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March - Living The Dharma As A Sangha Of Foolish Beings

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MOILIILI HONGWANJI MISSION
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Website: http://www.moiliilihongwanji.org
“LIVING THE DHARMA AS A SANGHA OF FOOLISH BEINGS”
by Shaku Horaku (Rev. Eric Matsumoto)
Buddhists world-wide revere the Buddha,
Dharma, and Sangha as the “Three Treasures” of
Buddhism. A person becomes a Buddhist when he
or she relies upon the Three Treasures. What does it
mean to rely upon the Three Treasures? Let us look
at the relationship between the Three Treasures
especially the Dharma and Sangha.
The word Sangha refers to all Buddhists.
Traditionally there are the Ordained who share the
Dharma and the Lay who support those who share
the Dharma by providing for their needs, and
together both perpetuate the Teachings and comprise
the Sangha. It is said that a true Sangha has faith
and wisdom that illuminate it. In the Sangha, people
know and trust each other and harmony prevails. I
would like to emphasize the importance of the
Sangha’s being guided by the Dharma and practicing
the Dharma in daily life as expressed in the
following story.
Once a king went to see Sakyamuni Buddha
and bowed to him to show his great respect for the
Buddha. When Sakyamuni Buddha asked why he
deserved such respect, the king answered, “When I
look at the Buddhist Sangha, I see the members of
the Sangha following the Buddha’s teachings
throughout their life, many people of all stations and
walks of life. Even family members many times
quarrel and fight amongst themselves, but in the
Buddha’s Sangha, I do not see people fighting and I
see mutual appreciation of each other. Again,
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people of the Buddha’s Sangha are always neat and
tidy, cheerful and smiling, full of joy and delight.
Moreover I see that many fine and learned people
have become followers of the Buddha and finally I
have two of your (lay) followers who work for me. I
have made them famous throughout the country and
yet they are less respectful to me than they are to
you. I am truly impressed by the actions of these
two followers. Thus, I come to pay my respects to
you.”
In the Larger (Sukhavativyuha) Sutra, it says
“Those who have heard the teachings of the Buddha
remember it well. Those who see it, revere it, and
accept it with great joy. They are my good friends.”
What a compliment to receive (from Sakyamuni
Buddha). It is important to experience the Dharma.
It is interesting that the Chinese character “to hear”
or mon also has the meaning of “to understand.” So
when we say “Monpoo or Hearing the Dharma” in
Jodo Shinshu, we are not only talking about hearing
the words, but understanding the message. If there
is true hearing of the Dharma, then there is
understanding of the Dharma. If there is an
understanding of the Dharma, then there will be a
difference in our life.
In Buddhism, our goal is to achieve the
Wisdom of the Dharma, not knowledge about the
Dharma. Even in Jodo Shinshu, although we talk
mostly about Faith/Shinjin, we also talk about
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attaining wisdom. The final attaining of the
Wisdom of Enlightenment/Prajna comes later with
our birth into the Pure Land, but even as we live
this present life as a bonbu or foolish being still
perplexed by negative feelings and emotions, we do
speak of attaining wisdom. In his hymns or poems,
Shinran Shonin says, “Through the compassion of
Sakyamuni and Amida, We have been brought to
realize the mind that seeks to attain Buddhahood. It
is by entering the wisdom of shinjin that we become
persons who respond in gratitude to the (Sakyamuni
and Amida) Buddhas’ benevolence.” “It is by the
power of Dharmakara (Amida)’s Vow that we
realize the nembutsu that is wisdom; Were it not for
the wisdom of shinjin, how could we attain
nirvana?” Simply stated, we speak of wisdom here
because everything from our being able to entrust in
Amida Buddha, reciting the nembutsu and attaining
nirvana with our birth into the Pure Land is all
made possible by the Vows of Amida Buddha
which arose from the great Wisdom of Amida
Buddha. The wisdom we speak of can also be
explained or understood by referring to the Two
Kinds of Deep Mind which are 1) to know that I am
a bonbu trapped in samsara/non-enlightenment by
my own negative karma with never an opportunity
to break free. It is like riding a merry-go-round that
never stops, not knowing how to get off. And 2) to
know that Amida Buddha with great wisdom and
compassion, realizing my predicament, made great
vows to save everyone equally, but especially this
bonbu on the merry-go-round of birth-and-death,
saying “entrust, recite and be born into the Pure
Land of Peace and Happiness.” Because of Amida
Buddha’s Great Light of Wisdom illuminating my
mind, I come to see/understand the bonbu that I am
and Amida Buddha’s Great Compassion that never
abandons even this me.
At this point, a
transformation begins to take place. We don’t
become perfect human beings, but as Shinran
Shonin says “we become persons who respond in
gratitude to the Buddhas’ benevolence” meaning
that there is the aspiration to be a better person, to
be a little more understanding, to be a little more
aware of those negative qualities and actions that
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October and December.
end up hurting myself and others, while fully
realizing that I am that foolish being who is
described in the Tannisho which states, “Under the
influence of our karma…we human beings will do
anything.”
If one has truly heard the Dharma, one does
become more aware of one’s thoughts, words and
actions and realizes how self-centered one is and
there is an honest attempt to try to change for the
better coupled with the realization that in spite of
one’s effort, one is still a bonbu. One also realizes
that, many times, others are the same in their selfcenteredness and so instead of being so demanding
of others a sense of understanding develops with an
aspiration that our life and world could be a little
more peaceful and harmonious.
The theme for the upcoming Shinran Shonin
750th Memorial and Hawaii Kyodan’s 120th
Anniversary is Yo no naka annon nare or “May
Peace and Tranquility Prevail Throughout the
World.”
I would like to encourage you to
participate in the Ohana Conference, Confirmation
Rite, Commemoration Service and Pacific Buddhist
Academy (PBA) Facilities Dedication Ceremony
scheduled for the Labor Day Weekend in September
2009. (Registration Forms are available at the
Temple Office). This is a wonderful opportunity to
become more aware of living the Dharma as a
Sangha Member. May the Three Treasures prosper!
Namo Amida Butsu.
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DEEPEST SYMPATHY
Moiliili Hongwanji Mission extends its deepest
sympathy and condolences to the families of the
following who have recently passed away:
Mr. Masaya Takenaka, 88, on December 25
Mrs. Fusayo Ching, 92, on January 8
Mrs. Beatrice Chisato Nakamura, 91, on
January 13
Mr. James Noboru Tomishima, 96, on
January 16
Mr. Gilbert Seiji Okada, 69, on January 15
Mrs. Yoshiko Yanagi, 87, on January 20
Mr. Herman Kenjiro Tagawa, 65, on February 2
Mrs. Harumi Masaki, 94, on February 20
May the Onembutsu provide solace to family
members and friends during this time of sorrow.
