ABOUT THE CHURCH
Aiea Hongwanji Mission is a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple affiliated with the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. The Temple is located at 99-186 Puakala Street in Aiea, Hawaii, USA. The goal of the mission is the propagation of Jodo Shinshu (Mahayana - Pure Land tradition) Buddhism in the Aiea area. Aiea Hongwanji was established in 1902, and has been serving the Aiea community for over a century. In 2002, Aiea Hongwanji celebrated its centennial with education programs and commemoration services.
Jodo Shinshu (Shin) BuddhismTeaching
Through deep reflective listening of Dharma Messages, attaining the Endowed Awakened Mind of True Entrusting through the working of the Buddha's Primal Vow, we walk the path of life reciting Amida Buddha's Name, Namo Amida Butsu, in joy and gratitude. At the end of life, we are assured of birth in the Pure Land of Enlightenment and thus instantaneous attainment of Buddahood, motivated to return at once to this world of suffering to guide other to awakening.
Way of Life
Guided by the teaching of Shinran Shonin, we listen to the compassionate calling of Amida Buddha (the Buddha Amitabha-Amitayus) and recite "Namo Amida Butsu" the Nembutsu. Always reflecting on ourselves, amidst our feelings of regret and joy, we live expressing our gratitude without depending upon petitionary prayer and superstition.Purpose
The Hongwanji Sangha is a community of people joined together in revering the Teaching of Shinran Shonin. We seek to share the All-Inclusive Wisdom and All-Embracing Compassion of Amida Buddha. By doing so, we work toward the realization of a world society in which everyone, every being, is able to live a life of spiritual fulfillment.
Message to Members
A friendly reminder to Members who have not paid their annual dues for 2014 ($100 for Regular members and $50 for Associate members who are 40 years of age or younger)
Dues for 2015 have increased to $125 for Regular members. Associate members continue to pay only $50 for the year.
If you have moved and/or no longer wish to remain a member, please inform the temple office at 487-2626.
If you are not a member but would like to become one, please contact the temple office at 487-2626.
People sometimes ask me the question.
"Sensei, why you became a Minister?" and I answer the question.
"Because I am from Temple family"
"When did you decide to become Minister?"
"When I was 20 years old."
In Hongwanji, people can become Minister at the age of Twenty.
I was young that time… I'm still young!
When I first began listening to Dharma Talks, I thought that it was absolutely necessary to know Shinran Shonin's teaching and to understand it well, so I frantically put all my effort into listening to talks on the Dharma because I felt that it was the quickest way to become familiar with Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, and Amida Tathagata. However, I found that the more intent I was on listening, the sleepier I became, and the members of the sangha realized that this was how I was listening to the Dharma.
Although my intention was to hear the Buddha's teaching, before I knew it, I was attempting to make even the Buddha Dharma fulfill my own expectations and wishes, trying to have it go the way I wanted it to go.
Yes, it is true that one cannot expect to know anything about the Dharma if one does not listen to talks on the Dharma, however it is not merely trying to comprehend the Buddha's teaching. Rather, it is important to know that Amida Tathagata is working for my benefit alone, making the first move to liberate ordinary beings such as me.
Unaware of this while I endeavored to listen to the teaching, I gained a misconception of it and before I knew it, I had no idea that I had not heard the Dharma correctly.
Amida Tathagata bestows us with the path toward the Pure Land long before the idea even occurs to ordinary beings like us. Thus, the path to the Pure Land is provided for us. When we become aware that this path has been provided for us, rather than feeling happy about it, is it not likely that we are deeply surprised by it? That is the feeling that we get from Rev. Daiei Kaneko's quote.
"The path toward the Pure Land extends from the Pure Land."
Namo Amida Butsu
Rev. Kosho Yagi
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