Koloa Jodo Mission


Welcome to Koloa Jodo Mission Buddhist Temple.  Our temple was founded in February in 1910 by Rev. Jitsujo Muroyama and his supporters who were Japanese immigrants.  Our temple belongs to Jodo Shu (Pure Land School of Buddhism) which was founded by Honen Shonin in 1175.  The essense of Honen's teaching was based upon blessing by Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Life and Light.


Honen took the teachings to all classes of people, attaching little importance to complicated rituals and ceremonies.  This was revolutionary since Buddhism in Japan, in his time, was primarily taught to and practiced among the social and political elite.  Honen emphasized the practice calling Amida Buddha's name (Namu Amida Butsu) wholeheartedly, and said that by so doing, salvation was secured.   Thus the interests of both this and the other worlds were to be served.   His teaching soon spread all over Japan and in the course of over eight hundred years, has founded its way into Japanese culture and tradition.


The word Jodo, from which the name of the sect was derived, means "Pure Land," which is the name given to the Western Paradise or the realm of Amida Buddha.


Today, the teaching of Honen has spread to the world.  It was introduced to Hawaii in 1894. Presently, there are 13 Jodo shu temples serving members and communities throughout the Hawaiian islands.   All Jodo Mission temples extend their Aloha and welcome you to join in temple services and other temple functions.




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