SPRING EQUINOX (HIGAN) & RENNYO
SHONIN REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
Moiliili Hongwanji’s Spring Equinox and
Rennyo Shonin Remembrance Service will be
observed on Sunday, March 29, as follows:
9:00 AM – Family English Service
Speaker: Rev. Koho Takata, Executive
Assistant to the Bishop
10:30 AM – Japanese Service
Speaker: Rev. Koho Takata
Higan Services are held twice a year during the
Spring and Autumn equinox when day and night are
of equal length and everything is in balance. It is a
time of rededication to listening to the Dharma. At
Moiliili Hongwanji, in conjunction with our Spring
Higan Service, we honor Rennyo Shonin, the 8th
Abbot and restorer of the Hongwanji. Please join us.
HBC BUDDHA DAY OBSERVANCE
The Hawaii Buddhist Council’s Buddha Day
observance commemorating the birth of Sakyamuni
Buddha over 2,500 years ago will be held on
Sunday, April 5, beginning at 9:00 AM at Soto
Mission of Hawaii, 1708 Nuuanu Avenue. The
speaker will be the Rev. Jiko Nakade Oshima of
Kona Daifukuji. There will be no service at Moiliili
Hongwanji, and everyone is encouraged to attend
this joint observance at Soto Mission. Refreshment
and entertainment will follow the service, and a
collection of canned goods will be conducted for the
Hawaii Food Bank.
BUDDHA DAY SERVICE AT MHM
Please join us for Moiliili Hongwanji’s
Buddha Day Service on Sunday, April 12, at 9:00
AM. In conjunction with this service, our initiatory
rites ceremony will also be held to “formally”
introduce our young children to the Buddha,
Dharma, Sangha. If you wish to have your child
(infant to several years old) participate, please call
the temple at 949-1659 by April 5.
ESHINNI AND KAKUSHINNI DAY SERVICE
The Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s
Association will sponsor the Eshinni and
Kakushinni Day Service on Sunday, April 26, at
9:00 AM honoring Lady Eshinni, Shinran’s wife,
and Lady Kakushinni, Shinran’s daughter. Mrs.
Juliet Lee will be the speaker. You are most
cordially invited to attend. Following the service
BWA members will hold a membership meeting.
MONTHLY TALK STORY SESSION
Talk story sessions with Rev. Eric Matsumoto
are held once a month whenever possible at 10:30
AM following our 9:00 AM Sunday service.
Upcoming sessions will be on March 15, April 12
and May 3. Please join us and share your questions
and your thoughts as we learn more about the
Dharma.
MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT
Movie nights at the temple will be on
Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 PM and Monday, April
27, at 7:15 PM. Please reserve those nights. Call
the temple at 949-1659 for titles and to signup.
WHITE WAY RADIO BROADCAST
Please tune in to Radio KZOO (1210AM
dial) for Moiliili Hongwanji's White Way Radio
Broadcast each Saturday from 7:45 – 8:00 AM.
The following is our schedule for March and April
(speaker’s name followed by sponsor’s name).
Mar. 14: Rev. Ai Hironaka (Ms. Donna Higashi)
Mar. 21: Rev. Jan Youth (Mrs. Mitsue Yokota)
Mar. 28: Mr. Pieper Toyama (M/M Noboru Saito)
Apr. 4: Rev. Koho Takata (
)
Apr. 11: Dr. Alfred Bloom (Mrs. Rose Nakamura)
Apr. 18: Mrs. Lily Horio (Mrs. Michiko Motooka)
Apr. 25: Rev. Bruce Nakamura (Ms. Edith Maeda)
May 2: Rev. Mary David (M/M Richard Ando)
The dates April 4 and June 27 are still open for
sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor either
program, please call the temple office at 949-1659.
The cost is $65.
TASTE OF HONGWANJI
Hawaii Betsuin’s Taste of Hongwanji will be
held on Sunday, March 15, from 8:00 AM to 12:00
noon with lots of ono food, produce, crafts, nearly
new or gently used treasures and much more. Call
Hawaii Betsuin at 536-7044 for information.
MAHALO TO ALL
On Jan. 25, volunteers and members
gathered to observe the 20th Anniversary of
Project Dana at Moiliili Hongwanji Mission. This
special service included site coordinators on
Oahu, Advisory Board Members, and individuals
who have been involved with the development of
The Project for the past 20 years. Rev. Yoshiaki
Fujitani, Former Bishop and an original Project
Dana Advisory Board Member, was guest
speaker. He briefly spoke on the history of The
Project. He recalled names and memories of those
who had passed away leaving an impact as The
Project has grown. Rev. Fujitani expressed his
wishes for the “next generation” to continue The
Project with as much gusto as the founding
Advisory Board members and supporters have
demonstrated.
A moment of meditation was held in
memory of Nancy Kouzuki, one of the original cocoordinators of Project Dana at Moiliili
Hongwanji Mission, who passed away in
November 2008. Working with Rose Nakamura,
she helped lay the groundwork for offering
compassionate care to those in our temple and
community making Project Dana what it is today.
Nancy was a devoted and nurturing volunteer and
an excellent role model to all.
Three volunteers shared their caregiving
stories and what it has meant for them. One
volunteer spoke of how the woman whom she is
helping is of the same age as her mother who now
resides at a nursing home in Japan. In being a
Project Dana volunteer, she can somehow
“payback” as she is unable to care for her mother
since she lives here in Hawaii.
Advisory Board Chair Shimeji Kanazawa
invited the volunteers to the 20th Anniversary
Celebration of Project Dana to be held on October
24, 2009 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel with guest
speaker Dr. Jeanette Takamura, Dean of School
of Social Work at Columbia University.
Project Dana at Moiliili Hongwanji
welcomed 27 new volunteers for 2008. Two “sets”
of volunteers are intergenerational – mothers and
children (intermediate and high school ages). A
big mahalo was extended to ALL Moiliili
volunteers also. An opportunity for fellowship and
enjoying the delicious refreshments took place
after the service. We look forward to 2009 in
extending our hearts and hands to our members
and friends in the community. Thank you for your
DANA.
CAREGIVERS WORKSHOPS
This year there will not be a Family
Caregiver’s Conference. Instead, sponsored by
City and County of Honolulu, Elderly Affairs
Division (EAD) and AARP-Hawaii, 4 pertinent
and practical workshops are being offered to those
who sign up through EAD at 768-7700. There is
no charge for these workshops which will be held
from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
#1- “Navigating Community Resources for LongTerm Care”
Date:
March 7, 2009, Saturday
Speaker: Lei Shimizu, Elderly Affairs
Division
Place:
Mission Memorial Auditorium,
530 S. King St.
#2 - “Practical and Fun Caregiving Skills”
Date:
June 20, 2009, Saturday
Speaker: To Be Announced
Place:
Kapiolani Community College,
4303 Diamond Head Road
# 3 - “What Do We Do About Mom?”
Date:
August 15, 2009, Saturday
Speaker: Dr. Michael Cheang,
University of Hawaii
Place:
Mission Memorial Auditorium
530 S. King St.
# 4- “Legal Issues in Caregiving”
Date:
October 17, 2009, Saturday
Speaker: Jim Pietsch, University of Hawaii
Elder Law Program
Place:
Mission Memorial Auditorium
530 S. King St.
Don’t miss these workshops. Experts in these
fields will be the speakers. We hope to see you
there!
