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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“NAMO AMIDA BUTSU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!” At the start of the New Year, let me begin by expressing my deepest appreciation and gratitude to the entire Sangha and Friends of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii who have supported our Organization for over 130 years in Hawaii. It is because of Amida Buddha’s Great Wisdom […]

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Building Healthy Sanghas: Embracing Generosity and Openness Every year, over many weeks, five individuals gather to discuss, ponder, select, write, and review. And the result of their efforts is the Hawaii Kyodan Calendar that will be distributed soon. Alan Kubota, Stephan Doi, Yumi Suzuki, Rev. Kazunori Takahashi, and Bishop Eric Matsumoto toiled mightily to bring […]

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Speakers and Rimban at Mary Foster Appreciation Service 2019: Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Venerable Dhammamuni Mahathero, Venerable Ayya M. Vimala, Rimban Toyokazu Hagio, and temple president Dexter Mar. Mary Elizabeth Mikahala Robinson Foster Remembrance Service Message By Bishop Eric Matsumoto December 15, 2019 | Hawaii Betsuin Aloha Kakou and Good Morning. I, too, would like to […]

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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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