Blog

Honolulu Buddhist Temple

Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #5-1, Molting

February 4, 2021

It is known that crustaceans molt many times during their lifetime. In fact, the growth of the animal can only occur through the process of shedding their old exoskeleton in order to form a new exoskeleton. Younger crabs are known to molt more frequently, while older crabs will shed their exoskeleton less often. For example, when a crab is a baby they are often molting around five to six times until they reach adulthood. Furthermore, a king crab has the potential to molt up to 20 times. Their age can be measured by counting the number of times a crustacean molts.   While a male crab may continue molting for…

From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #4-2, Deep Listening

January 31, 2021

Being fully attentive to your current problems can begin with someone actively listening to you discuss your issues. The Maori’s story in the previous post can serve as an example of the strength that comes from simply listening to someone’s words. Deep listening includes everything from listening to the speaker’s emotions, gauging their posture, facial expressions, and even things that are not being verbalized. Expert listeners such as parents, teachers, friends, and clergy persons understand that listening includes consciously seeking underlying needs for the other person. In order to actively listen, we must be aware of the hidden clues including sentence pauses, or even silence. Dr. Mark Brady, a past…

From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #4-1, Deep Listening

January 28, 2021

During this time, Honolulu Myohoji Mission is utilizing an online platform to better reach you. Questions andconcerns may be submitted anonymously, or you can use the link to email: info@honolulumyohoji.org. Dr Yukari to set up a private consultation time. This service is free of charge for the first two sessions and strictly confidential.    From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge Honolulu Myohoji Mission Community Service Project   Story #4-1 Deep Listening   Listening is one of the most important communication skills one can have for life coaching, counseling, parenting, teaching, managing, and customer service. While everyone may be able to hear what others are saying, not everyone can actively listen without judgment.…

From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #3-2, YOU: Lessons from Youth to Old Age

January 24, 2021

Honolulu Myohoji Mission will collaborate with Dr. Yukari, Psychologist and Life Coach, to offer a safe online space: Dr. Yukari’s Zoom Lounge. For those who are interested, we will be accepting new requests and questions beginning February. Consultations will be available to discuss your challenges and issues faced in daily life involving family, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief & loss. The first 2 sessions are free of charge. Contact us at the address below for any questions or to reserve your 40-minute zoom session. Email: info@honolulumyohoji.org   ~ Stories that open your heart ~ #3-2 YOU: Lessons from Youth to Old Age   Previously, I held sessions with a client who…

The Zoom Shodai Meditation class available on every Saturdays

January 23, 2021

We are continuing to offer the Shodai Shugyo (Meditation) class currently. The background of doing Shodai Shugyo is based on the scientific effectiveness of Prayer shared by Rev. Daiho Saito and here’s a brief summary of the study. 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 randomly selected patients. The patients, nurses and doctors did not know about whether the patients were prayed for and not. Those who prayed for the patients were called together from a group of various religions, including Catholics and…

From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge, #3-1 YOU: Lessons from Youth to Old Age

January 21, 2021

Honolulu Myohoji Mission will collaborate with Dr. Yukari, Psychologist and Life Coach, to offer a safe online space: Dr. Yukari’s Zoom Lounge. For those who are interested, we will be accepting new requests and questions beginning February. Consultations will be available to discuss your challenges and issues faced in daily life involving family, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief & loss. The first 2 sessions are free of charge. Contact us at the address below for any questions or to reserve your 40-minute zoom session. Email: info@honolulumyohoji.org   ~ Stories that open your heart ~ #3-1 YOU: Lessons from Youth to Old Age January 21, 2021   Imagine a scenario where you are…

Tengai Morimo – a grain of rice (1)

January 18, 2021

Recently, the life of Tengai Morimo was introduced on the late-night NHK radio program. Eighty years after his death, his name has again become known throughout the country. The real name of Tengai Morimo is Tsunetaro Mori (1864 – 1934). He was born four years before the start of the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) in Nishiyogo-mura (Yogo-cho, Matsuyama city) of Ehime prefecture as the eldest son of a village headman. Amid his story life, he lived for the sake of society and the people and fulfilled his destiny, and died at the age of seventy in 1934. Tengai is a pen name that was given to him when he studied…

From Dr. Yukari’s Listening Lounge #2-2, Queen Emma & “Of Heaven and Hell: The Parable of the Long Spoons” 

January 17, 2021

During this time, Honolulu Myohoji Mission is utilizing an online platform to better reach you. Questions and concerns may be submitted anonymously, or you can use the link to email: info@honolulumyohoji.org Dr Yukari to set up a private consultation time. This service is free of charge for the first two sessions and strictly confidential. During the on-going pandemic, online counseling has become a safe and convenient option to address your issues from the comfort of your home. ~ Stories that open your heart ~ Queen Emma & “Of Heaven and Hell: The Parable of the Long Spoons”    “Of Heaven and Hell: The Parable of the Long Spoons” conveys the…

Three tips for following original intentions

January 17, 2021

Ambition is the original intention. It is what we have aspired to at the outset and our great ideal. Ambition is the power that raises the seedling of destiny. We are often told not to forget our original intentions. That is because our diligence becomes accumulative power. Zeami (1363-1442), who greatly perfected the Noh drama in the Muromachi period, has said the following about original intentions in his work kakyo. First, “one’s original intention of necessity must not be forgotten.” Ze of the word Zehi (of necessity) is the original intention to bring happiness to people. The Hi of Zehi calls on his students to devote themselves while only never…

Ambition is the original intention

January 16, 2021

Even if the seedling of destiny is planted, it will not grow large in a single day. From olden times it was said that peaches and chestnuts take three years, persimmons eight years and apricots easily require thirteen tears of fruit. During the period when the seedlings are being raised, we must endure various difficulties.  A long period of devotion and effort is required. Haratani-en took fifty years. (See our December 17,2020 post) Isn’t it true that to continue through those difficulties and to make an effort for a long period, ambition must always be coming forth from within us? Ambition is the original intention. It is what we have…