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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - November 2011


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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - November 2011

  1. 1. JODO MISSION OF HAWAII BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 2011 (#1180-1111)Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 Address Service Requested Bishop’s Report 2011 Kyoku Convention By Gensho Hara, Bishop At this past Kyoku Convention held in September 2011, Iwas re-elected as Bishop for the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions.I am deeply honored and grateful for your support and confidence. Thank you to Kyoku President Mark Nakamura and hisofficers, to Aki Nishiyama and David Miyamoto for planning theconvention and to all the members of the Betsuin and Haleiwa Jodo Mission for their kokuawith cooking, transportation, and hospitality towards the delegates during their visit. During my first term as Bishop (2009-2011) Hawaii Jodo Shu has had many eventsand activities. Four of our temples in Hawaii celebrated their centennials: Hawi Jodo Mis-sion (October 2009), Kahului Jodo Mission (November 2009), Hilo Meishoin Mission (June2010), Koloa Jodo Mission (February 2011). I would like to congratulate those temples andwish for their fruitful future endeavors. Also as you all know this year marks the 800th Grand Memorial of our founder HonenShonin. On September 18th we held a Kyoku sponsored memorial service at the Betsuin inconjunction with the Kyoku Convention. Last June we welcomed to Hawaii a group of 450
  2. 2. Bishop’s Report cont’d from page 1:Yoshimizuko members from Japan. At that time they held an 800th Grand Memorial serviceand eisho presentation at the Betsuin. The groups also visited neighbor island temples andexchanged with our Hawaii members. The visiting group expressed their heartfelt thanks to allof our Hawaii members who showed them so much aloha and hospitality. The March 11th, earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor disasters in Japan broughtHawaii together with a generous outpouring of support. Just as Honen Shonin helped thesuffering and distressed people during his time, our Hawaii Jodo Shu engaged in a fundraisereffort to collect monies for the Japan relief fund. In just one month we were able to collectover $100,000 statewide. The funds were sent to Jodo Shu headquarters and individual JodoShu temples in Japan. Your generosity and sincere cooperation was greatly appreciated. Looking forward, addressing the future of our Jodo Shu, the Future Committee is work-ing hard, looking at the challenges that face our temple today. They have been surveying thetemples in Hawaii. We need everyone’s support to move forward, Your thoughts, interestsand ideas are welcome. Also the Jodo Advance Religious Projects Advocacy (JARPA) com-mittee is openly accepting proposals to fund temple projects in Hawaii that promotes thegrowth and sustainability of our Jodo Shu. Let us work towards a bright future for HawaiiJodo Shu In 2012 we will have the YBA Convention in June in Honolulu, the 22nd Layperson’sand Fujinkai Convention in September on Kauai. Lahaina and Haleiwa Jodo Missions willcelebrate their centennial milestones in October and November respectively. Kapaa JodoMission will celebrate their centennial in 2012. Please join in these events and in events atyour temple. Although I am residing in Lahaina, I am available by telephone 808-661-4304 or viaemail at Please feel free to contact me. Guided by thecompassionate Light of Amida Buddha I ask for your continued support and guidance for thebetterment of our temples and Hawaii Jodo Shu. Calling Amida Buddha’s holy name—NamuAmida Butsu, let us live our lives fruitfully. With Gassho, Gensho Hara, Bishop 2012 Jodo Shu CalendarLive the Jodo Shu style each and every day, sharing in the love and com-passion of Amida Buddha year round with the messages of distinguished priests. Calendar is for January through December 2012. Free calen- dar is available. Please order your calendar now before we run out Please call Jodo Mission of Hawaii at 949-3995 by November 10. Page 2
