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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - February 2013


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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - February 2013

  1. 1. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - FEBRUARY 2013 (#1195-0213) Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested DEN DEN MUSHI Welcome to Hawaii Each year Shukutoku University PanelTheatre Group called Den Den Mushi comesto Hawaii to perform a musical picture storyshow 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 11 and departing February 22. On Sunday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m.(after Sunday Service), Den Den Mushi willperform their musical picture story show.Please come and enjoy their performance. After their performance here on Oahu,Den Den Mushi will travel to Maui and willspend some time at the Lahaina Jodo 2012 photo of Den Den MushiMission, Kahului Jodo Mission and WailukuJodo Mission. Hope you enjoy your stay in Hawaii!
  2. 2. Buddha’s Memorial Day Service (Nehan-e) Sunday, February 10th 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 wonderful teaching. Shall we expressour great appreciation to Shakyamuni Buddha on this Nehan-eService. The service will be held on Sunday, February 10th at10:00 am. We look forward to your attendance. This picture, the image of the passing of Shakyamuni Buddha, was drawn by Rev. Shokei Sasawaki (Osaka, Japan) Check out her web site! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * New Year’s Day Offerings / Blessings On New Year’s Day, Rev. Narashiba performed blessings to whoever came to the New Year’s Day service on January 1st. Photo at right shows long time member Mrs. Tsuruko Yamamoto being blessed. Photo at left shows offerings made to Buddha.Right photos:Husband & wifewere blessed: Mr.& Mrs. ToshiyakiHibi andMother anddaughter wereblessed: Yukariand Sophie Ozoni soup (mochi soup toNarashiba start the New Year) Page 2
  3. 3. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 22 St. Honen’s Exile from Kyoto (Part 3) (Feb. 2013) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe St. Honen was sentenced to exile on Shikoku Island far from Kyoto atthe age of 75. Now, I will continue the story with two events that happened onhis way to Shikoku Island. These events remind us that Nembutsu broughtmuch joy to many people. [1: Fishermen at Takasago Beach] On his journey to Shikoku, St. Honen passed by Takasago Beach. There,some fishermen and their families were waiting for him. The fishermen madetheir living by catching fish and shellfish. “Do not kill living things” is the firstof the basic Five Precepts for a Buddhist. That’s why people looked down ontheir job. And fishermen were afraid that they would fall into hell because oftheir sinful lives. They really wanted to know if there was any way that theycould attain liberation. St. Honen assured them that there was something that they could do:Simply chant Nembutsu. They were both astonished and comforted by his an-swer. They thanked him for his message to them, and they immediately beganto chant Nembutsu. [2: Ladies at Muro Port] When St. Honen arrived at the Port of Muro, a small boat approached.Muro was once known as a town where prostitutes sang and danced at gather-ings. Honen’s followers said that the passengers in the small boat seemed tobe prostitutes. “Do not be immoral” is the third of the basic Five Precepts for aBuddhist. So, like the fishermen, the women explained that they were leadingsinful lives. They, too, wanted to know if there was any way that they could at-tain liberation. The women were worried that they would live more miserablelives in the afterlife than in their present lives. St. Honen told them not to worry. They could be reborn in the PureLand. He advised them to choose another way to live, but if that was not pos-sible, then they should go on as they are. However, they should chant Nem-butsu. St. Honen said to them gently, “Amida Buddha has shown the way toliberation for people in your situation. The compassion of Amida Buddha wasquite just for you.” The women said, “Just as we are? You mean that even low-ly women like us can attain liberation by relying on Amida Buddha?” And St.Honen replied clearly, “Of course.” These wonderful words made the women inthe small boat very happy, and they, too, began to chant Nembutsu rightaway. Page 3
