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Jodo Mission Of Hawaii Bulletin April 2010


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Jodo Mission Of Hawaii Bulletin April 2010

  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - April 2010 (#1161-0410) Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested Hanamatsuri; Buddha Day Pages 1,2,3 Announcements 2- Page 2 - 4 Perpetual Memorial Service Page 6,7 Calendar Page 8 HBC BUDDHA DAY CELEBRATION April 8th is the birthday of the Buddha, "Buddha Day." The Hawaii Buddhist Council cordially invites all to the Buddha Day Service. WHEN: Sunday, April 4, 2010 WHERE: Honpa Hongwanji Mission TIME: 9:00am—Ceremony 10:30am—Entertainment Admission Free The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist temples: Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Higashi Hongwanji, Tendai Mission, Soto Mission, Nichiren Mission, Koyasan Shingon Mission, and Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Please call at 949-3995 to sign up for carpooling to Honpa Hongwanji Mission.
  2. 2. Jodo Mission Hanamatsuri Flowers Needed for Will be held on Sunday, April 11, at Hanamido for the temple. We look forward to seeing all of Hanamatsuri you at the service. Service Please bring flowers WHEN: Sunday, April 11, 2010 other small flowers) to Jodo Mission to WHERE: Jodo Mission of Hawaii decorate the Hanamido. TIME: 10:00 a.m. before 9 am on Saturday, April 10 Hanamido will be created on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. Hanamido is where the Baby Buddha statue sits in the center surrounded by flowers and each person attending service may pour “amacha” or sweet tea, the symbolic heavenly rain, over the Baby Buddha, as if bathing a new born baby. Hanamatsuri Celebrations Elsewhere Oxnard, Georgia: India; The birth of Buddha or Tathagata is celebrated in India. Buddhist people go to common Viharas to observe a rather longer-than-usual, full-length Buddhist sutra. The usual dress is pure white. Non-vegetarian food is normally avoided. Kheer, a sweet rice porridge is commonly served to recall the story of Sujata, a maiden who, in Gautama Buddha’s life, offered the Buddha a bowl of milk porridge. Nepal: The birth of the Buddha is often celebrated by Buddhists in Nepal for an entire month in the Buddhist calendar. The actual day is called Buddha Poornima, also traditionally known as Vaishakh Poornima. Although the day marks not just the birth of Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha, but also the day of Enlightenment, and Mahaparinirvana. But as a gentle effect of West, the event of Birth is given paramount importance. Nepal like India celebrates the birth of Buddha in similar fashion with serving of Kheer, a sweet rice porridge, and non-vegetarian food and the usual dress is pure white. It is said that Buddha originally followed the way of asceticism to attain enlightenment sooner, as was thought by many at that time. He sat for a prolonged time with inadequate food and water, which caused his body to shrivel so as to be indistinguishable from the bark of the tree that he was sitting under. Seeing the weak Siddhartha Gautama, a girl named Sujata placed a bowl of milk in front of him as an offering. Realizing that without food one can do nothing, the Buddha refrained from harming his own body. Page 2
  3. 3. HANAMATSURI is the seed of our own demise. When we can THE CELEBRATION OF understand our own impermanent nature, then BUDDHA’S BIRTH it becomes very clear how we should live our lives. From the murky depths of this quagmire Hanamatsuri, literally flower festival, is of life, there still are occasions when sentient celebrated on April 8, commemorating the birth of beings may, out of sincerity of mind, effort Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha became and intelligence, produce pure thoughts which enlightened as Sakyamuni Buddha and this marks may bloom into the ultimate purity of the the release of