The monthly newsletter of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii.
Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - DECEMBER 2012(#1193-1212)
Jodo Mission of Hawaii 1429 Makiki St. Honolulu HI 96814Address Service Requested
Lahaina Jodo Mission Centennial Celebration: October 21, 2012
NEW YEARS EVE At this time of the year, Buddhist temples observe two kinds of special services to welcome the New Year. They are New Years Eve service and New Years Day service. Have you attended these services before? If not, the following are meanings for these services. New Years Eve Service. New Years Eve service is one of the most familiar annual ceremonies for Buddhists in Japan. Here in Hawaii, New Years Eve Bell ringing service is observed at each Buddhist Temple. When we listen solemnly to the sounds of the bell in the silent midnight atmosphere, we reflect in ourselves, and have a feeling of deep meditation. Do you know why the temple bell rings 108 times on New Years Eve? To ring the bell 108 times signifies the dispelling of 108 evil passions which all human beings have. According to Buddhism we have 108 different kinds of evil thoughts in our minds. While the temple bell is rung, we pray to dispel our evil passions and thoughts. Japanese people call that night Joya. Joya means the very night when we should try to dispel all evil things in our lives. The New Years Eve service gives us a good opportunity to meditate and reflect on our life on this last day of the year. And it is also a time to express our gratitude to every blessing which we have received in our lives and at the same time to our ancestors, parents, our country and our Lord Amida Buddha. In so doing, we can welcome a most Happy New Year! New Years Day Service. New Years Day Service is another special service held on January 1st. New Years Day has three beginnings. It is the beginning of a new day, a new month and a new year. Therefore, it is a very important and significant day. Buddhist temples have a special service which is called Shusho-e. This service means a religious gathering to reflect on the past life (year) and correct it and think of the New Year with hopes of a better life. We can reflect on our past lives (years), confess to past deeds, and resolve for a better life by following the teachings of Amida Buddha. And we can begin the New Year with hopes for the future. These two services have long been the practices for Buddhists to finish the old year and begin the first day of the New Year. In so doing, you can begin the New Year with strengthened faith in Amida Buddha.Page 2
JOYA-E (New Years Eve Service)During Joya-e Service, we thank Amida Buddha for a safe year and to purify ourselves for the coming year. Then, the Temple bell is rung 108 times to erase all of our sins from the past year. We invite everyone to join us in ringing in the New Year at our Joya-e Service on Monday, December 31st at 11:30 pm.
SHUSHO-E (New Years Day Service)During this service we will pray for our safety, happiness, and world peace for the New Year. Our senior Minister, Rev. Narashiba will also bestow his New Years address in English after the chanting. Please join us on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 10:00 am - Happy New Year!
OMAMORIOmamori are spiritual charms, talismans, and amulets in Japanese religious tradition that possess the power to ward off misfortune and procure good luck. They can be made of pieces of wood, patches of cloth, strips of paper, or rings of metal and come in various sizes though the majority found in Hawaii tend to be no larger than the size of ones palm. Omamori can often be seen dangling from car rearview mirrors or pasted on bumpers and windshields where they are at once expressions of faith and portals of magical power. They can also be worn on the body or placed in the home as symbols of protection of the Buddhas and kami. It is even fashionable to attach omamori to handbags and schoolbags Omamoris are available at Jodo Mission. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995 for more information.
NEW YEAR BLESSINGS AT HOMEDuring January, 2013, New Year blessings at homes are available for those who cannot attend the New Year service at the Temple. Lets start the wonderful New Year in the love and compassion of Amida Buddha. Please call Jodo Mission at 949-3995.Page 3
Haleiwa Jodo Mission Centennial CelebrationNovember 10, 2012Rev. Koji Jeff Ezaki is the ninth minister of Haleiwa Jodo Mission since it began in 1912. Rev. Jitsujo Muroyama was assigned to start the Jodo Mission for the Haleiwa/ Waialua district. He rented a house from a Chinese family and set up a temporary temple in Waialua. On October 25, 1913 the church bought the Haleiwa Seaside Hotel and remodeled it as a temple. Rev. Buntetsu Miyamoto was then assigned in 1916 and was the minister until 1949. His sons David and Clifford Miyamoto are regular members of Betsuin. During World War II, Rev. Miyamoto and his family were interned. After the war, they returned to Haleiwa. Shortly after returning, the tidal wave of April 1, 1946 destroyed the temple grounds including the Taisho Gakko Japanese School which at one time had five teachers and 416 students. Through efforts of its members the temple was repaired and the Japanese School got a new building. During Rev. Miyamoto tenure at Haleiwa Jodo Mission, the Fujinkai and the Meisho Y.B.A were established.. Rev. Shunjo Shiratori arrived in 1949 and reestablished the Fujinkai and reopened the Taisho Gakko Japanese School which was damaged by the 1946 tidal wave. In 1954, he started the Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) ceremony which today is one of the largest floating lanterns event. In May 1957, another tidal wave struck and again through the efforts of its members they have rebuilt and survived all these many, many years. Omedeto Haleiwa Jodo Mission!