  4. 4. The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (5) Heian Buddhism (794 - 1192) In 784, the imperial capital was transferred frown Nara to Nagaoka and in 794 from there to Heian, thepresent-day Kyoto, where it was to remain nominally at least, until1868. It is not entirely clear why the capital was removed to Heian.Possibly the growing influence of the Nara school and their hold onthe court had something to do with it. There is no doubt that as thepower of Buddhism grew, its interest in secular matters increased andit is probably true that Emperor Kanmu (782-805) decided to removefrom Nara at least partly in order not to be troubled with Buddhist bu-reaucracy. Thus the transfer of the capital to Kyoto marked a turningpoint not only in government affairs but also in the history of Bud-dhism. In the early part of this period two extraordinary men Saicho (767- 822, generally known by his posthumous title Dengyo Daishi) and Kukai (774-853, commonly referred to as Kobo Daishi), sepa- rately established in the vicinity of the capital two new schools, Tendai and Shingon. The leaders of these schools were both men who went to China *(at this tome under the T’ang dynasty) to ac- quaint themselves directly with the latest theoretical and practical developments in the world of Buddhism. A prominent feature of both school is their comprehensive and harmonizing character. In Saicho (767 - 822) Kukai (774 - 853) accordance with this orientation both sought to work out a system of thought in which every point of view, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, could be assigned a place in an all embracing synthesis. As these school grew in strength and influ-ence, the structures of thought they created served as the theoretical foundation for the syncretism of Shintoand Buddhism that later took place. The tone of the later Heian period is quite different from that of the beginning. The vigorous enthusiasmof earlier times gave way to certain disillusionment. By the eleventh century, the idea of Mappo or the endof the Dharma had chaptered the popular imagination. Mappo is used to express certain Buddhist eschatolo-gy. Immediately after the Buddha’s decease, the Right Dharma is considered to last for one thousand years,followed by the simulated Dharma lasting for another one thousand years, andfinally by the End of the Dharma, which marks the end of civilized order. Thatsuch an end seemed to be approaching was evidenced by growing strife and dis-order, weak rulers, greedy clergy, and in general, the flagrant disintegration ofmorals that characterized the late Heian Period. The aristocratic Tendai and Shin-gon School were preoccupied with materialistic matters, while the older Naraschool ware at most obsolescent. What was needed was a revival of faith bypopular methods. Such a revival was led by men like Kuya, who taught in a sim- Kuya Six Buddhas are coming outple way the invocation of the Buddha’s name and its saving power. The move- of his mouth.ment was crystallized by Genshin (942-1017), a Tendai priest, who in his Essen-tials of Salvation urged the worship of Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Life andLight. His teachings, easily understood by the common people, promised help from outside, that is, fromAmida himself. This was obviously a religion which attracted people weary of troubled times and in need of asimple, more intuitive belief. (To be continued) From Understanding Japanese Buddhism -Published by The Japan Buddhist FederationPage 4
  5. 5. All in One Ajitsuke Kogai Rice Ingredients: 2 c rice 2 c water 1 can ajitsuke kogai (do not drain) 2 T shoyu 1 T sake 1/4 tsp ajinomoto (optional) 1 c frozen carrots and peas 1/2 gobo, slivered 1 tsp salt Preparing the rice: 1. Having washed and drained 2 c of rice, add all other ingredients to the rice pot and set the rice cooker to cook.2. When done, mix rice gently and arrange in serving dishes. Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Gochiso-sama Page 5
  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 Na- rashiba at 949-3995. Fujinkai♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ (women’s association) Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Ikoi Hall Children’s Choir “Malama” Sunday School Our Children’s Choir will meet on We welcome children to join our Sunday Sewing CircleSunday, February 17, at 9:30 a.m. Any Feb 9 and 23child ages 5 to 8 years old can join. School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu by 8:30—11 a.m.Children will sing mainly Japanese Ikoi Hallsongs and Buddhist gathas. Practice doing various activities. Any person interestedwill be in Japanese. 2/17 @ 10 am in sewing is welcome Also will join Den Den Moshi pro- will join Den Den Moshi Programgram. YBA♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ No Meeting in February Page 6
