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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - February 2012

  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN (#1183-0212) Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested DEN DEN MUSHI Each year Shukutoku University PanelTheatre Group called Den Den Mushi comesto Hawaii to perform a picture story show,visiting care homes, schools, and JodoMissions. This year five students from ShukutokuUniversity Panel Theatre Group Den DenMushi will be in Hawaii in February, arrivingon February 9 and departing February 16. This year they will be going to Maui andwill be performing for care homes, schoolsand visiting Lahaina Jodo Mission, KahuluiJodo Mission and Wailuku Jodo Mission. Before returning to Japan, they will cometo Honolulu for one night. They will do onelast performance on Thursday, February 16 2011 photo of Den Den Mushi with Sunday School students and friends who enjoyed the performance byat 3:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy their Den Den Mushi.performance. Refreshments will be servedafter their performance.
  2. 2. Bits of Knowledge about Buddhism Vol.03 “How long are Omamori effective?”(Reprint from Feb. 2011) By Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe Omamori are very popular items in shrines and tem-ples. They are charms to bring good fortune and expel evil.Each one has a different purpose. Some are for good health,traffic safety, happy marriage, success in business and study.People keep Omamori in their purses or hang them in theirhouses or cars. An Omamori of Jodo Mission contains a pieceof paper on which is written one character in Sanskrit. Itstands for Amida Buddha. Amida Buddha blesses you andyour property. You can escape an accident through Buddhasgrace. Please never open it even if you’d like to confirm that, or I’m afraid that it loses theabove power. Trust me. It is not true that Omamori are effective during just a year. It is a custom that weexchange old ones for new ones to show our respect for Buddha during the New Yearholidays. We are thankful to be blessed last year and pray for our happiness this year. SomeOmamori are for special purposes like success in study. In that case, you should return yourOmamori to the temple when you accomplish your goal. We recommend that you should notthrow old ones away because they are sacred just like a Buddha’s image. The ministers willdispose of the Omamori properly after blessing them. We know Onembutsu is also the best way of enjoying the blessing of Amida Buddha.When you go to Las Vegas, you should remember to carry Omamori and say Onembutsu. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Buddha’s Memorial Day Service (Nehan-e) Sunday, February 12th at 10 a.m. Nehan-e is the Memorial Day Service of Shakyamuni Buddha. He is the founder ofBuddhism. He passed away at the age of 80 about 2500 years ago on February 15. “Nehan” is “Nirvana” in Sanskrit. “Nirvana” means the state of things after a fire hasbeen put out. In other words, it means that Shakyamuni Buddha put out the fire of bad thingshuman beings have in their minds; such as, anger, confusion, sorrow and so on. Then, hecompletely reached Enlightenment on that day. Shakyamuni Buddha taught us how to live our daily lives and actually find meaning in ourlives. Thanks to Shakyamuni Buddha, we can live with this wonder-ful teaching. Shall we express our great appreciation to Shakya-muni Buddha on this Nehan-e Service. The service will be heldon Sunday, February 12th at 10:00 am. We look forward to yourattendance. This picture, the image of the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha, was drawn by Rev. Shokei Sasawaki (Osaka, Japan) Page 2 Check out her web site!
