Jodo Mission of Hawaii
Web Page
www.jodo.us
Our website is available to anyone
wanting to find out more about what
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Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism
Vol. 28 Moon Rabbit (November 2013)
By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe
In autumn, as the days become...
VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5)
By Rev. Yubun Narashiba

Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii has a very unique cultural background.
In J...
MAHALO and ARIGATO
THANK YOU to all who came out on Sunday,
October 20, to assist with Bazaar preparation! Rev.
Hiroki Mae...
MOCHI (Dec. 28) ORDER FORM おもち注文表
Deadline for order is Saturday, December 7, 2013
注文締め切り12月7日
HOME PHONE NO. 電話番号

PLEASE...
What is “Perpetual Memorial
Service?” (Eitaikyo)
This record of a perpetual memorial service and is
called Eitaikyo in Jap...
Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for November
1 Gensaku Nakagawa
The Nakagawa Family
Hidetsugu Kanai
Sadao Hedani
Mas...
10:00 Sunday Service
10:45 Sunday School

10:00 Sunday Service

10:00 O-Juya Service
11:45 Board Meeting

10:00 Sunday Ser...
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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - November 2013

  1. 1. Jodo Mission of Hawaii Web Page www.jodo.us Our website is available to anyone wanting to find out more about what is happening at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. Please feel free to go to our web page at www.jodo.us Our Welcome section is similar to what is on the right side of this page. It also contains a map of our location and our contact information (address, telephone number, office hours). Our Sunday Services are listed and we try to list other activities that may occur or what special service will be happening. Our Newsletters are also posted. Any Videos may be seen which may include some of our activities. Also on the website is a link to Jodo Shu Grand Temple Chion-in which is very interesting, i.e. Honen and the Chion-in, places to see, etc. Hope you will access it and tell your family and friends about our web page. Any comments, please contact Rev. Yubun Narashiba at 949-3995. Thank you. Address Service Requested Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814 (#1203-1113 Bulletin - NOVEMBER 2013 Jodo Mission of Hawaii
  2. 2. Bits of Knowledge of Buddhism Vol. 28 Moon Rabbit (November 2013) By Rev. Yasushiro Watanabe In autumn, as the days become shorter, we notice that the moon becomes more beautiful. The beautiful full moon can be seen on Sunday, November 17. We enjoy looking up at the moon in autumn, and this custom is called Tsukimi (Moon Viewing). We go in a yard and eat mochi which represents to the round moon. Do you know who lives on the moon? The East Asian people believe that a rabbit lives on the moon! Today, I’d like to talk about “Moon Rabbit,” or the small hero in this story, and think about our role model. A good example for us as Buddhists is the life of Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is a Buddhist saint who is on the path to enlightenment. In many stories of the Buddhist Saints’ lives, they practice good deeds. The most admirable practice in Buddhism is Giving, or offering joy and happiness to others. We don’t keep anything for ourselves. When we give, the other person might become happy, but it is certain that we become happy. For example, Asian folklore includes the well-known story, “Moon Rabbit.” On the day of a full moon, a monkey, a fox and a rabbit were walking in the wilderness. They found an old man dying in the wild. When he begged for food, the monkey gathered fruits from the trees, and the fox collected fish from the river. But the rabbit, who knew only how to gather grass, could not find food for the person. Instead the rabbit asked the man to build a fire. Then, surprisingly, the rabbit dared to throw itself into the fire to offer its own body. The rabbit, however, was