KANNONKOU – Evening Special Service

We worship Kannon Bodhisattva at Honolulu Myohoji.
From 18th of this month at 6:00 pm, we will start a special evening service for the Kannon Bodhisattva.

The first Service will be held on April 18, 2022 at 6:00pm.
This service will be offered on 18th of every months at Honolulu Myohoji.



About Kannon bodhisattva by Rev. Yamamura

I am a Kannon worshiper and Kannon practitioner.

I certainly believe in the existence of Kannon-sama.  I also always recite the name of the Kannon-sama.

Kannon-sama is a bodhisattva.   There are bodhisattvas that are visible existences and invisible existences.  A bodhisattva is an existence that saves suffering people.  And a person who forgets his own needs and devotes himself to society and others is a living bodhisattva.

Kannon-sama as a bodhisattva is always trying to save we who are suffering on this earth.  Yet please keep this in mind.  The real form of the Kannon-sama is a Buddha.  Kannon-sama is a Buddha called Shohomyo Buddha.  Moreover, the Buddha is the Eternal Buddha of the universe and also our Parent.  To directly save we people on this earth, the Buddha manifests Himself as the Kannon Bodhisattva, and is working to save us.  Therefore to pray to Kannon-sama is to pray to the Buddha.  Furthermore, Kannon-sama changes His form according to human suffering.  At one time the Kannon-sama assumes the form of a Buddha, at another time He becomes a deity, and at a different time a person or a child.  Through these forms He is working to save us.

In Buddhism, there is no greater compassionate existence than the Kannon Bodhisattva.  Why is the Kannon Bodhisattva so kind?  As I earlier said, since the entity of Kannon-sama is the Buddha, who is our Parent, His Mind of Love to save all living beings, who are His children, appears.  To work to save the deluded living beings, and we who are suffering and unhappy, is the natural state of mind and action of Kannon-sama, who is our Parent.

Kannon-sama reacts to our voices that call dearly to Him and He immediately extends His hand of salvation.  That is why it is important to call to Him by reciting Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu.  If we sincerely pray to Kannon-sama in our mind and recite His name with our mouth, we will be given the power to overcome every unhappiness and suffering of human life.  And active power, which brings happiness and light to human life, will come into our lives.

Allow me to share a testimonial or proof of being saved from difficulty by sincerely reciting the name of Kannon-sama.  Mr. Ota, a member of the Japanese Diet, in the old days, was an earnest follower of the Kannon faith.  During the Great Kanto Earthquake, he was at his company’s factory.  A fire started at the factory from the earthquake.  He was surrounded by the advancing flames and he resolved to die in the fire.  He sincerely recited Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu.  As he did so the direction of the wind miraculously changed, and he could escape from the factory and his life was saved.

Sincerely recite the name of Kannon-sama.  By sincerely, I mean to do so with all your heart.  The prayer of Mr. Ota, who recited the name of the Kannon-sama within the flames, was surely one of true sincerity.  When we are faced with difficulty, if we seek help by single-heartedly reciting the name of Kannon-sama, the Kannon-sama will surely answer our prayer.  We should not haphazardly recite the name of the Kannon Bodhisattva, but do so with a single heart, a mind of sincerity.

Kannon-sama hears the sounds and voices of the people of the world and frees them from their suffering.  This great merit of His is described in the Kannon Sutra.  I hope that you will be sure to study the sutra even more.  I also hope that you will always feel Kannon-sama.  I also ask that you recited Namu Kanzeon Bosatsu in your daily lives, even just once and even just in your mind.  I hope that you will not forget the existence of Kannon-sama in your everyday lives.  Kannon-sama is always besides you.

Translated by Mr. Dean Makinodan