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.
With the holidays fast approaching, we remember our loved ones. Many of us do so by offering floral tributes to those who are no longer with us.
During the holidays, our columbarium maintenance committee, who tend to the flowers weekly, is overwhelmed by the abundance of flowers. Poinsettias have proved to be a clean-up problem so may we ask that you refrain from taking them to our columbarium. Other flowers are welcome.
Also, for those who offer floral bouquets in cans, please feel free to transfer the flowers into the vases that are available in the storage room on the Puna side of the columbarium The flowers will then remain fresh as the water in the cans becomes stagnant and smelly due to the newspapers and ti leaves that are stuffed in them. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
Everyone is welcome to attend Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin’s Veterans’ Day Appreciation Service on November 3, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All veterans and their spouses are welcome as guests; lunch will follow after the service in the Sangha Hall. For non-veterans, lunch tickets are available for $3.50 at the temple office.
Rimban Jeffrey D. Soga will be the guest speaker. The HHHB Gentlemen’s Chorus will provide a musical number.
Out of a desire to celebrate the many veterans who attended services regularly, the Veterans Appreciation Service began in 1996. Over the years, the service has evolved to include all veterans and spouses, regardless of religious preference. Since 2008, the Sr. YBA has generously served lunch. Complimentary lunch will be provided to veterans and their spouses in the Sangha Hall. For all others, advance tickets may be purchased for $3.50 each at the office (961-6677).
The Board of Spiritual Affairs, chaired by Henri Aki, and the Hilo Sr. YBA, led by President Eugene Nishimura, look forward to everyone’s participation in this auspicious event that honors and gratefully acknowledges all citizen soldiers and their families.