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Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bulletin - November 2014

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The monthly newsletter of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii for November 2014.
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  JMooH Bn N   (   #  1  2  1  6   -   1  1  1  4   J   o  d   o   M i  s  s i   o  n   o  f   H  a   w  a i i   1  4  2  9   M  a  k i  k i   S  t .    H   o  n   o l  u l  u   H I  9  6  8  1  4      A  d  d  r  e  s  s   S  e  r  v i  c  e   R  e  q  u  e  s t  e  d Discussion on Religious Services   at Jodo Mission of Hawaii   November 2, 2014   After 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service   Please join us for a discussion on religious services held at Jodo Mission of Hawaii both Japanese and English services. As of the date of this Bulletin, English services are held on the second and third Sundays at 10:00 a.m., other Sundays, services are in Japanese (which is normally reading the sutras in Japa-nese). On the first Sunday, we have an Obetsuji service where everyone at the service will be asked to hit the mokugyo in unison. On the fourth Sunday, we have a juzukuri service which is having O -  Nenbutsu recited with everyone surrounding a huge juzu and reciting the O -  Nenbutsu. Sutras and gathas are recited from the Otsutome book. We have a comment box on religious services. Some members have made comments about our religious services, i.e. services are too long, O -  Nenbutsu recitation should be shorter like 5 minutes instead of 10 to 15 minutes, musical meditation is good, Ichimai Kishomon should be recited more often, oshoko or offering of incense should be given within the service or it’s better to have the offering of incense before the service begins so people would come to the temple on time and participate in the sutra chanting, etc.   Please come and participate in this discussion of the religious services.  It is educa-tional to hear comments by everyone as well as the ministers on what and why we are having services. Anyone interested can participate in this discussion.  Page 2   School Students Wanting to go to College   Students in elementary, middle and high school should be thinking about college. Parents of these students should also be thinking of how am I going to afford to send my children to col-lege.   Most students try to excel in their studies. Some play sports   and try to apply for scholarships; others try to obtain other types of scholarships. Have you ever thought that possibly coming to church and learning about your religion can also help you on your way to college? It is nice to have a scholarship. There are many different types of scholarships. Some pay for an entire semester or entire school year and even some that are for four years of college. Any type of scholarship is helpful!   Even coming to Sunday Services helps! How does it help? Jodo Shu offers scholarships  by its various affiliations, i.e. Fujinkai, YBA, etc. Attending Sunday Services and attending Sunday School are very important religious activities to learn about the Jodo Shu teachings. Coming to memorial services of deceased family members are personal duties one has to his/her own family. Volunteering at Bon dance, mochitsuki, bazaar, and other temple activities adds credits towards a Jodo Shu scholarship. Children who at an early age come to Sunday School, learn about the Jodo Shu teachings and participate in Sunday Services gain a lot of the understanding of Jodo Shu. So please parents and grandparents, consider bringing your children and/or grand-children to Jodo Mission of Hawaii.  We have services every Sunday at 10 a.m. unless there are other activities, i.e. spring and autumn Higan services, O - Bon services, Bon dance, bazaar, etc.   Bazaar Prep Day, Sunday, October 12   THANK YOU to everyone who came to help bring all the items out for the Bazaar and begin to sort them. There were some wonderful things that people donated:   Ian Kitajima founds an umbrella!   Harumi Molnair and Cynthia Matsunaga  folded clothes together.   Aki Nishiyama, Richard Mu-rashige and Allison Oshiro  found some interesting books!   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  BAZAAR    We apologize for any confusion at our recent Bazaar held on October 19, 2014. Because of the oncoming Ana Storm, the Bazaar was cancelled but as the weather improved, the mes-sage was changed and the Bazaar went on as scheduled. A gentleman came at 6:00 a.m. so he would be the first person in line (Bazaar door opened at 8:00 a.m.) and as time went on the line got longer and longer!   For those who came in the rainy weather, THANK YOU for coming and hope you found some wonderful good things! For all those who came to help, we cannot thank you enough. Members and friends came every day from October 12 to the day before the Bazaar October 19 and sort items and price items. People were still bringing in things for the Bazaar as late as the day before the Bazaar. Happy faces of those who came to help on Bazaar day!   Amy Hasegawa with Clifford Miyamoto and Rev. Narashiba   Jon Karamatsu on left and and Mia Youth on the right.   Page 3   Craft Ladies : Doris Soma (extreme right) has a sewing class on Saturdays and they make craft items, hapi coats etc. Here Amy and Ann are her help-ers   Lots of people searching for good  buys!   Tomoko Hisamoto selling sushi vinegar, tsuke-mono, sweet potato, spam musubi   The day the Bazaar sign went up, it was a beautiful sunny day!    Laypersons and Hawaii Rengo Fujinkai Convention   On September 19 - 21, 2014 the statewide Laypersons and Rengo Fujinkai held their Convention in Hilo, Hawaii. The highlight of the Convention was the bus ride from Hilo to Hamakua for a special 120th Commemorative Service at Hamakua Jodo Mission. Hamakua Jodo Mission is the oldest Buddhist temple in the State of Hawaii. The 120 year service hon-ors the first pioneer minister Rev. Gakuo Okabe. When you enter the temple and see the koa altar; it is so amazing that someone made the altar out of koa wood. The architecture is just so beautiful! See below the beautiful koa architecture on the altar.   Hilo Meishoin members were host to this Convention. Thank you very much for your wonderful hospitality! The food was so delicious! Everyone had a wonderful time!   Above are the Laypersons Officers for 2014 - 2016. The next Convention will be held on Maui in 2016. Donald Fujii (person far right) was elected President of the Laypersons Association.   Photo above right are the Rengo Fujinkai elected officers. Jocelyn Tengan, extreme right was elect-ed President for 2014 - 2016. Fujinkai also honored the keiro (80 years and older): Masae Ando (Hilo), Hakalau ladies Sue Saruwatari, Alice Nishimoto and Page 4   Setsuko Taira, Toshiko Muraoka (Haleiwa) Akiko  Nishiyama and Doris Soma (Honolulu)  

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