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Volume 6, Issue 10 Path of Entrusting - Recite the Nembutsu October 2012
Peace Day Message Katsuya and Akiyo Nozaki
Katsuya and Akiyo Nozaki are from the Nagoya area of Japan and love to visit Maui for wonderful wind- surfing opportunities. Both have also assisted in getting our temple work done. The wonderful smiles and enthusiasm they come packaged in always brightens everyone’s day. With Akiyo’s help, Katsuya shared the following message and a song he composed at the recent Peace Day service.
Good morning everyone. My name is Katsuya Nozaki. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak today, for Peace Day. I’d like to talk about my father. He already passed away 14 years ago when he was 80 years old. He went to Manchuria in the military when he was 20 years old. And my mother’s fam- ily moved there from Gifu Prefecture when she was 17 years old. Her father was a director of the Person- nel Department of the military. He arranged my parents’ marriage. My father and mother met each other for the first time in this marriage ceremony. They lived together very peacefully until World War II started. And they stayed there 7 more years. It was a very hard time for them. I was born in 1958, when my father was 40 years old. My parents didn’t want to talk about the war when I was a child. But I remember my father told me, “War is useless. People become killers, even when they know it’s evil. In peace time, you become a hero when you help someone, but in war time, you be- come a hero when you kill many people. War is useless. Now how happy I am in these peace days.” This year I am 54 years old. Now I have a granddaughter, 3 years old. I’m studying Buddhism. Now I understand what he said to me. It’s like Shinran Shonin’s “Akunin Shoki.” Shinran Shonin said, “Even a good person attains birth in the Pure Land, so it goes without saying that an evil person will. Though it is so, people commonly say “Even an evil person attains birth, so it goes without saying that a good person will.” Even if you become a more evil person, you can be helped by Amida Buddha. When the people misunderstood it and did more evil things, Shinran Shonin became very sad, I think everyone has a weak heart, and we can become evil anytime. When you can recognize how small you are, Amida Buddha will give you compassion and lead you to the Pure Land with Nembutsu. Now in Japan, there is no more war, but there is somewhere in this world. Then I feel how happy we are now, and I want to live everyday as happy as possible. And also I pray for the happiness of the young children and their future. I give you this song; I make [wrote] it. The song’s name is “I Wish.”
This song is for the young children. There is sad news over and over in this world. I wish the children live this time strongly. We do not live to suffer; we don’t live to be sad. The life is not only a hard time. There is tomorrow to notice a meaning of love. The kindness is very beautiful. You, and you, all begin to shine. I wish.
(Peace Day Message, continued on Page 3)
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President’s Corner
Lay Convention 2012 --- September 8-9, 2012 --- Kauai Theme: “Creating our Future Together—Thriving, Sustainable Hongwanji Communities.”
Roxanne MacDougall, an organizational consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach based on Kauai, was the keynote speaker. A quote from Roxanne’s bio pinpoints the concerns of the Hongwanji as a whole, as well as, individual temples:
“In these times of unprecedented challenges and change, I have been asked to work with
many organizations and individuals who are stuck, caught in a negative downward spiral
and struggling to survive. The focus of my work now is Human, Group and Organizational
Sustainability. What many of us forget is that “sustainability” applies to people resources
and groups, not just natural resources. It has never been more important that people are
“renewable,” energized, inspired, resilient, nourished, focused and fully able to take charge
of change, to create the vision of what they truly desire. And that groups and organization
come together not only to chart a course for the future, but to ensure that they sustain the
planning, action, and ongoing processes to ensure ongoing positive change.”
Roxanne hit the nail on the head! We can create positions and policies and procedures, but these do not function by themselves. Policies and procedures need people to make them effective and workable. This is a major reason for Kahului Hongwanji’s (and other temples) emphasis on having people join us as members. In joining an organiza- tion, the person makes a commitment to support that organization. Support can take many faces—helping to plan and to do the tasks necessary to put on the various activities, giving financial support in the form of monthly pledges, buying tickets for the fundraisers, donating supplies, asking relatives and friends to help, and any number of other ways. Thoughts:
• One of the keys is to “ask.” So many times we have been happy at how willing some people are to help. It’s because they were asked. If we all asked one person, we can double our person-power!
