JODO MISSION OF HAWAII                        BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2011(#1181-1211)Jodo Mission of Hawaii   1429 Makiki St....
NEW YEAR’S EVE     At this time of the year, Buddhist temples observe two kinds of special ser-vices to welcome the New Ye...
JOYA-E         (New Year’s Eve Service)     During Joya-e Service, we thank Amida Buddha for a safe year and to purify our...
Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism               Vol. 13 The Tokugawa Shogun’s Crest (Dec. 2011)                           By R...
Cont’d from page 4;   spiritual strength during this turbulent age. You should also remember that peace is pre-   cious an...
The Birth of a Banyan Tree [Respect for your elders]Once upon a time, there was a big banyan tree in the for-est beneath t...
BAZAAR NEWS        MAHALO NUI LOA   Thank you, thank you to everyone who vol-unteered their precious time to make our annu...
ANNOUNCEMENTS             Sunday School                        End of Year Temple CleaningSunday School invitesEveryone to...
MOCHI             With the New Year just around the corner it is once again             time to order our delectable mochi...
What is “Perpetual Memorial          Service?” (Eitaikyo)                                                                 ...
Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for December1   Jusaku Kimura                  Takaichi Tamakawa           Hideo Mor...
8:30am Morning Service                                                                       Jodo Mission of Hawaii       ...
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  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2011(#1181-1211)Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested JODO-E SERVICE Jodo-E (sometimes referred to as Bodhi Day) is the day that Shakyamuni Buddha at-tained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The Hawaii Buddhist Council*, invites everyone to join in the Jodo-E Service: Thisyear it will be held at the Soto Mission of Hawaii. Sunday, December 4, 2010 9:00 a.m. Soto Mission of Hawaii 1708 Nuuanu Avenue 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..
  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 NewYear’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 familiarannual ceremonies for Buddhists in Japan. Here in Hawaii, New Year’s Eve Ser-vice is observed with the ringing of the Temple Bell at each Buddhist Temple.When we listen solemnly to the sounds of the bell in the silent midnight atmos-phere, we reflect in ourselves, and have a feeling of deep meditation. Do youknow why the temple bell rings 108 times on New Year’s Eve? To ring the bell108 times signifies the dispelling of 108 evil passions which all human beingshave. According to Buddhism we have 108 different kinds of evil thoughts in ourminds. While the temple bell is rung, we pray to dispel our evil passions andthoughts. Japanese people call that night “Joya”. Joya means the very night whenwe should try to dispel all evil things 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 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 Saturday, 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 Satur-day, January 1st, 2012 at 10:00 am - HappyNew Year! 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. 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 BLESSING AT HOME During January, 2012, 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 3
  4. 4. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 13 The Tokugawa Shogun’s Crest (Dec. 2011) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe第13回 徳川家康と浄土宗(2011年12月) 本堂の入口には二つの家紋が掲げられています。右は法然上人の杏葉の御紋,左は徳川家の葵の御紋です。江戸幕府の初代将軍として名高い徳川家康(1542-1616)は,「念仏将軍」と称されるほど熱心な念仏信仰の持ち主でした。家康自身が「南無阿弥陀仏」と書写した陣中名号が,今でも多数残っています。また,一日に六万遍ものお念仏をお称えしたと伝えられています。家康は,増上寺を徳川家の菩提所と定め,知恩院をはじめ浄土宗寺院の整備に貢献しました。そのため,私たち浄土宗では,徳川家の葵の御紋を掲げて感謝の意を表しています。 当時は戦国時代と呼ばれる戦乱の世が長く続いていました。親兄弟の争い,部下の裏切りも当たり前で,国土は荒れ果てて人々は疲れ切っていました。平和は全ての人々の願いでもありました。徳川家康は,関ヶ原の戦いに勝利して,その戦乱の世に終止符を打ちました。1615年から250年余り,日本人は世界にも稀にみる太平の世を享受します。この平和がもたらした教育水準の向上や商工業の発達は,人々の生活を豊かにして近代日本の礎となりました。 徳川家康の天下統一の偉業と忍耐強い人格には,篤い念仏信仰の裏付けがありました。家康は,終生浄土宗の教えを忘れず,戦場でもお念仏を称え続けました。そして,様々な困難を乗り越えて,人々に平和をもたらしました。戦争のない世の中は,私たちにとってかけがえのないものです。徳川家の「葵の御紋」は,念仏と平和の象徴といえるでしょう。Vol. 13 The Tokugawa Shogun’s Crest (Dec. 2011) Over the inside entrance to the sanctuary, you can see a big banner showing twofamily crests. The right one is St. Honen’s crest, and the left one is Tokugawa Shogun’screst. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) became the first Shogun of the Edo government in1603. He was a religious man and was called the “Nembutsu” Shogun. Even now, we canfind many Nembutsu writings by Ieyasu. He is said to have chanted “Namu Amida Butsu”60,000 times a day. Ieyasu and the Shogun family supported Jodo Shu and donated to tem-ples such as Chion-in in Kyoto and Zojoji in Tokyo. That is why we display the Shogun’screst to honor this family. Ieyasu lived in a turbulent age called “Sengoku.” Conflicts between relatives and re-bellions against the rulers were common. The country fell into ruin and the people were ex-hausted. People desired peace for a long time. Finally, Ieyasu won the battle of Sekigaharaand unified Japan. He ended the wars and built a peaceful world. For 250 years after 1615,the Japanese enjoyed a peaceful world without war. The peaceful Edo period led to theprosperity of modern Japan. Please remember that religion was behind Ieyasu’s achievements and personality.He was devoted to his faith in Nembutsu for life. The teaching of Jodo Shu gave him greatPage 4
  5. 5. Cont’d from page 4; spiritual strength during this turbulent age. You should also remember that peace is pre- cious and priceless. The Tokugawa Shogun’s crest, or “Aoi,” is a symbol of Nembutsu and eternal peace. Photo: Tokugawa Shogun’s crest (left) and St. Honen’s crest (right) ********************************************************************* Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai Appreciation Party The Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai held its annual Appreciation Party on Sunday, November6. In attendance were Fujinkai members and supporters. Bishop Hara and Mrs. Hara camefrom Maui to attend the appreciation party and had fun with the games at the party. The ladieswork hard throughout the year and it was a treat for the ladies to meet and talk with our Bishopand Mrs. Hara who is such a gracious lady. Below is a group photo of those in attendance. Page 5
  6. 6. The Birth of a Banyan Tree [Respect for your elders]Once upon a time, there was a big banyan tree in the for-est beneath the mighty Himalayas. Living near this banyantree were three very good friends. They were a quail, amonkey and an elephant. Each of them was quite smart.Occasionally the three friends got into a disagreement.When this happened, they did not consider the opinion ofany one of them to be more valuable. No matter howmuch experience each one had, his opinion was treatedthe same as the others. So it took them a long time toreach an agreement. Every time this happened, they hadto start from the beginning to reach a solution.After a while they realized that it would save time, andhelp their friendship, if they could shorten their disagree-ments. They decided that it would certainly help if theyconsidered the most valuable opinion first. Then, if theycould agree on that one, they would not have to wastetime, and possibly even become less friendly, by arguingabout the other two.Fortunately, they all thought the most valuable opinion was the one based on the most experience.Therefore, they could live together even more peacefully if they gave higher respect to the oldestamong them. Only if his opinion were clearly wrong, would they need to consider others.Unfortunately, the elephant and the monkey and the quail had no idea which one was the oldest.Since this was a time before old age was respected, they had no reason to remember their birthdaysor their ages.Then one day, while they were relaxing in the shade of the big banyan tree, the quail and the monkeyasked the elephant, "As far back as you can remember, what was the size of this banyan tree?"The elephant replied, "I remember this tree for a very long time. When I was just a little baby, I used toscratch my belly by rubbing it over the tender shoots on top of this banyan tree."Then the monkey said, "When I was a curious baby monkey, I used to sit and examine the little seed-ling banyan tree. Sometimes I used to bend over and nibble its top tender leaves."The monkey and the elephant asked the quail, "As far back as you can remember, what was the sizeof this banyan tree?"The quail said, "When I was young, I was looking for food in a nearby forest. In that forest, there was abig old banyan tree, which was full of ripe berries. I ate some of those berries, and the next day I wasstanding right here. This was where I let my droppings fall, and the seeds they contained grew up tobe this very tree!"The monkey and the elephant said, "Aha! Sir quail, you must be the oldest. You deserve our respectand honor. From now on we will pay close attention to your words. Based on your wisdom and experi-ence, advise us when we make mistakes. When there are disagreements, we will give the highestplace to your opinion. We ask only that you be honest and just."The quail replied, "I thank you for your respect, and I promise to always do my best to deserve it." Itjust so happened that this wise little quail was the Bodhisatta the Enlightenment Being. The moral is: Respect for the wisdom of elders leads to harmony. Page 6 [Reprinted story from Buddhist Studies for Young and Old.]