  3. 3. Correction to Bishop Hara’s New Year’s Message:We apologize for an error in Bishop Hara’s New Year’s messagefound on page 1 of our January 2012 Bulletin. The error wasAmida Buddha is also called Muryoju Butsu, the Buddha of EternalLight [should have been “Eternal Life’] or Muryoko Butsu, the Bud-dha of Inifinite Light. Below is a reprint of that paragraph with thecorrection. Honen Shonin stressed the belief in Amida Buddha’s originalvow (hongan) and to call upon Amida Buddha’s sacred name wholeheartedly to secure salvationin this world and the world to come. In an age of social and political turmoil and chaos, MasterHonen encouraged all people to live their lives following the path of Nembutsu, calling AmidaBuddha’s holy name—Namu Amida Butsu. “Namu” means “I take refuge in” or “to throw oneself Nto”, “Amida” stems from the Sanskrit Amitayus (Eternal Life) and Amitabha (Infinite Light). Sothat Amida Buddha is also called Muryju Amitayus (Eternal Life) and Amitabha (Infinite Light).So that Amida Buddha is also called Muryoju Butsu, the Buddha of Infinite Light. “Life” symbol-izes compassion and “Light symbolizes the wisdom that shines upon our ignorant minds.“Butsu” means Buddha, the Enlightened One, the Awakened One. Just as Master Honen did, wetoo are living in a time of turmoil, our temples, our society, and our world at large face manychallenges, let us put our belief in the Nembutsu and work together for the future of Jodo Shuand our community.Bishop shared his 2011 New Year’s Eve message which he gave at Lahaina Jodo Mission: My heart is filled with gratitude as we are able to live in this moment and gather heretonight by the Great Compassion of Amida Buddha. Looking back at this past year, many liveshave been lost in war and terrorist attacks. Many lost their lives and homes in an instant in theTohoku triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident in Japan, and due to variousnatural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. People everywhere are suffering. At thesame time, they are now feeling awe and respect for nature and realizing the importance of life. Within the social and political chaos at the end of the Heian period (794-1185) in Japan,Saint Honen (1133-1212), the founder of our sect, Jodo Shu, taught that Amida Buddha wouldsave all beings just as they are, giving people the strength, courage, and hope to live. This year,Jodo Shu commemorated the 800th Grand Memorial of our Great Master, Honen Shonin.Receiving his teaching with gratitude, we observed this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Here inHawaii, we celebrated this event in September at the Betsuin in Honolulu. The Buddha taught us, “Living now in this life is a great blessing.” It is my wish that we en-joy this new year of our precious lives under the great compassion and guidance of the Buddhaand live healthily and happily. Namu Amida Butsu. In Gassho, Gensho Hara, Resident Minister Page 3
  4. 4. LIFE BEYOND DEATH Professor Soho Machida will be a guest speaker on Sunday February 5, 2012 at our 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service. Please join us and welcome Professor Machida who has published many books. He is a professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Director, Center for Ecological Peace Studies, Hiroshima University. He was born as a son of Haiku poet in 1950. He practiced as a Zen monk for 20 years in a conservative monastery in Kyoto, but left for the United States in 1984. He has a MA from Harvard University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Taught at Princeton University (1990-1998), National University of Singapore (1998-2000), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2000- 2005) before he moved to Hiroshima in 2006. Research Areas: Comparative Religion, His- tory of Civilization, Bioethics, and Peace Studies. He authored more than 20 books in Japa- nese, English and Korean, including Renegade Monk (University of California Press), Can Mankind Overcome Religion? (NHK Books), Why Religion Prevent Peace? (Kodansha), etc. He also conducted monthly meditation seminars at Tokyo and Hiroshima. Vision for the Future (6) By Rev. Yubun Narashiba I think Buddhism in America is very unique. It is not Mahayana, Thera- vada nor Vajirayana. I want to call American Buddhism "Ameriyana." Accord- ing to my personal observation, the following is the characteristics of Ameri- yana Buddhists. First of all, they study a lot though information on Buddhism in English is very limited. They enter into the world of Buddhism by acquiring knowledge. Sometimes, they have more books about Buddhism than we have in our temple. They try to get more information from