First of all, I’d like to pray for those who have become victims of the coronavirus and recite Namu Amida Butsu. Also I am sorry for all those who had received severe impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.
As you know, National Emergency was declared by the US President and we have entered an unknown zone of the Pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron also declared the country to be “at war” and “the enemy is invisible but it’s surely there. It requires our general mobilization.” This global crisis is rapidly and widely spreading at each moment and Hawaii has now 26 positive cases across the state as of today.
However this is the time we should be calm down and be strong with our faith in Amida Buddha. It is known that our stress weakens our immune system and calm mind through the practice of Nenbutsu and meditation help a lot to strengthen us especially during the time of difficulties. I know we can win this war with coronavirus. But in order to end this crisis as soon as possible, we all need to work together by doing what we can do our part. Doing our part is not a big deal but a simple action such as washing hands often, maintaining social distancing, avoiding shaking hands, touching eyes, nose and mouth and so. It is also important for us, especially the elderly, to stay home and not to go out unnecessary.
After consulting with our members, I’d like to let you know our decisions as follows;
The pace of updating information on the virus is so breathtaking, we need to pay constant attention by checking the local news, official orders, CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) websites that provide updated information as it becomes available in addition to the updated guidelines. Our top priority is your safety. Let us all use our best judgment to protect ourselves.
May we all be safe and secure as we work together overcoming the coronavirus. May the light of Amida Buddha be with you. Namu Amida Butsu
Bishop Kosen Ishikawa