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Fall Ohigan Service

For our Fall Ohigan Service, we welcomed guest speaker Rev. Mariko Nishiyama, resident minister of Pearl City Hongwanji. Fall Ohigan marks the change of seasons and Rev. Nishiyama delivered a special Dharma Message in observance of the occasion.

We also tried a couple of new gathas today, accompanied by Rev. Sumikawa and Shirley Yanagisawa on ukulele.

Sunday Family Service & Dharma School

September marks the end of summer. It’s an exciting time, as it means the start of a new school year for the kids and the beginning of new seasons for UH football and volleyball. Dennis Tashiro shared his thoughts in today’s Dharma Talk.

So let’s leave Summer behind and move forward by —
Rededicating ourselves to listen to the Dharma
Accepting things and people as they are
Using the right words and actions
Walking in Peace

WBT Dharma School

As mentioned in this month’s newsletter, today marked the start of a new Dharma School year. Dharma School is held on the second Sunday of the month from September to July. Dharma School teachers Kathi & Annette taught today’s lesson on interdependence.

Dharma School participation is not limited to temple members and their families. We welcome any and all keiki interested in learning the Buddha’s teachings!

Sunday Family Service & First Sunday Activity

Today was our first Sunday service after our summer break in August. Our Dharma Talk was given by our resident minister, Rev. Bert Sumikawa. Rev. Sumikawa spoke about importance of perseverance as well as dukkah, commonly translated as suffering.

As announced in the September newsletter, our monthly First Sunday family activity is back by popular demand. Following this morning’s service, we folded large origami cranes for International Peace Day, which we will observe on September 22, 2019. The cranes will be distributed by our Dharma school students to neighborhood businesses in hopes they will display them as part of International Peace Day.

First Sunday Activity: Peace Day Origami Cranes

Sunday Family Service & Remembrance Day

In our final Sunday Family Service before our summer break, Joy shared a Dharma Talk on the “JOY of Chanting and Music in Shin Buddhism.” Joy shared how chanting and music have an important role in Shin Buddhism, particularly when done as part of a group.

Joy shared a couple of gathas that we may be singing in future Family Services, including “Life in Harmony,” a new gatha composed by BJ Soriano that will be featured at the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention in San Francisco in September.

Today was also our Remembrance Day for those who passed in the month of July. There are no Family Services during the month of August. Our next Family Service will be on Sunday, September 1.

Sunday Family Service

As we are in the Obon season, Kuki shared his memories of the late Dorothy Ono and her enormous financial contribution that helped to transform our aging temple into a modern facility that could benefit the larger community. Just prior to her death, she made a decision to leave a large portion of her estate to Kailua Hongwanji, which helped to fund the construction of a new temple structure.

Kuki shared the challenges that were overcome, including having to rezone the property, and the substantial effort that went into building the multipurpose building that we enjoy today. The fruits of that effort were enjoyed by the large crowd that joined us last week for our annual Bon Dance.

To Dorothy and all those who have made Windward Buddhist Temple what it is today, we say okagesamade!

Obon & Hatsubon Service

We held our annual Obon and Hatsubon service to remember those who came before us. The Hatsubon service marks the first Obon Service for those who passed away in the last year. Obon and Hatsubon families were called up to offer incense while Rev. Sumikawa chanted a sutra. After the offering, Rev. Sumikawa gave a special Obon Dharma Talk, which can be viewed below.

Our July birthdays

Our July birthdays

Sunday Family Service

Today’s Dharma Talk was given by Bob Nishita. Bob shared his thoughts on attitude and why it’s important to keep a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. As an example, Bob shared that he had been all set to use the popular Japanese TV show Oshin that’s currently airing on KIKU as the example for his Dharma Talk, but an unexpected shift in the plot derailed its use at the last minute.

Former KHM minister Rev. Sumi visited us today. Rev. Sumi was our resident minister from March 1985 to March 1987.

After today’s service, volunteers stayed behind to help prepare our monthly newsletter, Kalyana Mitra, for mailing.

Sunday Family Service & Remembrance Day

Today’s Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Bert Sumikawa. Rev. Sumikawa shared various ways superstition enters our lives and the difference between it and the true nature of cause-and-effect. For example, in Japan, a male’s 42nd birthday is considered unlucky because the numbers (“4” and “2”) translate into “shi” and “ni,” or death. A yakudoshi party is thrown before the male’s 41st birthday to ward off bad luck. Another example, in the U.S., the number 13 is considered unlucky, so much so that many hotels skip the 13th floor and go from 12 to 14 instead.

We also held our monthly Remembrance Day, where families remembered and offered incense for family, friends, pets, and others who passed away in the month of June.

Sunday Family Service

For today’s Dharma Talk, Prudence Kusano shared two ways the teachings of the Dharma have affected her life. The first was encouraging her to continuously learn and the second was gratitude.

Prudence also shared a brief history of Father’s Day and how it came to be that we celebrate it nationally and internationally on the third Sunday of June, and we had apples for all the fathers and grandfathers in attendance.

Sunday Family Service

At today’s Family Service, Shirley Yanagisawa’s Dharma Talk was about the interdependence of all life. Shirley shared examples from her recent trip to Japan to visit extended family members and brought a few chrysalis that started as caterpillars in her yard and will eventually turn into monarch butterflies.