Bishop Eric Matsumoto June 1, 2020 A reflection on our troubled nation For the past several days, as I confront the feelings, some of which I am feeling too, of frustration, lament, sadness, and anger being felt by many in our country over the senseless death of George Floyd and others, my heart aches for […]

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Bishop Eric Matsumoto delivers a video message entitled “You Are Not Alone.” In this time of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home requirements, the bishop shares teachings from the Buddha that can help change the way we feel by changing the way we look at things. This is the first in a planned series of monthly […]

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The following statement by Chiko Iwagami, Governor General, Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha was released April 14, 2020. The statement is available in English below and in Japanese as a PDF file.   The Covid19 pandemic has spread throughout the world and shows little sign of ending. Here in Japan, we have entered a new stage with […]

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A dharma talk by Bishop Eric Matsumoto at the March 22, 2020 online service coordinated by the State Ministers Association and livestreamed from Hawaii Betsuin (our first online-only service during the coronavirus outbreak). Guided by Wisdom and Compassion; a Balanced Perspective Aloha Kakou and welcome to this virtual Hawaii Betsuin Spring Higan Service. My deepest […]

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Aspiration and Reflection at VegFest Oahu 2019 Bishop Eric Matsumoto September 21, 2019 As we gather at Vegfest Oahu 2019, illuminated by Amida Buddha’s nurturing Light of Wisdom and Compassion, let us deeply reflect. A prominent Buddhist Spiritual Leader (His Eminence Monshu Emeritus Koshin Ohtani) shares, “All things on earth, all things in the universe, […]

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Message from “Bishop’s Corner” HQ Update Newsletter August 2019 As Peace Day in Hawaii (September 21st) approaches and our various Hongwanji Shin Buddhist Temples prepare to spread the important message of peace, harmony, non-violence and reconciliation, and other community organizations also observe remembrances related to World War II in August and September, I would like […]

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Bishop Eric Matsumoto delivered a Dharma message at the 3rd Obon Service hosted by Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at the site of the Honouliuli Internment Camp on August 14, 2019. The camp, located near Waipahu on Oahu, held Japanese Americans and also Italians and Germans during World War II. This camp was the only […]

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