I hope all is well with you. As previously, the gate of Honolulu Myohoji is still closed. Nevertheless, every morning and evening services are continuing. The repair of the main hall roof began at the end of August. The work is scheduled to be finished in October. At the riverside, which has been purified by the removal of the toilet, many ti leaves of purification have been planted. The vibration of the entire temple grounds is being purified. On August 8, with the cooperation of the University of Hawaii’s Spark Matsunaga Peace Institute, a virtual Nagasaki atomic bomb peace commemoration was held. During this year’s obon, family services were held…

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Prayer Activates the Genes and a Mind of Compassion Is Linked with the Strengthening of the Immune Functions From the research of Dr. Kazuo Murakami, Professor Emeritus, Tsukuba University To investigate the effect on body and mind of prayer and meditation, an examination of the on and off of genes was conducted on priests who are daily engaged in prayer and meditation. The necessary genetic information for the activities of life for all living things is called DNA. As a mechanism to produce the necessary DNA according to the changes of time and environment, the human body is adjusting itself while turning the appearance of DNA on or off like…

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With the infections increasing in even Hawaii, I believe that we are all experiencing anxiety and fear. Given these circumstances, having received special permission from my spirituality teacher, I will be distributing to you a special amulet. This amulet is an amulet to protect you from epidemics that was valued in Japan since ancient times. It is limited to members of Honolulu Myohoji and it is free of charge. In addition, unless there are special reasons, the amulet is one to a family. Those who desire to have the amulet please send an email to the above address, or call me. These will be mailed from the temple. Since these…

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The Autumn Higan Service will be held by virtual from 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 20. The higan is the equinox.   From ancient times it was regarded as important by people who worshiped the sun. During that period the portal of the universe opens and energy from the universe pours onto the earth more than in ordinary times. During the higan, we use this energy, and during the service we will call the family names of your ancestors and departed persons. Kuyo is an offering (pujya in Sanskrit). What do we offer? We offer water, food and the merit of the sutra. We bring happiness to the ancestors through these.…

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While we can clearly see things of concern to our interests and advantages, which we see with our sensory eyes, we cannot do the same for spiritual matters and things that are truly important. That way of seeing things is a subjective inversion, like falling into the world of the four illusions.   Although we hear the name of the Buddha, we do not inquire about His holy teachings. We do not read the sutras, which He has left us, although we see them. We do not become a believer, although we see a priest, who should introduce these to us, and we do not believe in morality. It is…

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Hello everyone! Let me start with asking a question to you today. How much paper towels are consumed at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2017? Some of you might have graduated from, so let’s do a wild guess. I would like to answer the question in the middle of the blog. Today’s topic is waste. Have you heard the word “zero-waste”? It’s a type of lifestyle pursuing to be no waste at all through your daily life. Its aim is not only minimizing the waste, but also to be more conscious about the ethical and environmental aspects. It’s a movement of sustainable lifestyle. “Zero-waste” can be done personally…

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Hi everyone! As a start of a New Year and decade, let’s think about a few things to our island better. I would like to share something that we can do to live better in the Aloha State. Let’s learn what Carbon footprint is. Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) caused by an individual, event, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation according to United States Environmental Protection Agency website. It’s too broad to think how Carbon footprint affects our life,…

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Hi everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. From the continuation of the last blog, let’s talk more deeply about Ayurveda.   Ayurveda is a holistic approach for the mind and body. While Ayurveda defines health as a combination of good health and healthy mind, western medicine focuses on people’s physical health. If you would like to focus on your overall well-being, Ayurveda is here for you. Not only does Ayurveda give you ideas of how to live healthily,it will give you a realization of happiness.   Let’s think about happiness for a little bit. Happiness is not something you “get”, but it is something you will “realize”. A teaching…

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Hi everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. I would like to share information about energy from an Ayurvedic point of view today. Have you felt any energy of the earth on your daily basis?   Since 2010, I’ve been fortunate to travel to different parts of the world. I realized at times it’s not all about good food or breathtaking view. When I was hiking at Haleakala National Park, I realized I was in the flow of energy. It was beyond my description and couldn’t tell what it really is.   After learning Ayurveda, I learned Ayurveda is the combination of the word “life” and “science”. Ayurveda is a…

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Hello everyone! This is Jessica from Honolulu Myohoji. In the last entry, I mentioned “Yoga” is aiming to create a union of your physical and mental self. Today, I would like to mention what is the base of yoga.   For some that don’t know, Yoga is from India, but how old is yoga? There are a few different records, but it’s popularly said Yoga was created around 5000 years ago. When you start learning Yoga, you will most likely read Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutra”. Patanjali mentions “eight limbs”, describing eight steps that act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. When you practice Yoga at schools,…

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