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Waste conscious lifestyle

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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How much Carbon footprint do you make per year?

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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What Ayurveda gives to you

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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Life of Science

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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“eight limbs” – The base of Yoga

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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What’s “Yoga”?

Hi everyone! This is Jessica sharing a tip of Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle.   Today, I would like to define what’s “Yoga”. What would you imagine? One of the prevailing ways of understanding Yoga is probably the poses you do on the yoga mat. And, yes, this is one of the ways of doing Yoga.  Let’s see what the original “Yoga” means in Sanskrit.     “Yoga”   = Sanskrit word: “Yukti”  = in English translation: Union, preparation, connection, practice, meditation on the supreme being   In short, “Yoga” means “union”. This “union” is the connection between your physical body and your mind.  In yoga, your soul (or mind) is regarded…

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Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle

Hello everyone! This is Jessica, helping Honolulu Myohoji from 2019.  I am very excited to introduce myself as a blogger for Honolulu Myohoji.    This blog is dedicated for Yoga, Ayurveda and waste-conscious lifestyle.  To share a little bit about myself, I got a certificate as a yoga instructor in 2017 with the Lotus 8 Teacher’s Training course. .  I got a chance to learn Ayurveda at the same year. The teaching of Ayurveda gave me an idea of having a better daily life beyond my physical body.  I visited Kerala, India for further learning of Ayurveda in 2019. Throughout my life, I traveled as a backpacker to over 50…

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The Reason for Being a World Nichiren-Shu

Many Japanese and American think that Nichiren-Shu is a Japanese religion for the Japanese. That thinking, however, is old and narrow. Nichiren-Shu is a world religion that equals Christianity. That is because the Nichiren-Shu is a religion that worships the Lotus Sutra. In Japan, there are many religions that worship that Lotus Sutra, but for the religion that firmly inherits that spirit of St. Nichiren and with the founder of Buddhism, Shakyamuni Buddha, as its main object of worship, there is only Nichiren-Shu. In the first place, the grave of St. Nichiren is in the main temple of Nichiren-Shu.   Today there are 11 priests, who are not of Japanese…

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The Way that Honolulu Myohoji Should Be

In order to live happily on earth, we need a philosophy that becomes our policy for action.  If that philosophy is pure and good, a person that takes action according to that philosophy can live happily.  On the contrary, if that philosophy is bad, a person becomes unhappy. Our philosophy is truly the teaching of the Lotus Sutra.  The Lotus Sutra is the highest teaching that was left to us by Shakyamuni Buddha.  This teaching must become the philosophy that the Honolulu Myohoji is managed by.  It was based on the Lotus Sutra that the mission of Honolulu Myohoji, which was selected. 1, To seek the spiritual happiness of all…

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