KEIROKAI/NEW MEMBER
RECOGNITION, ANNUAL
MEETING & SHINNENENKAI
Sunday, February 8, was a
very busy day at the temple. At the
9:00 AM service, the Keirokai
Recognition honoring Sustaining (Gojikai)
Members who are 80 years of age in 2009 was held.
Sue Sonoda, representing 12 Keirokai honorees
reaching this milestone age, was presented with a
lei, a certificate of appreciation, and a gift of a glowin-the-dark wrist nenju and cell phone ornament. In
addition the following new Gojikai members who
have joined during the past year and were able to
attend the service were recognized with a lei and a
book on Jodo Shinshu: Patrick Komo, Miles and
Martine Le Nakamura, Neil and JoAnn Nakamura
and their son Drew, Satsuye Tanaka, and Kenji and
Nobuko Toyama. There were also two special
recognitions. Donna Higashi (who recently turned
over the reins to Krystal Narusaki) was recognized
for her dedication in serving as Dharma School
supervisor since 1984. Rose Nakamura was
presented with a certificate recognizing her great
leadership particularly of Project Dana and the
awareness brought about by her efforts as evidenced
by the many awards she has received including the
most recent 2009 AARP Inspire Award given to 10
most inspiring volunteers nationwide. A beautiful
violin performance by Nikiya Takemoto added a
very special touch to this service
The Annual Membership Meeting conducted by
temple President Bert Ogasawara followed the
service and included the President’s annual report
and the financial reports for the temple and
organizations.
The New Year Party (Shinnenenkai) which
followed at Tree Tops Restaurant at Paradise Park
turned out to be a surprise retirement party for
Jeanne Watari, the temple’s administrative
assistant. A delicious buffet lunch with cool music
by Ernie Morikubo’s band Meridian, messages by
Bishop Thomas Okano and President Ogasawara, a
slide show by Krystal Narusaki accompanied by
singing by the Dharma School children, the
retirement gift presentation including the beautiful
Hawaiian quilt “Joy” made by the BWA quilters (a
gift made possible as a result of the contributions
that were made to the BWA), lucky numbers, and
the traditional gift bag of rice rounded out the day.
Mahalo to the BWA led by President Lois Ohta
for chairing this year’s Shinnenenkai and overall
program for the day, to the Membership Committee
chaired by Thomas Kondo for coordinating the
Keirokai and New Members Recognition, and to all
who helped and who made generous donations. For
more on the Shinnenenkai, please see the BWA
News on page 8.
MAHALO TO ALEX!
A warm mahalo is extended to Alex Shanklin
who has served as our Outreach Coordinator since
January 2007 and who resigned effective January 31
to take a position at BDK, Hawaii. Alex will
continue helping at Moiliili, serving as the friendly
face that people see on Sunday mornings when they
come up the temple steps and also assisting with the
Double Commemoration information coordination
at Moiliili. Thank you, Alex, for all your hard work
at Moiliili Hongwanji.
WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to the following who have recently
joined our Sustaining (Gojikai) Membership:
Mr. Alan Nomura
Mr. Ernie Oshiro
Mr. Kenney Kajioka
We hope you will join us often at the temple, and
we express our deep appreciation for your
membership pledge.
THANK YOU
Thank you to Wally and
Nancy Hironaka for
donating a new Sanyo LCD
projector and projector stand to the temple. The
projector is powerful and can be used for large
group presentations as well as other audio-visual
uses anticipated in the future. Mahalo, Wally and
Nancy, for your generous and thoughtful dana.
(Wally shares the credit saying that this is from gifts
that he receives for doing home repairs.)
Thank you to Arnold Hori for donating a nearly
new flat screen monitor.
SHINRAN SHONIN’S
750TH MEMORIAL &
HAWAII KYODAN’S 120TH ANNIVERSARY
SEPTEMBER 4, 2009
Annon Café at Tsukiji Restaurant, Open to Public:
Sept. 4 – 17 (following special opening on Sept. 3)
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Annon Corner (serving food)
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Exhibits, activities and Annon
goods/gifts.
Peace Gathering at Foster Garden: 4:00-6:00 PM
Entertainment and fellowship gathering with the
presence of Gomonshu and Lady Ohtani. Open to the
public.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2009
Registration packets with more information including
schedule, workshop description, hotel, child care, and
T-shirt order information are available at the temple
office or Moiliili’s website www.moiliilihongwanji.org.
The Ohana Conference registration form is also
printed on the page 7. The deadline for signup and
payment for Moiliili Hongwanji members is April 1.
Ohana Conference: 9:00 AM (registration)-3:00 PM
Place: Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom
Fee: $100 for adults; $50 for children (age 4-11)
(includes Commemoration Banquet)
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto of
Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Workshop There will be 2 sessions.
Session I: All participants choose either A or B with
Dr. David Matsumoto
Workshop A: For youth from 7th grade to college and
those who work with youth: “BLEND--Realizing
Peace and Harmony in our Lives”
Workshop B: For Adults: “Annon—May Peace and
Tranquility Prevail Throughout the World.”
Session II: Select a 1st and 2nd choice (Workshop will
be assigned according to availability):
Workshops C & D: Speak-out Expressions of Peace,
Claire Tamamoto
Workshops E & F: Buddhist Music for Peace, B.J.
Soriano, Workshop E: “I Am a Poet and I Know It”
for ages 12 through adult; Workshop F: “I Am a Link”
Gatha for Life, for children 11 years and younger
Workshops G & H: Buddhist Plants in Hawaii, Dr.
Osamu Kawabata & Rev. Jay Okamoto
Workshops J & K: Pacific Buddhist Academy
Gratitude Workshop
Workshops L & M: Arts and Crafts Session for
Preschoolers and Young Children
Workshop N: Quiet Room for Keiki, Preschoolers
and Young Children.
Commemoration Banquet: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Place: Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom
Fee: Included in Ohana Conference registration. (If
you are not attending the conference, the fee is $100)
Banquet highlights: Messages from Gomonshu,
Governor, Mayor, Council General; Entertainment by
Hongwanji Mission School (Keiki Hula) Jake
Shimabukuro (Annon Concert), PBA (Taiko);
Delegations from Japan will attend.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2009
Commemoration Service: 9:00 AM (registration)
The Shinran Shonin 750th Memorial and
Hawaii Kyodan’s 120th Anniversary Commemoration
Service officiated by Gomonshu Koshin Ohtani will
be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral
Ballroom at 10:00 AM. (Registration begins at 9:00
AM). Delegations from Japan will attend. [We ask
Moiliili members who are planning to attend the
Commemoration Service to please sign up either
through the Ohana Conference registration or by
calling the temple office at 949-1659 by April 1.]
Special Confirmation Rites: 2:00 PM
A statewide special Confirmation Rites will
be conducted by Gomonshu Koshin Ohtani at the
Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. District
Confirmation Rites will also be conducted on Hawaii
(Island), Maui, and Kauai. The Confirmation Rite
(called Affirmation Rite when conducted by the
Bishop of the Hawaii Kyodan) is a personal
commitment and public declaration on the part of the
individual affirming that he or she is a Jodo Shin
Buddhist. At this time the individual receives a
Buddhist name. [Application forms are available at
the temple office or www.moiliilihongwanji.org. The
deadline to turn in the application form and payment
to the temple is April 15. The fee is $40; however if
you would like to make a special request for a
Dharma Name, the fee is $150. Your last name
written in Japanese will be needed when you fill in the
application form.]
