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Merit of Memorial Services By Rev. Teinyo Kunugi

July 31, 2019

K lost her husband seven years ago and since then she earnestly continued to hold memorial services for him, and she memorialized him at the monthly hungry ghost service at Jorinji. The year before last when she collapsed from heart illness and was being hospitalized, her late husband appeared in her dream. “Thank you for always holding a memorial service for me. You will be alright because I made a request to St. Nichiren of Jorinji.” He clearly said this to her in her dream. After her dream, K’s condition improved by the day. She spoke about her precious experience saying: “It was a blessing to know that a memorial…

The Structure of the Universe and Good Deeds

July 31, 2019

The Structure of the Universe and Good Deeds Why Does Human Life and Work Go Well When We Do Good Things? This can be explained from the theory of the big bang. At the start the universe was an extremely hot and high-pressure tiny mass. This mass exploded, and while expanding it formed the present magnificent universe. This is being proven by physics, After the explosion, elementary particles were formed. The material world that forms the universe is entirely formed from the elementary particles called atoms. The elementary particles combined and formed molecules, and from the molecules DNA was formed and the living body was born. The living body evolved…

“What does the Thousand-Hand Kannon do with His many hands and eyes?”

June 30, 2019

The answer is clear when we think about how the mothers of the world look after their children. When a mother suspects a fever, she quickly places her hand on the child’s forehead. Her hand is doing the work of her eyes. To know her child’s condition, with her entire being, she observes the child’s appearance, expression, complexion, tone of voice and so forth. That is why a mother knows the sound of her child’s voice well. When she hears her baby cry, she knows, by just hearing that sound, whether the child is hungry or wants his diaper changed. Kannon is the work of seeing (kan) sounds (on). Sound…

The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering)

June 16, 2019

The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering) We will review the most basic Dharma that we must know as a Buddhist. We are Buddhists. If someone were to ask you about Buddhism, how would you reply? The Buddhism of St. Nichiren is very important. Nevertheless, as the premise for its study we must know the basic Dharma of Buddhism. This Dharma is the universal truth. Buddhism is the enlightened message of the human being, Gautama Siddartha. Siddartha practiced meditation under the Bodhi tree in the town of Gaya in Inda and was enlightened. He first taught the contents of his enlightenment to his practitioner friends in the town of Sarnath.…

3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji

June 14, 2019

3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji   Thing to Do Each Morning   Waking Up   Soon after waking up, thank the Eternal Buddha, who is the Existence that is always protecting you, for the fact that you are alive today and were able to get up.   Toilet and Washing-up   Worshiping the sun in the morning. The sun is the source of our life. First bow (express your gratitude to the sun). Next, gassho and chant the Odaimoku 3 to 10 tens. If you cannot see the sun from your home, face the east. Continue this…

The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness (5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People )

June 12, 2019

The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness 5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People They Believe That Human Life Is Difficult One of the teachings of Great Vehicle Buddhism is that human life becomes exactly as it is envisioned in the mind. Those who think that human life is difficult, and make that thinking their belief, will have a life of many sufferings just as they believed. If they did the opposite and believed that human life is wonderful, that it is happy and bright, their life will become as they believed. For example, even if we are in bad circumstances at the moment, those who reflect on…

Ki

June 7, 2019

My sincerest congratulations on the 65th anniversary of the Honolulu Ki Society Seishinkandojo. I still recall the tears of joy of Tabata Seichi Sensei at the 60th anniversary 5 years ago. How happy would Tabata Sensei also be at this 65th anniversary. As you all know the renovations of your dojo, within the Community Hall of Honolulu Myohoji, were successfully completed. On behalf of the Honolulu Myohoji, I hope that the Ki Society will continue to support us. Instead of “support” it is my wish that you will walk the path together with us. We wish to support you because I am studying the philosophy of Nakamura Tenpu Sensei, who…

The Practice of Buddhists “Six Paramitas” are the way for with peaceful life and happier life.

June 6, 2019

Charity The practice of Giving   I am sure that we know about charity. This includes making a donation. For instance, we can donate money to the temple, or we can give of our time by coming to clean the temple. We might not be able to do these things, but we can certainly give a smile to others, or speak gentle and encouraging words to them. Giving ease and comfort to others are also very important acts of charity.   Precepts or Moral Discipline   It is to refrain from doing what we think is bad. It is to not do what we are unable to do with a…

Peace Tower

June 5, 2019

The fact is that the Honolulu Myohoji was built as a peace tower. The Myohoji was originally not built as a church. Please remember this fact. Bishop Kobayashi and his followers worked to build in Honolulu, Hawaii, a unique peace tower that was based on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. The Myohoji was originally built not as a temple like the other many temples in Honolulu, which were built as fellowship facilities for the Japanese and their descendants. While the external appearance of the Myohoji seems to be a temple, the truth is that it must be a tower. What is the purpose of that tower? It must be…

Kannon-sama

June 1, 2019

It is a great honor to be invited here today. That is because 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. Several years ago I worshiped at the Kannon temple in Asakusa after some time. When I was a child, I had visited the temple several times, but it was my first visit since becoming a priest. As you all know, the Asakusa Kannon is one of the largest Kannon holy places in Japan and very famous. Nearly ten-thousand people visit the Asakusa Kannon each day. While many are tourists, there is power…