Rev. Kazuhide Takakura, the 6th minister at Haleiwa returned and offered incense at the Centennial Service. Rev. Ezaki officiating the Centennial Service Those attending the Centennial Service also included Mrs. Tomomi Ezaki carrying baby Sae and Miku next to her. Left photo: Rev. Ezaki saying grace before dinner.Page 4
Bishop Gensho Hara said a few words on this happy occasion.
The Introduction of Buddhism into Japan (4) Six Major Schools established in Nara Period (710 A.D. - 794 A.D.)The various Nara schools represent varying interpretations of Buddhism based upon particular texts and commentaries. The Kusha School, based upon the Abhidharma-hosa, maintains that all reality is made up of constituents called elements or dharmas. The notion of the existence of such dharmas is associate with that of time; for this school both past and future are real because they are related to the present by cause and effect. The Kusha School, however, does not posit an enduring existence extending from a point in the past to a point in the future. Existence therefore is momentary.Kusha School : Kofukuji Temple in Nara
In opposition to the Kusha School, the Jojitsu School claims that nothing exist, that there is no abiding or even momentary reality such as the dharmas of the Kusha School.[Left: Gangoji Temple in Nara, Jojitsu School]
The Sanron School teaches the Middle Path, that is, it aims at the metaphysical point at which all polarities cease to exist. It reaches this point by means of four basic arguments, which comprise all possible answers to all possible questions: yes, no either yes or no, and neither yes nor no. The aim of this school is the refutation of all positive views of the other schools. [Right: Nanin Temple in Nara, Sanron School] The Hosso School attempts to describe the dharmas, but it goes further than the Kusha, for example, in saying that only ideas exist. The world is explained as being composed of dharmas; but phenomena are simply the projection of ideation, that is imagination. [Left: Yakushiji Temple in Nara, Hosso School] The Ritsu School deals with the disciplines and rules provided by the Buddha which are common to all schools.[Right: Toshodaiji Temple in Nara, Ritsu school]
The Kegon School aims at realizing the realm of perfect inter-dependence. It attempts further to fit the various facets of Buddhist teaching stressed by other schools into its own system.[Left: Todaiji Temple in Nara, Kegon School] (To be continued) From Understanding Japanese Buddhism Published by The Japan Buddhist FederationPage 5
Repairing the Left Hand of Our O-Jizo-sama Is Almost DoneWe would like to thank you for your generous donations to our temple for repairing our O-Jizo-sama. As you may already know, our O-Jizo-sama was dedicated for the healthy and peaceful life of children and the safety of H-1 freeway, and also to offer our prayer for the spirits of the deceased children. His left hand is now being repaired. We are expecting the O-Jizo -sama to come back to Hawaii at the early part of next year. The dedication ceremony for the repaired O-Jizo-sama will be announced in our news bulletin and you are cordially invited to the ceremony. We are still accepting donations for this repair to O-Jizo-sama. It is not too late! Thank you for your participation and may the blessings of the Compassionate Buddha be with you and your family. H-1 In Gassho, Rev. Yubun Narashiba JODO MISSION OF HAWAII Head Minister
O-Juya Service held on Nov. 11: O-Juya is the practiceof reciting the Onembutsu for 10 days and nights which is now shortened to one day. It is said that the practice of reciting the Onembutsu brings us closer to Buddhas Land where there is no evil person. Even to do one complete hour of Onembutsu is not so easy. Through this service we wish to be born in the Buddhas Pure Land. Photo at right: members in line to offer incense. At O-Juya Service, it has been a custom for people to bring sweets and share among the members present. Farmers were thankful for the gifts from the land and dedicated the first crop to Buddhait is like a Than