  3. 3. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 12 The Origin of O-Juya Service (Nov. 2011) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe第12回「お十夜の由来」(2011年11月) 今月はお十夜法要が行われます。「お十夜」とは十日十夜の略で,『無量寿経』で「この世での十日十夜の善行は,仏の国での千年間の善行よりも勝れている」と説かれることに由来します。この一節は,この世は善行を妨げる誘惑に満ちていること,仏さまの国は素晴らしい環境で悪行をなす人がいないこと,を示唆します。慈悲深い阿弥陀さまは,誘惑の多いこの世に暮らす私たちのために,その悟りの功徳をお念仏に込めて究極の善行とされました。浄土宗寺院では15世紀から,十日十夜にわたってお念仏を称えるお十夜法要が営まれてきました。現在では一日に短縮されましたが,私たちにとって,仏さまの御心にかなった善行をすることを誓い,仏さまの国に生まれることを願う,またとない機会となっています。 お十夜法要の行われる秋は,「実りの季節」でもあります。お十夜は農村の人々の間で収穫祭として定着しました。新米やおはぎ(牡丹餅)を仏前に供えて,大地の恵みを感謝し,みんなでその喜びを分かち合いました。現在のハワイ浄土宗別院では,メンバーの皆さんがキャンディなどの甘い物を持ち寄って,法要の後に食事を楽しむ習慣になっています。皆さんのご参加をお待ちしております。Vol. 12 The Origin of O-Juya Service (Nov. 2011) We will have the O-Juya service in November. O-Juya means ten nights. In the Sutra ofInfinite Life, it says: “If good is practiced in the secular world for ten days and nights, it is supe-rior to the practice of good in the Buddha’s Land for one thousand years.” This phrase showsthat this world has a number of temptations which prevent us from doing good deeds, and thereis no evil person in Buddha’s Land. Amida Buddha selected Onembutsu for us and put theutmost merit into chanting His holy name. That is why, O-Juya service, or chanting Onembutsuthrough the nights of ten days, has been held in Jodo Shu temples since 15th century. Now it isshortened to one day, but it is still a golden opportunity during which we vow to live the rightway following the Dharma. Through this service, we demonstrate that we wish to be born in theBuddha’s Pure Land. Autumn is also harvest season. O-Juya service has been established as a harvest festi-val for members. Farmers are thankful for the gift from the land and dedicate the year’s firstcrop to the Buddha. Now, we have a tradition that the members donate some sweets and sharethem at O-Juya service. Please join us and enjoy our time together and the delicious treats onNovember 6! Image 1: Moon Viewing Page 3
  4. 4. ANNOUNCEMENTS O-Juya Service Will be held on Sunday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. “Doing good deeds (reciting Namu Amida Butsu) here and now exceeds a thousand years of good deeds in the land of all the Buddhas.” At Jodo Mission, it is custom- ary for us to offer sweet treats to Amida Buddha. Please do not forget your sweet treats to shareRev. Watanabe’s mother came to visit on Sunday, with everyone. (But not leftoversOctober 16, 2011 with four of her friends. from Halloween.) Please join us for our O-Juya Service on Sunday, November 6, at 10 a.m. Sunday School We welcome children to join our ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ Sunday School. Let’s enjoy studying Onembutsu by doing various activities. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Children’s Choir “Malama” 11/20/10 at 11:30 am こども合唱団マラマ 11/13 at 10:45 a.m. Fujinkai Meeting (Women’s Association) Sewing Circle 11/20 at 10:45 a.m. 11/20 8:30 am No Sewing Circle Any child ages 5 to 8 years old can for November, join. They will sing mainly Japanese YBA Meeting December, and songs and Buddhist gathas. Practice will January be in Japanese. No YBA Meeting in November ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ Page 4
  5. 5. VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5)** By Rev. Yubun Narashiba Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii has a very unique cultural background. InJapan, Buddhist customs differ from village to village, town to town, prefectureto prefecture. This is because Buddhism has been localized to fit to the custom in eacharea. Since Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii from the various regions of Japan,ceremonial customs are different according to the area where the family came from. How-ever, as time passes, those customs are becoming unclear and more confusing for theyounger generations. Because of this confusion, younger generations seem to be goingaway from Buddhism by saying that Buddhism is hard to understand. Therefore, in thisarticle, I would like to explain the standard procedure of doing a service. As the first, let meshow you the two common procedures of having funerals among the members of JodoMission of Hawaii. 