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Jodo Mission Bulletin - September 2012


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Jodo Mission Bulletin - September 2012

  1. 1. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - SEPTEMBER 2012(#1190-09112Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested September 9—Keiro Kai and Grandparents’ DayThe Intermediate YBA and Sunday School will honor our Keiro members (all those 80years old and older) on Sunday, September 9, at 10 a.m. Please join us if you are able tocome. Also, younger generation, please bring your parents, grandparents, aunties, uncleswho are 80 years and older to join this event! It will be a special treat for them!
  2. 2. AUTUMN O-Higan Chutoba Form (彼岸会中塔婆申し込み用紙)Your Name(お名前) : Phone(電話):Name of Deceased (亡くなった方のお名前): 1. Higan Service September 16 at 10 a.m. 2. ____ I plan to attend service 3. ____ I do not plan to attend 4One Chutoba is $7 X Total of Chutoba = Total $(中塔婆1本7ドル) (本数) (合計)Please make checks payable to “Jodo Mission of Hawaii”. DEADLINE: Sunday, September 9, 2012FOR OFFICE USE ONLYOrder accepted by Date accepted / /2012 (In person/ Mail / By phone)Received by Date paid: ________/______/2012 (Cash / Check #_____________) Write O-HIGAN SERVICE The word “Higan” literally means “the other shore” in Japanese. One shore represents the world we are in, and the oth- er shore “Higan” represents Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. The river represents the bad mind we all possess. The concept is that we practice the teaching to reach the other shore across the river. We have two Higan seasons in a year. One in spring, the oth- er in autumn, as Higan is held during the week of the spring and autumn equinox. Shan Tao, one of the highest ranking priests of Jodo Buddhism in China said that the sun sets due west during the equinox thus it is a good opportunity to think about Bud- dha’s Pure Land which exists far away in the west, as well as appreciate our ances- tors who are also there. Please join us for our Higan-e service and think about Amida Buddha’s Pure Land and our ancestors. Our Higan-e Service will be held: Sunday, September 16 at 10:00 am Chutoba prayers will be conducted during this service. If you would like a Chuto- ba prayer for your ancestors, please fill out the form on this page and send it or drop it off at the Jodo Mission office by Sunday, September 9th. Thank you. Page 2
  3. 3. The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (2) Suiko’s reign (592-628) marks a high point in the development of Buddhism in pre-Nara Japan. Not only was she an ardent Buddhist, but her nephew, the imperial Prince Shotoku (573-621), son of the above-mentioned Emperor Yomei, is consid- ered the founder of Japanese Buddhism. Not long after ascending the throne, Suiko took the vows of a Buddhist nun and in large part withdrew from her role in the government. Shotoku was appointed regent at the age of 19, and served in this ca- pacity until death. Shotoku’s Buddhism Whereas early Buddhism in Japan had been associated with magic powers and Prince Shotoku means of preventing disease, Shotoku’sBuddhism was quite different. His teach-ers were Korean, and their role in the formation of Buddhist ideas at this period was important. Underhim Buddhism flourished. Temple and images were built; in 605 a Buddha sixteen feet high was castin bronze. By 623 according to the Nihongi (Annals), there were in Japan some 46 Buddhist temples,816 priests, and 569 nuns. Shotoku is best known for the famous Constitution in seventeen Articlespromulgated in 604. Although mention is made in this document of revering the Three Treasure orTriatna of Buddhism, he also made abundant use of Confucian concepts, especially in political regula-tions. Actually he assigned religious matters