Event Report: Buddha Day (Hanamatsuri) Special Service

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…

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Hanamatsuri Notice

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…

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An easy thing that you can do for your healthy eating

  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…

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Online Shodaigyo notice

[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.  

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The LUNAR NEW YEAR’S (SETSUBUN) SERVICE

  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.

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The 800TH Birthday Cerebration of St. Nichiren

The Nichiren Missions of Hawaii announces the 800thBirthday Celebration of our founder, Nichiren Shonin was held on Sunday, January 23, 2022.     Program and translations of chanting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wf_c… 1. Entry of officiants 2. Verse on the Place of Practice (Dōjōge) 3. Invocation 4. Verse for opening the Sutra (Kaikyōge) 5. Chanting -Chapter 2- 6. Gong and cymbals 7. Congratulatory Praise (Keisanmon) 8. Chanting -Chapter 16- 9. Honored Writings of Our Founder “Different in Body, Same in Mind” (Itai Dōshin-ji) 10. Chanting Odaimoku 11. Prayer 12. The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows (Shisei) 13. Bestowal of the merit of the Lotus Sutra from Archbishop (Onkyō Chōdai) 14. Preach by Archbishop (Goshinkyō)…

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Dear Members and Followers of Honolulu Myohoji

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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Scientific Effectiveness of Prayer

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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Distribution of Special Epidemic Protection Amulet

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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Autumn Higan Service Notice

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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