Honolulu Buddhist Temple

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.…

Singing Voices of the “Bells of Nagasaki” Resonate The Hope for Peace to the Next Generatio

October 3, 2019

Commemorative Ceremony at the Honolulu Myohoji On the 9th of August the 26th Annual Nagasaki Peace Ceremony was held at the Honolulu Myohoji. The participants came together transcending the differences of religions. With the performance of the Royal Hawaiian Band, together with Motonobu Shiba, the President of the Nagasaki Kenjin Kai, the participants sang the “Bells of Nagasaki” and prayed for the victims and pledged for peace. Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of the former President Obama, touched on Dr. Ryu Nagai, who was engaged in peace activities as a physician and a Christian, and who was also the model for the “Bells of Nagasaki.” She appealed to the participants…

Dharma Message by the Venerable Nichiou Itagaki, 8th Bishop of Butsugenji,

September 2, 2019

The Unification of Buddhism (All Religions) What those who aspire to follow Buddhism must first think about is that the object of worship for their faith is Shakyamuni Buddha. Moreover, among all the sutras, which Shakyamuni Buddha expounded to save all living beings, the Lotus Sutra truly unifies the minds of all humankind, and is it not a precious sutra that brings peace to the world? It is just as Shakyamuni Buddha declares: “I have taught many sutras, but among them the Lotus Sutra is supreme.” (The Teacher of the Dharma chapter) St. Nichren read the words of the Lotus Sutra with his mind, experienced and mastered it with his…

Warm and Beautiful Like Kannon Bodhisattva

August 26, 2019

Kannon changes Himself into thirty-three forms And saves all people from their sufferings Since the Great Merciful and Compassionate Kannon Is the virtuous body of awakening to the Lotus Sutra, When we recite the Odaimoku and have faith in the Eternal Buddha, We become as beautiful as the Kannon. And we can be of service to others with a warm and gentle mind. The Venerable Rev. Nichiyu Iwama, 90th Archbishop of Minobu-san

Obon’s Note

August 23, 2019

Why do we offer a toba?   I will speak about a letter that is written by St. Nichiren about the merit of making a handwritten copy of the Lotus Sutra. In the letter there is a story from ancient China. There was a person by the name of Uryu, who was the foremost calligrapher in ancient China. For some reason Uryu hated Buddhism. That is why although he was a calligrapher, he did not do calligraphy of Buddhist sutras. At the time of his death, he left these words to his son, Iryu. “In calligraphy, you will probably surpass me. However, no matter who may ask you, it is…

Live as though you will die tomorrow. Learn as though you will live forever.

August 8, 2019

In his Dharma message in his magazine, Hoju, Rev. Kunugi includes the words of the Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India’s independence. “Live as though you will die tomorrow. Learn as though you will live forever.” The life of our physical body is not eternal. No one knows when one will go to that other world. If we live each day with gratitude that it is indeed a blessing and precious to be alive today, each of our days will be enriched. If we might not be alive tomorrow, there are things that we must do today. If we were to die tomorrow, we must earnestly live today so that…