikichi Yasuda The Nakamura Family The Kusunoki Family Naoji Nishimura Setsuko Onaga The Hirano & Kaneko Yoshiko Tanigawa 24 Totsuchi Nanba Family Tsuruko Gushikuma Tokutsuchi Muranaka Tane Oda Curtis Tokue Uehara Matsu Yokomichi 15 Masagoro Kitagawa Kame Yanagihara6 Tokuemon Imamoto Yoshio Miyao Ryuichi Ipponsugi Hideo Morita Kiyoko Maehara Masami Kawamura Hatsuno Hirai Imamoto & Kawakami The Kitagawa Family Michika Umeda Gaines Ichiji Kiyuna The Nanba Family Family Kisei Takara The Muranaka Family7 Matsujiro Tanimura Manabu Omura The Nanba Totsuchi Family8 Reisuke Wakagi 25 The Sato Family 16 Fusakichi Okawa Seiichi Nakamura Robert Mitsuyasu The Shigeoka & Okawa Yoshio Higashimura Family 26 Haru Ogawa Matsuyo Tanimura
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday December 2012 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 12 8:00 Temple Clean-up 3 4 5 6 7 8 10:30 Sunday School End Deadline to of the Year Party Order Mochi 11:45 Board Meeting9 10 11 12 13 14 159:00 HBC Jodo-e Service at Higashi Hongwanji16 17 18 19 20 21 22 10:00 Sunday Service Ministers and Wives Meeting 10:30 Omigaki Cleaning23 24 25 26 27 28 29 7:00 am 10:00 Sunday Service Mochitsuki 1 pm to 4 pm Mochi Pick up30 31 COMING EVENT: Shusho-E or New Year’s Day Service on January 1, 2013 at 10 am 10:00 Sunday Service 11:30 pm New Year’s Sunday, January 20, 2013—New Year’s Party and General Membership Meeting Eve Service