Funeral for Former Bishop Dwight Ryokan Nakamura

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 11.31.19 AMIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted, compassionate minister and former Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions Dwight Ryokan Nakamura.

Bishop Nakamura passed away quietly on March 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 88. He was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He is survived by two daughters: Chandra Kanemaru and Dana Nakamura.

The Bishop’s funeral will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Jodo Mission of Hawaii as a “Kyokuso” (Kyoku-sponsored funeral). This is the highest honor given to a minister in Hawaii.

He came to Hawaii in 1954 and in 1962 assisted Kyoku with the publication of an English service book, “Light of Asia” and in 1978 was the editorial chairman regarding the published “Otsutome” a service book containing Japanese and English translations. He became Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions in 1983 to 1991 and again in 2004 to 2007. Prior to becoming Bishop, he was also resident minister at Kurtistown and Hilo Meishoin.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and to the Jodo Shu community as we mourn the loss of a minister who devoted himself to spreading Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii. Everyone has different stories to remember this wonderful minister for his warmth and compassion for people. He was always smiling, and saying good morning and thank you for coming or thank you for your participation. He loved food and he loved his sweets. He is now in Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. It was he who said when you get up in the morning say Namu Amida Butsu and be thankful for this wonderful day! And at the end of the day, say Namu Amida Butsu and thank Amida Buddha for this wonderful day!

Namu Amida Butsu!

April 2015 Sunday Services

  • April 5 at 9:00 am
    Hawaii Buddhist Council BUDDHA DAY SERVICE at Soto Mission of Hawaii (1708 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817). Guest Speaker: Dr. Jay Sakashita. NO SERVICE at Jodo Mission but please join HBC Buddha Day Service at Soto Mission
  • April 12 at 10:00 am
    Jodo Mission Hanamatsuri or Buddha Day Service. Sermon by Rev. Narashiba in English. Please come and and celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birthday. You may pour sweet tea on the Baby Buddha. Picture Contest: What does Hanamatsuri mean to me? Please draw a picture of what Hanamatsuri means to me and bring your drawing to Jodo Mission by Saturday, April 11, or bring your drawing with you to the April 12 Sunday Service
  • April 19 at10:00 am
    Sunday Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in English and Japanese)
  • April 26 at 10:00 am
    Sunday Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in English and Japanese). 10:00 am: Oahu Jodo Shu Rengo Fujinkai Convention in Haleiwa. All Fujinkai ladies are welcome – deadline April 12 to order bento lunch and bus ride.