• Kahului Hongwanji is constantly looking to improve our activities and services. Very often this re- quires people to step out of their comfort zone. The learning curve becomes very steep at that point. Always, however, we find that at the end we have learned something new.
• Another thing learned—There are always people to whom we can turn for advice and help. We are not alone. People just need to know that help is needed.
• Another thought—The same event is never done twice in exactly the same way. Everytime an event is held, we’ve learned from the previous time and changes are made to make things better and easier.
Kahului Hongwanji is full of dedicated people and, we are always on the lookout for more people, for new people. We are, after all, working on the second 100 years. In Gassho,
(Peace Day Message, continued from page 1) Thank you for giving aloha to us. Katsuya and I are enjoying being here very much. We will stay three weeks more. Of course, we are also helping at the Maui Fair. I just want to say thank you all. Please take care of yourself and see you again with your smiley faces. Arigatogozaimashita.
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Mark Your Calendar!
Service Responsibilities
Oct 7 Jr. YBA Oct 14 BWA Oct 21 Dharma School Oct 28 Kyodan
Dates to Remember!
Oct 7 KHBWA luncheon at Tiffany’s—11 a.m. Oct 13-14 State Dharma School Teachers’ Conference—Maui Oct 27 Senior Fair 8 a.m.– noon at War Memorial Gym: BWA booth—Please support Nov 25 Eitaikyo Service with Reverend Ai Hironaka
Hosha means to give or to help as an expression of one’s grati- tude. In the spirit of hosha, let’s all consider working for the temple to be a privilege.
Please come and help!
October 6, 7:30 a.m. October 20, 7:30 a.m. Window cleaning—Scouts
*Costume Parade *Games *Crafts *Treats (and maybe some tricks , too!)
Altar Flowers
To all who have been sharing flowers with us each week, we say a great big “Mahalo” to you. We are most appreciative of the beautiful flowers and also of the time that you take out of your busy schedule to cut and then to drop them off at the temple for everyone to enjoy. Please continue to share your flowers with us to help keep our temple altar always bright and beautiful. Flowers can be dropped off at the temple on Wednesday or Thursday by 11 a.m.
Social Concerns
Please look for the Social Concerns letter and envelope. Donations are collected by our temple and then forwarded to Honpa Hongwanji. Social Concerns is a way that Hongwanji in Hawaii ex- presses Buddhist compassion and interdependence.
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George Tanabe will be the guest speaker at the MUBWA Fall Assembly to be held at Lahaina Hong- wanji on November 10, 2012. His book, Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii, has been published and his talk will also be on that subject. George Tanabe’s talk will be open to all Hawaii Kyodan members and friends, including those who may be interested from the general public. More details will be in the Novem- ber issue of Ocean or inquire at the temple office. [The following book description is from the website of UH (University of Hawaii) Press.]
Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii Author: Tanabe, George J.; Willa Jane
Upon entering a Japanese Buddhist temple in Hawai’i, most people – whether first-time visitors
or lifelong members – are overwhelmed by the elaborate and complex display of golden orna-
ments, intricately carved altar tables and incense burners, and images of venerable masters and
bodhisattvas. These objects, as well as the architectural elements of the temple itself, have
meanings that are often hidden in ancient symbolisms. This book, written by two local authorities
on Japanese art and religion, provides a thorough yet accessible overview of Buddhism in Ha-
wai’i followed by a temple-by-temple guide to the remaining structures across the state.
Introductory chapters cover the basic history, teachings, and practices of various denominations
and the meanings of objects commonly found in temples. Taken together, they form a short
primer on Buddhism in Japan and Hawai’i. The heart of the book is a narrative description of the
ninety temples still extant in Hawai’i. Augmented by over 350 color photographs, each entry be-
gins with historical background information and continues with descriptions of architecture, sanc-
tuaries, statuary and ritual implements, columbariums, and grounds. Appended at the end is a
chart listing each temple’s denomination, membership number, and architectural type.
