Minister's Corner

Rimban Shindo Nishiyama

 Rimban’s New Year Message


    Happy New Year and Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu for everyone!

    I hope that everyone had a peaceful and memorable 2018 with your family and friends. I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all volunteers and members for your kindness,       support, monetary donations and dedication to our Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Ohana in 2018. Seen or unseen, many people were working hard to show their Aloha to our Hongwanji Hilo  Betsuin. I am grateful that our Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin is blessed with many wonderful members and volunteers who help us always.

Now, Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin is facing a new      challenge due to aging temple buildings and also the new  developed plan for the Hilo Betsuin Preschool building. I strongly believe that with your support and understanding our Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin  will be a stronger and more sustainable place for our communities or the teachings of Buddha. I humbly ask for your      continuing support for our capital fundraising project.

Finally, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our immediate past president, Dr. Keith Yamakawa for his leadership and wise guidance to organize our Ohana in peace and harmony. I have learned so many things from him which encouraged my ministry as your Rimban.  To   Dr. Keith Yamakawa and all Boards, Hontouni     Arigato.  I humbly bow my head in deep gratitude for your hard work for our Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Ohana! 

I am a very grateful that I have been able to meet    everyone at our temple in my unrepeatable life and work together for our ‘Ohana and communities in the presence of Buddha’s Wisdom.

May the Amida Buddha’s Compassion always be with you in his name, Namo Amida Butsu. Have a  peaceful and happy New Year 2019! Namoamidabutsu in Gassho,


Rimban Shindo Nishiyama


Rev. Bryan Siebuhr

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Thoughts on the New Year

Rev. Bryan Masashi Siebuhr


Happy New Year everyone with best wishes to you and your family for 2019.  Thank you for your support on behalf of myself and my family during 2018; your continued support is deeply appreciated. 

Reflecting on the world events and my own life during 2018 has led me to the realization that my self-delusion, rather than lessening, has grown in addition to more deeply experiencing Shinran Shonin's words that this life is truly nothing more than dream and illusion, where everything is false and untrue. 

If at some time throughout this year you have experienced sorrow over your existence, financial problems, health issues, frustrated hopes and wishes, or more than one, or all of these things, know that these experiences have great meaning.  This meaning is a cause through which one turns away from our preoccupation with our mundane existence in this ocean of suffering and sorrow we call life.  Most importantly it causes us to awaken to the constant calling of all-embracing  compassion which has been constantly calling to our hard ego without regard for its refusal to hear, and in so doing, transforms this hard ego into true realization and true gratitude.  This form of gratitude does not originate from our ego self; rather, it is that which comes about of itself, the awakening to the workings of true and real life.

Within our lifespan, perhaps the greatest illusion that we cling to is that life has continuity when in fact, we live from moment to moment, one moment being 1/60 of a second.  With the arising of 1/60 of a second is birth, at the passing of that same 1/60 of a second is death.  If you truly believe this, then all the petty things you must deal with in life will shrink in importance. 

In this world, there is nothing to which we can cling with the exception of that which is reality, truth, eternal life, infinite wisdom, and all-embracing compassion; that which is referred to, not as an invisible friend or some higher spirit, rather the qualities we refer to as “Amida Buddha.”

If in 2019, we deeply realize the illusory nature of life, and should we meet the causes and conditions that bring about awakening to our own delusions, then how should we  proceed? We should move forward,  ignoring the pleas of  others with differing beliefs, understandings and thinking, and instead of believing in self-power, we should move forward and simply hear the call of all-embracing compassion.  Thus, our awakening to the Pure Land Way is immediate once through great-naturalness, we realize without doubt our  enlightenment is so assured, there will be no falling back.

My best to all.  Happy New Year.

In Gassho,

Rev. Bryan Masashi Siebuhr


Rev. Daido Baba                                                                 

New Year’s Greeting

 Happy New Year to each one of you! Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu.

 First of all, I would like to extend my  sincere appreciation to all of you who supported our Hilo Betsuin and attended the Hilo Betsuin Sunday  services and activities last year. Even if you couldn’t come to temple, Mahalo for reading the Buddhist Wheel every month. I hope you received the essence of the Nembutsu teaching this past year to live gratefully.

As you know, since last May, I am living in the Rimban’s residence which is the big house next to the main temple. It goes without saying that my kids are really happy to have more space to play with their toys. For my wife and me, fortunately, we have more space to clean-up. I also have much more responsibility to take care of the temple when Rimban is absent. Thank you for your understanding about this unusual situation. We, ministers, are trying to create a comfortable  atmosphere for you.    

This year, 2019, we are celebrating the 130th anniversary of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii and Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. As one of the special activities, our Dharma School plans to visit  Nishi-Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan, and enjoy touring   other parts of Japan. I am excited to take our Dharma school children to Japan. I believe they will have an awesome experience in June. Because of our ancestors, old members and present members, we are able to enjoy this precious life with Namo Amida Butsu.

Now it is our turn to share our Nembutsu Path by spreading the joy of life. It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can share the joy in your own way and walk in peace together with others. I also look forward to     talking with each one of you about your Nembutsu Path one day. Please don’t wait until you get old.

 I hope you and your family have a wonderful year in 2019 embraced by Amida Buddha’s boundless Wisdom and Compassion.

 In Gassho,

 Daido Baba



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1. Photo Identification

2. Medicare/Insurance card(s)

3. Medical Prescription Drug card

4. Emergency Contact Name(s) & Phone

5. Doctor’s Name & Phone 

6. List of Medication(s) & dosages (include OTC)

7. Allergies to drug(s), others

If such items can be put TOGETHER in a laminated jacket so anyone needing the information won’t have to look all over for them, it would be certainly helpful. Let a capable family member or advocate help you keep these items together and readily accessible to those who need to know. One day at a time – take care.

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