Dedication Ceremony for Future PBA Facility:
3:30 PM at Hawaii Kyodan grounds on Pali Highway
ADDITIONAL EVENTS
“Annon Festa” for delegations from Japan
will be held on the Hawaii Betsuin grounds on
Monday, September 7. Gomonshu and Lady Ohtani
will participate in events on the neighbor islands from
September 7-9.
HEADQUARTERS
NEWS
Condolence
Mrs. Yoshi Matsuda, spouse of the late Rev. Ryugen
Matsuda, passed away on Dec. 17. Ingo KYO-JU-IN
Mr. Alvin Susumu Ihori of Waipahu Hongwanji
passed away on Nov. 6. Ingo KU-GYO-IN
Congratulations
Rev. Shingo Furusawa is now a permanent resident
of the United States.
The 97th Legislative Assembly - Feb. 13-14, 2009
A total of 168 delegates, observers and guests
attended the Legislative Assembly. The following
resolutions were discussed:
1. Budget for 2009
2. By-laws amendment to change the term of office
and establish a term limit for the Hawaii Kyodan
President
3. Study HHMH statewide webcam/internet video
conferencing system
4. Support the youth of Hongwanji...investing in the
future
5. Resolution to adopt the minister’s lay assistant
program
6. Strategic planning for development, education,
and training of American Jodo Shinshu Ministers
7. Succession planning of Hawaii Kyodan President
and Bishop
8. Resolution of Appreciation for Ms. Ann A.
Ishizu
9-11: Resolution of Appreciation and Condolence
for Mr. Hiroshi Tateishi, Mr. Shuichi Miyasaki,
Rev. Toshio Murakami and Mrs. Yoko Murakami
Officers, Directors and Advisors for 2009
President Alton Miyamoto; Immediate Past President
Frederick S. Nonaka; Vice
Presidents
Norman
Hirohata-Goto (Honolulu), George Otani (Oahu),
Wayne Fujioka (Kauai), Michael Nakagawa (Maui),
Kiyoshi Fujimoto (Hawaii); Secretary Keith Fukuda;
Assistant Secretary June Asato; Treasurer John
Toguchi; Assistant Treasurer Alan Goto; Directors
Mary Tanouye (Honolulu), Lois Yasui (Honolulu),
Masuo Kino (Honolulu), Bob Nishita (Honolulu),
Bert Ogasawara (Honolulu), Warren Tamamoto
(Oahu), Alwyn Kakuda (Kauai), Sylvia Ishikawa
(Maui), Janet Shimada (Maui), Gordon Cockett
(Maui), Byron Fujimoto (Hawaii), Ralph Saito
(Hawaii), Morris Nagata (Hawaii), Earl Mukai
(Hawaii), Barry Mizuno (Hawaii); Advisors Roy
Miyamoto (Honolulu), Keiji Kukino (Honolulu),
Rose Nakamura (Honolulu), Yoshio Iwai (Oahu),
Gordon Watanabe (Oahu), Milton Nakamura
(Kauai), S. Stanley Okamoto (Maui), Glenn Hamai
(Maui), Pancho Murashige (Hawaii), Richard Fujii
(Hawaii), Teruo Morigaki (Hawaii); Honorary
Advisors Edward Fujimori (Honolulu), Richard
Zukemura
(Honolulu),
Makoto
Kunimune
(Honolulu), Masanori Matsuda (Oahu), Toshio
Nakamoto (Hawaii), Richard Imai (Hawaii).
Living Treasures Aloha Banquet
Five individuals were honored as Living Treasures
for 2009:Amefil (Amy) Agbayani, Ph.D, Sister Joan
Chatfield, Ph. D., Colonel Bert Noboru Nishimura,
Puanani Sonoda Burgess, Esq., and Nalani Olds.
YESS CAMP XXVI
Young Enthusiastic Shinshu Seekers Camp XXVI
will be held March 23-25 at Camp Kokokahi for
youth from 9th grade to 23 years of age., The
speaker will be Rev. Gene Sekiya and the theme is
“Learn from YESSterday...Live for Today.” The
registration fee is $75 through March 1 and $80
from March 2-13. Email [email protected]
2009 YBICSE
Applications are being accepted for the 2009
Young Buddhists’ International Cultural Study
Exchange (YBICSE) program open to Jodo Shin
Buddhist youth from grade 9 through age 25. The
program brings together young people from
different countries to experience and share the
nembutsu teachings by visiting Honzan,
experiencing a homestay and touring historical
Jodo Shinshu sites. The dates are July 9-21. The
cost is $1600 with the balance sponsored by
Honzan and Hawaii Kyodan. The deadline to
register is April 4. Application forms are available
at the temple office. Chaperones are Rev. Shindo
Nishiyama and Lois Toyama.
New BSC Website: See the BSC’s new website
http://sites.google.com/site/buddhiststudycenter/
DHARMA DRIVEN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
As part of the Double Commemoration
events, a Leadership Workshop will be held at
Hawaii Betsuin on March 20 & 21 with Rev.
Marvin Harada of Orange County Buddhist
Church. Representing Moiliili are Rev. Matsumoto
and Donna Higashi. Also attending are Rose
Nakamura, Susan Morishige and Alex Shanklin.
Buddhist Women’s Association
NEWS
Moo, moo says the 2009 cow,
Moo, moo hear me now…
“Lucky you!”, Jeanne, on your retirement after
24 years of wearing so many hats at our temple. We
were lucky to have you all these years. And, “Lucky
you!” winners at Shinnenenkai! 119 folks enjoyed
being entertained by Ernie Morikubo and his great
band, Meridian, and eating a filling and tasty lunch
in a relaxing setting at Treetops Manoa on Sunday,
February 8th.
It was BWA’s pleasure to chair this year’s
party and to put together the program honoring
Jeanne’s long tenure as Moiliili Hongwanji’s office
manager. A warm thank you to all for helping make
this year’s party another smashing success: Sue
Sonoda and Karen Murakami for “professionally”
putting together the beautiful flower arrangements
for the tables—all with backyard flowers; Cynthia
Ogasawara for graciously greeting our guests and
passing out programs; Krystal and Jock Narusaki
for organizing and handing out “lucky you!” prizes;
Krystal for doing the slide show and the Dharma
School students for their singing performance; Lily
Masuda, Noriyo Morikubo and Kayo Brown for
efficiently helping with the prize table; Keith
Hamao for transporting the rice; Jr. YBA for
helping with the rice distribution; and Alex Shanklin
for being the transporter of “this and that's”. Also,
thank you to Irene Nitta for agreeing to being the
M.C. for the service and also helping at the check-in
table with Anne Kawabata and Yuka Ishida. Thank
you to Anne and Yuka for making the beautiful
place cards, name tags and programs.