to Buddhism and secular matters to Confucianism. Shotoku understood the importance of China for the cultural development of Japan, as is evidencedby his sending students to the continent. He encouraged industry; he saw that the sick were cared forand orphans and the feeble given attendance; he took measures to promote transportation and commu-nication; he gave instructions to extend protection to animals; and under him a history of Japan wascomplied. In 606 Shotoku gave a lecture on the Srimala-devi-sinhanada or Shoman-gyo to EmpressSuiko. He also gave a lecture on the Lotus sutra or the Saddharmapundarika-sutra in the same year. Itwas also at this time that he decided to set down his lecture in writing. Commentaries were written onthese two sutras as well as on the Yuima-kyo or Vimalakirti-nirdesa-sutra. (…) Shotoku is believed tohave built such temples as Shitennouji, Horyuji, Chuguji and others. These temples are world-renowned not only because they are the oldest temples in Japan but also for the role played in Japanesehistory. For example, Horyuji Temple in Nara functioned as thecenter of Buddhist studies: while Shitennouji Temple in Osakawas the center of social welfare activities in Japan. Shotoku mustbe considered the real founder of Japanese Buddhism, as was of-ten said by later admirers, although he was neither the founder ofany school nor a priest of any school. For it cannot be denied thatthe establishment and spread of early Japanese Buddhism cameabout through his sincere devotion. (To be continued) Shitennouji Temple From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Published by The Japan Buddhist Federation Page 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 21 The Five Precepts (Sept 2012) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe第21回 五戒(2012年9月) 仏さまの教えは私たちにいかに生きるべきか教えてくれます。その基本となるのが,五戒という在家の信者が守るべき五つの戒律です。(一)不殺生:生きものを殺さない。(二)不偸盗:盗みをしない。(三)不邪淫:邪まな生活を送らない。(四)不妄語:嘘をつかない。(五)不飲酒:酒を飲まない。(仏教者は,目覚めた状態を究極の目標とするので,お酒で酔っ払った状態をきらいます。法然上人は,お酒について「この世のならい」であると答えています。仏さまの教えを忘れず,酒量を守ってお楽しみください) 五戒は禁止の形で示されていますが,実際の生活では,慈愛・寛大・節操・信頼・覚醒という積極的な意味に読み替えて,実践するように心掛けましょう。 とはいえ,これら五つのルールはあまりに簡潔すぎて,現代の行動指針としては不十分に感じられるかもしれません。命を奪ってはならないのは当然として,家族として難しい選択を迫られるときもあるでしょう。自然環境を破壊することは,盗みに当たらないのでしょうか。大切な人を守るためには,ときには嘘をつくことも必要かもしれません。重要なことは,この五つの規範をいつも心に銘じて自らの選択を問い続けることです。五戒を厳密に守ることは難しいですが,仏さまの教えを尊重して絶えず自分の生活を反省することは,より倫理的な生活を送るための基盤となります。五戒の教えは仏教徒の心に今もなお生き続けています。Vol. 21 The Five Precepts (Sept. 2012) Buddha, the Enlightened One, teaches us how to live. Pancha Sila (seebelow or “Otsutome” p.60) includes the basic five precepts for the Buddhist:(1) Do not kill. (2) Do not steal. (3) Do not be immoral. (4) Do not lie. (5) Donot drink. (We should avoid getting drunk because Buddhist’s goal is to controlourselves and to be awakened. St. Honen says, “Drinking alcohol seems to be acustom of present life. It cannot be helped.” Please remember the rule and en-joy drinking in moderation.) The five rules positively mean: (1) Cherish life. (2) Be generous. (3) Bemoral. (4) Be truthful. (5) Drink in moderation. In our daily life, we should tryto keep these precepts as much as possible. You may think that the five precepts are too simple to apply to today’sissues. However, here are some examples of their deeper application. Taking alife is absolutely wrong, but someday you might have to make a difficult deci-sion as a family member. Or, if we abuse natural resources, are we stealing? Or,is it wrong to tell a lie to protect an important person in your life? It is verytough to keep the five precepts strictly. We should continue to ask ourselveswhether our choices are right or not. This reflection based on Buddha’s teachingleads us to a moral life and enlightenment. The five precepts are simple--butprofound. They still require us to consider serious questions in life. I hope thatwe can continue this important discussion in the future.Page 4
