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...
19. May 2020
I like both dolphin and aquarium. Also I like a dolphin show. It’s so amazing to watch their advanced performance and huge jumping. However as I am so used to watch wild dolphins swimming freely in the sea, I cannot help feeling sorry for dolphins about their pool where they do a show for us. Though there may be different sizes of pools but they are all tiny as compared to their natural living space called ocean. Of course ocean is not always sweet. Dolphins in nature are free to swim...
17. May 2020
What is Buddhism? This is my eternal theme and I repeat asking myself what is Buddhism whenever I have a chance to talk. Today I presented one of the simplest answers by comparing Chinese/Japanese and English. Opening talk and ending talk after the service.

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