Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions

Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii since 1894

The 15th Zoom Nenbutsu 

Chanting "Namu Amida Butsu" Internationally (C.N.I.)  

Hosted by Busshinji Temple 

in Bodhgaya, India

Thursday, February 8, 2024  22:00 (Hawaii)

Jodo Shu Research Institute 

Free Online Seminar (in Japanese)

Sunday, February 25 at 6pm -9:30 pm
Registration: 

https://forms.gle/PDn4ZywrkcUge7CQ6

【令和5年度】浄土宗総合研究所公開シンポジウム
「AI時代の信仰」

◇開催趣旨:
本シンポジウムは、生成AIが劇的な進化を遂げるなかで、AIがもたらす影響や倫理的課題について議論する。今後、各パネリストによる発表とディスカッションを通じて、これまでの信仰や価値観が変容する可能性を探るとともに、AI時代の信仰を考察する。そのなかで個人や教団がAIと共存する新たな信仰の在り方を考え、未来志向の議論を行いたい。

◇日時:令和6年2月26日(月)13:00~16:30
ハワイ時間:2月25日(日)18:00~21:30

◇場所:対面+オンライン併用
[対面]浄土宗大本山増上寺 光摂殿 講堂
[オンライン]ZOOMウェビナー


◇登壇者と発題テーマ:
【パネリスト】
「ブッダボッドから見たAIと仏教」
亀山隆彦(京都大学人と社会の未来研究院研究員)


「浄土宗とAI」
齊藤舜健(浄土宗総合研究所主任研究員)


「自動翻訳から考えるAIとその未来」
隅田英一郎(情報通信研究機構(NICT)フェロー)


「AIが社会にもたらすリスクについて:特に軍事利用の観点から」
橳島次郎(生命倫理政策研究会共同代表)


【コーディネーター】
石田一裕(浄土宗総合研究所研究員)


◇参加対象:寺院関係者に限らず、どなたでも参加できます(参加無料)


◇申込方法:参加ご希望の方は下記の「申込フォーム」にご入力ください。

https://forms.gle/PDn4ZywrkcUge7CQ6


Award-Winning Director Yujiro Seki &

Jodo Mission of Hawaii

Present 

Documentary Film Showing 

Saturday, March 9, 2024 @1:00 pm

at Jodo Mission of Hawaii 

 Carving the Divine is a documentary film that offers a rare look into a 1400-year-old Buddhist woodcarving tradition and the practitioners struggling to preserve its legacy in a rapidly changing Japan.    

The film has become the official selection for 30 film festivals, showing in a total of 22 countries, and won awards at 13 festivals worldwide, such as winning the Best Director Award of a Foreign Language Documentary at World Cinema Milan and premiering at the famous Raindance Film Festival in London 

Donation to support Lahaina will be greatly appreciated.


 カービング・ザ・ディバイン 仏師
ドキュメンタリー映画の上映会

2024年3月9日(土)午後1時より
於)ハワイ浄土宗別院  (Jodo Mission of Hawaii)
寄付金の一部はラハイナ義援金へ

 カービング・ザ・ディバイン 仏師
監督・脚本・製作:関勇⼆郎
ストーリーアドバイザー:アンソニー・キャピタン
⾳楽:エミー賞受賞作曲家 ニコラス・パイク

関侊雲、紺野侊慶という⼆⼈の仏師と、 彼らの下で修業に勤しむ若者たちの⽇々を描いた群像作品。 1400年続いてきた仏師の世界の師弟関係は、穏やかなものではない。 弟⼦たちは師の叱咤を受けながら、寝る間も惜しんで仏像を彫り続ける。 鑿と彫刻⼑だけで、仏像の細やかなディテールまで表現する技法は芸術的だ。 ⼯房内の緊張感を余すところなく映像に収めている。 寺からの依頼を受け、新たな仏像を作る⼀部始終もカメラが追った。 ⽊材から仏への変容する様は、魂の⽣ずる瞬間を⾒るようだ。 伝統⼯芸であり、⽇本⼈の信仰⼼の権化ともいえる仏像彫刻の「リアル」を追った。

 ◆仏師の養成は「丁稚奉公」という弟⼦⼊り制度◆ 仏像を製作する職⼈を「仏師」と呼びます。 仏像には⽊彫仏、⽯仏、⾦銅仏などがありますが、 本作でクローズアップしているのは⽊彫仏の仏師です。 古来より伝わる独⾃の⼿法で仏像を彫っていきます。 その貴重な技術の継承を⾏うため、多くの仏師が弟⼦⼊り制度を設けています。 弟⼦⼊りの⽅法は「丁稚奉公(でっちぼうこう)」という、 年季を決めて修⾏をするのが⼀般的。

https://www.carvingthedivine.com/ 


The Simultaneous NENBUTSU Recitation Meet 2024   

January 18-24 (H.S.T.)

