March 16, 2017

 

The Path of Mindfulness
from Sakyamuni Buddha to Amida Buddha


Explore classical and contemporary practices of mindful meditation

A special presentation and guided meditation

 

Dr. Mark Unno, University of Oregon

noted Zen scholar, educator, author


Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Kohala Hongwanji Temple


FREE. Everyone is welcome regardless of religious background

or spiritual beliefs. No previous meditation experience is necessary.

 

Please RSVP to 808-895-3179 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Donations gratefully accepted along with 
potluck contributions for refreshments.



(To coordinate car-pooling, contact one of the Four Temples hosting.)

 

Hosted by the Four Temples Association

(Honokaa, Kamuela, Kohala and Paauilo Hongwanji Buddhist Temples)

 

Directions to Kohala Hongwanji Temple:

From Hawi Town, head through Kapa`au.  Go past Kohala Middle School and Arakaki Store, then  3/4 mile, on right / mauka, see temple's purple sign at 53-4300 Akoni Pule Hwy.

 

 

This is a Nembutsu Seminar funded in part by the Commission on
Buddhist Education, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

 

February 15, 2017

Semi-annual Temple Clean Up 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017

Let's work together on cleaning up:  the yard,

the parking lot garden, kitchen, bathrooms, temple windows,

social hall (windows, rooms and floor);  and more !

Members, friends, and affiliated activity groups are encouraged to join in.

If you cannot make it this Sunday, please volunteer to help at some other time.

Light refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

 

Peace and gratitude,

 

Miles Okumura, President

 

Board of Directors

 

February 14. 2017

Event announcement:

 

Sunday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, Honokaa, Hawaii

"Deciphering the Stone: Revealing the footprints of Katsu Goto through a gravestone inscription"

free presentation by Katsu Goto Film Project researcher and volunteer Dr. Yoshinori Kato from Oiso, Japan (Goto's hometown) along with film project video.  

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2017

 

Statement by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Office of the Bishop and Committee on Social Concerns on President Trump’s Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration

 

On January 27, 2017, the Office of the President of the United States of America issued an executive order that severely restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  The order also suspends all refugee admission to the United States for 120 days and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii expresses its concern that such action, temporary or otherwise, appears to ban a class of people based on religion and/or nationality and is not consistent with the values upon which the United States of America is founded. Such action which applies in a blanket manner to those of the Muslim Tradition raises fear that history is repeating itself. Many people of our own Buddhist religious tradition, because of the ethnicity and nationality of a large portion of our members, experienced discrimination and incarceration following an executive order during WW II.

While we understand the importance of reducing terroristic threats through stricter screening procedures for entry into the United States, our government should not isolate and target entire groups based on religion, ethnicity, and/or nationality. It is the belief of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii that our own security as a nation is inextricably linked with the security of peoples around the world. Our polices should help relieve the suffering of all people, including those of Muslim-majority countries.

 

Guided by Wisdom and Compassion, may we as individuals, communities, and a nation refrain from actions that cause divisiveness and instead act in ways that lead to peace, harmony, and safety for all peoples. 


 

 

Event:

“Mindfulness Meditation in Hongwanji – Really?”

 
This will be the topic of 3 Nembutsu Seminars to be held this week on our Big Island!
 
Reverend David Fujimoto from the Mililani Hongwanji, will be talking about the place of/for "mindfulness" or meditation in the practice of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Within the history and doctrines of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism he will talk about the controversy of whether Mindfulness Meditation has a place in the Hongwanji.
These seminars are sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii's Commission on Buddhist Education.
 
The first seminar will be held this Wed. the 14th at the Kona Hongwanji. 
The second will be at the Papaikou Hongwanji on Thurs. the 15th.
And the third will be at the Kamuela Hongwanji on Fri. the 16th.
The Public is encouraged to attend!
And all of these are events are free!
Pot luck food is encouraged!
 
For directions:
http://hongwanjihawaii.com/temples/
If you have any questions, please call Rev. Shingo Furusawa: 
808-775-7232 
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Event: 

MAGIC CAMP FOR THE HOLIDAYS
 
HAWAIʻI ISLAND—The holiday season is a magical time of year, and award-winning magicians Bruce and Jennifer Meyers are celebrating with a very special four-day Magic Camp to future wizards age six and up.
 
A joint project of Meyers and the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Magic Camp takes place December 27-29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and December 30, 5-7 p.m., in the temple’s social hall.
 
Future magicians will be taught new tricks every day of camp, including how to make things appear and disappear, levitate, switch places, and more. And, they will build their own magic kit to take home and astound their friends. 
 
“The study of magic is educational and valuable for young people in many ways. It can boost confidence, inspire a positive attitude, and so much more,” said Meyers. “And that’s the real magic, helping the kids.”
 
Cost for Magic Camp is $70 per student. Please register in advance at www.BruceMeyers.com, or call (808) 982-9294. Financial assistance will be available; please inquire. 
 
For families unable to afford the cost of Magic Camp, the producers welcome contributions or offers to sponsor students in need. Donations can be sent to “Peace Committee” (c/o Honokaa Hongwanji; PO Box 1667, Honokaa HI 96727). 
 
For further information on how to donate contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

I establish the Vows unexcelled,

And reach the Highest Path, Bodhi.

Were these Vows unfulfilled,

I would never attain Enlightenment.

 

I will be the greater provider

Throughout innumerable kalpas.

Should I fail to save all in need,

I would never attain Enlightenment.

 

Upon my attaining Enlightenment,

If my Name were not heard anywhere

In the ten quarters of the universe,

I would never attain Enlightenment.

 

Practicing the Holy Way – Selflessness,

Depth in right reflection and pure wisdom,

Aspiring toward the highest path,

I will be the teacher of devas and men.

 

My wondrous power by its great light

Brightens the countless lands throughout,

Removes the darkness of the three defilements

And delivers all from suffering and pain.

 

Opening the eyes of Wisdom,

I will end this darkness of ignorance.

Blocking all paths of evil,

I will open the gate to Attainment.

   

Having attained Buddhahood untainted,

My august air shall illumine the ten quarters.

The sun and the moon being outshone,

The celestial lights shall hide in shame.

 

I will open the Dharma-storehouse

And bestow upon all the treasures of my virtues.

Constantly going among the masses.

I will preach the Dharma with a lion’s roar.

 

Paying homage to all the Buddhas,

I will be endowed with all virtues.

Vows and wisdom completely realized,

I will be master of the three worlds.

 

As Buddha’s Wisdom unimpeded

Has no place its light cannot reach,

So my power of Merit and Wisdom

Shall be equal to the Honored One’s.

 

If my Vows be certainly fulfilled,

May this whole universe quake.

And may the host of devas

Rain wondrous blossoms from the sky.