Honolulu Buddhist Temple


Honolulu Myohoji Mission was established in 1930 by Bishop Nisshu Kobayashi of the Kenpon Hokke-Order in Japan. In May of 1954, Venerable Rev. Nittatsu Fujii of Nihonzan Myohoji offered a set of Busshari (Shakyamuni Buddha’s Relics).


Rev. Takamasa Yamamura



July, 1993         English language training, Wimborne Kings school. England

March 31, 2003 M.A. in music Graduate school of Showa University of Music. Japan

October, 2006   Graduated from Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music Rome, Italy.  Earned Diploma in Music.


May 19, 2008  Installed into Ministerial Rank.  (Nichiren-Buddhism, Japan)

September, 2008  Instructor of the retreat in Renko-ji Temple (Milan, Italy)

May, 2009~July, 2009    Training as an Overseas Minister.  (Sarnath, India)

Currently, Head Minister of Honolulu Myohoji Temple.

Language Spoken

Italian, Japanese, English

Prayer Service

According to Nichiren Buddhist tradition, we are born with two Buddhist deities on our shoulders. Because the Buddha knows that this world is full of suffering, he sends us two deities to protect us from various accidents and misfortune so we can live better lives. One deity is called Doshoten and the other is called Domyoten. Have you ever had the experience where you almost get hit by a car, but you manage to avoid the accident? Or where you want to try and do something, but you have a strange feeling about it, so you don’t do it. And afterwards you realize that what you wanted to do was very dangerous and you were fortunate not to have done it? These two deities are protecting and guiding you. When we realize their presence we can appreciate to their guidance and benefit from their protection. The protective power of these two deities become stronger the more we chant Namu Myoho Renge Kyo. It may be hard to believe but actually, many people have been saved by the merits of Namu Myoho Renge Kyo.


Memorial Service

Worshipping our ancestors is part of our custom. After living in Hawaii, I sense that young Americans do not pay much attention to their ancestors. I also sense that they are not making food or water offerings to their ancestors. This is probably influenced by Christianity

In Christianity, the belief is that Adam and Eve were created by God, and we are their descendants, and have nothing to do with our ancestors. How do Buddhists think? We have a father and a mother. The lives of both our fathers and mothers come together, and we are a product of this union. The same goes for our parents. They are descended from our grandparents. Our lives go back to the beginning of mankind. Life has continued, and the lineage has never been broken. The Japanese say that we are linked to our ancestors, and we are grateful for that.

Mission Statement

  1. To seek the spiritual happiness of all humankind
  2. To make a better and peaceful community in Hawaii

We always strive to serve society and by so doing, we will contribute to the development of humankind.

Furthermore, our efforts will add to the value of Hawaiian Society’s existence.

Schedule 2019

  • Jan. 1, Tue. 10 a.m. New Year's Service
  • Feb. 3, Sun. 10 a.m. Lunar New Year's Service & Car Blessing

Temple Activities:

Daily Morning Service at 8:30 a.m.

Friday Meditation Class from 6 p.m.

Regular Sunday Service (Once Monthly) from 10 a.m. (Except last Sunday of month)


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