  5. 5. Continuation from page 4 Pancha Sila HBC O-Bon Service at I undertake to observe the precept which enjoins Moiliili Cemetery: Bishop abstention from taking life unnecessarily. Sohko Kuki of Koyasan I undertake to observe the precept which enjoins Shingon Mission of Hawaii and abstention from taking things not given. Rev. Narashiba attended this ser- I undertake to observe the precept which enjoins vice. abstention from immoral actions. I undertake to observe the precept which enjoins abstention from false speech. I undertake to observe the precept which enjoins abstention from intoxicating liquors and drugs.*************************************** O-BON SERVICE At Makiki Cemetery and Moiliili Cemetery 26th Annual Imin Yosebaka O-Bon Moiliili Cemetery is an active Service was held on July 21, 2012 at family cemetery. Families take Makiki Cemetery (located at the corner of care of their own plots which Pensacola St. and Wilder Ave.). The United feature “haka” houses where Japanese Society of Hawaii sponsored this cremated remains are placed. event. Hawaii Buddhist Council participates The Japanese Cemetery Associ- in this O-Bon Service. ation was founded long ago to Sutra chanting was oversee this cemetery (as well performed by Rev. as the Japanese portion of the Ikenaga of Nichiren Makiki Cemetery). Not too Mission at the Imin much is written about the Yosebaka service. Moiliili Cemetery. Please let Right photo: us know if you have other in- Bishop Matsumoto formation you would like to of Honpa share about this cemetery.Hongwanji Mission and Bishop Komagata of Soto Mission of Hawaii were among those in attendance. Also, at the farend of those seated were a couple of Japanese military representatives for the 16 Imperial Japanese Navy sailors buried atthis cemetery.In 1885, the first Japanese contract immigrant workers arrived under a treaty signed by Emperor Meiji of Japan and KingKalakaua of Hawaii. They worked on the plantations 10 to 12 hours a day, six days a week for about $10 to $15 a month.Their dreams of saving enough money to return to Japan as wealthy men were only dreams and many died without fami-lies and were buried at Makiki Japanese cemetery on the slopes of Punchbowl.Without descendants to care for the graves, the wooden markers rotted, tombs toppled or crumbled. Many immigrantswere left with no trace of their existence but broken-down headstones.In 1985, 100 years after the first contract workers arrived, the Oahu Kanyaku Imin Centennial Celebration Committee de-cided to do something about this situation. They received permission and placed the contents of 289 neglected graves ina common grave or yosebaka. A pink-hued granite memorial was designed and brought from Okayma, Japan, and placedover the yosebaka. The cost of $70,000 was borne by the OKICC, thanks to the generous contributions from the commu-nity. The United Japanese Society of Hawaii is presently responsible for the maintenance of the monument.In addition to the 289 muenbotoke entombed at the base of the yosebaka memorial, this July 21, 2012 service also honoredthe 141 gannenmono who were the first to arrive during the first year of Emperor Meiji’s reign and also16 Imperial Japa-nese Navy sailors who were buried in the adjoining plot. These sailors died of illness between 1876 and 1899, while Jap-anese warships were in Hawaii during the Meiji era protecting the interests of Japanese living in Hawaii.[Imin Yosebaka Memorial article above was taken from the program literature at the July 21, 2012 service] Page 5