Hontouni arigatou to all the generous prize
donors: Karen Murakami for 10 Longs’ gift cards,
Susan Morishige for Longs and Jamba Juice gift
cards, Helen Hamasu for the 7-Eleven coupon
booklets, Donna Higashi, Alice Shiroma, Sue
Sonoda, Betsy Nishioka Lily Masuda, Jeanne
Watari, and Ellen Nakasone for a variety of special
give-away items and to Krystal and Jock Narusaki
for the reusable bags to put the prizes in and for
soliciting the $50 DK Kodama gift certificate which
was used as our grand prize. A special thank you to
Tamayo-san for making the cute ox pendants for
those guests and members born in this astrological
year. May they continue to enjoy good health and
spirits throughout 2009! Lastly, a huge hug and
thank you to Donna Higashi for lending her
creative ideas and hands in our hats on and hats off
to Jeanne portion of the program. We all knew that
“TOGETHER WE CAN”! The elephant is alive
and well!
Time just zooms by when BWAers are kept
busy…My heartfelt thank you to all who helped
prepare the delicious zenzai and o-soba otoki (food
for a memorial service) for the January 11th Hoonko
service. Each year, we appreciatively begin the
year reflecting on the dharma Shinran Shonin
shared with us.
Mahalo to BWA members for your generous Dana
Day donations which will be forwarded to the
Honolulu United BWA for distribution.
Date to Remember: April 26: Eshinni and
Kakushinni Day Service at 9:00 AM followed by
BWA meeting at 10:30 AM.
Contributed by President Lois Ohta
A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the
"Joy" quilt which was presented to Jeanne at our
Shinnenenkai for her dedicated service to our
temple. The BWA was able to add $1600 to its
treasury through this "fundraiser"!
In gassho,
Moiliili Hongwanji BWA
HAPPY STRUMMERS NEWS
In Waikiki there are stores that sell ukuleles
exclusively or as part of their merchandise to be
sold. Many of the ukuleles are of the beautiful
“old-time” type without any special designs painted
or printed on them. But many have hand-painted
designs to attract certain clientele. Moreover the
shapes are so different—some depicting the
pineapple and others in imaginative shapes. This
shows how popular the ukulele is among those who
visit Hawaii.
The Happy Strummers have been together
for eighteen years with Bucky Y. Matsuoka. During
this time many changes were experienced but the
enjoyment, volunteer service and fellowship are the
same or more so. We have been fortunate to
continue and are hopefully wishing to carry on. We
are striving for more members to join our group.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
Contributed by Michiko Motooka
March 2009
2009 Slogan: “Embraced by the Vow:
In Peace and Tranquility”
Sun
1
Hongwanji Day
Mon
2
Tue
3
Girl’s Day
9 :00 AM - English Service
By Jr. YBA
Speaker: Jamie Itokazu
10:30 AM - Rennyo Shonin
Movie
6:00 PM - Karate
8
9
10
PTA meeting
4
Thu
5
Fri
6
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
10:00 AM - Franciscan
Visitation
7:00 PM - Temple Board
Meeting
6:00 PM - Karate
11
9:30 AM - PD 20th Anniv.
Service Committee
Mtg.
9 :00 AM - English Service
Wed
Temple……..….949-1659
Pre-School….....946-4416
Project Dana…..945-3736
12
7
1:00 PM - 3:00pm
Minister’s Orientation
13
10:15 AM - Maunalani
Visitation
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
Sat
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
9:00 AM - BWA Federation
Installation & Mtg.
@ Jikoen
14
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
21
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
2:00 PM - Leaders workshop [email protected]
6:00 PM - Karate
7:00 PM - Preschool Mtg. 7:30 PM – Membership
6:00 PM - Karate
10
15
16
Comm. Mtg.
17
18
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
8:30 AM - Taste of Hongwanji @Betsuin
9 :00 AM - English Service
10:30 AM - Talk Story
6:00 PM - Karate
22
23
20
9:00 AM - Ministers Mtg.
750th Leadership Workshop
750th Leadership Workshop
6:00 PM - District Buddhist
Ed. Mtg.
7:00 PM - Honolulu Hongwanji Council
24
19
6:00 PM - Karate
25
26
Prince Kuhio Day
(Holiday)
Omigaki
9:00 AM - English Service
Preschool Break
YESS CAMP
6:00 PM - Karate
29
9:00 AM - Spring Higan &
RSRS Svc
Speaker: Rev. Koho Takata
30
10:30 AM - Japanese Svc
Speaker: Rev. Koho Takata
6:00 PM - Movie night
6:00 PM - Karate
31
6:00 PM - Karate
27
28
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
April 2009
2009 Slogan: “Embraced by the Vow:
In Peace and Tranquility”
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
1
Thu
2
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
Temple……..….949-1659
Pre-School….....946-4416
Project Dana…..945-3736
Fri
Sat
3
4
10:15 PM - Oahu Care
Visitation
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
9:00 AM - Project Dana
20th Anniv.Mtg.
7:00 PM - Temple Board
Meeting
5
6
7
9:00 AM - HBC Buddha
Day Service at Soto
Mission
8
9
Buddha Day
(Holiday)
Preschool Closed
11
13
9:30 AM - BSC Program
Committee Meeting
9:00 AM - MHM Buddha
Day Service &
Initiatory Rites
10:30 AM - Talk Story
15
6:00 PM - Karate
16
21
22
\
9:00 AM - English Service
27
9:00 AM - BWA Eshinni
& Kakushinni Day
Speaker: Mrs. Juliet Lee
10:30 AM - BWA meeting
23
10:00 AM - Hawaii Kai
Retirement
7:00 PM - Honolulu
Hongwanji Council
28
29
9:15 AM - Preschool
6:00 PM - Karate
7:15 PM - Movie night
6:00 PM - Karate
30
18
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
9:00 AM - Jr. YBA Federation Mtg. & Activity @
Aiea Hongwanji
(Overnighter)
24
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
MH Preschool
Spring Program
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
6:00 PM - Karate
26
Administrative
Professional Day
6:00 PM - Karate
7:30 PM - Memebership
Committee Mtg.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
HAIB General Membership Mtg. & Program
9:00 AM - Project Dana
Advisory Comm. Mtg.
9:00 AM - Ministers’ Mtg.
1:00 PM - Ministerial
Trainning Meeting.
20
17
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
6:00 PM - Karate
19
10:15 AM - Maunalani
Visitation
2:00 PM - 750th & 120th
Publication [email protected]
HQ
14
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
\
Preschool Closed
9:15 AM - Preschool
Keiki Service
6:00 PM - Karate
12
10Good Friday - (Holiday) 11
25
8:30 AM - Tai Chi
In Appreciation
TO TEMPLE:
1/1
1/4
1/4
1/4
1/9
1/9
1/10
1/10
1/12
1/12
1/16
1/16
1/21
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1/21
1/27
1/29
1/29
2/1
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2/1
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2/6
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2/12
2/18
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2/19
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2/20
2/24
Sarah Miyasaki
Eugene Makino
James Wasa
S. Kounosu in memory of Hideko Kounosu
Tasuku Matsushima in memory of Chika Kimura
Gregory & Lynn Tam
Marcel Ohta
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Takeuchi
Sharon Katada
Toma Family
Akira Kawabata
Yaeko Onuma in memory of Yuzo Onuma
Gary Maeda in memory of Hideko Maeda
J. H. Suzurikawa in memory of Kay Suzurikawa &
Junichi Suzurikawa
Oscar Ogata in memory of Masako Ogata
Craig Kinoshita & Patricia Nakaji
Jennie & James Fujii
Henry Akimoto in memory of Kosaku “Koshack” &
Ruth M. Akimoto
Edna Maeda in memory of Fred T. Maeda, Harry Y.