sentient beings from suffering and white lotus, enlightenment. Hanamatsuri sorrow. According to our tradition, the historical represents one of these occasions. It is a time Buddha, Sakyamuni, was born in Nepal on April for us to show our gratitude and rededicate 8, 566 B.C. He was born the son of King ourselves as we contemplate the importance of Suddohana and Queen Maya. There are many the birth of our teacher, master, spiritual guide flowery descriptions of the scene at his birth, and friend, Sakyamuni Buddha. including celestial birds singing beautiful songs, Namu Amidabutsu beautiful flowers, and a sweet gentle rain bathing the baby Buddha. It is not necessarily the beauty of the flowers, the sounds of the celestial birds, nor the sweet gentle rain that fell, but the vibrant fact that on this day was born the greatest of sentient beings who became the Enlightened One, the Buddha. Every year we celebrate our own birthday. In our youth we are anxious to reach “adulthood”, and in our old age we attempt to cling to our “youth”. What is the meaning and reason for celebrating our birth? Much of the meaning of our own birth is often lost in the gifts and the merriment. The celebration of our birth is an expression of gratitude. This gratitude is extended towards our friends, parents and to life itself. This gratitude grows from an understanding that our birth is the result of many people and that our lives are intertwined with all others. Understanding the Buddha’s teaching of interdependency of all things will make it clear that our birth is the result of many causes and conditions. Realizing this we can see that our birth is truly a rare and wonderful gift, and we have an obligation to live out this life in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha. This obligation to live our lives out to the fullest becomes even more striking when we look at the symbolism and the significance of the flower. The flower, as with all human beings, has Published by its moment of youth and beauty, but its beauty NORTHWEST MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION Buddhist Churches of America soon begins to fade and eventually it dies. Our birth is like the blossoming of a beautiful flower, but it Page 3 Published by NORTHWEST MINiSTERIAL ASSOCIATION Buddhist Churches of America
  4. 4. Announcements NEW MINISTER Fujinkai Meeting YBA Meeting (Women’s association) Rev. Kanjan Nakano arrived 4/25/10 on March 22 from Japan. He is No Meeting in April at 8:30 a.m. from Hyogo Prefecture in Japan and is a Sewing Circle FUNDRAISER music professor. 4/10/10 & 4/24/10 Our fundraiser this 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. year is Onolicious Please Kala Kokua Fully introduce Cooked Smoked yourselves and (frozen) Turkey welcome him to Sunday School Drumsticks. 4/4/10 at 9:00 a.m. Cost: $10.00 Join HBC Hanamatsuri at 9 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL for two (2) 13-16 oz. EXCURSION 4/11/10 at 10:00 a.m. drumsticks. Betsuin Hanamatsuri Service On Sunday, January 31, Pickup: May 23 the Sunday School went on an 4/25/10—Excursion at Jodo Mission excursion to Dole Pineapple in Wahiawa. THEY HAD SO MUCH FUN! They rode the bus for this excursion, singing songs along the way. They rode the train and saw pineapples growing in the fields, fed koi fishes with fish food in the pond at Dole Pineapple, saw Cherry Blossoms blooming in Wahiawa and Rev. Ezaki took them to the ocean near Haleiwa Jodo Mission and saw a big turtle taking a nap on the beach. HOW WONDERFUL TO BE YOUNG!! Thank you Rev. Ezaki for allowing Sunday School to have their lunch at Haleiwa Jodo Mission! Thank you Kay Oshiro and JoAnn Matsuo for Front Row: A’Marie, Himawari, Osuke, Sophie, Takeru; Second Row: Hitomi; Third Row: Mako, Naomi, JoAnn, Kay, Mr. Kaneda (Himawari’s father) arranging this excursion!! If anyone has children or grandchildren interested in joining or participating in Sunday School, please contact Jodo Mission. Page 4