1. When Someone Passed Away 2. When Someone Is Very Close To Death Death Call for a minister ↓ ↓ Medical examination Rinju Gyogi (Last rites) ↓ ↓ Call for a minister Death ↓ ↓ Makuragyo (Bedside service) Medical examination ↓ ↓ Call for a mortuary Call for a mortuary ↓ ↓ Body pick-up Body pick-up ↓ ↓ Meeting with the funeral director at the Meeting with the funeral director at the mortuary mortuary ↓ ↓ Viewing service Viewing service ↓ ↓ Cremation Cremation ↓ ↓ FUNERAL with the first 7th day service FUNERAL with the first 7th day service ↓ ↓ 49th day service 49th day service Burial service Burial service ↓ ↓ Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) service Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) service↓ ↓ ↓ 1 year memorial service 1 year memorial service Note: Above two service procedures are purely for informational purpose. We shall honor your family customs and decisions to arrange a funeral service. **Editor’s note: This article is a reprint from our August 2011 issue. Because this article contains information you will need to know some day, we will be reprinting it from time to time as space permits. Page 5
  6. 6. Power of the Eggplant Mark Nakamura, Kyoku President, recently sent an article regardingthe power of the Eggplant. The article states: 1. Do you know that eggplant and cholesterol are closely related? 2. There are 3 kinds of Eggplant; namely Green, white and purple; all have the samecapabilities. Eggplant contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C and fat proteins, etc. Scientific experi-ments indicate eggplant is rich in Vitamin P. 3. Each kg of eggplant contains up to 7200 mg of Vitamin P. Within the popularhealth food category, it is described as outstanding. 4. Vitamin P can enhance the adhesion between human cells, lower cholesterol, main-tain the tenacity of microvasular (blood capillary). For the elderly, eating eggplant can inhibitvascular sclerosis; at the same time lower high blood pressure and has the microtubule break-down prevention special features. 5. In the American medical profession “The 12 law of lowering cholesterol,’ Eggplantranked the first. 6. In fact, eggplant not only can lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, softenblood vessels but also contain anti-cancer ingredients. It is known in the modern science thateggplant contain “Solanine.” “Solanine” can inhibit the proliferation of tumor in the digestivesystem. Experts recommend cancer patients to eat eggplant as a regular food. 7. Eggplant, in the diet category, has more value than above-stated; it also can controlhemoptysis, age spots, bad hyperlipidermia and also has certain effectiveness on gout patients. 8. The best way to eat eggplant is preferably not fried. Rinse the eggplant, cut it intoslices, put it into the rice bowl and steam. On serving, stir it with chopped ginger, onion andgarlic, sesame oil, add a little vinegar and soy sauce. 9. It is a colorful, delicious and flavor cuisine and, also is a healthy food for the elderly.Nutritional Value Upon researching the internet, found out that a cup of eggplant contains 10 grams of die-tary fiber, 7 grams of potassium, 6 grams of manganese, copper, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), Vita-min B6 (pyridoxine), 5 grams or less of folate, magnesium, tryptophan, Vitamin B3 (niacin)and Calories of approximately 27.Individual Concerns Eggplant is among those foods that contain small amounts of oxalates. When oxalatesbecome too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize and cause health problems, ForPage 6
