Honolulu Myohoji’s New Project beginning February, 2021   Dr. Yukari’s Zoom Lounge   Guided by the hope of St. Nichiren Shonin, we continue to work towards a peaceful society. We will begin offering an online consultation lounge hosted by Dr. Yukari Kunisue, a trained and experienced therapeutic life coach. Myohoji Temple in Honolulu will collaborate with Psychologist Dr. Yukari to offer a safe online space: Dr. Yukari’s Zoom Lounge. For those who are interested, we will be accepting new requests and questions beginning February. Consultations will be available to discuss your challenges and worries faced in daily life involving family, relationships, anxiety, stress, grief & loss. The first 2 sessions…

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Honolulu Myohoji will be welcoming people by appointment for private New Year’s blessings. We will open the temple from January 1st to 3rd for the people who have appointments with us. Please contact us for appointments prior to visiting the temple. Please contact Rev. Yamamura at  808-524-7790. The blessing will take fifteen minutes and the attendance is limited to two. All participants are required to wear a face mask. If you wish to not come to the temple for blessing, Rev. Yamamura is able to send to your email a record video of the blessing. Please let us know if you have questions.

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We have monthly Lotus Sutra studying classes this year, and here’s one of the things we learned from Rev. Yamamura. [Four Noble Suffering] 1. Suffering: We all suffer to some extent. We have to recognize and acknowledge the presence of suffering. 2. Origin of suffering: Origin of suffering is illusion. 3. Cessation of suffering: This is that healing is possible, and that there is possibility of cessation. If illusion vanishes, suffering also vanishes. 4. The Path: How to erase suffering? How to do this? It is called the Eight Right Practices. The details of Eight Right practices will be in our next class. Overall, suffering is something you cannot physically…

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As we are approaching Christmas Day, let’s see some similarities between buddhism and christianity. Monastic tendency: In Nichiren-shu, we worship eternal buddha shakyamuni as a supreme and absolute true reality.  The Buddha of eternal life exists. Shakyamuni buddha appeared 2500 years ago in India. Eternal buddha shakyamuni by the time and locality.  In Christianity, it is said that Jesus Christ is the appearance of eternal sole god. Genuine intention: In Nichiren-shu, we only believe in Lotus Sutra. On the other hand, for some other buddhism especially Tendai, they have varieties of sutra. In christianity, they only believe in Bible. In the teaching of Lotus Sutra, people who chant lotus sutra…

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Even if the seedling of destiny is planted, it will not grow larger in a single day. From olden times it was said that peaches and chestnuts take three years, persimmons eight years and apricots easily require thirteen years for fruit. During the period when the seedlings are being raised, we must endure various difficulties. A long period of devotion and effort is required. Haratani-en (see our past blog) took fifty years. Isn’t it trite that to continue through those difficulties and to make effort for a long period, ambition must always be coming forth from within us?

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Kannon boddhi satva, also known as Kannon-sama, is one of the boddhi satva. There are two types, one is visible and the other is invisible. A person who devotes himself/herself to the society and other people is a living visible kannon boddhi satva. An invisible kannon boddhi satva is always trying to save us on this earth. The real form of kannon boddhi satva is buddha. Kannon boddhi satva is a form of buddha called Shohomyo buddha. He, kannon boddhi satva, is actually a buddha. To directly save us, the eternal buddha shakyamuni manifested himself as kannon boddhi satva and worked for saving us. Therefore, to pray for him is equal to praying for buddha. In…

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The time to awaken to one’s destiny is the best time for that person. These days early education and special education for gifted students has advanced, and the number of children, who are proceeding early to their future dreams, have increased. Yet to simply be ealy alone is not a good thing. There is also the case of determining one’s path to proceed through various studies and experiences.

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Martin Luther, the German religious reformer: is known to have said that even if the world should end tomorrow, I will plant an apple tree today. I believe that these worlds are telling us that in order to fulfill the destiny that we are born with into this world, ambition and the ability to act are important. Destiny is the mission that was given by heaven to each person. When we are born into this world, from the Parent of our life, we are told: “Work for the sake of society, the people and world peace, an go to fulfill your destiny.” And we received our precious life.

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What seeds are you planting in your life? What tree are you planting? Hereʻs a continuation of our last blog about the path to fulfill our lifeʻs destiny. A mountain in Kyoto called Haratani-en is known for beautiful cherry blossom trees over the mountain. Until about ten years ago Haratani-en was said to be a little-known cherry blossom spot of Kyoto. It had not yet gained fame. These days, attracted by the beautiful crimson weeping cherry trees, a large number of people rush to see them to the extent that the parking lot gets full. After the Second World War, the owner, who lived on the not yet developed mountain, resolved…

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Our original intentions must not be forgotten. When one walks up the northwest on the side of Kinkakuji in Ukyo ward of Kyoto there is a place called Okitayama Haratani. In haratani there is a small mountain that resembles a hill, which is called Haratani-en. In spring, this entire mountain is adorned with the blossoms of crimson weeping cherry trees. Beneath the cherry trees a variety of flowering plants are blooming such as Japanese roses and camellias, which are future enhancing the cherry blossoms. When standing in Haratani-en, our body and mind are absorbed within the flowers, and the words “beautuful, beautiful” cannot help but come forth from us. Surrounded by flowers…

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