  5. 5. Fujinkai Honors Keiro On February 21, 2010, the Fujinkai ladies celebrated the New Year by also honoring those over 80 years old or Keiro. Each person over 80 years was honored with sekihan (mochi rice with azuki beans) or “happy rice”. Although the photos on this page may not be very clear, all Keiro honorees (17) were happy to receive their sekihan—there were more Keiro persons than younger persons. HOW NICE IT IS TO BE OVER 80 YEARS OLD!! Jodo Shu is very grateful to all our elder members. The success of our Temple is due to the hard work of all our members, including those who have gone to the Pure Land. We need to take care of our elderly—it’s because of them and their sacrifices that we are here. We need to learn from our elders. It is important that their knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. Communication between generations is very important! Each generation has experiences that could benefit each other. And as the song goes, WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY. DVDs, computers, ipods, air conditioning they can help us in our daily lives but if some day we find ourselves without these electronics, can we sit around a camp fire and sing songs or cook on the hibachi? We also have some elderly members who are Keiro but who were unable to attend because of transportation problems or physical health. Please don’t forget to come to our next Keiro event! Younger generation, please bring your Keiro relatives! Some may be in care homes or homebound but going to an outing to meet other Keiro people may make their life happier, even if tomorrow they won’t remember today. Thank you. Page 5
  6. 6. What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) Obituaries The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends This record of a perpetual memorial its sincere condolences to the family service and is called Eitaikyo in members and loved ones of the Japanese. When the date of death following members who have recently occurs for a person listed on this left this world for the Pure Land. record, the ministers pray for that individual during the morning service. Mr. Satoshi Sunada 92 The prayers will continue each year for Mrs. Amy Emiko Preston 83 as long as Jodo Mission exists. Mr.Thomas Hideyori Nakamura 85 Anyone can be included in it. You Mrs. Takeko Kashiwamura 95 may put your own name on the list, too. Mrs. Ruth Chieko Sakuda 96 This also helps when it is difficult to have memorial services. We also Barrier-free Memorial Service Barrier- welcome you to attend the morning Memorial services can be held in Ikoi service at 8:30am. Hall, which is located on the ground level How to apply of the temple with bathrooms. If you are having a hard time going up stairs or even Stop by the office, and fill out the using an elevator, please feel free to call application form. Each name costs the office to make an appointment. $200. After the application is accepted, (Phone : 949-3995) the name will be listed on the record. Wedding Services and Baby Blessings Jodo Mission Office are available upon request. If you are planning to get married or know someone who Hours: is planning a wedding or if you would like to Monday to Saturday renew your wedding vows, you are welcome 8am— 8am — 5pm to recommend our Temple. To pledge eternal love between husband and wife to Amida Sunday & Holidays Buddha is very important. 8am— 8am — 3pm Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s love surround our children with love. Please call for an appointment. Your Opinions Your opinions are important to us. Please feel free to send opinions to Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 1429 Makiki Street. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Honolulu HI 96814. Your Senior Resident Minister Rev. Dwight Nakamura Retired Minister opinions will be treated Page 6