Inase, Hazel T. Inase and sister
Minoru Kanda
Eugene Makino
Karen K. Kikukawa
Barbara Brennan
Edith H. Tanaka
Loretta Baker
Bishop Thomas R. Okano
Rebecca Ryan
Rev. & Mrs. Fukushima
Earl Minagawa
Kazuko T. Choy in memory of Mrs. Yaeko Tsuchiya
Tadashi & Harumi Kunimoto
Kevin & Alison Sakamoto
Anonymous
Roy & Nancy Shimamoto
Family of Horimoto
Family of Horimoto
Hideko Horita
Tsuneyoshi Miyashiro
TO BUDDHIST WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION:
2/23 Jeanne Watari
TO NOKOTSUDO:
1/9
1/10
1/10
1/11
1/12
1/12
Ruriko Kono in memory of Isamu & Haruko Teraoka
Kazuo Hiranaka
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Takeuchi
Suyeko Koyanagi
Nekotani
Helen Futagawa in memory of Mamoru & Shisu
Futagawa
1/23 Yoshinobu Matsushima
2/18 Nancy Shimamoto
TO PROJECT DANA:
L. Aoki, G. Awaya & J. McCallum in honor of Rose
Nakamura, M. Bitterman in honor of Rose Nakamura &
Shim Kanazawa, M. Booth in honor of Shim Kanazawa, M.
Brown, E. Char, J. Fujinaga in honor of Shim Kanazawa &
Rose Nakamura, and in memory of Satoshi Fujinaga, G. &
L. Fujihara, N. Fujiwara, M. & J. Hirano, L. Ho, E. Ikawa,
A. Isosaki, M. Jusawalla, C. Kamimura, J. Kotaka, H.
Kuwahara, R. Matsui, L. McKean, E. Molloy, K. & S.
Muraoka, T. & F. Muramaru, S. Najita, E. Ogasawara, D.
Ouchi, A. Reed, S. Samizo, S. & G. Sonoda, M. Suzaki, J.
Toma, A. Toshima, L. Verarina, Purell, Flanagan, Hey, P.A.
20th Anniversary: Project Dana at Moiliili Hongwanji
B. & B. Brennan, K. Murakami, M. Motooka, T. Nakahara,
B. & T. Nishioka, C. & B. Ogasawara, Y. Takeshita, C. & C.
Yosemori.
20th Anniversary (Oct 24, 2009):
Makiki Christian
Church, F. Kiyokawa in honor of Sister Joan Chatfield &
Rose Nakamura, M. Miyasato Crawford & S. Miyasato in
honor of Sister Joan Chatfield, R. Nakamura in honor of
Shim Kanazawa, M. Okazaki in honor of Sister Joan
Chatcield, R. Tokuma in honor of Sister Joan Chatfield, S.
Yoshida in honor of Sister Joan Chatfield.
TO THE WHITE WAY:
12/31/08
Mr. & Mrs. George Tokumi
1/12 Mr. & Mrs. Bert Maedo
1/21 Florence Matsumura
1/27 Mickey Maedo
HOONKO DONATIONS:
. Susan Morishige, Merry K. Okano
. D. Higashi
. Toshimasa Tando
. Haruko Hoashi, Akiko Kie, Gwen & Rose Nakamura
. Richard & Thelma Ando, Michie Hamao, B. Higa, Wallace
& Nancy Hironaka, Tad Iimura, Thomas M. Kondo, Natsuko
Kunimune, Eugene Makino, June Matsumoto, Raymond
Mimaki, Robert Mizuno, M & K Murakami, Cynthia & Bert
Ogasawara, Edwin Ogasawara, Donald Okano, Ken Sato,
Tatsuki Shiramizu, Minako Suehiro, George Tsugawa, S.
Uyeunten, J. Watari, Katsumi Yamamoto
.
Yoshiko M. Ebisu, Rona Fukumoto, Honjo, Edith N.
Horii, R. Izumi, O. Kawabata, Isao Kitagawa, Larry
Kodama, Charles Koyanagi, Tasuku Matsushima, Michael
& Wendy Sorakubo, E. Miyashiro, Michiko Morikubo,
Michiko Motooka, Tsuneo Muramaru, Lily Muraoka,
Myrtle Nakasato, David Nekotani, Thomas Betsy Nishioka,
Joanne Sakata, Kiyoko Sato, Kiyoshi Shigefuji, Asako
Takane, Valerie Umeda, R. Urata, Milton T. Yamasaki,
Yokota, Reiko Yoshida
. Robert Kinoshita, Delma Kiyomoto
. Mashiko Abe, Laura Aoki, Chiyono Ebisu, Sumie
Hamamoto, Ethel Hasegawa, Hikaru Mashita, Toshiyuki
Hiranaga, Kay Hironaka, Fred H. Kajioka, Ellen Kasai,
Kathleen S. Komo, H. Kumagai, Hikaru Mashita, Yusei
Matsui, Yoshinobu Matsushima, Izuko Mikuni, James T.
Mimuro, Elaine Miyamoto, Adeline Morihara, G. Morishige,
Doris E. Muraoka , Shizue Nagao, Kiyoko Nagatani, Tomie
Nakahara, Misae Nakamura, Ralph K. Nakamura, Wendy
Nakanishi, Millie Nishida, Lois Ohta, Kimiko Okano, Philip
Okubo, Yaeko Onuma, E. Ryusaki, S & E.S. Shintaku, G. &
S. Sonoda, Harumi K. Suzuki, I. Takamura, Jane C.
Tamura, Tanaka, Isamu Tsukamoto, Ushio Tsukazaki,
Helen Uyemura, Jack Watanabe, Gene K. Yokota, Helen
Yoshimoto, Bessie Yoshimura, Chieko Yoshimura
.
Susumu Kato, Thelma Kobayashi, Momoyo Miyazaki,
Elsie Okino, Baron C. Taira, Howard T. Takaki
Shinran Shonin 750th
Memorial Donations
(Moiliili Donors from August 7 to December 31 as taken from
Headquaters Update of January 14, 2009)
Moiliili
In memory of our Parents & Brother-Suye & Yoshiko
Nakatsuka and George T. Nakatsuka ($3,000) Edgar &
Helen Hamasu ($2,000), Rev. & Mrs. Eric Matsumoto
($2000), Pearl Miyasaki/In memory of Shuichi Miyasaki
($2,000), Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth K. Fujimoto ($1,000), Ichiro &
Jean Fukumoto ($1,000), Susan Morishige ($1,000), Mr. &
Mrs. Melvin Murakami in memory of Yoshimichi & Toyoko
Hirai ($1,000), Richard & Deborah Ridao ($1,000), George &
Sumie Sonoda ($1,000), Toshimasa Tando ($1,000), Jeanne
Watari ($1,000), In memory of Misue Ishiyama ($1,000),
Anonymous ($1,000), Anonymous ($1,000), Mr. & Mrs.
