Commemorative Symposium: Honen Buddhism, East to West, Celebrating the 120th Year Since the Arrival of the First Jodo Shu Ministers to Hawaii. March 14-15, 2015 at Jodo Mission of Hawaii (1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814).
Jodo Shu, established in 1175 by Honen Shonin, is the first independent school of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. It follows the development of original Buddhism as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha. Over 800 years since the beginning of Jodo Shu, Honen’s teachings still continue to develop and to constitute a part of daily life. The nenbutsu is the simple recitation of “Namu Amida Butsu” (“Homage to Amida Buddha”) and the center of Jodo Shu practice and devotion. It can be done at any time or any place. It is the ideal way for us to embody the great compassion of Amida Buddha in our daily lives.
Spring Higan-e Service
The word “Higan” literally means “the other shore” in Japanese. One shore represents this world which we are in, and the other shore “Higan” represents Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. The river represents the bad mind we all possess. The concept is that we practice the teaching to reach the other shore across the river.
We have two Higan seasons in a year. One in the spring, the other in autumn, as Higan is held during the week of the spring and autumn equinox. Shan Tao, one of the high ranking priests of Jodo Buddhism in China said that the sun sets due west during the equinox thus it is a good opportunity to think about Buddha’s Pure Land which exists far away in the west, as well as appreciate our ancestors who are also there.
Please join us in crossing the river to the other shore as we think about Buddha’s Pure Land and respect for our ancestors. Our Higan Service will be held Sunday, March 22 at 10 am.
On that day, Chutoba prayers will be conducted during the service. If you request a Chutoba, please fill out the form on this page, and send it to or drop it off at the Jodo Mission office. One Chutoba is SEVEN dollars. Please make your check payable to “Jodo Mission of Hawaii.”