Our Jodo Shinshu Teachings reflect on living and spreading the Dharma. By following the Eight-fold Path and embracing the Four Noble Truths, members learn to live each day fully and richly.
Spring Seminar 2014
See agenda below
The public is invited to participate in Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin’s annual Spring Seminar, March 14-15, 2014. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Yoshihide Matsubayashi, former bishop of the Buddhist Churches of Canada. Events include a public lecture Friday evening from 7: 00 p.m. and a seminar on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rev. Matsubayashi will also deliver a dharma message at the Sunday services on March 16.
It was a pleasant surprise to hear of Rev. Matsubayashi’s connections to the Big Island. He was born in Ola’a (now Kea’au) in 1935, but was raised in Japan. He joined the U.S. Army in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958. His wife, Kyoko, is a sister of the late Rev. Thom Nakanishi, former Rimban at Hilo Betsuin and Bishop of Hawaii Kyodan. He and his wife have three sons and six grandchildren.
Rev. Matsubayashi has had an impressive career. After graduating from Ryukoku University in 1967, he went on to earn a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Kyoto University in 1967, and a Ph.D. Ed. in Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco in 1984. He taught Asian Religious Literature at the Institute of Buddhist Studies at Berkeley, CA, as well as at California State University at Sacramento.
He has served in many capacities at many temples including Hawaii Betsuin, Kona Hongwanji, and Ewa Hongwanji. In 1993, he was appointed Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of Canada and served for five years. Thereafter, he served at White River Buddhist Temple in Washington, Buddhist Temple of Salinas, and the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple in California. In 2006, he became Rimban of the Seattle Betsuin from which he retired and became Minister Emeritus of the Buddhist Churches of America. He came out of retirement briefly and served as Retired Kaikyoshi at the New York Buddhist Church. He finally retired and is now living in Fremont, CA.
The public lecture on Friday evening is free. For the Saturday seminar, the cost is $8.00, to cover printing costs and lunch. Anyone wishing to attend the Saturday session must register at the temple office by March 10, 2014. Rev. Matsubayashi has recently published a book, Light of the Dharma, which traces the teachings, touching on modern day relevance and traditions. Information will follow regarding the availability of the book at the seminar. Everyone is welcome.
Hilo Betsuin Spring Seminar
Theme: Light of the Dharma
March 15, 2014
By Rev. Hoshu Y. Matsubayashi
Session I. Introduction to the Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
1. Bishop Emyo Imamura's Dharma Talk
A. U.S. Government of the people, by the people, for the people
Shinshu - Religion of the people, by the people, for the people
Shinran Shonin expressed, "When I carefully reflect upon the
Vow which Amida Buddha brought forth after five Kalpas
contemplation, I find that it was only for me, Shinran, alone.
2. The Essentials of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
3. What is the Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu?
Session II. Teachings of the Buddha in Society
1. Nirvana in Football
2. "Things Invisible Are Still There"
3. Shinran's Tears of Joy and Sorrow
4. KISB (Keep It Simple, Buddhists!): The Poetry of Shinran
-Shinran's Equation Theory-
Namo (I) = Amida Buddha (Infinite Life and Light)
Session III. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism for Today and Tomorrow
1. Contemporary Understanding of the Pure Land of Utmost Bliss
2. Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a Global Religion in the 21st Century
The Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin BWA will be hosting the annual HIUHBWA Educational Seminar on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Sangha Hall. The seminar, with the theme, “Share Peace,” will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This seminar is open to the public.
Featured speakers for the day include the following. Dr. Kimo Alameda is the director for the office of health equity within the Hawaii Department of Health. He has a doctorate in Educational, Psychological and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska. He is a proud father of seven children—making him an “expert” on “Sharing Peace in the Family. Dr. David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher. He lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity—what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. He brings a Buddhist perspective to the discussion of Sharing Peace — “Transforming Self, Transforming Society.”
The Family Violence Interagency Committee will provide a panel which will discuss the extent of the problems in the community and how we can “Share Peace in the Community.”
Everyone is welcome to participate in this seminar. Cost is $8. Please sign up at the office by March 8.