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Positive thinking will attract positive feelings

September 28, 2020

When you see this photo, what did you think? Perhaps… Iolani Palace seems so quiet, The sky looks so blue and nice, or I also want to go out and take a walk. All answers are all great, but it’s a good idea to find something positive on each judgement. It’s important to have positive mind. Positive thinking will attract positive feelings, hence it will bring positive opportunities.

Ohialehua

Ohigan – a week of sending gratitude to our ancestors.

September 26, 2020

Ohigan falls in September 23, 2020 this year. Ohigan literally means “other side” in English. Some says Higan, but it’s the same thing. It’s a special week for Buddhist and send gratitude to our ancestors. Happiness of our ancestors will influence our happiness. This is a concept of Ohigan and the reason of why we send gratitude to our ancestors. In Japan, people think of Ohagi on Ohigan as we believe that adzuki bean is believed to wipe out negative energies. It connects us to the nature.

 It is up to you about which of the worlds that you go to.

September 22, 2020

From now on, it will come to be that those who a living positively, and those who are living negatively, will separate and exist and live on this earth.   To live positively is to be blessed mentally healthy, to be kind to others and be treated kindly by others, and to live in a wonderful, peaceful world.   Those who live negatively are in poverty and always fighting with others.  There is war, and while always suffering from problems, they live in world of many hardships.   While living on the same earth, we will be separated in these two directions and live. It is just that to live…

Myohoji

Why we compost?

September 20, 2020

Hello everyone! As we are going through this time of the year, Honolulu Myohoji has been thinking about sustainable way of living. One of the things we can be sustainable is to minimize the amount of trash. I know may people in Oahu is working on composting, but here’s a reason to do! Below is an interesting thing we learned to day, so let us share: It’s hard to believe that an apple core here and a banana peel there can actually add up to the 650 pounds of food that the average American household throws out each year. This accounts for roughly 60% of the used landfill space that…

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo

September 19, 2020

By chanting Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, we can receive the two effects of the mental stability of serotonin and the heightening of life energy by making people happy of oxytocin.  

Dear Members and Followers of Honolulu Myohoji

September 15, 2020

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…

Scientific Effectiveness of Prayer The Information from Rev. Saito as a Book

September 11, 2020

Dr. Rudolph Beard, former professor of cardiology at the University of California, conducted an experiment with 393 hospitalized patients and proved that prayer has great healing effects. The experiment was held for ten months on 393 patients in the CCU (Cardio Care Unit) of San Francisco General Hospital. The 393 patients were randomly divided by computer into 192 patients of the group that were prayed for and 201 patients of the group that were not prayed for. The patients, nurses and doctors did also not know about which group the patients would join. Those who prayed for the patients were called together from a group of various religions, including Catholics…

Distribution of Special Epidemic Protection Amulet

September 11, 2020

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…

Autumn Higan Service Notice

September 11, 2020

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.…

The Four Illusions of We Ordinary People

July 15, 2020

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…