  7. 7. Ukulele by Stuart Nago On Sunday, October 9, 2011, after our regular Sunday Service, we were fortunate to have Stuart Nago performed two songs on his ukulele—”Over the Rainbow” and a Portuguese song entitled “April in Portugal”. Mr. Nago mentioned that he met his wife at Jodo Mission and got married at Jodo Mis- sion. Last year, he performed his guitar at our mini con- cert. He is a man of many talents. Because two of the Goeka women who love music could not attend the service because they were preparing refreshments, Mr. Nago serenaded them with two songs— ”I’ll Remember You” and ‘What a Wonderful World.” Mrs. Kitagawa and Mrs. Hisamoto were so delighted with this, after they spent the morning making musubis and fried furikake musubis for everyone to enjoy! Stuart Nago’s next performance will be Sunday, November 20th after our 10 a.m. service. MUSIC is so wonderful so if you missed the last performance, please don’t miss the next one! Thank you Mr. Nago!Power of Eggplant—Continued from page 7:this reason, individuals with already existing and untreated kidney or gallbladder problemsmay want to avoid eating eggplant. Laboratory studies have shown that oxalates may also in-terfere with absorption of calcium from the body. Foods that contain oxalates: Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, kiwifruit, purplegrapes, figs, tangerine and plums Vegetables: spinach, swiss chard, beet greens, collards, okra, parsley, leeks are most ox-alate dense vegetables; and celery, green beans, summer squash are moderately dense in ox-alates. Nuts: almonds, cashews & peanuts; also, soybeans, tofu and other soy products. Like everything else, you must eat in moderation. Too much of one type of food canlead to other problems. Eat healthy and stay happy! Page 7
  8. 8. 800th Grand Memorial Service for Honen Shonin Held on September 28, 2011 at Chion-in Jodo Shu Head Temple Below are some photos taken by Rev. Narashiba when he went to the 800th Grand Memorial Service for Honen Shonin. Opening Ceremony Altar with Honen Shonin in center. Beautiful statute of Buddha in waiting room or in Rev. Narashiba’s time, a lecture room.Dancer with Jodo Yoshimizuko dancers.Shu crest on obi. Photo on left is of Chion-in Temple from our September 2011 Bulletin. To the right is Rev. Narashiba standing before a decorated Chion-in Temple with the huge purple Maku with the Tokugawa mon. Jodo Mis- sion has a miniature version in our hondo. Next month, we will try to have more photos and possi- bly a few words from Bishop Page 8 Hara about the ceremony.
  9. 9. 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# ) Cut MOCHI With the New Year just around the corner it is once again time to order our delecta- ble mochi. This year, we will be selling Okasane and Komochi. Please fill out the mochi order form above. The deadline to submit your mochi order form is Thursday, December 8th. Mochi is to be picked up on: Wednesday, December 29, 2011 From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm And to those who would like to learn and make mochi with us, we will be making mochi on Thursday, December 29th from 7:00 am. This is a fun and memorable experience for all, especially families (a family who makes mochi together sticks together). Please come and join us. We look forward to seeing you. Page 9
  10. 10. What is “Perpetual Memorial Obituaries Service?” (Eitaikyo) Jodo Mission of Hawaii is happy to re- This record of a perpetual memorial ser- port that we have no obituaries to report vice and is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. at printing time. Thank you. When the date of death occurs for a person listed on this record, the ministers pray for that individual during the morning service. The prayers will continue each year for as Apology for October Eitaikyo List long as Jodo Mission exists. We apologize for not listing the following Anyone can be included in it. You may put deceased persons in the October Bulletin: your own name on the list, too. This also helps when it is difficult to have memorial 10/31: The Okawa & Shigeoka Family services. We also welcome you to attend the Kuni Yamamoto The Yamamoto Family morning service at 8:30am. Yasuko Mitsuyasu How to apply Stop by the office, and fill out the applica- tion form. Each name costs $200. After the application is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. 2012 Jodo Shu Jodo Mission Office Calendar [photo to right] Hours: Available at Monday to Saturday Jodo Mission. Please call to 8am—5pm reserve your Sunday & Holidays copy. 8am—3pm Rev. Kanjun Nakano Rev. Yasuhiro Rev. Dwight Rev. Yubun Narashiba Nakamura Head Minister Resident Minister Watanabe Resident Minister Retired MinisterPage 10
