11. July 2020
"Half Tatami mat for waking up, one mat for sleeping." This is the proverb used and loved by the people during late Edo period in Japan. The author is unknown. This impies no matter how you live in a huge mansion and no matter how gorgeous room you may have, the space you’d need is just half a Tatami mat for seating or standing and one mat for sleeping. This saying is usually quoted when you’d like to emphasize on importance of satisfaction and self content life but I understand it...
07. July 2020
Fireworks or Hanabi which literally means "Flower of Fire (Hana=Flower, Bi/Hi=Fire)" were said to be invented in China during the Song Dynasty(960–1279). Fireworks were used for various festivities and also they were used in order to get rid of evil sprits and bring good fortune to the people. The custom to celebrate new year with fireworks was originated from this belief that fireworks could scare away evil spirits. Amid of this coronavirus pandemic, I’ve heard fireworks in Japan were...
24. June 2020
"Great ocean of Buddha-Dharma should be entered with "Shin (faith)" and cross it with "Chi (wisdom)." by Nagarjuna (From the Treatise on the Great Parjnaparamita (Daichido-ron)) All Jodo Shu followers know Ichimai-Kishomon (One Sheet Testament) by our Master Honen but very little know about existence of various Ichimai-Kishomon by successors of Honen Shonin in the linage of Jodo Shu. Because Ichimai-Kishomon is written on only one sheet, it is considered to be super essence of the teachings or...
23. June 2020
Boat is rudder, Fan is pivot Then Ojo is what? Namua Amida Butsu And unshakable faith. by Tokuhon Gypka (1745-1825) In the beginning of Bunka period(1804-1818), there was a master of Kendo or Way of Sword, named Terada Goemon (also called Terada Muneari) (1745-1825) who founded “Tenshin Ittoryu Style” in the domain of the Lord Takasaki Clan. He was so impressed with a short poem above by Tokuhon Gyoja and encouraged his men to practice Nenbutsu. One of his students named “Shirai Toru...
21. June 2020
The Buddhist Study Center(BSC) will offer “Interlinked: Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism,” a free online Buddhist study class series on June 22-26, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (HST) featuring the noted scholar, Rev. Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra, a ground-breaking book published in 2019. The study class series will cover the Foundations of American Buddhism, Buddhism in Hawaii during World War II, Religious Freedom and Buddhism during...
20. June 2020
I think I have quite a few regrets in my life so far and one of the biggest regrets was I quit going to the piano lessons as I turned to be a teenager. It was difficult to persuade my father about quitting but he was finally convinced when I insisted I would keep practicing without a teacher. After that I actually couldn't continue playing the piano any more and dedicated myself to more sports. It was after I came to Hawaii I restarted working to play some Gartha. Then many years have passed by...
15. June 2020
Every year I make "Aloha" at Koloa Jodo Mission to welcome Bon Festival. Though pandemic still continues this year, I want to offer Aloha to our members, friends, visitors and our beloved deceased during O-Bon. I took time-lapse photos for making Aloha yesterday on June 14, 2020. As I make this video, I want to thank our President Alvin Akimoto for his donation of time and energy to maintain our temple ground. Especially I'm extra thankful for him this year because I can do more Bishop's job...
09. June 2020
JISHIN-GE (FULFILLMENT OF DEVOTION) JI SHIN KYO NIN SHIN 自 信 教 人 信  NAN CHU TEN KYO NAN 難 中 轉 更 難 DAI HI DEN BUTSU KE 大 悲 傳 普 化  SHIN JO HO BUT TON 眞 成 報 仏 恩 To believe in the Buddha's Teaching and to enable others to believe in it, is a very difficult task. If we could transmit His Teaching to others and enable them to rejoice in it, we would be paying our respect to His boundless mercy and truly fulfilling our obligation. (Ojuo-Raisan by Master...
06. June 2020
Please enjoy Online Jodo Buddhist Sunday Service which will be premier on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 10:30a.m. This could be my best online Sunday Service video and you can actually watch it anytime after tomorrow. The disadvantage of LIVE streaming video is nothing but a fact that I cannot edit the video. But I came to realize this can be a great advantage because I don't need to spend time for editing! Honen Shonin pointed out two conditions that are not in accordance with the Essential Vow of...
20. May 2020
Yesterday, Governor Ige issued the supplementary proclamation and showed time-line for reopening of Hawaii. Although nothing is certain about this pandemic yet, it was at least good to know our current standing position toward the goal for Hawaii. Then I noticed an unusual word, “New Normal” which was quite different from what we meant before. We all wish to be back to normal life but as Governor Ige showed our goal as New Normal which may not to go back to our normal life but we need to...

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