While many Buddhist temples in Hawai’i are active social and religious centers, a good number
are in serious decline. In addition to being an introduction to Buddhism and a guide book, Japa-
nese Buddhist Temples in Hawai’i is an indispensable historical record of what exists today and
what may be gone tomorrow. It will appeal to temple members, pilgrims, residents, and tourists
interested in local cultural and historic sites, and historians of Buddhism in Hawai’i.
Some of you may have had the good fortune to meet George and Willa Jane Tanabe when they visited your temple while doing the research footwork for this book. George Tanabe will be bringing about 20 of the paperback books when he comes to the MUBWA Fall Assembly.
Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii George Tanabe, Author and Keynote Speaker
Maui United Buddhist Women’s Assembly
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Buddhist Women’s Association
Recipe Corner
Recipes Welcome
The newsletter staff welcomes you to share a favorite recipe with our sangha. Please send a copy to the temple office or send it via email to kahului- hongwanji@hawaii.rr.com. Please email your picture and we will gladly insert it in the recipe corner. Mahalo!
2 large squid (approximately 2 pounds total)
Remove outer skin and suckers from tentacles. Cut into bite sized pieces.
Place into boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes. (Do not overcook.)
Drain and cool. Place into large bowl and add:
1 medium Maui onion, thinly sliced 3 stalks green onions, sliced julienne
Mix together and add half of the following mixture to ika:
¼ cup miso 1/8 cup sugar 1/8 cup Japanese vinegar 2 T sesame seeds, toasted 1 T ginger, grated
Prior to serving, remove excess liquid from the bowl of ika and add other half of the miso mixture.
Arigatai is a word expressing a fundamental realization and attitude in Japanese Buddhism. Literally meaning “difficult to have or be,” arigatai refers to that state of profound gratitude to other people and in- deed to all beings working for one’s benefit. It is based upon the awareness of the fundamental Oneness of Life, of the fact that all things are working for our spiritual understanding and benefit. The Japanese word for thank you, arigato, has the above sense of gratitude to all beings. (from Cocktails by Masao Kodani)
Yes, we are encaptured by this sense of arigatai. ````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
The annual BWA luncheon meeting will be held on Sunday, October 7, at 11 a.m. at Tiffany’s. Please call the temple office to confirm your attendance. The cost is $10. Join the car pool at the temple parking lot after the Sunday service.
Please support the KHBWA at the Senior Fair at the War Memorial Gym on Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Members will be selling mixed rice and other goodies.
The Maui United BWA Fall General Assembly will be held on Saturday, November 10 at Lahaina Hongwanji at 9 a.m. Dr. George Tanabe, Jr., Religious Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, will be the guest speaker. Kyodan members are welcome. The cost for the bento lunch is $6. Please call the temple office to confirm your attendance by October 28.
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Dharma School
Fall has arrived though the days are still hot and sunny. August was a busy month with an island- wide kick-off picnic at Lahaina Jodo Mission for the Dharma Schools. Many KHM families showed up, and everyone enjoyed some fun in the sun. August was also the month of the annual Yard Sale. Thank you to all the parents and friends who donated items for the sale. The money raised will be used for Dharma School activities. Grandparents’ Day was celebrated on September 9 during family service. The children honored their grandparents by sharing stories about them. After refreshments the students, grandparents, and other adults participated in a hanafuda tournament or a Twenty-one card game. Akiyo Nozaki was the Twenty-one champion. The team consisting of Wesley Sakutori and his father Wayne won the handafuda tournament. Everyone had a great time. October is the State-wide Dharma School Teachers’ Convention to be held here on Maui. The VID- STA members have all worked hard to plan the conference, and the teachers all hope to expand their teach- ing skills and exchange information with other Dharma School teachers. The Dharma School Halloween party will be held on Sunday, October 28. Please bring your cos- tumes for a fun-filled time!