websites, movies, DVDs, video tapes or just by talking to Buddhist ministers. Secondly, they practice various styles of Buddhism. It is very common for them to prac- tice Zen meditation, and go to Pure Land temples at the same time. Some of them shave their head, some have long pony tail. Many of them are semi-vegetarians while others are more strict. Thirdly, many of them are very interested in Buddhist cul- tures. Some are practicing flower arrangement, calligraphy, vari- ous kinds of martial arts, Yoga, Tai Chi and so on. Some enjoy wearing Buddhist outfits and others wear just ordinary clothes. Some shave their heads, some have long pony tail. Also, many of them are high- tech people though their lifestyle is Tai Chi photo by HawaiiArtStudio pretty simple. In America, it seems like they are practicing Buddhism inKarate photo by JMalin Photography the way which most fits to each individual. I think the future of our temple depends on if we can provide a comfortable place for these people to pray and study. [Any questions, please contact Rev. Narashiba] Page 4
  5. 5. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 15 The Best Day to Have a Relation to Buddhist Deities (Feb. 2012) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe 15 2012 2 30 1 30 800Vol. 15 The Best Day to Have a Relation to Buddhist Deities (Feb. 2012) Ennichi are the days connected to certain Buddhist deities. It is said thatthere will be a special reward for the prayers offered on these days at thosedeities’ temples. According to one theory, a Chinese Zen master began con-necting 30 days of a month to honor 30 deities. In Japan, it seems that Ennichiwas established as a tradition at the end of Heian period, or about 800 yearsago. For example; day 15 is for Amida Buddha, day 18 is for Kannon Bodhi-sattva, day 24 is for Jizo Boddhisattva, and day 30 is for Sakyamuni Buddha. People visited temples to honor the specific deities on Ennichi. As many people came, the Ennichi fairs became popular. Then, temple towns, such as Asakusa in Tokyo, gradually grew around the Ennichi fairs. Even now, crowds of people gather on these occasions and enjoy the lines of street stalls. Ennichi feature shops with nostalgic foods, toys and games. Among them, the fair of “Togenuki” Jizo in Sugamo happens three times each month. It is very popular and more than 40,000 people come and enjoy it. It is well Photo 2 Sugamo: Jizo Shopping Street known for a popular shopping street for the elderly ladies. “Togenuki” means a pair of tweezers and people believe that this Jizo can remove their pain and Page 5Photo 1 Asakusa: Nakamise increase longevity.Shopping Street
  6. 6. HAWAII STATE JODO SHU FUJINKAI SCHOLARSHIP Namiye Nakamura Scholarship The Hawaii State Jodo Shu Fujinkai offers a $750 Namiye Nakamura Scholarship to a Hawaii high school graduate or a member of the temple who wishes to further his/her education toward a degree or advanced degree in an accredited college or university. The applicant for the scholarship must meet the following criteria: 1. Priority will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Hawaii. 2. If there are no graduating students applying, any applicant continu- ing their education may receive the scholarship. 3. Be accepted at an accredited university or institution of higher learning. 4. Possess good moral character and leadership potential 5. Be an active member of his/her respective Jodo Mission 6. Submit an application by April 15th The family or legal guardian of the applicant must currently be a member of his/her respective Jodo Mission. Financial need will be considered. Determination of the scholarship recipient will be made by a Scholarship Committee. If there are any questions about the scholarship, please consult Rev. Yubun Nara- shiba at 949-3995 or Jo Ann Matsuo of the Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai at 422-6919. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Sunday School Fujinkai Children’s Choir “Malama” We welcome children to join (women’s association) Our Children’s Choir will meet on our Sunday School. Let’s en- Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. joy studying Onembutsu by do- Ikoi Hall 2/19 at 10:45 at Hondo ing various activities. 2/26 at 10:45 in Temple basement 2/5 @ 10:45 will meet in Hondo Any child ages 5 to 8 years old can Sewing Circle join. Children will sing mainly Japa- 2/26 @ 11:15 will join Fujinkai New Year’s Party nese songs and Buddhist gathas. Feb. 11 & 25 Practice will be in Japanese. 8:30—11:00 a.m.Ukulele by Stuart Nago: Please come andenjoy ukulele music by Stuart Nago on YBASunday February 19 at 10 a.m. after Sun- No Meeting inday Service. He may also play his guitar. February Page 6