Akira Koba ($750), Lois F. Ohta ($750), Kathleen S. Komo
($500), Roy & Nancy Shimamoto ($500), Yoshiko & Tulane
Ebisu ($250), Walter A. Ebisu ($250), Mrs. Sumie
Hamamoto ($250), Tom & Betsy Nishioka ($250), In memory
of Yukio & Hatsune Fukumoto ($200), Juliet Lee ($200),
Anonymous ($100), Anonymous ($100), Anonymous ($100),
Anonymous ($100), Anonymous ($50)
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Are you exercising daily? Great! I retrieved
some health tips from the January issue of Mayo
Clinic Health Letter. It states that you need to
stretch your cold muscles before you begin
exercising in order to prevent risk of injury or
pulled muscles.
How to stretch your muscles? You do it by
warming up your muscles with a low intensity
activity such as slow walking for a few minutes and
gently pumping your arms. It also recommends that
stretching be done even after a strenuous activity or
exercise.
You need to hold your stretch for at least 30 to
60 seconds (depending on how tight your muscles
are). Stretch each muscle group including lower
legs, hands, arms, neck and back once or
twice. Movements should be slow and gentle. You
should not feel pain when you are stretching. And,
don’t forget to breathe while stretching. Exhale as
you go into your stretch and inhale slowly and
evenly when you complete the stretch. Stretching
may take anywhere from 3-5 minutes.
Contributed by Helen Hamasu
DHARMA SCHOOL NEWS
Our first project for the school year was card
making. Several classes and a lot of love were
dedicated to this project. The cards were then
presented to Project Dana for distribution.
We also participated in the Shinnenenkai party
at Treetops Restaurant. The students honored Jeanne
by serenading her with Hannah Montana’s “True
Friend”. The song was accompanied by a slideshow
highlighting Jeanne’s career at Moiliili Hongwanji. A
few students also pitched in extra by helping with the
games and prize distribution. A good time was had by
all.
Looking ahead, the students have a lot to look
forward to. Along with their continuing studies of
Shinran Shonin, through stories, games, and crafts,
plans have begun for a Maui trip in July! Hope to see
you in class.
Contributed by Jock Narusaki
In January, we focused on “Transportation”,
“Safety”, “Community Helpers” and “Chinese New
Year”. After an enjoyable Winter Break, we came
back to school to learn many new things. We also
went on an excursion for a train ride with the
Hawaiian Railway Society in Ewa. The train ride was
from Ewa to Kapolei and back. In Hawaii, children
hardly get an opportunity to ride on trains, and so
the children were so excited and enjoyed the train
ride. The famous Dillingham Parlor Car was the
first train in Hawaii.
On Chinese New Year, we enjoyed a Lion
Dance by the Gee Yung International Martial Arts
led by Tai’s Daddy from Mrs. Kuniyuki’s class. They
came to our School. The yellow and red Lion danced
all over the school and ate the traditional lettuce
and red envelopes. It was a fun way to celebrate
the Chinese New Year. Kung Hee Fat Choi! and to
everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Contributed by Tamayo Matsumoto
GOT MILK? (Cartons)
One quart-sized milk carton needed. Please
rinse and drop off cartons at the temple office
by March 30. These will be used to make soap
for the 750th Commemoration Annon Café.
The Path to Peace
rd
PBA 3 Annual Taiko &
Karaoke Festival
A cool breeze rustles through the trees and
down into the valley. A woman in a simple kimono
sweeps dried leaves as they blow across the path to
a thatched house where her husband sits in the
doorway, tying strips of bamboo together to make
trellises for cucumbers and beans. Welcome to a
village in the Japanese countryside, the scene of the
third annual Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko &
Karaoke Festival. “The happiness and delight in
life that come from an appreciation of each moment
are the theme of this year’s concert,” said PBA
Taiko Sensei Jay Toyofuku.
What started off three years ago as a
showcase for students has evolved into a well
attended, highly regarded annual concert.
Returning performers include Craig Shimizu, a
voice instructor of thirty years, Colette Gomoto,
KZOO Radio's 2006 karaoke taikai champion, and
veteran performer Amy Katsumoto, will be joined
by newcomer Verda Masuda who took first place in
the adult division of the 2008 KZOO’s karaoke
championships. Young new singing sensation,
Tevita, will make his debut at the festival singing
the Obon standard Chanchiki Okesa and attendees
will be treated to a Shishi Mai dance by Jon and
Darlene Itomura and a dance by Dazzman Toguchi,
who has been a member of Iwakuni Bon Dance
Club for eighteen years.
As always, the highlight of the afternoon
will be the exhilarating taiko performances by PBA
students from ninth through twelfth grade. This
year, the senior performance ensemble will debut a
collaborative composition, Buddha's Call for Peace,
Toyofuku Sensei will introduce the freshmen
“young bloods,” as he refers to them, and the full
PBA student body will perform a spirited version of
the traditional Japanese fishing work song, “Soran
Bushi.”
PBA students are required to take a year of
taiko and many choose to continue their studies for
all four years. In addition to learning to be
persistent and internally motivated, Toyofuku
Sensei says his taiko students consistently “develop
a sense of worth, and confidence in themselves and
one another.” For many PBA students these alone
are important changes.
Yet, as significant as they are, Toyofuku
Sensei knows that playing taiko has the potential to
bring about changes that go even deeper. “There
are those few students,” said Toyofuku Sensei,
“who cultivate a strong inner being playing taiko.”
The possibility of lighting an inner flame that leads
to spiritual transformation compels Toyofuku to
teach. “It’s all about planting seeds,” he said, and
trusting that with the confluence of interdependent
conditions those seeds will bear wonderful fruit.
To reserve tickets, call Colleen Kunishige at (808) 532-2649
or email [email protected] Those who are unable to attend,
will be able to view segments of the concert at the PBA
website.
3rd Annual Taiko & Karaoke Festival
Sunday March 8, 2009
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Pearl City Cultural Center
2100 Hokiekie St, above Pearl City High School
Tickets: $10
PBA Trustee Selected as Adjunct
Professors of the Year
Joy Miyasaki, an attorney with the Law
Offices of Shuichi Miyasaki and long-time PBA
Trustee, was selected as one of the Adjunct
Professors of the Year for 2008 by the University of
Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law
where she teaches an estate planning course.
According to the Hawaii Herald, “Miyasaki
was also selected for inclusion in Hawaii Super
Lawyers 2008, published by Key Professional
Media, Inc., and in The Best Lawyers in America
2009, published by Woodward/White, Inc.
Congratulations, Joy!!
International Student
Exchange
Friendships and new skills
open new doors
“Good-bye Pacho, for now,” said the
message written on the classroom chalkboard,
surrounded by pictures drawn in different colored
chalks. “My nickname was ‘Pacho,’” said PBA
junior Patrick Miki, “because my classmates
couldn’t say ‘Patrick.’”