Above: Happy Hanafuda tournament players.
Above: Dharma School members who spoke of their
grandparents and how they touched their lives.
Lower left: Father and son team of Wayne and Wesley Sakutori won the
hanafuda tournament.
Right: Akiyo Nozaki was the winner of the Twenty-one card game. Pictured with her are the other players who had a great time with dealers
Wayne and Karen Sakutori.
Peace Day Service
On September 16, our temple observed Peace Day Hawaii as well as the United Nations International Day of Peace which falls on Friday, September 21. Katsuya and Akiyo Nozaki, pictured at left, delivered a talk about peace. (This Dharma talk is printed on page 1.) After the thought-provoking message, Katsuya played his guitar while Akiyo sang his song (translation printed on page 1). The following section was also part of the service. • The Golden Chain of Love is really symbolic of World Peace. • A piece by the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism was shared during the onembutsu: Without inner peace outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless people first estab- lish peace within their own minds. Only by creating peace within our own minds and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world. The real source of happiness is inner peace. • For the words of thanksgiving before our refreshments, everyone sang a special “Song of Thanksgiving,” which was brought back from Kauai by the Lay Convention delegates. The song is sung to the tune of Edelweiss and was accompanied by ukulele music:
Join our hearts, as we dine Friendship and peace Fill us with joy and thanksgiving May they bloom and grow May our hearts fill with peace Bloom and grow forever As we gather together. Hands together in Gassho Namo Amida Butsu.
• As there are posts (see picture at right) with the words “May Peace
Prevail on Earth” throughout Japan, in Hawaii as well as in the rest of the world, may we all strive to establish inner peace, helping oth- ers to do the same so that all of mankind can achieve peace on Earth.
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Highlights of Kahului Hongwanji Mission Board Meeting Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Present: Rev. A. Hironaka, J. Shimada, J. Yokoyama, G. Hiyakumoto, I. Tokishi, I. Matsuda, A. Yoshi- moto, N. Okumura, H. Toyama, E. Nishimura, H. Nakamura, G. Hironaka, L. Sakuma, C. Suyama, D. To- yama, R. Kondo, S. Higa
Solar Panels Project – Committee reviewed the three photo voltaic solar panels proposals and recom- mends Haleakala Solar. Douglas Toyama moved and Gerald Hiyakumoto seconded the motion to proceed and initiate the procedure to enter into a contract with Haleakala Solar for a photo voltaic system. Motion carried. Honpa will be notified of our intent to install the photo voltaic system.
Zoning – Transmittal of Zoning Request to Council - A meeting with State Land Use Commission will be set up to look over our zoning change application. Rev. Koyo Kubose Dharma Seminar – August 4 – Proceeds from sale of books donated by Rev. Kubose were given to Maui Hongwanji Council and the Buddhist Study Center.
Policies – New recommended policy defines the use of KHM temple. Motion made by Gerald Hiyakumoto and seconded by Lillian Sakuma to recommend that we wait for a final written form of this policy and that the policy committee rework the new recommended policy and present it at the next board meeting for ap- proval. Motion carried. Policy for Minister’s Residence – Addition to Item 2 - Gerald Hiyakumoto moved and Joan Yokoyama seconded to approve the addition to the policy on Minister’s residence as presented. Motion carried.
REPORTS Minister’s Report & Announcements -Rev. Hironaka asked that we bring up any ideas or voice our opin- ion regarding educational programs/training we may want BSC to sponsor.
Dharma Education - Service Responsibilities for November (proposed) 11/04 Jr. YBA – Appreciation Brunch? 11/11 BWA 11/18 Dharma School – Eitaikyo 11/25 Kyodan No window cleaning in November Preschool – Teachers are working on accreditation and the QRLS projects. The Lions Club painted in the playground area.
Maui Hongwanji Council - Maui District Nembutsu Seminar on November 2 – 4, 2012. Guest lecturer is Dr. Kenji Akahoshi. Next board meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
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