not consumed by the fire. The old man was deeply touched by the rabbit’s virtue and revealed himself to be Sakra, or the ruler of Heaven. He held the body up to the sky and drew a picture of the rabbit on the moon for all to see. That is the story of “Moon Rabbit.” When we look up at the full moon, we can remember the noble spirit of self-sacrifice. This story reminds me of another story about young twins. It comes from a Japanese cartoon, “Touch.” The twins were high school students. The older brother was bad, and the younger brother was excellent. The younger brother was a baseball player and his dream was to win the championship. But he didn’t appear on the mound in the finals. Why? On that morning he got into a traffic accident to save a child on the road. He sacrificed his own life to save the boy’s life. The accident completely changed the older brother’s life. He then shared the dream with his brother and devoted himself to baseball. In his final year of high school, he won the championship with his brother’s teammates. Of course, it is very difficult for us to sacrifice ourselves to save others. But we know that one heroic action touches our souls. We tend to act just for selfish motives. Here is a Japanese proverb, 情けは人のためならず (nasake ha hito no tamenarazu). It means that charity is a good investment. That is reciprocity or worldly ethics. However, real “kindness” is beyond profit-and-loss reasoning. For example: Even if a tsunami is approaching, people return home to save their family. Even if the building is burning, firefighters rush into it to save the remaining people. These actions might make no sense judging from personal gain. But these individuals devote themselves to their families and communities. That is the ultimate practice of Giving. I admire their virtue. The original meaning of virtue is the power inside. A heroic action moved our power inside. This power is the basis of the right livelihood. The story of ultimate giving like, “Moon Rabbit,” encourages our intrinsic motivation for living right. I’m sure that the courage of a tiny animal teaches us the true deep importance of one’s contribution to a community. Page 2
  3. 3. VISION FOR THE FUTURE (5) By Rev. Yubun Narashiba Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii has a very unique cultural background. In Japan, Buddhist customs differ from village to village, town to town, prefecture to prefecture. This is because Buddhism has been localized to fit to the custom in each area. 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. However, as time passes, those customs are becoming unclear and more confusing for the younger generations. Because of this confusion, younger generations seem to be going away from Buddhism by saying that Buddhism is hard to understand. Therefore, in this article, I would like to explain the standard procedure of doing a service. As the first, let me show you the two common procedures of having funerals among the members of Jodo Mission of Hawaii. 1. When Someone Passed Away Death ↓ Medical examination ↓ Call for a minister ↓ Makuragyo (Bedside service) ↓ Call for a mortuary ↓ Body pick-up ↓ Meeting with the funeral director at the mortuary ↓ Viewing service ↓ Cremation ↓ FUNERAL with the first 7th day service ↓ 49th day service Burial service ↓ Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) service ↓ 1 year memorial service 2. When Someone Is Very Close To Death Call for a minister ↓ Rinju Gyogi (Last rites) ↓ Death ↓ Medical examination ↓ Call for a mortuary ↓ Body pick-up ↓ Meeting with the funeral director at the mortuary ↓ Viewing service ↓ Cremation ↓ FUNERAL with the first 7th day service ↓ 49th day service Burial service ↓ Hatsubon (1st O-Bon) 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 3
