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Wow, it is the end of 2019. Time passes by so quickly. (Actually, time travels at the same speed but when we become old, we feel that time flies by so quickly).
Since I read a lot, I must have my reading glasses with me. Otherwise, I cannot read the newspapers, books, or my mail. I can tell that my vision is getting weaker, and I need to update my glasses. When I went to the optometrist for my yearly exam, I could not read the small letters; I was able to read them last year. So the doctor said, "Well, reverend, your vision is a bit weaker this year so you will need to update your glasses." So today, I have eight reading glasses. Two in my office, one in the car, one in the bedroom, one at the temple, one at the Japanese School classroom, and two are at my computer desk in the house. Two were prescribed by the doctor and are bifocals and other 6 are reading glasses.
When I was growing up, I never thought that I would need glasses for reading. I always felt that "If you are using glasses for reading, you must be old!" Now that I am using them, I am truly an old person.
Buddha said that "Everything is changing and everything is impermanent." However, we (maybe only me) may not pay attention to this very important fact.
After the service, attendees are invited to toll the temple bell to ring in the new year and rid ourselves symbolically of the “108 imperfections” and to partake in the traditional refreshments, which include buckwheat noodles (soba), rice wine (sake) and other items, which will be served in the Social Hall
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