January 25th is the memorial day of our founder “HONEN-SHONIN”.
Before Honen Shonin passed away, he was once asked about his memorial temple by his disciple, Shinku.   “Where shall we build your memorial temple after you are gone?  All distinguished monks from ancient times have left memorial temples, but none such has yet been erected for you.”
 
Honen Shonin replied, “if you erect a memorial for me in one place, it would prevent the spread of my teaching.   My memorial site should exist throughout the country. Wherever Nenbutsu is recited, there shall be my memorial.”
Propagation of Nenbutsu throughout the country was his life-long purpose but modern technology has made it possible to spread much more widely and quickly in the world.
 
Jodo Shu Young Ministers’ Association proudly present its “The Simultaneous Nenbutsu Recitation Meet” again this year in order for us to chant “Namu Amida Butsu” anytime and anywhere in the world.
 
Young Ministers’ Association has prepared a special map on their website.   
 Do you practice Nenbutsu?  Are you a follower of Nenbutsu?  If so, please help us to make a Nenbutsu followers map.  By registering your name and location on the special site,  picture of lotus flower will be pop up in the map! Please visit https://zj.jodo.or.jp/en_doji_map

Registration starts on Wednesday January 18 @5:00am (Hawaii Time).

For more information, please visit here.

Illustrated Biography of Honen Shonin

Scrolls were donated by Mr. Kinzo Ozaki in commemoration of the completion of Jodo Mission Temple Building at Makiki in 1932.  As one of our 850th Anniversary projects, we made this available online with English translations. 


 

Maui Wildfire Relief Fund for Sensei Lahaina Jodo 

Sympathy Message & Statement on the Wildfire on Maui

  

We are truly saddened and shocked to learn about the recent wildfire that devastated Lahaina, one of the most beautiful historic towns in Hawaii.  With much pain and sympathy, we must report that our Lahaina temple buildings were all burnt to the ground while we are relieved to know our resident minister, Reverend Gensho Hara, and the family are safe after evacuation several times during the night.

I wish to express our sincerest condolences to those who lost their lives,  residents of Lahaina, and all those affected by the devastating wildfire on Maui.  The loss of precious lives and properties is truly heartbreaking and our prayers are with the community as they rebuild and heal from this tragedy.  Please know that we are not alone.  Our ancestors must have experienced this devastation many times in the past and every time they got to be strong and rebuild what they lost.  

According to the Buddhist teachings, life is marked by change with the impermanence of all things, and it is our understanding that true solace can be found in supporting one another during these challenging moments.   May we all find strength in the interconnectedness of all beings as we move forward on the path of healing and recovery.  

We have now two Go Fund Me fundraisers for both rebuilding Lahaina Jodo Mission and supporting Rev. Gensho Hara.  Your kind support will be greatly appreciated.

Namu Amida Butsu. 

Gassho,
Bishop Kosen Ishikawa 

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Dharma Light Relay Service 

In commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of the Founding of Jodo Shu 

 As you may know, Jodo Shu will celebrate the 850th Anniversary of its founding in 2024. As part of this commemoration, we invite you to participate in the Dharma Light Relay Ceremony of Nenbutsu at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 am at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. 

This Dharma Light Relay starts at Seiryuji Temple where Honen Shonin encountered the verse, “All will be saved by calling Amida Buddha’s sacred name, Namu Amida Butsu” in the commentary on the Visualization Sutra by the Chinese Pure Land Master Shandao. Honen Shonin realized that Nenbutsu was the ultimate way for universal salvation. Then he descended to the city and stayed at Yoshimizu (currently Chionin temple) where he dedicated himself to the spread of Nenbutsu teachings. Thus Nenbutsu spread gradually and was transmitted from person to person from generation to generation. We call this transmission of Nenbutsu as transmission of “Dharma Light.” 

In recognition of Honen Shonin’s footstep of the initial transmission of “Dharma Light” from Seiryuji Temple, young ministers will carry Light with a candle on foot from Seiryuji temple to Chionin where various representatives will get together to receive and pass this light to many more temples and members. Bishop Ishikawa is attending this service in order to pass out this Dharma Light to Jodo Mission temples in Hawaii. Ministers from neighbor islands will gather for this ceremony at Jodo Mission to receive and pass out the light to its members. All are invited and we will present candle light with Dharma light of Nenbutsu to each participant. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Also special Koto Concert will be held after the refreshments at 1:00 pm. 