  7. 7. Did You Know! The YMCA has a Seniors’ program called the “90 Something Club” atthe Kaimuki YMCA. To be in this club, you must be 90 years old and older.One of our members Yoshiko Kitagawa belongs to this club. Recently, theStar-Advertiser ran an article entitled “Nonagenarians pursue physical, socialhealth”. If you have not read the article (it appeared in the Tuesday, Decem-ber 18, 2012 newspaper), you must read it! It is a very interesting article. Mrs. Kitagawa hadtwo knee replacements, lost mobility and was required to use a walker, but she wasn’t about togive up hope of getting her old life back. By joining the 90 Something Club she has been ableto walk without the assistance of a walker or a cane. But this did not come overnight. Shegoes to the YMCA regularly to work out doing aqua exercise classes five times a week andworks out on the weight machines. At 93, she is one of the younger ladies. The article men-tions Cecilia Blackfield who is 97 years old and who informally organized this 90 SomethingClub. This club really makes you feel so happy to be here on earth! They had a Christmas partyand celebrated Cecila Blackfield’s 97th birthday by serenading her with “Happy Birthday”. So if you are in your 90’s or even if you are younger, check out the YMCA and see if youcan get into shape as well as keep healthy! THANK YOU GENE IKEDA: Did you know that Gene retired from the Nokotsudo gang. Gene is in his mid-nineties and was coming to the temple to clean the Nokotsudo and he also used to come on other days to do some yard work or during O-Bon time, he even painted the entrance to the temple yard so it would look nice. THANK YOU GENE for your help for the past many years. HELP NEEDED For Nokutsudo/Columbarium Our Nokutsudo or Columbarium has grown and is still growing.We need more help with cleanup. What type of help is needed you might ask? Clean up would in-clude throwing out old flowers, carefully washing vases and putting them back onto theshelf, changing water in vases if flowers are still good, etc. It does not mean this is foronly women to do. Men are most welcome to help. Gene Ikeda recently retired fromthe Nokutsudo (he is in his nineties). If you are able to help and/or if you have a friend or friends who would be willing tohelp, please contact the temple office at 949-3995 with possible times you and yourfriend or friends are able to help. If you can only help sometimes, that would be most ap-preciated. Please contact the office. Any help is most appreciated. Thank you. A R I G ATO ! Page 7
  8. 8. Announcements ARIGATO!! ARIGATO (cont’d) Did you enjoy the mochi you picked up on Younger members Ian Kitajima and Her-Saturday, December 29? Wasn’t it delicious? It bert Fujikawa and their friends and relativeswas the efforts of all those who came out to help were also instrumental in steaming the rice!on December 28 and 29 that you were able to As you can see from the photos on thiseat such delicious mochi!! page and the next page, everyone also had fun; THANK YOU to all who came out to help on especially those who for the first time got toDecember 28 and 29 with the mochitsuki and pound mochi!preparation. It takes many, many people THANK YOU also to the late Martha Miura,(Temple members, friends, relatives) to prepare Gene Ikeda and Jo Ann Matsuo who comemochi for all the orders the Temple members and every Saturday to clean the Nokotsudo. Forfriends ordered. May we see you again next year! 2013, Gene is unable to come to help in theThank you for your time and hope you had FUN Nokotsudo and we appreciate all his help forand enjoyed fellowship! the past many years. THANK YOU GENE! Oldtimers like Masa Kitajima, Teruto Soma, THANK YOU Jo Ann for also taking care ofRichard Murashige, Doris Soma, Aki Nishiyama, the recycling of cans, bottles, plastics and sheand others who have all the knowledge of the ins purchases things for the Temple with what isand outs of mochi preparation and mochi mak- made from the recycled Everyone of these dedicated Temple mem-bers have their own unique specialty in mochimaking and with their knowledge we were able tohandle the huge amount of orders. MOCHITSUKI PHOTOS Boys are having fun pounding mocha and everyone enjoying the fun!Takeru and Joshua taking turnspounding mochi Katie and Alex Ogawa take turns pounding mochi Pankai and Lynn Bhanot, hus- band and wife taking turns pounding mochi Page 8