  7. 7. EITAIKYO (Perpetual Memorial Service) for April 1 Anzaemon Kajioka 13 Yasuko Daitoku Yoshio Kunimoto The Kajioka & Morita Family The Daitoku & Fujimoto Family Setsuyo Misawa Yae Ogata Kayo Doi 25 Michizo Imaguchi Mistuko Arakawa Tsuyo Uchiumi The Imaguchi Family Shimoyo Karamatsu Zentoku Uyehara Yasuko Ueda Seiichi Kimura Yasu Iguchi Tsunegoro Iwamoto Masashi Yamane 2 Ryosaku Maeda Michizo Imaguchi The Maeda Family 14 Heiji Yasumoto Soichi Sakai Shuzaburo Kunihiro The Yasumoto Family 26 Kikujiro Yokoyama The Kunihiro Family Yoshi Okamura The Yokoyama & Masao Kamihara Yoshi Okamura Morita Family 3 Kinjuro Ajimura 15 Toso Kamisato Makoto Takahashi The Ajimura Family The Kamisato Family Masato Ishida Katsuichi Takeda The Aoki Family Haruko Teruya The Takeda Family Mikayo Higashimura 27 Misae Umemoto Takeo Kuniyuki Toshiro Kawabe The Umemoto Family Katsusaburo Yamamoto The Kawabe Family The Ida Family Kikue Kubota Masakane Himuro The Matsushima Family 4 Masayo Kusunoki 16 Bunsuke Isobe Shizue Nose The Kusunoki Family The Isobe Family Robert Murakami Shinichi Amakawa Ryu Tsurusaki 28 Rokusuke Yanagihara The Amakawa Family The Tsurusaki & Inada Family The Yanagihara Family Masatoshi Umemoto 5 Tsune Isobe Iwakichi Matsuda Patsy Hisako Himuro The Isobe Family The Toichi Funamoto Family Mitsuyoshi Gushikuma Mamoru Najita Misao Yamane Isematsu Takenaka 17 Kenichi Namba Masa Miyao Okamoto Kazumitsu Kaya The Namba Family Ume Kawamura Tsuneharu Imaguchi 7 Yasu Hirohama 29 Mitsuyo Kamioka The Hirohama & Kawasugi Family 18 Toyokichi Iguchi The Kamioka & Kikujiro Uchiumi The Iguchi & Sasaki Family Hanaoka Family Naomi Fuse Johnson Eki Mineishi Tatsuyo Ohara Fay Johnson The Mineishi Family The Ohara Family Yumi Yokoyama Tsuchi Kajioka Isaburo Terada 19 Jun Kunihiro Heijiro Asai Toru Yamane The Kunihiro Family Tsune Uesugi Motoo Ueda Koji Kamioka 8 Tadaichi Aoki The Ueda Family Manzuchi Higashi The Aoki Family Maka Tamanaha Kazuto Hamada Kojiro Okamoto The Tamanaha Family Hatsumi Nakamura The Okamoto & Nakamoto Family Matsutaro Shimizu Yoshiyo Yanagihara Shigekichi Yoshizaki Isamu Yoshioka Tatsuyo Ohara The Yoshizaki Family Thomas Lai Naotaka Hayashi 30 Tsuru Matsuno Misue Imamoto 20 Hiroshi Ohta Esa Yamane Yoshio Takara Mantsu Takara Kume Nakamoto 21 Naomi Takara The Nakamoto & 9 Shizuko Hironaka Ganichi Tamura Sakagawa Family The Hirokawa & Ishimoto Family The Matsuno Family Fumie Iwasaki 22 Kyoichi Koyama The Yamane Family & 10 Tomi Arakawa The Koyama Family Harada Family Matsuji Yamamoto Chieko Miyakawa Shigetaka Imada Hiroshi Nakai 11 Tsunekichi Matsuno The Nakai Family The Matsuno Family Kazu Saiki Sadako Yokoyama Kyoichi Koyama The Yokoyama & Morita Family Teru Sakuda 23 Bishop Sensho Fukuda The Sakuda Family Eiko Gushikuma Sada Harada Shigeichi Aoki The Kohatsu Family Moushi Uyehara Yoshiko Hara Shigeo Tom Muranaka 12 Naka Nakamura 24 Setsuyo Misawa Toshiko Umemoto The Misawa Family The Watanabe Family
  8. 8. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday April 2010 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 4/1:Deadline for 2 3 O-Toba Orders **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour 4 9 am HBC Buddha Day 5 6 7 8 9 10 Service at Honpa 10:30am Maunalani 8:30 am Sewing Class Hongwanji Mission Visitation 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 10am Hanamatsuri Family Service 10am CCH visitation **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour 11:30 am Board Meeting 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 10:00am Sunday Service 8:30 am Sewing Class 10:30am Oahu Rengo Fujinkai Convention 25 8;30 YBA Meeting 26 27 28 29 30 10:-00am Juzukuri Service Sunday School Excursion ** Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station) Jodo Mission Office Hours: COMING EVENTS: May 23, 2010: Pickup Day at Jodo Mission for Fundraiser: Monday to Saturday: 8 am—5 pm Onolicious Kala Kokua Fully Cooked Smoked (frozen) Turkey Drumsticks If you Sunday & Holidays: 8 am—3 pm need more tickets or did not receive your turkey drumstick tickets, please contact Jodo Mission.