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July 10, 2017
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE AND BON DANCE
The Honokaʻa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple invites the community to join its 114th annual Memorial Service on July 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall, followed by Bon Dance at 7 p.m. Anyone of any faith is encouraged to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away in the last twelve months.
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May 14, 2017
(Re)Paying it Backwards !
Seniors,* show your gratitude for the teachers who helped you along the way.
1. Tell us about a teacher who was special, in some way or another. (It doesn't matter what grade it was.)
3. The emcee will read the statement at the 63rd Annual Baccalaureate Service**, Tuesday, May 16, 6 pm, Social Hall, Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.
4. Students do not have to be present; they can just submit a statement.
5. However, all students participating at the event will receive PIZZA REWARDS, courtesy of our sponsors and the Peace Committee. Student must be present to receive their reward.
6. Students may request to present the statement themselves.
7. Students are encouraged to invite their special teacher.
8. Dinner will be served after the service.
9. Free to all graduates, families, friends and the general public.
11. Special guests will include members of The Class of 1942 (this is their 75th anniversary!) and The Class of 1967 (this is their 50th anniversary!).
Ms. Rachelle Matsumura, Honoka`a High and Intermediate School principal will address the seniors.
* Students can be from private, public, or home-schools.
** A “Baccalaureate service” is an historical and traditional service honoring a graduating class, high school or college. Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has been the host of this service since the 1960’s.
Thanks to Kama Ventura for creating this year's flier.
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March 25, 2017
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.
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
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.
“Mindfulness Meditation in Hongwanji – Really?”
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.