  9. 9. PHOTOS TAKEN AT MOCHITSUKI DAY: 12/29/12 Mochi rice steaming Steamed rice taken off heat Cooked rice taken out of potRichard, Rocky and Ian pushing Cooked mochi rice in grinder. Beautiful mochi Mochi rice is then put in cuttersteamed rice through the grinder. rice coming out of grinder so the rice can be shaped Shaping okasaneSophie is shaping mochi whileDebbie & Ryan look on Allison, Aki and Mia are dusting extra powder off the mochi. Left photo: rows of mochi cooling. Mochi are weighed and packaged Jo Ann and Amy making juice out of oranges Yukari and Anne making spam musubi for workers Rev. Narashiba and Burt work on the gigantic Okasane for the altar Page 9
  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 itis difficult to have memorial services. We also wel- Seiichi Takara 85come you to attend the morning service at 8:30am. Mutsuko Reed 80 Yoshio Okamura 89 How to apply May Aiko Takenishi 88 Stop by the office, and fill out the application Shizuo Yoshikane 90form. Each name costs $200. After the application William Yasumichi Rothenberger 59is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Jodo Mission Office Hours: Website Monday to Saturday For those with computers, please visit 8am—5pm our website: Sunday & Holidays 8am—3pm to learn more about us. Thank you. Phone: 949-3995 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 20131. Itaro Yanagihara 11 Minekichi Taniguchi Eijiro Murakami The Yanagihara Family The Taniguchi Family The Murakami & Yamamoto Family Kisaburo Teraoka Tsuneko Nago Ishi Matsuda The Teraoka Family The Nag & Kunimoto Families The Murakami Family The Mitani Family Rev. Shuen Inoue Eijiro Murakami Sumako Kishii Sue Nishimoto 20 Ryozo Hamada Noboru Yamasaki The Hamada Family2 Kuma Kawamura Kameyo Fujita Magoichi Mineishi The Kawamura Family Hisae Yamato The Mineishi Family Robert Hiroshi Yamanaka Sue Nishimoto Taro Takara Dorothy Mieko Oshita Tomoyo Takara 12 Sumie Kanoyama Kimie Matsuda3 Rymond Hisashi Narahara The Kanoyama Family Sue Takabayashi Ayame kano Bishop Shinkyo Tachikawa Natsuko Aoki Doris Umeno Nojima4 Kii Hirohama Yoshihiro Hata 21 Tamotsu Kuniyuki The Hirohama Family Kiyoe Soma 13 Torajiro Kusunoki 22 Yoshi Hayashi Robert Takashi Maehara The Kusunoki Family The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Ichiro Yasumoto Kinu Nishimura (2)5 Hatsu Konaka Fusakichi Kawanishi The Yano, Konaka & Hayashi Families Haruyo Tarumoto 23 Taichi Sato Gorokichi Ishida Seijiro Takabayashi The Ishida and AimotoFamilies 24 Kame Akamine Misao Mitsuyasu 14 Hajime Nishimoto The Akamine Family The Mitsuyasu Family The Nishimoto Family Kikuno Hisamura Masaharu Kotake Kensuke Hironaka Kamesuke Nakahama Tsugio Hayase The Hironaka & Ishimoto Families Takiko Yanagihara Shigeyo Kawano Sae Tachikawa Hiroshi Sato 25 Sue Maeda6 Matsuemon Tanimura (2) Raymond Shizuo Asaumi The Maeda Family The Tanimura Family (2) Shigeyo Otani Shinichi Takao Sawaichi Nakagawa Family Takeji Gushikuma The Takao Family Kimi Higashi Matsu Kiyuna Takayo Matsuo Misae Ichida George Sotoshi Tarumoto The Matsuo Family Bunji Kishii (2) Kikuye Homareda Shigeki Umemoto Umeyo Yamamoto The Yoza Family Dr. Yasuhiko Hayashi 15 Kiyoshi Tsukiyama The Shimabukuro Family Patrick Seiji Yamamoto Otake Takara Tamotsu Nakamura Florence Kimie Karimoto7 Namie Nakamura 16 Shigeru Asaumi Tsugi Hifumi The Asaumi Family 26 Jirosaku Otani Yoshizo Muramoto Yukio Nakagawa The Otani & Yanagihara Family Motoo Muramoto Shiro Fukuda8 Toshio Higa The Higa Family 17 Masuyo Shimokawa 27 Taichi Wakagi Yukie Higashi The Shimokawa Family The Wakagi Family Tame Ito Kinzaburo Makino Keiko Hanano The Makino Family Noboru Hirano9 Haruyo Yanagihara Kazuyo Hashimoto Shigeru Takata The Yanagihara Family Choshiro Ikuta Minoru Okawa Tsuchiyo Fujimoto 28 Fukuichi Fukuda The Okawa Family Reiko Hata Mitsuyo GladysYoshihara Kishichi Yoshikawa Alfred Akira Tanaka The Goichi Kawamura Family Kimie Tanaka Tsuru Kuniyuki Yoshiteru Sakaguchi 18 Reiji Yamane The Yamane & Harada Families 29 Nobue Kochi10 Satomi Yamamoto Tsutako Yamanaka The Yamamoto Family The Yamanaka Family Kame Uyehara Matsuyo Machida The Uyehara Family Otome Takara Michie Watanabe Tomiko “Ruth” Inouye Jimmy Nestegard Cory Ikuta Chiyo Tanaka 19 Chozo Kawano The Kawano Family
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday February 2013 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 23 8:30am Fujinkai Mtg. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10:00am Obetsuji Service 8:30-am Sewing Circle 10:45 am Sunday School10 11 12 13 14 15 16 10am Nehan-e Family Service 11:45 am Board Meeting17 18 19 20 21 22 23 10:00am Sunday Service 8:30 am Sewing Circle 10:45 am Malama Children’s Choir24 25 26 27 28 10:30am Fujinkai General Membership Mtg & New Year’s Party 10:45 Malama Children’s Choir COMING EVENTS: Deadline for O-Toba Orders: April 1 Deadline for Hawaii State Jodo Shu Fujinkin Scholarship: Spring Higan Service March 24 April 15