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Shiawase – This is what makes our soul shine.

November 1, 2019

The word happiness (shiawase) is also written with the Chinese character for the “coming together of intentions”. In order to become happy by connecting with the intentions of the Mind of Great Compassion of God, Buddha and our ancestors, shouldn’t we offer the intentions or our gratitude? It is the coming together of intentions of our gratitude. It is the coming together of intentions. That is why the prayer “thank you very much” is the gather pay to our happiness. The mind of “thank you very much” is a pure mind. There is no hatred, anger or compliant. It is a perfectly clear mind. It is a mind that makes…

For a person a smile is a very important factor.

October 22, 2019

People gather about a person with a wonderful smile. There is a saying that happiness comes to a smiling gate. In other words, one’s destiny improves. Even if it is a forced smile, if we show a smile, things naturally become happy. Even if things are not happy, depending on how we react to them, the circumstances gradually become brighter. A smile is the secret of human life.   It was a smile that opened the destiny for Kissho-In, Mrs. Otama-kata, the concubine of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, and the real mother of the fifth Shogun, Tsunayoshi.   Otama, who was born as the daughter of a poor greengrocer. Although…

Hibiscus at Honolulu Myohoji

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo Is the Buddha Mind (1)

October 19, 2019

In the Tang period of Chine there lived the Zen Master Dorin Choka. The Zen Master traveled about China and he arrived at Mt. Shinto, north of the West Lake in Hangchow. He was attracted to his wonderful peace and stayed. There was a large pine tree whose foliage was thick like a canopy. And since the branch beneath it had a good place to sit, the Zen Master climbed the tree and lived there like nesting bird. Thant is why the people at the time called him Zen Master Bird Nest. At that time the poet Hakurakuten arrived to take up his position as governor of Hangchow. When he…

Heart of Appreciation

October 18, 2019

I am a Buddhist minister who conducts Buddhist services. I think some people feel suspicious when they hear the word “faith.” However, faith is not something that is negative. In fact, faith is important to live a happy life. Faith is a heart of appreciation. Faith is a feeling of respect. This is faith. Faith is not difficult. Let me give you an example. Everyone’s heart is beating right now. If I were to say, “Please stop your heart from beating.” You cannot do it, because the heart is controlled by an involuntary muscle and a set of independent nerves. We cannot control the beating of our hearts by our…

The Hidden Messages in Water

October 16, 2019

  “The Hidden Messages in Water” written by Dr. Masaru Emoto. He and his researchers are freezing water and watching the crystals that form using special microscopes and high-speed photography. They are discovering that water that is exposed to positive thoughts and loving words form crystals that are brilliant, complex and grow in colorful snowflake patterns. On the other hand, water that is exposed to negative thoughts and hateful words form crystals that are incomplete, unbalanced and dull in color. From this research we are learning that thoughts and words have energy and a vibration. And this vibration can influence water. As you know, 70% of our body is made…

Activity Without an Objective

October 15, 2019

There is, in truth, value to being born as a human being at this present moment. Activity always accompanies a person’s value of existence. A person must strive to engage in valuable activities for others and society. Nevertheless, it is the small human brain that determines the purpose and value of our activity. If we look at our activity from the scale of the entire universe, there is no activity that lacks purpose and value.

Feeling Secure in a Insecure World

October 9, 2019

Annon (feeling secure) is one goal of Nichiren Buddhism and probably a goal of religion. Annon (feeling secure) is born from faith. Where there is faith, there is a feeling of security. This faith, however, is not a faith that is removed from one’s Inner God. Faith in God, which is outside of us, is dependency, and it is not anon (feeling secure). To become aware of our inner sanctity and the existence of God within, and to have faith in these, does indeed become a feeling of security for us.

To Become the Master of Life

October 7, 2019

A human being must be responsible for his life. Moreover, he must be the master of his life. How can we do this? We are ordinarily using our mind according to others and things. We become angry when meeting a bad person, and unhappy when there is sadness, and we worry when there is trouble. We think that this is something ordinary. In other words, our mind is in a state of being captured by relative phenomena.   In such a state, we cannot become the master of our life.  Your life is yours and it is not the possession of another. That is why we must become the master of…

The Fundamental Blessing of Parents

October 6, 2019

A certain scholar of religion says that a child is receiving the blessing of its parents from being raised by them. However, is the blessing of parents only the process of being raised? Parents are giving their child the priceless gift of life. Parents are our benefactors, who have given us life, and existences, who could also be called the starting point of our ancestors. A child from his parents, and parents from their grandparents—life is being inherited. The feeling when thinking about this is our outlook on ancestors. 親の根本的な恩   ある宗教学者は、子供は育っていく上で親の恩を受けていると言います。 しかし親の恩とは育っていく過程のことだけでしょうか。 親は子に対して命というこれ以上ない贈り物をしています。 親とは自分に命を与えてくれた恩人であり、ご先祖の出発点とも言える存在です。 子は親から、親は祖父母から、命を受け継いでいる。 その意味を想う気持ちが先祖観なのです。

Honolulu Myohoji of the 21st Century

October 5, 2019

When being interviewed by a high school student I was asked about the subject of the decline of the Buddhist’s traditions in Hawaii and the measures that I am taking to prevent this. I answered by saying, “This temple is not declining, it is growing.” The students seemed puzzled by my response. It is a fact that the problem of the decline of the Buddhist’s traditions in Hawaii also became a large article in a magazine the other day. It is a fact that ninety percent of the students of a single public high school class are Christian, and to have a single Buddhist student is on the good side.…