Patrick and PBA senior Ryan Yamamoto
recently returned from a full semester studying at
Heian High School, a Honpa Hongwanji school, in
Kyoto, Japan. For four months, the boys were fully
immersed in Japanese language and culture,
attending classes with Japanese peers during the
day, practicing kendo or hanging out with new
friends after school, and spending evenings and
weekends with their home stay family.
Ryan and
Patrick
(center)
with their
host
family.
language skills daily, but not by choice. “My
parents and their Japanese friends refuse to speak
English to me,” complains Patrick good-naturedly.
“It’s a bit tough because they use words that are
hard to understand and if I don’t get it they tell me
to bring a dictionary to translate it.” Although
Patrick may feel his skills are inadequate, his father,
who is a native Japanese speaker, is proud of his
son’s improved language skills. “His Japanese has
improved tremendously,” he said. “He can converse
in Japanese with us most of the time.”
When they applied for the foreign exchange
program more than a year ago, both Ryan and
Patrick planned to attend college in the U.S. Now,
both boys intend to return to Japan for school.
Ryan has applied to Ryukoku University in Kyoto
and hopes to “study Japanese culture and history in
all-Japanese classes.” Patrick says “computer
engineering is a must,” and hopes to settle in Japan.
Although there many factors that
contributed to their choices, when asked what they
will treasure most about their time in Japan, both
boys immediately named their friends. “I won’t
forget my friends,” said Ryan. “They were good to
me.” Patrick was equally succinct, “My friends.
And the memories.”
Onenju Workshop
Working together for a good cause
“At first the other students would talk to me
in English or they’d grab a dictionary and point to
words, “said Ryan. “I’d answer them in English or
whatever Japanese I could speak. They’d laugh and
I’d laugh with them and I’d learn from my
mistakes.” That Ryan took the risks necessary to
learn a foreign language is obvious to PBA
Japanese Sensei Loren Otake. “I know people who
lived in Japan for years who are not able to progress
in terms of Japanese language proficiency in the
way Ryan has,” said Otake Sensei. “He made a
decision early on to take advantage of the
opportunities he’d been given to learn Japanese and
that's why he got so good at it in such a short period
of time.”
Since he’s returned, Ryan speaks to Otake
Sensei only in Japanese. Patrick also practices his
In February, PBA students and parents
gathered to learn how to string Onenju, or
Buddhist thought beads, to be worn on the wrist.
Teachers Tamayo Matsumoto and Yuka Takata,
wives of Rev. Eric Matsumoto and Rev. Koho
Takata respectively, provided the materials and
helped participants each make an Onenju for
themselves.
February through May, PBA will host a
monthly Onenju Bee at which PBA Sangha
members will string Onenju for the Ministers’
Wives to sell as omiyage to visitors who attend
the 750th Commemoration/120th Anniversary
celebrations this fall. Proceeds will be donated
to the Commemorative Project Fund.
To view a short instructional video of the Onenju
Workshop produced by a PBA parent, go to
www.PacificBuddhistAcademy.org and click on News &
Events, Current News.
Rev. Yuika Hasebe
Dharma School hosts annual mochitsuki
Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani
Chika and Caden
work together
Project Dana is in its 20th year
Preschool children welcome the “lions” for Chinese
New Year
New Members were recognized (l to r): Rev. Matsumoto, Kenji Toyama,
Nobuko Toyama, Patrick Komo, Miles Nakamura, Martine Le Nakamura,
Drew Nakamura, Satsuye Tanaka, JoAnn Nakamura, Neil Nakamura,
President Ogasawara
Temple New Year Party held at Tree Tops
Appreciation extended to Keirokai honoree, Mrs. Sumie
Sonoda.
Dharma School children and teachers perform
Jeanne Watari says thank you
おん
し
おん
し
ことば
おん
むく
げんご
恩を知りて恩に報ゆる
ひと
な
おん
わたし
おん
げんいん
し
いん
いんねん
こころ
いていることでしょうか。そのようなこと
あじ
おも
を味わうにつけても、この「いのち」を
たいせつ
やく
た
大切にしなければと思いますし、この「い
おも
しんらん
のち」をすこしでもみんなのお役に立つよ
い
おんどく
み
こ
ほう
うに生きねばと思います。親鸞さまの、
にょらいだいひ
如来大悲の恩徳は、身を粉にしても報ずべ
しみます。
ぶっだ
ひゃくはち
あ
「仏陀との出合い
し
お知らせ
みなさま
ことし
くがつ
ぬ ま た と し ひ で
もんしゅさま
おも
うらかたさま
しんらんしょうにん
み
むか
きょうだんそうりつ
回大遠忌法要ならびにハワイ教 団 創 立 1
かいだいおんきほうよう
してわがハワイ教 団の親 鸞 聖 人750
きょうだん
今年の九月にご門主様とお裏方様をお迎え
皆様、すでにお聞きのことと思いますが
き
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
沼田智秀著より
百 八のおしえ」
で
すべし。「正像末和讃」のおうたが、身に
しょうぞうまつわさん
しゅちしき
おんどく
ほね
しゃ
恩を知る人という言葉の原語はカタンニュ し、師し主
知識の恩徳も、骨をくだきても謝
ちょくやく
かんじ
ーで、直 訳すると「為されたることを知
もの
こうせ い
る者」となります。漢字の恩が、原因を
こころ
おも
心にとどめるという構成ですからよく
いっち
あじ
えん
一致していると思います。私は恩とは、因
こころ
じ
いんねん
さ
あじ
を心にとどめるだけでなくて、縁も心にと
いまわたし
どめるという字だと味わっています。
わたし
あたま
私が、今 私としてここにいるご因縁を味
おの
おお
わさせていただくとき、自ずからと頭が下
わたし
き
がります。私は、これまでにどれほど多く
いんねん
おお
のご因縁をいただいて来たことでしょう。
いま
いや、今、どれほど多くのご因縁をいただ
しゅうねんきねんほうよう
つと
ききょうしき
20周年記念法要をお勤めさせていただき
ほうよう
たいかい
きねんばんさんかい
ます。ただいま、法要と帰敬式(九月六
うけつけ
おこな
日)そしてオハナ大会や記念晩餐会(九月
さんか
きぼう
かた
五日)などの受付が行われています。ご
さんぱい
し
き
参拝ご参加のご希望の方はオフィスまでご
れんらく
とうろく
すす
連絡ください。締め切りは四月二十日です
はや
はる
ひ が ん え
がお早めのご登録をお勧めいたします。
ことし
あんないもう
あ
なお、今年の春の彼岸会は三月二十九日に
つと
ご ぜ ん く じ
にほんごほうよう
お勤めしますことをご案内申し上げます。
えいごかぞくらいはい
ごんぎょういた
こうし
英語家族礼拝は午前九時より、日本語法要
ごぜんじゅうじはん
さんぱい
ま
は午前十時半より勤 行 致します。ご講師
た か だ こ う ほ う せんせい
は高田興芳先生です。ご参拝をお待ちして
おります。
がっしょう
合掌
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