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The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering)

The 4 Noble Truths (Mechanism of Suffering) We will review the most basic Dharma that we must know as a Buddhist. We are Buddhists. If someone were to ask you about Buddhism, how would you reply? The Buddhism of St. Nichiren is very important. Nevertheless, as the premise for its study we must know the basic Dharma of Buddhism. This Dharma is the universal truth. Buddhism is the enlightened message of the human being, Gautama Siddartha. Siddartha practiced meditation under the Bodhi tree in the town of Gaya in Inda and was enlightened. He first taught the contents of his enlightenment to his practitioner friends in the town of Sarnath.…

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3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji

3 Things To Do List for the Happiness, Wellness and a Healthy Life for Members of Honolulu Myohoji   Thing to Do Each Morning   Waking Up   Soon after waking up, thank the Eternal Buddha, who is the Existence that is always protecting you, for the fact that you are alive today and were able to get up.   Toilet and Washing-up   Worshiping the sun in the morning. The sun is the source of our life. First bow (express your gratitude to the sun). Next, gassho and chant the Odaimoku 3 to 10 tens. If you cannot see the sun from your home, face the east. Continue this…

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The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness (5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People )

The Wish for Improvement Is Truly the Way to Happiness 5 Characteristics of Chronically Unhappy People They Believe That Human Life Is Difficult One of the teachings of Great Vehicle Buddhism is that human life becomes exactly as it is envisioned in the mind. Those who think that human life is difficult, and make that thinking their belief, will have a life of many sufferings just as they believed. If they did the opposite and believed that human life is wonderful, that it is happy and bright, their life will become as they believed. For example, even if we are in bad circumstances at the moment, those who reflect on…

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Ki

My sincerest congratulations on the 65th anniversary of the Honolulu Ki Society Seishinkandojo. I still recall the tears of joy of Tabata Seichi Sensei at the 60th anniversary 5 years ago. How happy would Tabata Sensei also be at this 65th anniversary. As you all know the renovations of your dojo, within the Community Hall of Honolulu Myohoji, were successfully completed. On behalf of the Honolulu Myohoji, I hope that the Ki Society will continue to support us. Instead of “support” it is my wish that you will walk the path together with us. We wish to support you because I am studying the philosophy of Nakamura Tenpu Sensei, who…

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The Practice of Buddhists “Six Paramitas” are the way for with peaceful life and happier life.

Charity The practice of Giving   I am sure that we know about charity. This includes making a donation. For instance, we can donate money to the temple, or we can give of our time by coming to clean the temple. We might not be able to do these things, but we can certainly give a smile to others, or speak gentle and encouraging words to them. Giving ease and comfort to others are also very important acts of charity.   Precepts or Moral Discipline   It is to refrain from doing what we think is bad. It is to not do what we are unable to do with a…

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Peace Tower

The fact is that the Honolulu Myohoji was built as a peace tower. The Myohoji was originally not built as a church. Please remember this fact. Bishop Kobayashi and his followers worked to build in Honolulu, Hawaii, a unique peace tower that was based on the teachings of the Lotus Sutra. The Myohoji was originally built not as a temple like the other many temples in Honolulu, which were built as fellowship facilities for the Japanese and their descendants. While the external appearance of the Myohoji seems to be a temple, the truth is that it must be a tower. What is the purpose of that tower? It must be…

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Kannon-sama

It is a great honor to be invited here today. That is because 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. Several years ago I worshiped at the Kannon temple in Asakusa after some time. When I was a child, I had visited the temple several times, but it was my first visit since becoming a priest. As you all know, the Asakusa Kannon is one of the largest Kannon holy places in Japan and very famous. Nearly ten-thousand people visit the Asakusa Kannon each day. While many are tourists, there is power…

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Queen Lili’uokani

As you know Queen Liliuokani accepted and protected the religions and cultures that came from abroad. It is because of the Queen that we Japanese and Japanese-Americans can live in peace in Hawaii. Moreover, we Hawaiian Buddhists were also protected by the Queen. It is also thanks to the Queen that many temples exist in Hawaii. The basic teaching of Buddhism is tolerance and acceptance. No matter what the circumstances of a person, we seek to accept them with a broad-mind. Furthermore, the mission of Buddhism is to worship the life of a person and to respect human diversity. In that regard, we can say that the Queen personified Buddhism.…

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What Is a Human Lifetime?

Today will never come again. The accumulation of the days, which will never come again, Is a human lifetime. To defile this day of today with resentment and hatred Creates unimaginable regret. Today, when we have a human body, which is most difficult to receive, And have met the Myoho (Wondrous Truth), which is rare to encounter, Let us cheerfully and fully live this day By following the path of the teachings. The Venerable Rev. Nichiyu Iwama, 90th Archbishop of Minobu-san   人間の一生とは   今日一日は再びかえらない (Today never come again?)   再びかえらない一日のつみかさねが   人間の一生である   怨んだり憎んだりして今日一日を穢しては   取り返しのつかない悔やみがのこる   受けがたき人身をうけ 逢いがたき妙法にあえた今   教えの道に従って 今日を明るく生きぬこう   身延山第90世 岩間日勇法主

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The mission and idea of Honolulu Myohoji

The mission and idea of Honolulu Myohoji is to seek the mental happiness of all people and to contribute to Hawaiian society through Nichiren Buddhism. The Honolulu Myohoji must be managed with this idea. Let us think about the purpose of Myohoji’s existence and why you attend the services. Myohoji exists for the happiness of the people of Hawaii and for Hawaiian society to become even better. That is why we, who are connected with Myohoji, must think seriously about what we can do for Hawaiian society. In order to do this all of us must live happily and in good health. Those who come to Myohoji must be a…

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