  7. 7. Ozoni Soup for New Years On January 8, 2011, Mrs. Yukari Narashiba and the Sunday School mothers preparedozoni soup (sometimes known as mochi soup) for everyone to eat following the first FamilySunday Service for 2012. Ozoni is usually eaten as the first meal of the New Year for goodluck and good health and although there are many varieties, the one main ingredient in allis “mochi”. Mrs. Narashiba and the Sunday School mothers want to THANK MR. TERUTO SOMAfor providing his home-grown mizuna (green leaf vegetable found in most ozoni soup)each year.. Happy Women after enjoy- ing ozoni. The other half of Mr. Soma is Mrs. Doris Soma who is above left with Ethel Miyamoto and Peggy MiyamotoHappy Men Eating Ozoni: Mr. Soma is the hand- Photo at right is Yuki Akanasome guy smiling on the right with his ozoni (one of the Sunday Schoolsoup bowl in hand. Also with Mr. Soma above is mothers) and Jo Ann Ma-David Miyamoto (left) Wallace Ota and Clifford tsuo (one of the SundayMiyamoto School volunteers). Both smiling as they enjoy their ozoni soup.New Year BlessingRev. Narashiba performed a bless-ing ceremony for anyone whowanted to participate. Left photo: David Miyamoto is being blessed. Below photo: Yoshiko Kitagawa is being blessed while others wait for their turn. Page 7 Clifford Miyamoto is being blessed while others wait in line
  8. 8. Announcements ARIGATO!! ARIGATO (cont’d) Did you enjoy the mochi you picked up on At most of our large events - this past yearThursday, December 29? Wasn’t it delicious? It it was Bon Dance in August, Bazaar in Octoberwas the efforts of all those who came out to and mochitsuki in December— the Oshiro fam-help on December 28 and 29 that you were able ily and friends and the Kitajima family andto eat such delicious mochi!! friends have always supported this Temple with all their help and hard work. Also thank you to THANK YOU to all who came out to help on the Maki daughters. THANK YOU SO MUCH forDecember 28 and 29 with the mochitsuki and your generosity and to see the many genera-preparation. It takes many, many people tions helping.(Temple members, friends, relatives) to preparemochi for all the orders the Temple members There are many, many other family mem-and friends ordered. May we see you again next bers and friends who have helped us this pastyear! This year some people took time off from year like the Soma sons and friends, Yanagi-work in order to help. We thank you for your hara sons and also the Fisher family andtime and hope you had FUN and enjoyed fellow- friends who especially came out for our O-Tobaship! set up. We sincerely appreciate your unselfish- ness. Oldtimers like Masa Kitajima, Teruto Soma,Masa Oshiro, Richard Murashige, Doris Soma, THANK YOU also to Martha Miura, GeneAki Nishiyama, and others who have all the Ikeda and JoAnn Matsuo who come every Sat-knowledge of the ins and outs of mochi prepa- urday to clean the Nokotsudo. THANK YOUration and mochi making. Everyone of these JoAnn for also taking care of the recycling ofdedicated Temple members have their own cans, bottles, plastics and she purchasesunique specialty in mochi making and with things for the Temple with what is made fromtheir knowledge we were able to handle the the recycled products.huge amount of orders. The Nokotsudo (Columbarium) gang can use more help. Anyone interested in helping, MOCHITSUKI PHOTOS please contact the Temple. A lot of people got to pound mochi, even Rev. Narashiba Photo above, Masa Oshiro and Rocky Mishima showed how it’s done. Amanda Youth showing her friend how it is done Blessing of the usu before with Masa Oshiro giving the mochi pounding guidance. Page 8
  9. 9. PHOTOS TAKEN AT MOCHITSUKI DAY: 12/29/11 T h e n ex t g e n e r a t i o n ! How nice to see the younger generation learning mochi making Mochitsuki—enjoy good fellowship!Mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, old andyoung all working together to make mochi, shapemochi, finely dust mochi, weigh mochi and packagethe mochi orders.Ladies dusting mochi for good presentation and at the same time enjoying Rows and rows of the finishedfellowship; even Rev. Watanabe helped with the dusting. product—Okasane mochi. Mochi rice is steamed then is grind several times before it is ready for Mochi are ready to be picked up shaped into round mochi. 