  6. 6. BON DANCE (August 17-18, 2012) THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Bon Dance held on August 17-18 2012. There were so many, many people helping behind the scenes and we really appreciate all your hard work. It is with everyone’s help that we can continue to do this event. Without someone arranging with the bon dancers, getting the yagura up, arranging for the stairway to get on top of the yagura, someone setting up chairs so people could sit down, someone getting the omamoris, also someone selling omamoris, bon dance towels, hapi coats, kimonos, parking attendants, making and selling andagis (Okinawan do- nuts), some making and selling he Jodo Mission special shaved ice, someone making and selling musubis, spam musubis, someone making and selling chichi dango, someone order- ing and selling saimin, someone making and selling grilled BQ sticks, someone making and selling sushi, yaki soba, the two temaki chefs who made California rolls or spicy ahi as you ordered them, someone making and selling hot dogs, chili and rice, someone making and selling waffle dogs, hamburger buns, someone making sure that all the trash cans were not overflowing with trash, someone answering the many questions people called about, includ- ing “how do I get to Jodo Mission?” or “where can I park?” Thank you also to the many, many dancers who came, even though it rained and drizzled. We could not do it without you. We hope everyone had time to catch up with old friends, made new friends, got together with your relatives!! Below, please find photos of some of those who participated in our Bon Dance. Yagura Set UP: Herbert, Rev. Nakano and Brandon started to put Jizo Prayer: Our Jizo-sama statue is presently in Japan being repaired for the missing up the yagura arm that someone took so the Jizo prayer was done in the Temple beginning with Goe- ka. Our Goeka consists of Debbie Nakata, Yoshiko Kitagawa, Tomoko Hisamoto, Yukari Narashiba and Sophie Narashiba. Left photo are Hitomi, Clifford, Jo Ann and Doris Right photo:BQ meat preparation: It takes many, Chris and Jonmany people to cut and skewer meat are grilling thebefore marinating and grilling skewered meat. Andagi: Paul is getting the dough Page 6 ready for andagi (Okinwan donuts)
  7. 7. BON DANCE (August 17-18, 2012) Musubi makers: above are Carol, Amy, Prayer: Rev. Nakano gives prayer Delsey, Amy (Carol’s cousin) and Peggy are before Bon Dance begins happily making musubis and enjoying each Temaki Station: Don and Reed made others company. temaki sushi (either California roll or spicy ahi) while you wait for them.Inari Production Line: Some people arestuffing inari with barasushi, some arepacking in bags for selling. Above Susan,Karen, Sally, Tomoko, Harumi, Kay, Traffic: Rev. Narashiba was outside directing traffic toDebbie, Gail, Doris, Katherine, Wayne, the Temple. Also directing traffic were Gene and Rocky.David, Cynthia. We apologize for not Next door were Bert and Ryan, right photonaming everyone since some are hidden. Andagi: Masa Oshirofrying andagi, Oldtimers: Teruto Soma and Masa Kitajima very ono Okinwan donuts! under the yagura directing the music for the dancers and making announcements Yaki Soba ProductionHaleiwa Helpers: Eiko Kawamura (left)and Ken Masatsugu (right) of Haleiwa JodoMission came to help Cheryl (center) in the Shave Ice: Herbert making Spin the Wheel: Caren and Page 7Andagi Section. shave ice and Marcia adding syrup Joshua handle this game
  8. 8. Tamagoyaki Ingredients: 3 eggs 1/2 T sugar 1/8 tsp. salt Dash of pepper Preparing the eggs: Blend eggs and seasonings by moving chopsticks in a “left-to-right” motion, allowing some of the whites to remain unblended with the yolks. Cooking the tamagoyaki: 1. Heat 12” skillet on high, then lower to medium when beginning to cook. 2. Oil the heated surface, spreading it thinly and evenly with a folded paper towel. 3. Pan is heated to the right temperature when drops of the egg mixture quickly cooks. 4. Pour half of the egg mixture into the hot skillet, spreading it to fill the surface of the skillet. 5. When the egg is cooked, fold it over four times by holding one edge with chopsticks. Continued next pagePage 8
