27. March 2020
Bobby McFerrin's great song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" with my best photos of rainbow on Kauai. Interestingly, the essential teaching of Buddhism can be found in this song...."Don't worry, Be Happy." Yes, happiness is possible here at this very moment....if we can keep away "worry" in the future and "regret" in the past. However at the same time, "Please Worry, Be safe" may be true if you seek for safety rather than "happiness." Feeling of worry makes us to avoid danger and feeling of regret...
25. March 2020
Today March 25th is the day when Reverend Taijo Matsuo who was 26yrs old from Nagano, arrived at Honolulu Harbor in 1894. He was one of the first two Jodo Shu ministers who started missionary in Hawaii in the 126 years of history of Hawaii Jodo Mission. According to the Centennial History of Hawaii Jodo Shu, in November 1894, Rev. Matsuo moved to Kauai and visited Japanese workers at 9 plantation camps and had opportunities to teach Buddhist teachings and practice of Nenbutsu. Rev. Matsuo was...
20. March 2020
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...
04. February 2020
From time to time, everyone needs laughter in our daily lives. Do you have a funny story from which you can always laugh out loud? If none, here is a funny story which I recall from time to time especially when I am having a hard time. This is a story with me and our beloved minister Rev. W. When we had a group tour to Zojoji Temple in 2012, I stayed with Rev. W. Rev. W is my senior minister whom I respect and consult with for many occasions. So when we had conventions, we shared a room for...
01. February 2020
No matter how busy I may be, there is something I try not to do. That’s to write my sermon or message. It is my belief just reading out written message is not inspirational. I’d like to deliver interesting sermon through my own experiences. But the biggest reason why I don’t write down my Dharma talk is to save time. Writings takes time. All the more so with good writings. I'm very busy doing many things just in a day. Instead of taking time to write, I'd like to use time for something...
01. January 2020
Aloha and Happy New Year! First of all, I have to apologize for your inconvenience and much less service this year at Koloa Jodo Mission since I have to serve more temples as Bishop of Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions. Pease don't miss the 2020 major services here. Everyone welcome! We look forward to seeing you here! As of March 25, 2020, our temple is temporarily closed until further notice, in accordance with the County of Kaua'i's "Stay-at-home" order. Therefore all of our services and...
10. October 2019
On October 9, 2019, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Akira Yoshino and two other scientists, John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their research that has “laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society” were highly evaluated. Dr. Yoshino created the first safe, production-visible lithium-ion battery which became used widely in cellular phones and notebook computers. I didn’t Dr. Yoshino at all until...
05. October 2019
Pitaya known as dragon fruit usually bloom its several flowers together at a time. Three flowers, six flowers and sometimes over 10 flowers bloom at a time. Instead of blooming individually one by one, they bloom as a group which gives us deeper impression. As you know, fruit flowers need pollination in order to be a fruit. Of course, pollination could be done naturally by the wind and rain but most pollination are done by so-called pollinating agents such as insects and birds. And it is...
05. October 2019
Happy 130th Anniversary to all the members and ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii! In commemoration of this anniversary, Kauai Hongwanji Council will sponsor a seminar, titled "Manifestation of Peace, Various Perspectives" at West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple on Sunday, October 6 from 1:00pm. Mahalo nui loa to Senseis(Rev. Hojo, Rev.Majima & Rev. Shaku Kaufumann) of Kauai Hongwanji Council for inviting me as a Panel Discussion Speaker. It will be my greatest pleasure to...
02. October 2019
In Japan, there are islands which are called “Oshima.” Here in Hawaii, “Oshima” island of Yamguchi Prefecture, so-called “Suo-Oshima” is the most popular island since many immigrants came from there. But there are actually 56 more islands are called “Oshima” , too, according to my research. It sounds so confusing therefore depending on the location of the island, “area name” is added to the island name “Oshima.” Among them, Amami-Oshima of Kagoshima Prefecture,...

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