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What Is a Human Lifetime?

May 30, 2019

Today will never come again. The accumulation of the days, which will never come again, Is a human lifetime. To defile this day of today with resentment and hatred Creates unimaginable regret. Today, when we have a human body, which is most difficult to receive, And have met the Myoho (Wondrous Truth), which is rare to encounter, Let us cheerfully and fully live this day By following the path of the teachings. The Venerable Rev. Nichiyu Iwama, 90th Archbishop of Minobu-san   人間の一生とは   今日一日は再びかえらない (Today never come again?)   再びかえらない一日のつみかさねが   人間の一生である   怨んだり憎んだりして今日一日を穢しては   取り返しのつかない悔やみがのこる   受けがたき人身をうけ 逢いがたき妙法にあえた今   教えの道に従って 今日を明るく生きぬこう   身延山第90世 岩間日勇法主

The mission and idea of Honolulu Myohoji

May 24, 2019

The mission and idea of Honolulu Myohoji is to seek the mental happiness of all people and to contribute to Hawaiian society through Nichiren Buddhism. The Honolulu Myohoji must be managed with this idea. Let us think about the purpose of Myohoji’s existence and why you attend the services. Myohoji exists for the happiness of the people of Hawaii and for Hawaiian society to become even better. That is why we, who are connected with Myohoji, must think seriously about what we can do for Hawaiian society. In order to do this all of us must live happily and in good health. Those who come to Myohoji must be a…

“Inochi” (Life)

May 17, 2019

One of the roles functions of the temple is to be taught people about the importance of life. People simply say that “I am living. “ But, such thinking is mistaken. We have to say I am being sustained Our life is one part of Mother Nature, and it is being ruled and controlled by God and Buddha. We can understand this when we think about the great earthquakes and natural disasters that occurred suddenly in history. The mistaken thinking is the cause for suicide. It also is the cause for thinking lightly about the life of another. Life is the possession of no one. I am being sustained. This…

Mental Wave Motion of Peace

May 15, 2019

I have spoken about human thought and the power of words. This time I would like to share two happenings with you. The other day, August 9, a Nagasaki prayer service was held at the Myohoji. Many officials attended the service. The day before the service someone made this remark to Marsha Joyner, one of the promoters, and the honorary president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Hawaii. “What if it rains on the day of the service?” Since the venue for prayer service was outdoors, it was natural to ask that. Ms. Joyner answered frankly, “It will not rain.” There was nothing to support her answer.…

The Lecture at the Yokosuka Community Center

May 14, 2019

The writings of the Venerable Rev. Nittatsu Fujii: “Religion is a problem within an individual’s mind. The people of today are thinking that it is all right to believe in and think about anything. That is not right. It would good if what they believe in their mind and think about remained quietly within the individual’s mind. However, the mistaken thoughts within the mind appear as social problems. So, what must we do to save the sufferings of this world? We must first restore the people’s minds. There is no other way. And what must we do so that human beings will be raised with true peace? There is only…

Mind of Rita (benefiting others)

May 10, 2019

St. Nichiren was attacked by Lord Tojo of Chiba and his vassals in a placed in Chiba prefecture called Komatsubara. The Saint suffered a wound on his head and two of his disciples were killed. This was a great persecution before the execution at Tatsunokuchi. It is said that the reason for this persecution was that Lord Hojo, the manor lord, was a Pure Land faith’s follower. It also seems that a power struggle between the manor lord and a strong supporter of St. Nichiren was a related caused. For an innocent priest to be suddenly attacked was a serious and unimaginable incident. Of course, unlike the present, the faith…

A Tree Planting Ceremony at the Honolulu Myohoji in Nuuanu—a Healing Spot in Ancient Hawaii

May 7, 2019

A Tree Planting Ceremony at the Honolulu Myohoji in Nuuanu—a Healing Spot in Ancient Hawaii Have you heard about the Ohia Lehua, which is a tree that is native to the Hawaiian Islands?   In Hawaiian, the name of its flowers is “lehua,” which means “hair.” The tree blooms with fine and beautiful flowers. While many of the flowers are red, there is also orange, yellow, white and so on. There is also a love story about the Ohia Lehua. Long ago, there was a young man named Ohia and a young woman by the name of Lehua. They were deeply in love. It just so happened that that one day,…

Atarimae

May 5, 2019

One of the roles functions of the temple is to be teach people about the importance of life. People simply say that “I am living. “ But, such thinking is mistaken. We have to say I am being sustained Our life is one part of Mother Nature, and it is being ruled and controlled by God and Buddha. We can understand this when we think about the great earthquakes and natural disasters that occurred suddenly in history. The mistaken thinking is the cause for suicide. It also is the cause for thinking lightly about the life of another. Life is the possession of no one. I am being sustained. This…

Dharma Talk for the Izu Honan-E Service by Rev.Yamamura

May 4, 2019

St. Nichiren was exiled to Izu of Shizuoka prefecture on May 12, 1271. In a small boat, St. Nichiren was taken from the coast of Kamakura to Ito of Izu, but through the plan of an evil official, before landing at he was left on some nearby rocks. When the tide ebbed, the rocks were exposed, however, at high tide, they were covered by the sea. St. Nichiren was in danger of drowning, but he was saved by a fisherman who happened to be passing by boat. Over the next few days the fisherman and his wife looked after the Saint. Later, there was news that the feudal lord of…

Dharma Talk for Sun-rise Service

May 2, 2019

St. Nichren studied the entirety of Buddhism over a period of twelve years in Kyoto, Nara and Hiei-zan. And he understood that Buddhism and the true intentions of Shakyamuni Buddha are in the Lotus Sutra, and he resolved to spread the Lotus Sutra to the people of Japan. Before announcing the results of his studies in the town of his birth, St. Nichiren trained himself for 100 days at Ise.   He did this to make his pledge to the protective deity of Japan, Amaterasu Omikami of Ise, that he will spread the Lotus Sutra throughout Japan. He later traveled from the Grand Shrine of Ise to Seicho-zan in his hometown…