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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,…

An easy thing that you can do for your healthy eating

March 6, 2022

  Ayurveda recommends eating cooked food with fresh ingredients and love. It is indeed an ideal meal, but not everyone in modern society can cook every single meal that way.    However, there is one thing you can do easily. This is to chew very well until there is no solid item in the mouth. In Ayurveda, it is said that digestion starts from your mouth. We want to have enough saliva to digest.    When you eat, the best thing is to focus on your eating. If you are eating alone, please eat your meal thoughtfully. If you are eating with others, it is a good idea to have…

Online Shodaigyo notice

February 27, 2022

[Free Shodaigyo notice from Japan!] Please join us the online Shodaigyo on 2/27/22. We recommend to attend this session from Part 2, which starts at 7 p.m HST. Zoom link is listed on the flyer.  

Three things to avoid eating

February 21, 2022

  What we do and what we eat directly affect our agni. Agni is our digestive fire, so if agni gets weakened or stressed, our ability to digest food and emotion gets disturbed. There are a number of things we can try to keep agni strong, but here are three things I really want you to avoid – refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol.   All three will be hard to digest for agni, in other words, it will not create ojas – the vitality for our life. “Refined sugar increases heat and inflammation in the body, disrupts the balance in the digestive tract, and is addictive.” per my teacher, and similar…

Stories from Dr. Yukari, Story 52, Two Arrows

February 13, 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     Milton is a 6th grade boy who is a little shy and introverted. Because he is physically a little smaller for his age, he is not very good at outdoor sports including baseball and soccer. His mom often encouraged him to go out to play, but if he had a choice, he would rather stay at home and play games while…

The LUNAR NEW YEAR’S (SETSUBUN) SERVICE

February 6, 2022

  Held on FEBRUARY 6, Sun. 10 am. Setsubun literally means “seasonal division,” but the term usually refers to the spring Setsubun, which is properly called Risshun, and is celebrated each year on February 3rd as part of the Spring Festival. Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a kind of New Year’s eve and it was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year. Setsubun has its origins, a Chinese custom that was introduced to Japan in the 8th century.