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The Lotus Sutra through the 7 Parables, Part 1

May 7, 2022

[Short stories from our booklet] The Lotus Sutra is not  just a sutra made in the old days. It is the teaching of unconditional love. (Not a romantic love.) The teachings are all applicable to our current life and this blog is intended to share some tips to have a happier life.   About The Lotus Sutra through the 7 Parables               On this blog, we are introducing a bit of the story as a quote.   “There is only one way to understand the Lotus Sutra. That way is practice. It is not something that is accompanied by pain. It is to be…

Wanna stay beautiful? One thing to avoid for your beauty

May 1, 2022

  In Buddhism, we all are an eternal self. If that’s true, why not keep our physical body healthy? When you do something good for your health, it will bring natural beauty.  The most beautiful part of natural beauty is it comes within, not from outside.    Ayurveda briefly defines the sign of good health by looking.  These are soft skin, sparkling eyes, silky hair and no odor in your body.  Having a healthy ritual will bring this beauty to you.   To do so, I highly recommend avoiding refined sugar. Refined sugar is in many different forms, so most commercial sweets and drinks are to be avoided. For your…

KANNONKOU Evening Special Service Report – April 18, 2022

April 24, 2022

KANNONKOU Evening Special Service was held on April 18 at the temple. Our first evening event successfully closed its door with lots of audiences. Pure gold Kannon Bodhisattva was donated by Tendaishu Hawaii coincidentally after we decided to have this event. We started this event with chanting, then had a music performance by two professional musicians. Serene sound was touching our heart and soul during the service. We finished our service by singing a Japanese song.     — Why Kannon Bodhisattva? We worship Kannon Bodhisattva at Honolulu Myohoji. There are bodhisattvas that are visible existences and invisible existences. A bodhisattva is an existence that saves suffering people. And a…

KANNONKOU – Evening Special Service

April 17, 2022

We worship Kannon Bodhisattva at Honolulu Myohoji. From 18th of this month at 6:00 pm, we will start a special evening service for the Kannon Bodhisattva. The first Service will be held on April 18, 2022 at 6:00pm. This service will be offered on 18th of every months at Honolulu Myohoji.     About Kannon bodhisattva by Rev. Yamamura 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. Kannon-sama is a bodhisattva.   There are bodhisattvas that are visible existences and invisible existences.  A bodhisattva is an existence that saves suffering people.  And a person…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 54, A Bullet to the Face

April 10, 2022

[ 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  Ian Emanuel Debbie, a 28-year-old living in Tampa FL was walking towards her car after a dinner. Debbie recently had her second baby and this was a fun and relaxing night out with her close friends. Suddenly, a couple of young black men approached her asking for change. She said,  “No, sorry.”  But before she finished her words, the youngest of the men…

Event Report: Buddha Day (Hanamatsuri) Special Service

April 3, 2022

Hanamatsuri is the celebration of the birth of the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha. We held the Hanamatsuri Special Service on April 3 at 10:00 a.m. How are we understanding Shakyamuni Buddha, who had actually appeared in this world? Nearly all of us understand that Shakyamuni Buddha was born as a prince of the Shakya clan of Kapila castle. Buddha died in Kushinagara at the age of eighty.  This, however, is not the truth.  This matter is especially made clear by The Duration of the Life of the Tathagata chapter of the Lotus Sutra.  Since there is no end to the lifetime of Shakyamuni Buddha, His life exists everlastingly.  He…

Hanamatsuri Notice

March 31, 2022

Buddha Day (Hanamatsuri) Special Service on April 3 at 10:00 a.m *No in advance reservation needed!* Hanamatsuri is the celebration of the birth of the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha.  We will have a Hanamatsuri Special Service on Sunday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. After the service, our Hula Halau will dedicate a Sakura Hula to celebrate the Buddha’s birth.  Please join this important occasion. How are we understanding Shakyamuni Buddha, who had actually appeared in this world? Nearly all of us understand that Shakyamuni Buddha was born as a prince of the Shakya clan of Kapila castle. Buddha died in Kushinagara at the age of eighty.  This, however, is not…

Prayer before your meal: “Itadakimasu”

March 27, 2022

  Ayurveda is a tradition taken over in India for over 5000 years. There is a lot to say about how we eat, and one of them is to do a prayer before your meal time. This tradition has existed in Japan, too.    In Japan, we say “Itadakimasu” before starting our meal. It is often translated as “bon appetit” or simply “let’s eat”. Both translations are perfectly fine, but “itadakimasu” is appreciating the ingredients itself, and anyone who harvested as well as cooked. It is a word of great appreciation for many aspects of a meal. When we finish eating, we say “gochisousama deshita”. We appreciate the meal again.…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 53, Wisdom of Cherokee

March 20, 2022

[ 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     We are often affected by different worries, anxieties, and fear in our day-to-day lives. Particularly for the last two+ years we have dealt with an unprecedented number of uncertainties due to natural disasters, political separatism and an on-going pandemic. From a psychological standpoint, these challenges in our current life can be an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness. We need to become aware…

The flow of life

March 16, 2022

Ayurveda thinks that our physical body is made of five elements of the universe, which are air, water, ether, fire, and earth. If we think of nature, everything consists of five elements, too. No matter how human life has advanced technologically, we are still part of nature, and we are a part of this universe.   As much as it allows, let us enjoy the flow of life. One of the flows we can visually see is a change of seasons. Sunrise and sunset changes throughout the year, too. In the same way, life is not a one single line to move forward. You can move forward and move back,…