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.
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.
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.
In Jodo Shinshu, gratitude is given the status of a religious experience. In the same way that humility is the result of deep self-reflection, it is the same with gratitude. You can not will oneself to be grateful, or humble - no more than you can will oneself to be happy. Gratitude and humility are results of deep self-reflection. Our temples, therefore are not run as a business and those that have tried, have never been successful.
Our unique form of Buddhism depends on the harmony of the Sangha, which we define as the community of fellow-travelers in the Dharma. In the same way that you cannot run your extended family like a business with a managerial hierarchy, wages, job specs, etc., the same goes for a temple sangha. Fundraising, therefore is of the Dana-giving kind. The attitude of Dana, of appreciative giving, has sustain our Sangha for over two thousand years.
Your dues, generous donations and Orei are supporting our Temple, Hawaii Kyodan, Jodo Shinshu and Buddhism. Thank you for your continued support, kindness and spirit of Dana.
Namo Amida Butsu