The year-end service at our temples is called “Joya-E.”
At Joya-E, we reflect on events and people of the past year that have shaped our lives. It’s about understanding our karmic conditions and connections, and innumerable links to everything around us. Knowing without them, we could not exist. Consequently it’s a time to express our gratitude and appreciation. Continue reading “Remember: Year End Service”
Frederick Brenion embraced Christianity whole-heartedly growing up and was an insatiably curious teenager. He became interested in world religion and sacred books. Yet, big questions nagged him: “What is truth?” “Who am I?” “Why am I?” Turns out, a children’s story held the key. Continue reading “Profile: Rev. Frederick Brenion”
By Bishop Noriaki Ito
News about the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army shows the destruction of residential areas in many cities and an endless stream of innocent people—women, the elderly, children, and others—fleeing to neighboring countries such as Poland. Typically, when two countries fight a war, both are somewhat responsible for the conflict. Continue reading “War in Ukraine: A Call for Harmony”
By Rev. Ken Yamada
Imagine dying, having your body frozen, and being brought back to life in the future. That’s what proponents of “cryonics” hope for, many already laying in cold storage. What would Jodo Shinshu say?
Cryonics focuses on a future life; Jodo Shinshu talks about “infinite life.” For Buddhists, I think considering one may help clarify the other. Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Cyronics and Buddhism: Freezing Yourself for the Future”
Rev. Peter Hata recently retired as staff minister of Los Angeles Higashi Honganji Betsuin temple. He wrote the following message in the current temple newsletter. Continue reading “Parting but not Farewell”
By Rev. Noriaki Fujimori
The Pandemic forced us to change our behavior and the way we think. It forced me to think about how and why I eat.
Before, people often told me, “You’re a real foodie.” My wife would say, “You eat everything.” I lived many years on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where there weren’t many restaurants. Then I moved to the foodie paradise of Honolulu. Many restaurants tempted me to go out and eat, which happily I did. Continue reading “Higher Consciousness and Food”