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, theministers pray for that individual during the morn- members who have recently left thising service. The prayers will continue each year for world for the Pure long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put your Takeo “Tommy” Okada 98own name on the list, too. This also helps when it Setsuko Onaga 83is difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Yasuko Murakami 94come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Wilfred Masaichi Taira 91 How to apply Stop by the office, and fill out the applicationform. Each name costs $200. After the application Hawaii Council ofis accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Jodo Missions Yoshimizuko of Hawaii 2012 Japan Tour April 8 to 15, 2012 Jodo Mission Office Hours: Tokyo, visit to Zojoji Temple, Monday to Saturday new song and dance to be announced and a memorial 8am—5pm service for the victims of Eastern Sunday & Holidays Japan. Kamakura, visit to Ko- 8am—3pm myoji Temple, Kotokuin Temple Phone: 949-3995 Anyone interested, please contact Rev. Watanabe. Rev. Yubun Narashiba Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Dwight Head Minister Rev. Yasuhiro Nakamura Resident Minister Watanabe Retired Minister Page 10 Resident Minister
  11. 11. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) For February 20121. Itaro Yanagihara 11 Minekichi Taniguchi The Murakami & Yamamoto Family The Yanagihara Family The Taniguchi Family Ishi Matsuda Kisaburo Teraoka Tsuneko Nago The Murakami Family The Teraoka Family The Nag & Kunimoto Families Eijiro Murakami The Mitani Family Rev. Shuen Inoue 20 Ryozo Hamada Sumako Kishii Sue Nishimoto The Hamada Family Noboru Yamasaki Magoichi Mineishi2 Kuma Kawamura Kameyo Fujita The Mineishi Family The Kawamura Family Hisae Yamato Taro Takara Robert Hiroshi Yamanaka Sue Nishimoto Tomoyo Takara Dorothy Mieko Oshita Kimie Matsuda 12 Sumie Kanoyama Sue Takabayashi3 Rymond Hisashi Narahara The Kanoyama Family Natsuko Aoki Ayame kano Bishop Shinkyo Tachikawa Doris Umeno Nojima 21 Tamotsu Kuniyuki4 Kii Hirohama Yoshihiro Hata The Hirohama Family 22 Yoshi Hayashi Kiyoe Soma 13 Torajiro Kusunoki The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Robert Takashi Maehara The Kusunoki Family Kinu Nishimura (2) Ichiro Yasumoto5 Hatsu Konaka Fusakichi Kawanishi 23 Taichi Sato The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Haruyo Tarumoto Gorokichi Ishida Seijiro Takabayashi 24 Kame Akamine The Ishida and AimotoFamilies The Akamine Family Misao Mitsuyasu 14 Hajime Nishimoto Kikuno Hisamura The Mitsuyasu Family The Nishimoto Family Kamesuke Nakahama Masaharu Kotake Kensuke Hironaka Takiko Yanagihara Tsugio Hayase The Hironaka & Ishimoto Families Shigeyo Kawano Sae Tachikawa 25 Sue Maeda Hiroshi Sato The Maeda Family6 Matsuemon Tanimura (2) Raymond Shizuo Asaumi Shinichi Takao The Tanimura Family (2) Shigeyo Otani The Takao Family Sawaichi Nakagawa Family Takeji Gushikuma Takayo Matsuo Kimi Higashi Matsu Kiyuna The Matsuo Family Misae Ichida George Sotoshi Tarumoto Shigeki Umemoto Bunji Kishii (2) The Yoza Family Umeyo Yamamoto 15 Kiyoshi Tsukiyama The Shimabukuro Family Dr. Yasuhiko Hayashi Otake Takara Tamotsu Nakamura Patrick Seiji Yamamoto 16 Shigeru Asaumi 26 Jirosaku Otani7 Namie Nakamura The Asaumi Family The Otani & Yanagihara Family Tsugi Hifumi Yukio Nakagawa Shiro Fukuda Yoshizo Muramoto Motoo Muramoto 27 Taichi Wakagi8 Toshio Higa 17 Masuyo Shimokawa The Wakagi Family The Higa Family Masuyo Shimokawa Keiko Hanano Yukie Higashi The Shimokawa Family Noboru Hirano Tame Ito Kinzaburo Makino Shigeru Takata The Makino Family9 Haruyo Yanagihara Kazuyo Hashimoto 28 Fukuichi Fukuda The Yanagihara Family Choshiro Ikuta Mitsuyo GladysYoshihara Minoru Okawa Tsuchiyo Fujimoto The Goichi Kawamura Family The Okawa Family Reiko Hata Tsuru Kuniyuki Kishichi Yoshikawa Kimie Tanaka 18 Reiji Yamane 29 Nobue Kochi Yoshiteru Sakaguchi The Yamane & Harada Families Tsutako Yamanaka10 Satomi Yamamoto The Yamanaka Family The Yamamoto Family Matsuyo Machida Kame Uyehara Otome Takara The Uyehara Family Tomiko “Ruth” Inouye Michie Watanabe Cory Ikuta Jimmy Nestegard Chiyo Tanaka 19 Chozo Kawano The Kawano Family Eijiro Murakami
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday February 2012 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 **3:15 pm Jodo Shu5 8:30am Fujinkai Mtg. 6 7 8 9 10 11 10:00am Obetsuji Service 8:30-am Sewing Circle 10:45 am Sunday School12 13 14 15 16 17 18 10am Nehan-e Family 3:00 Den Den Mushi Service Performance 11:45 am Board Meeting **3:15 pm Jodo Shu hour19 20 21 22 23 24 25 10:00am Sun day Service 8:30 am Sewing Circle 10:45 am Malama Children’s Choir26 10:00am Sunday Service 27 28 29 COMING EVENT: 10:30am Fujinkai General Membership Mtg & Spring Higan Service March 18 New Year’s Party Deadline for O-Toba Orders: April 1 10:45 Malama Children’s Hawii State Jodo Shu Fujinkin Scholarship Choir Deadline: April 15 **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO (AM1210Khz, Japanese station)