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Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 35, Ox Herding

September 5, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari Zen Buddhism speaks on an ox herding story which describes the process through the path of enlightenment. The story is rather simple and describes the relationship of an ox (enlightenment) and the boy (self) throughout a series of ten stages. A Zen monk named Kaku An illustrated the path to enlightenment during the Northern Song dynasty (10th-12thcentury).   I became familiar with the…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 34, Blue Zone

August 30, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari Journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Dan Buettner along with the demographic research team studied villages all over the world to discover the secret to longevity. The team specifically looked for the secrets among centenarians (a person who is a 100-years or older). They studied their higher quality of life that is without diseases including heart failure, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.…

Stories from Dr. Yukari #33 Love Sponge August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

Care-giving < = > Heart-giving   It is estimated that over 40 million people in America are caring for a loved one at home. Every day, we see many instances where caregiving is done without pay. For example, in 2015 there were roughly 300,000 breast cancer patients in America who were all being cared for by their spouses. The data also showed that roughly 25%-35% of the caregivers are suffering from anxiety or clinical depression according to Dr. Frances Lewis, a Nursing Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.   In many families in Hawaii within our Asian/Pacific Island culture, we see a steady increase of giving family care…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 32, Do it Anyway

August 15, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari While Kent Keith was born in New York, he moved around a lot because of his father’s work in the US military. By the time he was in high school, he was in Hawaii and had just graduated from Roosevelt high school. He always expressed an interest in various grass roots movements focused on improving social justice. He even organized groups to support…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 31, Spirit of Naginata

August 8, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari     For 50 years, Master Hanae Miura taught a traditional martial arts form called Naginata to American students in Hawaii. She never once charged her students ranging from young to old, for the knowledge and skills of Naginata. Her decision to not charge her students came from her belief that disciplines of the feudal martial arts cultivates Japanese spirits for generations and…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 30, What makes us happier?

August 1, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari   Dr. Robert Waldinger and his wife   In 1938 at Harvard University, 268 Juniors made up of 19-year-old men were recruited to participate in a longitudinal study for human development. They all filled out a questionnaire and submitted detailed physical test results and answered extensive interview questions in person.    Many of these men became military officers or soldiers due to World…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 29, Hug Hawaii

July 25, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari   When Yuki’s husband passed away from Leukemia at the age of 34, she became a single mother of two girls. Despite working as a nurse, her profession did not prepare her for the sudden death of her husband. After her husband passed, she also lost a family member who died of suicide. There were no words to describe the immense loss and…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 28, Image Power

July 18, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari     There was a man in his 30’s, who was still living with his mother working as a bank clerk. Despite being hard-working, he had a difficult time communicating with others. He had almost no friends or had experience with dating. It was common for him to return home from a day of working to go straight to his room and not…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 27, The Story of ER

July 11, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari   This story begins with Er, a soldier who died in a battlefield but miraculously came back to life after nine days.  During those nine days, he was taken to a mysterious place where all of the souls are judged to go up to heaven or hell. After spending roughly 1,000 years in either place, the soul will return to choose the fate…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 26, Archaic Smile

July 4, 2021

[ Stories from Dr. Yukari ] Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. Honolulu Myohoji Mission collaborates with Psychologist Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach, to offer a safe online space: Stories from Dr. Yukari   Miroku Bosatsu  Maitreya Bodhisattva sitting in the half-lotus  At Koryu-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan 広隆寺弥勒菩薩半跏思惟像   Sakura first came to the US to study music during her mid 20’s. Her dream was to teach and heal both children and adults by playing piano. After a few semesters in her master’s program, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. After the diagnosis, her parents rushed…