  11. 11. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for November1 Gensaku Nakagawa The Kanemoto & Miyamoto Yaeko Uesugi The Nakagawa Family Family Kaname Tanimura Hidetsugu Kanai Otome Sugiyama (2) Sadao Hedani Yoshio Kanehira 20 Naka Iwamoto Masao Takeda Mildred Asako Tsuda The Iwamoto Family Tadao Murashige Totaro Nomiyama 10 Yoshisuke Miyakawa Toyo Terada2 Koichi Yoshiumi The Miyakawa Family Yoshi Yamanaka The Yoshiumi Family Shinayo Kano Taru Namihira Koichi Nakamura The Kano & Watabe Family Jiro Masuda Rev. Myoshun Hayashi 21 Bishop Kyokujo Kubokawa Kenjiro Ishii The Hayashi Family Tari Sato Shuichi Ota 22 Wasa Hamada Clarence Katsuji Morimoto The Hamada Family3 Fuji Yoshisaki Shina Karamatsu The Yoshisaki Family 11 Tsuru Teramoto The Karamatsu Family Tsurue Hayase The Teramoto Family Minnosuke Ebisugawa Tamotsu Sugiyama (2) Mamoru Tatei4 Kiichi Saiki Soyo Nishida Fusae Oshita Kanji Kimoto Yonoichi Kitagawa Paul Shigeyuki Sakuda Emi Taira Herbert H. Kano Hisayo Okawa 23 Matsue Inoue5 Kanichi Iwamoto The Inoue Family The Iwamoto Family 12 Tomohei Tejima Sano Matsumoto Matsutaro Tanimura The Tejima Family Yutaka Matsumoto The Tanimura Family Sueji Yano Yoshiichi Takemoto Yuriko Sano Kinji Yamamoto Yasuichi Hamasaki 13 Matsujiro Tsurusaki Takami Aoki Katajiro Yamamoto The Tsurusaki & Inada Family 24 Tatsuo Tsuda6 Kinroku Morita 14 Shiro Fukunaga (2) Yonezo Kitagawa The Morita Family Jihei Shimokawa 15 Gentaro Arita 25 Tadao Nakamura The Shimokawa Family The Arita Family Matsuyo Yamamoto Tokizo Fujita Toyomi Moritsugu Tsutomu Kuniyuki Tomi Tominaga Kana Teruya Jihei Shimokawa Enosuke Kawasugi 26 Asako Yamamoto Rosalie Katsuko Nishimura Kieko "Kay" Fuse7 Taeko Mizuno Toyoichi Yamada Miyoko Matsumura Mizuno & Ota Family Noboru Tarumoto Tadahito Sakuda 16 Tora Otani The Sakuda Family The Otani & Yanagihara Family 27 Chisaburo Azuma Shoichi Hisamura Shosaku Yagi The Azuma Family Kimiko Nobuji The Yagi & Okada Family Jane Hatsuko Higa Hatsue Gonhata Kazuo Hayashi Hisako Kurakake (2) Aki Ikeda The Hayashi Family Kenji Sano Koichi Ono 28 Tameno Fujimoto The Ono & Yamada Family The Fujimoto Family8 Machidas Baby Mitsuko Yanagihara Hatsuo Murao Masao Uno Fumi Miyamoto The Uno Family 29 Junichi Oki Bansuke Tomai 18 Jinkichi Tanaka Heizo Furukawa The Tomai Family The Tanaka & Noda Family Tsutomu Hanano Kimie Hashimoto 30 Tsuma Ishida Kazuo Gonhata The Ishida & Aimoto Family Kazo Kubota 19 Onsho Chinen Shizu Shigeoka The Chinen Family Usanosuke Otani9 Iwao Iwamoto Saku Fukuda The Iwamoto Family The Fukuda Family Natsu Kanemoto Mamu Iwasaki
  12. 12. 8:30am Morning Service Jodo Mission of Hawaii Everyday November 2011 Phone: 949-3995 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Hour6 7 8 9 10 11 12 10:00 O-Juya Service13 14 15 16 17 18 19 10:00 Family Service **3:15 pm Jodo Shu Hour 11:45 Board Meeting20 21 22 23 24 25 26 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Malama 11:30 Sunday School27 28 29 30 10:00 Sunday Service 10:30 Sunday SchoolHEALTH TIPS: COMING EVENT:1) Wash your hands frequently. 12/4 8:00 am—General Cleanup2) Drink lots of water; eat lots of fruits and vegetables. 12/11 HBC Jodo-e Service3) If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth, use a Kleenex and then throw it away. If you cover your mouth with your hands, please be sure to wash it right away or use a 12/28: 9:00 am—Mochitsuki preparation hand sanitizer. 12/29: 7:00 am Mochitsuki; Pickup: 1:00 pm to 4pm4) Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.5) If you are sick, stay home or try not to go to crowded areas where you may make others **Jodo Shu Hour Radio K-ZOO sick. (AM1210Khz, Japanese station)