April 2015 Newsletter


April 8th is the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha. This birthday celebration is known as “Buddha Day” and is also known as “Hanamatsuri”.

The Hawaii Buddhist Council cordially invites everyone to the Buddha Day Service. This year the service will be held at Soto Mission of Hawaii. The guest speaker is Dr. Jay Sakashita, Professor of Religion, Arts and Humanities at Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 2015
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Soto Mission of Hawaii (1708 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jay Sakashita
Phone: 537-9409
Parking: Limited, carpooling encouraged

The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist temples: Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. It is always nice to get together with fellow Buddhists! Please come and celebrate Buddha’s Birthday!

Hawaii Buddhism – Spring 2015


hawaii-buddhismWishing you all a peaceful and happy spring! Although Hawaii is relatively warm throughout the year, around the world, springtime represents rejuvenation and transformation. In our tradition, a new beginning means an opportunity to step forward as well as to reconnect with and reflect on our tradition and past.

In celebration of the arrival of our first Jodo Shu ministers—Rev. Taijo Matsuo and Rev. Gakuo Okabe—to Hawaii in 1894, last year, we observed a commemorative service. Continuing with the commemorative obser- vances, this year, a symposium on March 14 and 15 at the Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu (see p. 8 of this issue for more information). In addition to this symposium, we will have many more events at our respective temples throughout the year (see our 2015 calendar of events on p. 7). We look forward to seeing you this year!

March 2015 Sunday Services

March 1 at 10:00 am
Obetsuji Servicee (Sermon by Rev. Narashiba in English)

March 8 at 10:00 am
Family Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in Japanese and English)

March 14 (Saturday)

9:00 am: Opening Service – Japanese Session re Commemorative Symposium: “Honen Buddhism, East to West, Celebrating the 120th Year Since the Arrival of the First Jodo Shu Ministers to Hawaii”

10:15 am: The East Movement of Honen Buddhism, Lecture by Dr. Kiyohiko Fujimoto (Director, Jodo Shu Research Institute)

2:45 pm: Jodo Shu Ministry on the Mainland, Lecture by Dr. Jojo Atone (Bishop, Jodo Shu North America Buddhist Mission)

NOTE: LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR SATURDAY’S SYMPOSIUM. Anyone attending (except ministers and guests), should bring their own lunch.

March 15 (Sunday)

9:00 am: “The Next Generation of Jodo Shu Ministry” (English Session) English Service

9:30 am: Overview of “The Eastward Movement of Honen Buddhism”, By Dr. Kiyohiko Fujimoto (English Translation by Rev. Shinri hara)

10:00 am: “The Potential for Honen’s Buddhism in the West” By Gary Link

10:45 am: Q & A / Recess

11:00 am: “Honen Buddhism in South America” By Rev. Eduardo Ryoho Sasaki

11:45 am: Q & A / Recess

12:00 noon: Perspective of Honen Buddhism in Hawaii By Leonard Chow

12:30 pm: Lunch in Social Hall

All are welcome. Please join us to listen and share your thoughts on presentations by speakers from Japan, Brazil, LA, and Hawaii

March 22 at 10:00 am
Spring Higan Sunday Service (Sermon by Rev. Narashiba in English)

March 29 at 10:00 am
Sunday Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in English and Japanese)