May Peace Prevail

An aspiration/reflection given by Bishop Eric Matsumoto at the USS Arizona Memorial on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

All-Inclusive Wisdom and All-Embracing Compassion, AMIDA, as we gather here at USS Arizona Shrine Room, a hallowed sanctuary dedicated to honor, remember and express our gratitude, to those who gave their lives and dedicated themselves in the name of democracy and freedom, nurture us with Wisdom and Compassion.

Bishop Matsumoto and Rev. Toyokazu Hagio at the Interfaith Prayer Service, USS Arizona Memorial
Bishop Matsumoto and Rev. Toyokazu Hagio at the USS Arizona Memorial

Today, may we highlight another crucial role of these sacred grounds, that of transformation. A transformation of the suffering which took place here 75 years ago, without denying the fact that there was great suffering and there still might be, to that of peace, harmony and reconciliation. May the Light of Wisdom and Compassion illumine both our hearts-and-minds.

As a Buddhist song often sung at Honpa Hongwanji “May Peace Prevail” shares,

Let Peace live as we talk with kindness in our voice
Let Peace live as we learn with eyes that self-reflect
Let Peace live as we help with rays of gratitude connecting hearts and hands
Let’s talk with everyone, let’s learn from everyone, lend help to everyone that Peace (and) Tranquility may spread throughout the World

Namo Amida Butsu