  4. 4. MAHALO and ARIGATO THANK YOU to all who came out on Sunday, October 20, to assist with Bazaar preparation! Rev. Hiroki Maeda and his family were in Honolulu and offered to help, Mia Youth and Glenn Soma and so many, many others, THANK YOU for helping to take things out. Thank you also to the many who came during the week of October 21 to 26 to sort and price all the many items donated by temple members, friends and relatives. It is hard work trying to dust, sometimes wash or clean the items, price and present items so people could purchase them. Many people bring things in boxes, trash bags, etc. Then they must be sorted. We appreciate your help! THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Bazaar Day, October 27, to help those who had questions, to help sell items, to help fold and fold again the many tons and tons of clothing for sale, to help people find a place to park their car, the cashiers who were most pressured when the lines got long when someone in line purchased a lot of things. THANK YOU also to the many people who made baked goods, tsukemono, pickled vegetables, spam rice, and other treats. We appreciate you taking the time to make these items for sale. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SHOP FOR BARGAINS! What is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! We hope you had fun shopping and made friends. THANK YOU EVERYONE! Do you remember Rev. Hiroyoshi Oeda? Next month we will include a visit from Rev. Oeda and his family. Thank you Movie Night: ALOHA BUDDHA Aloha Buddha is a very interesting historical documentary film about Buddhism in Hawaii. Both young and old should enjoy this film. How the first Japanese contract laborers came to Hawaii and later the ministers, women and children and how the temples are today. Please invite your friends and relatives to Aloha Buddha: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 pm at Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, HI 96814; PH: 949-3995. Page 4
  5. 5. MOCHI (Dec. 28) ORDER FORM おもち注文表 Deadline for order is Saturday, December 7, 2013 注文締め切り12月7日 HOME PHONE NO. 電話番号 PLEASE PRINT NAME 名前 OKASANE おかさね $4.25/SET TOTAL 合計 KOMOCHI こもち $3.75/POUND SETS LBS DOLLARS DOLLARS DOLLARS FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Order accepted by: _______________ Received by: _______________ Date accepted: _____/_____/_2013(In person/ Mail / Phone) Date paid: _____/_____/_2013 (Cash / Check# ) Cut 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 mochi order form above. The deadline to submit your mochi order form is Saturday, December 7th. Mochi is to be picked up on: Saturday, December 28, 2013 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 Saturday, December 28th 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 5
  6. 6. What is “Perpetual Memorial Service?” (Eitaikyo) This record of a perpetual memorial service and is called Eitaikyo in Japanese. 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 long as Jodo Mission exists. Anyone can be included in it. You may put your own name on the list, too. This also helps when it is difficult to have memorial services. We also welcome you to attend the morning service at 8:30 am. How to apply: Stop by the office, and fill out the application form. Each name costs $200. After the application is accepted, the name will be listed on the record. Obituaries Jodo Mission of Hawaii extends its sincere condolences to the family members and loved ones of the following members who have recently left this world for the Pure Land. Roy Kiyomatsu Arashiro Yoko Fukuzono James Akira Nakamoto James Yutaka Nakatsuka 85 82 81 95 Jodo Mission Office Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am—5pm Sunday & Holidays: 8am—3pm Phone: 949-3995 Website: www.jodo.us Rev. Yubun Narashiba Head Minister Page 6 Rev. Kanjun Nakano Resident Minister O-Juya Service Will be held on Sunday, November 10 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 customary for us to offer sweet treats to Amida Buddha. Please do not forget your sweet treats to share with everyone. (But not leftovers from Halloween.) Please join us for our O-Juya Service on Sunday, November 10, at 10 a.m. 2014 Jodo Shu Calendar Live the Jodo Shu style each and every day, sharing in the love and compassion of Amida Buddha year round with the messages of distinguished priests. Calendar is for January through December 2014. Free calendar is available. Please order your calendar now before we run out. Please call Jodo Mission of Hawaii at 949-3995 by November 11. Rev. Yasuhiro Watanabe Resident Minister Rev. Dwight Nakamura Retired Minister