  9. 9. Tamagooyaki cont’d:6. Place the tamagoyaki to the far right where you began the folding for the first sheet of egg that was cooked and oil the surface once again.7. Pour the remaining egg mixture into the skillet, raising the already cooked roll to allow the egg mixture to get under it.8. Roll the already cooked roll along with the sheet of egg being cooked and create a larger tamagoyaki.9. Turn over newly formed roll and allow to complete cooking within. When done, slide the roll onto a cutting board.10. Slice the tamagoyaki into 1 inch sections. For the cooking video of this recipe, please visit : Collecting Donations O-Jizo-Sama Before leaving for Japan to be re- for Bazaar paired, O-Jizo-Sama was cleaned. Yukari Narashiba , Susan Hayashi and Our Bazaar will be held on Dania Furuya helped O-Jizo-Sama with a Sunday, October 28. If you have bath. any donations, please bring them to the Temple! Please separate your donations by categories (clothing, kitchen utensils and dishes, toys, trinkets, books) and please mark the categories. Jodo Mission will not pick up your donations. Thank you for your understanding. Page 9
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincere This record of a perpetual memorial service condolences to the family members and lovedand is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the ones of the following members who have recentlydate of death occurs for a person listed on this left this world for the Pure Land.record, the ministers pray for that individual dur- James Tatsuto Yamane 84ing the morning service. The prayers will contin- Takao Shiroma 77ue each year for as long as Jodo Mission ex- Joyce Sachiko Nakamura 69ists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put Edwin Juichi Yagi 75your own name on the list, too. This also helps Mitsuhiro Yamashita 64when it is difficult to have memorial services. Haruko Gomi 75We also welcome you to attend the morning Grace Chiyoko Nakamura 87service at 8:30am. Violet Kimie Amakawa 92 Rose Misaye Nakamura 94 How to apply Matsuko Tanigawa Soma 100 Stop by the office, and fill out the application Mieko Hayamoto 84form. Each name costs $200. After the applica- Nagato Kimura 88tion is accepted, the name will be listed on the Ethel Kasumi Kakimoto 85record. Martha Keiko Miura 88 Jodo Mission Office Hours: HELP NEEDED Monday to Saturday For Nokutsudo/Columbarium 8am—5pm Our Nokutsudo or Columbarium has Sunday & Holidays grown and is still growing. We need 8am—3pm more help with cleanup, especially for the new Nokutsudo/Columbarium. If you are Phone: 949-3995 able to help, please contact the Temple at Ministers: 949-3995 with possible times you are able to help. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Head Minister If you are able to help only some- Rev. Kanjun Nakano times, please also let us know . Your Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe help is most appreciated. Thank you. Rev. Dwight Nakamura (Retired) Sunday School Sewing Circle We welcome children to join our Sunday Fujinkai Meeting School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu 9/8/12 (Women’s Association) 9/15/12 by doing various activities. 9/29/12 9/2/11 8:30 am 9/2 at 10:45 am 8:30 am to 11 am 9/9 at 10 am: Sunday School will Any interested per- YBA Meeting participate in Keiro Kai and son is welcome No Meeting in Grandparents Day September 9/30 at 10:45 am Page 10