  7. 7. BAZAAR NEWS MAHALO NUI LOA Thank you, thank you to everyone who vol-unteered their precious time to make our annualBazaar held on October 23, a great success.This year the Bazaar was co-chaired by JoAnnMatsuo and Kay Oshiro. It was an event ofdedicated members and friends who unselfishlycame for days to prepare the merchandise forthe Bazaar. The preparation involved dona-tions by members and friends; the collection Lots of people and lots of things!and storage of these donations, the sorting, dis-playing, pricing, selling and the overall clean-up; the parking attendants; the planning and co-ordination of every phase of the Bazaar; thepre-Bazaar preparation, i.e., the buying of foodsfor the pickles and meals for the volunteers forthe whole week; and all the other incidentalsthat come with a great project. It may have been a little overwhelming butthe camaraderie, the fellowship, therenewing of old friends; the meeting of new Lots of interesting things!friends, the sharing of stories and meals morethan anything overcame all the sweat and hardwork. Thank you JoAnn and Kay for a verysuccessful Bazaar! Thank you again to themany people who worked so hard for this eventto happen. Also thank you to the many peoplewho donated plants, baked goods, produce,household items, children’s clothing, toys, and Variety of plants. Can I see the red T-leaf plant back Two happy volunteers shar-all types of clothing and the Sewing Circle’s there? ing their love of plants.craft work and so many others. ARIGATO! Tons of clothing were available! The day started out Such beautiful fabrics in the craft area with clothes stacked neatly by volunteers but as people searched through the stacks they became mountains! Page 7
  8. 8. ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday School End of Year Temple CleaningSunday School invitesEveryone to their We will be doing general cleaning at theEnd of the Year Party. temple on Sunday, December 11, at 8:00 a.m. We NEED YOUR HELP. IfDate: Sunday you have time on December 11, December 11 please come and help clean the temple.Time: 10:30 a.m. After temple cleaning you may join the after Temple General Clean-up Sunday School with their Annual End of the Year Party.Malama Children’s Choir will perform ***********************before Sunday School Year End Partybegins. ♫ ♪ ♫ Fujinkai No Fujinkai Meeting in DecemberPlease come and joinour Sunday School YBAas they celebrate No YBA Meeting in Decemberthe end of 2011.************** Sewing CircleSunday School will also meet again on No Sewing Circle in DecemberSunday, December 18 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School Halloween Party On October 30th the Sunday School celebrated Halloween. Photo at left shows the students having a lot of fun! If you have grandchildren or children who would like to join our Sunday School, please call or see Rev. Watanabe. Front row: Takeru, A’Marie, Himaware, Sophie Back row: Raistlih and TayloriPage 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 your mochi order form isThursday, December 8th. Mochi can be picked up on: Thursday, December 29, 2011 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 Thursday, December 29th from 7:00 am. This is a fun and memo- rable experience for all, especially fami- lies (a family who makes mochi together sticks together). Please come and join us. It is a time to meet new friends andrenew old acquaintances. We look forward to seeing you!! MOCHI (Dec. 29) ORDER FORM おもち注文表 Deadline for order is Thursday, December 8, 2011 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: _____/_____/_2011 (In person/ Mail / Phone) Received by: _______________ Date paid: _____/_____/_2011 (Cash / Check# )
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) Obituaries This record of a perpetual memorial service andis called Eitaikyo in Japanese. When the date of The Jodo Mission of Hawaii extendsdeath occurs for a person listed on this record, the its sincere condolences to the familyministers pray for that individual during the morn- members and loved ones of the followinging service. The prayers will continue each year for members who have recently left thisas long as Jodo Mission exists. world for the Pure Land. Anyone can be included in it. You may put yourown name on the list, too. This also helps when it Raymond Shigeo Kishida 88is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Wayne Shoji Nakata 64come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Fudeko Simeona 