In relation to this Dharma Relay, we’d like to encourage as many people as possible to establish a Karmic Connection with Amida Buddha by participating in the Reiwa-Edition Registry of Nenbutsu Devotees. 

On the one-year memorial service for Honen Shonin, his foremost disciple Genchi Shonin expressed his devotion to his maser by having a standing statue of Amida Buddha carved in his memory. Inside the image was discovered sheets of paper in which as many as 46,000 names of devotees were written, who were karmically connected to the statue. This registry attests that many people who wished to be born in the Pure Land of the Western Paradise, created a strong bond with Honen Shonin’s teachings and recited Nenbutsu with deep appreciation. Now almost 850 years after Honen Shonin founded the Pure Land Sect called “Jodo Shu”, let us also recite the Nenbutsu and write down Namu Amida Butsu for the Reiwa-Edition Registry. Your Nenbutsu offerings will be compiled in the registry and dedicated in front of the Statue of Amida Buddha created by Genchi Shonin. Registry paper will be available at the service. We hope you will take this opportunity to make a strong karmic connection with the Nenbutsu. 


Honen

No. 4    December 2022

A collection of Buddhist Sermons by Jodo Shu Priests around the world.  

Jodo Mission of Hawaii 

LIVE Jodo Buddhist Sunday Service @10:00am

(In-person & YouTube LIVE)

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LIVE streaming Sunday Service at 10:00 am (HST)!

Please check Bishop's YouTube Channel.

Jodo Mission Major Events for 2023
January 22 (Sun.)    Gyoki / Memorial Service for Honen Shonin
January 29 (Sun.)  Sunday Service & General Membership Meeting
February 12 (Sun.)   Nirvana Day Service
March 5 (Sun.)   Fujinkai General Membership Meeting
March 19 (Sun.)  Higan Service
April 2 (Sun.)   HBC Buddha Day Service
April 15- May 15   Koinobori Celebration
May 14 (Sun. )  Mother's  Day service
May 28 ( Sun.)  Memorial Day Service
June 18 (Sun.)  Father's Day Service
July 9 (Sun.)   O-Toba Set Up and General Cleaning
July 14-16  O-Bon Services
August 13 (Sun.)  Yagura Set Up
August 19 (Sat.)  Bon Dance 
September 10 (Sun.)  Higan Service
October 15 (Sat.) Bazaar Preparation Day
October 22 (Sun.) Bazaar
November 12 (Sun.)  O-juya Service
December 3 (Sun.) HBC Bodhi Day
December 10 (Sun.) General Clean-up
December 17 (Sun.) Mochi Sale
December 31 (Sun.) New Year's Eve Service

Pure Land Life

2022 No. 35

LIVE Bodhi Day Service via YouTube

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Sunday, December 8, 2022 at 9:30 am (HST)
at Jodo Mission of Hawaii

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Hawaii Buddhist Council presents 2021 Virtual Bodhi Day Service 
with One Minute Dharma Talk Challenge by 16 ministers!

Aloha from Hawaii

Aloha!   Welcome to the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions' website.  HCJM is the umbrella organization for the 13 Jodo Mission temples in the State of Hawai'i. 
We belong to Jodo Shu (Pure Land Buddhist Sect) which was founded by Honen Shonin (1133-1212) in Japan in 1175.   
Please visit our temples and/or website for more information about our services and events throughout the year.
The purpose of HCJM is:
a) To propagate the teachings of Jodo Buddhism and the Buddhist religion;
b) To promote generally the welfare of the people of the community throughout the State of Hawaii;
c) To serve as the liaison body for the various Jodo Missions.
Please feel free to join in our temple services, activities and events.

Big Island

Kurtistown Jodo Mission
Hilo Meishoin
Hakalau Jodo Mission
Hamakua Jodo Mission
Kohala Jodo Mission
Hawi Jodo Mission

Island of Maui

Wailuku Jodo Mission
Kahului Jodo Mission
Lahaina Jodo Mission

Island of Kaua'i

Kapaa Jodo Mission
Koloa Jodo Mission

Events & Services

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Our Project

We're always working on something. Most of the time, we're focused on providing better service for our members and friends.  But every so often we get the chance to experiment with new concepts and ideas.

Otsutome Book

PDF version of Otsutome Book - Daily Devotion Book is now available to download.   If you wish to purchase this hard copy, please contact [email protected] 

Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions

c/o Jodo Mission of Hawaii   Phone: (808)949-3995

United States

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