  11. 11. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for September1 Seijiro Mitsuyasu Kiyoko Isobe The Mitsuyasu Family 12 Junji Sano Takao Nishimura The Nishimoto Family 21 Kumanoshin Yamamoto (2) The Nishimura Family Sada Hayashi Yoshiko Nakahara(2) Kamado Gushikuma The Hayashi Family Wanda Akemi Hamada Masao Fukuzawa2 Kiku Sugimoto Tsuneyasu Tamanaha 22 Miyo Koyama The Sugimoto & Samoto Family Umeyo Ohta The Koyama Family Yutaro Karamatsu Taeko Stella Uehara Keikichi Mishina The Karamatsu Family The Mishina Family Kiku Kusunoki 13 Kigoro Takada Kame Higa The Kusunoki Family The Takada Family The Higa Family Minbunosuke Sakuda Kumayo Nomura Ruth Yoshiko Medeiros The Nomura Family Tsuchitaro Iwamoto3 Eikichi Nakamoto Yoshio Kawakami Eleanor Haruko Nose The Okamoto & Nakamoto Family Yasuichi Moritsugu Reverend Hoyu Ohta The Henry Hijii Family 23 Kiyoshi Matsushita The Ohta Family The Matsushita Family Katsume Kuniyuki 14 Matsu Ohta Yoshiaki Ono Kikuzuchi Takaoka The Ono & Yamada Family4 Shizuko Morita Toshio Mitani Yoshio Uchiumi Kikuno Mitsutani Riichi Hirouji Nobuo Yoshida 15 Umeyo Nishimura Eisuke Tamura The Nishimura Family 24 Ryuichi Hamada Ishi Yagi The Hamada Family5 Kikuyo Iwamoto The Yagi & Okada Family The Sakauye Family Shigeki Hayashi Takeji Ohara Shieto Saiki Yuriko Naito Masaji Kawasugi Aya Asaumi Shizue Masuda6 Toramatsu Yamamoto Yuji Yokoyama 25 Haruyo Yanagihara Kamekichi Shigeoka Ayako Nakata Kamematsu Onohara Suteno Yoshida James Hajime Koike Mitsuru Harada Masaichi Toishigawa Kichigoro Ikeda 16 Shigenari Uesugi 26 The Nishimuras Baby8 Suke Muranaka 17 Okaji Hashimoto 27 Seiichi Tanaka The Muranaka Family The Hashimoto Family The Tanaka & Takahashi Family Higashi Tojo Fujie Nomiyama Hakuyo Ebisuzaki (2) The Tojo Family Goro Shindo Toshiko Judy Yanagihara 18 Kinjuro Sugimoto The Sugimoto & Samoto Family 28 Kimi Morita9 Mitsue Shigeoka Take Kitagawa The Morita & Ashinaka Family Shunsuke Ogi The Kitagawa Family Natsue Hayashi The Ogi Family Tameo Shinntani The Hayashi Family Shigeru Taketa Kamejiro Uyeda Yone Wakayama Umeda Hoichi Fujita 29 Kiku Tanimura Masako Koyama The Fujita Family The Tanimura Family Mie Kashiwa Ryosuke Yanagisawa10 Ritsu Inada (2) Fumiko Yamane The Yanagisawa Family The Inada Family (2) Nobuko Tsuruda Ushi Shimabukuro The Morimoto Family Akio Shimabukuro Tsune Kuniyuki 19 Kichijuro Miyashige The Shimabukuro Family Shimo Hashimoto The Goto & Miyashige Family Kiyo Yamachika Sana Tamura Seitoku Higa The Yamachika & Yukie Sakaue The Weiss Family Matsushige Family The Sunagawa Family Ishi Uyenoyama11 Yorizo Yamane Fusae Ippongi Yuu Kunihisa TheYamane Family Yoshiwa Tarumoto The Harada Family 20 Shoichi Ishida Chieko Yamamura Ikuzo Kuniyuki The ishida & Aimoto Family Nobuo Tsuda The Iwamotos Baby 30 Francis Kiyoshi Furutani Mike Shigeo Hara The Iwamoto Family Page 11
  12. 12. Jodo Mission of Hawaii 8:30am Morning Service Phone: 949-3995 Everyday September 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 12 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 3 4 5 6 7 8 10:00 Sunday Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu 8:30 Sewing Circle 10:45 Sunday School Hour9 10:00 Sunday Service; 10 11 12 13 14 15 Keiro Kai & Grand 8:30 Sewing Circle parents Day Service 11:45 Board Meeting16 17 18 19 20 21 2210:00 Autumn Higan **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Laypersons’ and Fujinkai Convention Service Hour on Kauai - Sept 21—2323 10:00 Sunday Service 24 25 26 27 28 29Laypersons/Fujinkai Conven-tion on Kauai 8:30 Sewing Circle===================31 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Sunday School Events: **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) Sept 9 Deadline: Autumn Chutoba Orders Sept 21-23 Laypersons & Fujinkai Convention on Kauai Coming Events (cont’d): Oct 21 Bazaar Prep—bring out stored Bazaar items Oct 21-27 Bazaar Prep—organizing & pricing items WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP Oct 28 BAZAAR Oct 28 Bazaar Oct 20-21 Lahaina Centennial Celebration Nov 10 Haleiwa Centennial Celebration