  7. 7. Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) for November 1 Gensaku Nakagawa The Nakagawa Family Hidetsugu Kanai Sadao Hedani Masao Takeda Tadao Murashige 2 Koichi Yoshiumi The Yoshiumi Family Koichi Nakamura Jiro Masuda Kenjiro Ishii Tari Sato 3 Fuji Yoshisaki The Yoshisaki Family Tsurue Hayase 4 Kiichi Saiki Kanji Kimoto Emi Taira Shigenobu Tamashiro 5 Kanichi Iwamoto The Iwamoto Family Matsutaro Tanimura The Tanimura Family Yuriko Sano Yasuichi Hamasaki Katajiro Yamamoto 6 Kinroku Morita The Morita Family Jihei Shimokawa The Shimokawa Family Tokizo Fujita Tomi Tominaga Jihei Shimokawa Bert Takeshi Higa 7 Taeko Mizuno Mizuno & Ota Family Tadahito Sakuda The Sakuda Family Shoichi Hisamura Kimiko Nobuji Hatsue Gonhata Aki Ikeda Kenji Sano 8 Machida's Baby Masao Uno The Uno Family Bansuke Tomai The Tomai Family Tsutomu Hanano Kazuo Gonhata Kazo Kubota 9 Iwao Iwamoto The Iwamoto Family Natsu Kanemoto The Kanemoto & Miyamoto Family Otome Sugiyama (2) Yoshio Kanehira Mildred Asako Tsuda 10 Yoshisuke Miyakawa The Miyakawa Family Shinayo Kano The Kano & Watabe Family Rev. Myoshun Hayashi The Hayashi Family Shuichi Ota Clarence Katsuji Morimoto 11 Tsuru Teramoto The Teramoto Family Tamotsu Sugiyama (2) Soyo Nishida Yonoichi Kitagawa Herbert H. Kano Hisayo Okawa 12 Tomohei Tejima The Tejima Family Sueji Yano 13 Matsujiro Tsurusaki The Tsurusaki & Inada Family 14 Shiro Fukunaga (2) Alice Chieko Masatsugu Kingsley K. Luke 15 Gentaro Arita The Arita Family Toyomi Moritsugu Kana Teruya Enosuke Kawasugi Rosalie Katsuko Nishimura Toyoichi Yamada 18 Jinkichi Tanaka The Tanaka & Noda Family Kimie Hashimoto 19 Onsho Chinen The Chinen Family Saku Fukuda The Fukuda Family Mamu Iwasaki Yaeko Uesugi Kaname Tanimura 29 Junichi Oki Heizo Furukawa 30 Tsuma Ishida The Ishida & Aimoto Family Shizu Shigeoka Usanosuke Otani 20 Naka Iwamoto The Iwamoto Family Totaro Nomiyama Toyo Terada Yoshi Yamanaka Taru Namihira 21 Bishop Kyokujo Kubokawa 22 Wasa Hamada The Hamada Family Shina Karamatsu The Karamatsu Family Minnosuke Ebisugawa Mamoru Tatei Fusae Oshita Paul Shigeyuki Sakuda 23 Matsue Inoue The Inoue Family Sano Matsumoto Yutaka Matsumoto Yoshiichi Takemoto Kinji Yamamoto Takami Aoki Kameyo Ohnaga (2) 24 Tatsuo Tsuda Yonezo Kitagawa 25 Tadao Nakamura Matsuyo Yamamoto Tsutomu Kuniyuki 26 Asako Yamamoto 16 Tora Otani Kieko "Kay" Fuse The Otani & Yanagihara Miyoko Matsumura Family Noboru Tarumoto Shosaku Yagi The Yagi & Okada Family 27 Chisaburo Azuma Kazuo Hayashi The Azuma Family The Hayashi Family Jane Hatsuko Higa Koichi Ono Hisako Kurakake (2) The Ono & Yamada Family 28 Tameno Fujimoto Mitsuko Yanagihara The Fujimoto Family Fumi Miyamoto Hatsuo Murao Apology for October Eitaikyo List: We apologize for not listing the following deceased person in the October Bulletin: 10/20: Haruyo Kotake
  8. 8. 10:00 Sunday Service 10:45 Sunday School 10:00 Sunday Service 10:00 O-Juya Service 11:45 Board Meeting 10:00 Sunday Service 8:30 Fujinkai Meeting 25 18 11 4 Mon 26 19 12 5 Tue 27 20 13 6 NO MALAMA CHILDREN’S CHOIR in November 22 15 8 1 29 21 14 7 Thu 28 NO MEETING in Nov. YBA Meeting November 6 at 8:30 a.m. (Women’s association) Fujinkai Meeting 7:00 pm Movie Aloha Buddha Wed November 2013 Dec 1 at 8:00 am General Clean-up—We need your help! Dec. 8 at 10:00 am HBC Jodo-e (Bodhi Day) at Jodo Mission Dec. 28 Mochitsuki Day COMING EVENTS: 24 17 10 3 Sun 8:30am Morning Service Everyday Sewing Circle 30 23 16 9 2 Sat November 24 at 10:45 am Sunday School NO classes for Nov-Dec-Jan Fri Phone: 949-3995 Jodo Mission of Hawaii

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