83 How to apply Shigenobu Tamashiro 86 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. Wedding Services, Baby Blessings, House Blessings are available upon request. If you are planning to get married or Jodo Mission Office Hours: know someone who is planning a wedding or if you would like to renew your wedding vows, you are welcome to recommend ourMonday to Saturday: 8am—5pm Temple. To pledge eternal love between husband and wife to Amida Buddha is verySunday & Holidays: 8am—3pm important. Baby Blessings: May Amida Buddha’s Phone: 949-3995 love surround our children with love. House Blessings: May your new house, apartment, home be blessed. Please call for an appointment. 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 Hideo Moritsugu Hisayo Doris Imaguchi Sato Imaguchi The Wakaki Family Kona Matsuda 27 Tsunesuke Yamamoto Isamu Matsumoto The Nakamura Family Kaya & Shimazaki Family Tamito Yasuda Masayoshi Tanigawa The Tanimura Family 18 Bishop Kyodo Fujihana Evelyn Hideko Yagi The Kimura & Muroshige 9 Genjiro Shimabukuro Alice Y. Fukunaga (2) Family 28 Ichiro Sagawa Tora Aoki Kiyoko Kagihara The Imaguchi Family Saichi Ikeda Ichiro Kishi (2) Taichi Ebisuzaki The Kawahara Family2 Kame Aoki (2) Yutaka Onaga (2) 19 Tsunesuke Yanagihara (2) The Ikeda Family Kame Yano (2) The Shimabukuro Family Iwa Yanagihara Ayako Yokoyama The Aoki Family 29 Kiku Yanagihara Jane Takabayashi Shizue Matsuda The Kishi Family Shotaro Nose Jeanette Asako Hayashi Shizue Nakano Kamato Akamine 10 Hyoichi Sugihara The Yanagihara Family Hisashi Kochi Chiyoe Kameoka Asa Nanba 20 Satoshi Yasumoto Tose Terada Teruo Gushikuma Chokichi Nakamura The Aoki & Kimura Family 21 Tokutsuchi Saeki 30 Seiichi Tsuchiya Hiroshi Hayamoto The Yano, Konaka & Masao Yano Hatsuyo Yoshioka Ito Kawanishi Hayashi Faimily George K. Kimoto The Tsuchiya Family Matsu Gushiken The Yokoyama & Morita Seiichi Kimura Jiro Saiki 31 Hira Yamane Family Judith K. Kodama The Sugihara Family Teruyo Kishii The Matsuda Family The Saeki Family Michiko Miyao 11 Asajiro Inada Yoshikazu Wada 22 Emiko Hirai Frances S. Johnson Ito Zenshiro Sato3 Fumie Chinen Kama Chinen The Yamane & Harada Paul Tanigawa Fumiko Hayashi Tsurumatsu Miyamasu Family Edward Yokoyama Fujino Masatsugu Umekichi Yamachika Hanako Uchiumi The Chinen Family Kikuyo Goto Inada & Morimoto Family4 Ryuichi Higashimura Harold T. Hamasaki Grace Saiki Beringer Gunichi Morioka The Hirai Family 12 RokuichiYanagihara The Chinen Family Nobusuke Shinagawa Jisaku Yanagihara The Miyamasu Family The Higashimura Family The Morioka Family 13 Mosaku Hayashi The Yamachika & Hana Imai Matsushige Family5 Tatsuji Kusunoki Sachiko Fujikami 23 Tsuru Nakamura Yuichi Kanayama The Yano, Konaka & Teruo Asai Yasuyo Hirano Hayashi Family Hideko Wada Kane Otani Rice Ishii 14 Umetaro Ogata Giichi Kawamura Kameyo Morimoto Yuichi Nose The Nakamura Family Irene Nishida Tamikichi Yasuda 24 Totsuchi Nanba Kiyoichi Kishida Naoji Nishimura Tokutsuchi Muranaka The Kusunoki Family Yoshiko Tanigawa Matsu Yokomichi The Hirano & Kaneko Tsuruko Gushikuma Kame Yanagihara Family 15 Masagoro Kitagawa Ryuichi Ipponsugi Tane Oda Yoshio Miyao Hatsuno Hirai Masami Kawamura Michika Umeda Gaines6 Tokuemon Imamoto Hideo Morita The Kitagawa Family The Nanba Family Kiyoko Maehara Ichiji Kiyuna The Muranaka Family Imamoto & Kawakami Kisei Takara The Nanba Totsuchi Family Family Manabu Omura 25 The Sato Family7 Matsujiro Tanimura 16 Fusakichi Okawa Robert Mitsuyasu The Shigeoka & Okawa 26 Haru Ogawa8 Reisuke Wakagi Family Seiji Minehira Seiichi Nakamura 17 Yasukichi Kaya Maurice Bungo Udo Yoshio Higashimura Matsuyo Tanimura Rinsuke Uesugi Shinemon Toishigawa
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday December 2011 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Hour4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9:00 HBC Jodo-e Service Deadline to at Jodo Mission Order Mochi11 8:00 Temple Clean-up 12 13 14 15 16 17 10:30 Sunday School End **3:15 pm Jodo Shu of the Year Party Hour 11:45 Board Meeting18 19 20 21 22 23 24 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Sunday School25 26 27 28 29 7:00 am 30 31 Mochitsuki 10:00 Sunday Service 1 pm to 4 pm 11:30pm Mochi Pick up Joya-e Service **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese COMING EVENT: Shusho-E or New Year’s Day Service station) on January 1, 2012, at 10 am Sunday, January 22, 2012—New Year’s Party and General Membership Meeting

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