I hope all is well with you. As previously, the gate of Honolulu Myohoji is still closed. Nevertheless, every morning and evening services are continuing. The repair of the main hall roof began at the end of August. The work is scheduled to be finished in October. At the riverside, which has been purified by the removal of the toilet, many ti leaves of purification have been planted. The vibration of the entire temple grounds is being purified. On August 8, with the cooperation of the University of Hawaii’s Spark Matsunaga Peace Institute, a virtual Nagasaki atomic bomb peace commemoration was held. During this year’s obon, family services were held…

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Prayer Activates the Genes and a Mind of Compassion Is Linked with the Strengthening of the Immune Functions From the research of Dr. Kazuo Murakami, Professor Emeritus, Tsukuba University To investigate the effect on body and mind of prayer and meditation, an examination of the on and off of genes was conducted on priests who are daily engaged in prayer and meditation. The necessary genetic information for the activities of life for all living things is called DNA. As a mechanism to produce the necessary DNA according to the changes of time and environment, the human body is adjusting itself while turning the appearance of DNA on or off like…

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With the infections increasing in even Hawaii, I believe that we are all experiencing anxiety and fear. Given these circumstances, having received special permission from my spirituality teacher, I will be distributing to you a special amulet. This amulet is an amulet to protect you from epidemics that was valued in Japan since ancient times. It is limited to members of Honolulu Myohoji and it is free of charge. In addition, unless there are special reasons, the amulet is one to a family. Those who desire to have the amulet please send an email to the above address, or call me. These will be mailed from the temple. Since these…

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The Autumn Higan Service will be held by virtual from 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 20. The higan is the equinox.   From ancient times it was regarded as important by people who worshiped the sun. During that period the portal of the universe opens and energy from the universe pours onto the earth more than in ordinary times. During the higan, we use this energy, and during the service we will call the family names of your ancestors and departed persons. Kuyo is an offering (pujya in Sanskrit). What do we offer? We offer water, food and the merit of the sutra. We bring happiness to the ancestors through these.…

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While we can clearly see things of concern to our interests and advantages, which we see with our sensory eyes, we cannot do the same for spiritual matters and things that are truly important. That way of seeing things is a subjective inversion, like falling into the world of the four illusions.   Although we hear the name of the Buddha, we do not inquire about His holy teachings. We do not read the sutras, which He has left us, although we see them. We do not become a believer, although we see a priest, who should introduce these to us, and we do not believe in morality. It is…

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I joined the 24 hours Namu Myoho Renge Kyo prayer for pandemic. The last hour of chanting, Rev. Myofu Ervinna, the head of Temple of Jakarta, Indonesia, presented the message for us. This message was quite meaningful, so I would like to share it with you. Rev. Elvinna said: “This time the virus is infecting all people no matter what is the skin color, races and social status are.   This actually reminds us that we all equal with all our differences. And also to remind us we all connected each other. Everything has happened for a reason. The current situation is the result of our bad actions towards our mother…

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Since we were born in this Universe as human beings, designated by the Divine Spirit of Universe, and being blessed with an intimate connection with the Divine Spirit, the first thing we must understand is the profound and subtle Law of Universe, which is connected with our lives.   Indeed! If we become clearly and accurately conscious of this Law, our health will naturally become good and our fortunes will be peaceful.   This is an inviolable rule of life existing since the beginning of the world, and also an immovable law of nature prescribed according to the will of the Divine Spirit of Universe.   In fact, let us…

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I will fix upon what I seek rom amongst all that is right. And whatever happens, I will hold this in my mind vividly, every day, every moment, until it is realized. Sticking to it with ardent sincerity, consistent and incessant, like a long river, unbroken and never ending. And with firm belief as immovable as a mountain; as if I am looking at it objectively.   No more will I be under the influence of any negative thoughts, ideas or suggestions. Also, they will not have influence on me. I am altogether above them. Already I have overcome all the weakness and trifles of life.   And now my…

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At this very moment, I am completely filled with gladness and gratitude. I owe this feeling to our precious, Divine-given faculty of imagination. The Divine Spirit of the Universe is always preparing the way to lead us in actuality to the world we create in our imagination.   Therefore, if we are careful about applying our imagination correctly, we have a sure guide to complete happiness.     For this reason, I will try to create clear, vivid mental images, as high as possible within the bounds of possibility. I will not create worthless thoughts that can spoil or disgrace my life.   And thus, as promised by Divine Spirit,…

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Am I not a human being that is called the Divine Spirit of the Universe, the finest of all created in the world? And furthermore, isn’t it the Universal Truth about human life that mental power is heightened by courage?   Therefore, from mow on, I will not lose courage whatever the case may be.   Above all, it useless and mean passions, capable of disgracing our lives, grow in my instincts or feelings, I will strive to summon my courage to build a vigorous mind, capable of successfully overcoming them.   Yes, Indeed! I will move forward with my life with courage.   Collection of Recitations by Tempu Nakamura…

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