The Wailuku Hongwanji Mission’s (WHM) Board of Directors initiated the Vision 2030 project as a means of defining strategic directions which will enable WHM to successfully increase its capacity to serve as a vibrant home of Jodo Shinshu teachings. More information...
To commemorate its 115th anniversary, Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will renovate its social hall. The renovations involve removing the existing wood sliding glass doors and replacing them with commercial grade, aluminum sliding glass doors. More Information...
The following year, at the beginning of spring, there were a few more clumps of grass. During winter all of grass were under the snow and decomposed and became natural fertilizer once again. Each year the grass covered more and more of the field and within the five years, the grass covered the entire field.
What the Japanese company did was to use the land as a ranch and had hundreds of cattle feed on the grass. The cows ate the grass and their droppings became fertilizer. The droppings became a great source of natural fertilizer and eventually, the entire field was full of nutrients and the land became perfect for farming.
The company started producing high-quality dairy products such as milk and cheese. The farm also produced organic strawberries, sweet tomatoes, and sweet corn. They shipped their products to high-quality supermarkets. The prices were a bit higher than the local products. The local people laughed and thought who would buy these expensive items. However, because the quality of these organic products
were excellent and because people liked the taste of these high-quality products, they refused to purchase any items from the local stores. The local products could not compete with the organic products.
So, the Chinese newspaper apologized to the Japanese company for their negative article written five years ago and printed articles on these high quality products. Many of the local farmers visited the farm owned by the Japanese company and learned the basic principles on how to produce quality products for their farms. It took a few years but many patiently learned from the Japanese company and started producing their own high quality items for the local people.
At Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, we have the Jr. YBA program, martial arts, Japanese Language School, Pacific Buddhist Academy, preschools, and scouting programs that are nurturing our future leaders.
We may not see these youths at our services and activities. They are just incubating in the soil. Yes, it may take a little time, just like the Japanese company that left acres of land nurturing in the field to enrich the soil as it later produced great products. These products will be the wisdom, compassion, and sincere heart, which Jodo Shinshu followers will offer to the community.
An important thing is we must have the confidence and belief in our children and grandchildren to become our successor. We can see how Shinran Shonin expressed his feelings and Amida’s great wisdom "The True Shinjin of the Pure Land way" in the collected works of Shinran, p. 101 as follows:
Shinjin keeps the seeds of virtues from destruction; Shinjin nurture the tree of enlightenment; Shinjin makes supreme wisdom grow; and Shinjin makes all the Buddhas manifest itself.
You see our Dharma School students at our temple services and activities. Yes, all of you are nurturing our future with your sincere wisdom and faith of the Nembutsu minds to our children and grandchildren. Let us call our new and young families and nurture them and rejoice in the happiness with all our Nembutsu followers.
Namo Amida Butsu, Namo Amida Butsu, Namo Amida Butsu