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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.

Sunday Family Service

Today’s Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Bert Sumikawa. Rev. Sumikawa described two types of Buddhism. The first one is based on learning the concepts and theories of Buddhism. It’s around studying the teachings objectively. With the second one, Buddhism is about experiencing the teachings subjectively. One’s self is challenged and negated. This is what Shin Buddhists refer to as shinjin.

To put it another way, the first type is like becoming an expert on food by collecting a library of recipes, while the second is about actually preparing those dishes and tasting them.

We celebrated our June birthdays today. Happy birthday Cynthia and Ron!

Sunday Family Service & Remembrance Day

Dr. Michael Jaffe gave today’s Dharma Talk on suffering, both from a Buddhist perspective as well as from a medical standpoint. Dr. Jaffe specializes in pain management and he shared how both Buddhism and medical science can interact in managing suffering.

Gotan-e Service

At today’s Gotan-e and Family Service, our guest minister was Rev. Satoshi Tomioka who currently is serving as minister of Puna, Pahala and Naalehu Hongwanji Missions on Hawaii island. Gotan-e is to celebrate the birth of Shinran Shonin the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. In his message, Rev. Tomioka said that we must remember Amida Buddha’s compassion and that he embraces each of us just as we are.