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During the month of November, Hongwanji temples observe a special service called, "Eitaikyo." This special service is also called Sangha Memorial Service here in Hawaii but at other nonHongwanji Buddhist temples, it is called, "Shi Do Kyo."
Eitaikyo has three Kanji letters. The Kanji for "Ei" means forever, the Kanji for "Tai" means generation and the Kanji for "Kyo" means sutra. We do not have an Eitaikyo sutra. Instead the service allows us to pass on our guidance to the next generation with a sincere mind of appreciation and gratitude.
The term Eitaikyo is an abbreviated version of Ei-Tai-Dokkyo. Rev. Tatsuo Unno interpreted this term as, "Chanting Sutras for Generations as an Act for the Benefits Received from Our Ancestors."
I firmly believe that an Eitaikyo Service is an excellent time for all of us to remember our loved ones who have passed away. Some of you have lost your grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren, and their memories still exist in your hearts.
Whenever I officiate a Memorial Service, I always explain to the family that the Memorial Service is a time for us to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for what we have from people who were part of our lives; especially our parents and grandparents who were always supporting us in many ways. Through the memorial service, we are able to listen to the teachings of the Buddha. Our loved ones brought you here to listen to the Buddha Dharma and rely upon the Dharma as your spiritual guide.
EVEREND KERRY KIYOHARA, Resident Minister at Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, will be the guest speaker at our Eitaikyo Service on Sunday, November 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Reverend Shinkai Murakami encourages members and friends to attend the Eitaikyo Service. He said that "Eitaikyo" is defined as "perpetual memorial service." The word Eitaikyo actually means "perpetual sutra." Eitai means "perpetual" and Kyo means "sutra," or "teaching of Buddha.”
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE PAUL HIRANAGA reminds members that the year 2019 is coming to a close. Have you paid your 2019 gojikai (membership dues)? By paying your dues, you are saying I want to be a dues-paying member, and I support the Wailuku Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in serving its members and community. I believe and support what the temple is doing. As we begin to think about our 2019 tax obligation, this might be a good time to send in your dues for 2019. Check with your accountant to determine if you should pay your 2020 dues early. Please do so before the end of the year. Mahalo
WAILUKU HONGWANJI MEMBERS are invited to register their child early for Preschool for the 2020 – 2021 school year. An applicant MUST be a Wailuku Hongwanji Mission member at least 3 months prior to submitting an application. Members will begin the registration process beginning on Friday, November 1, to Friday, December 13, 2019. If the deadline is missed, families may apply on Monday, January 6, 2020.