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...
The year 2019 marks Wailuku Hongwanji’s 120th year of spiritual and community service to our island’s residents. As part of this significant milestone, we will be undertaking two (2) projects intended to sustain the temple’s capacity to serve our community for another generation. More Information... Download the WHM Donation Form
LET US WELCOME THE NEW YEAR WITH A MIND OF joy and gratitude. May we all express and recite the Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu, with a sincere feeling of warmth, joy, and happiness. And, may we live our lives with Amida’s infinite wisdom and compassion.
The year 2019 has passed. However, we do have many memories of the year. Life is great and very precious.
At the beginning of the year, I always remember this one Nembutsu follower whom I have received sincere and warm feelings of wisdom and compassion.
I met this one Nembutsu follower at Pearl City Hongwanji in 1998, and she taught me to think how wonderful our life is.
This lady really loves attending temple services. At the temple, she was always smiling and expressed her warmth joy and happiness to others. She always said the following: "My joy of happiness is attending temple services on Sunday with my daughter-in-law." She always sat in the front row and it seemed to me that she truly enjoyed the Sunday morning services. I would always see her singing the gatha, chanting the sutra, listening to the dharma, and always reciting the Nembutsu. However, her daughter-in-law told me that her hearing was less than 20 percent compared to the average person. She doesn’t like to use her hearing aids, so she was not able to hear most of the conversations. However, what I discovered from her is her warm feeling of joy that came from her entire body. She told me, "Sensei, I cannot hear well but I love to come to church services because even if I am not able to hear well, I always feel that my pores, my nose, my mouth, and entire body are receiving the Dharma from our temple and through your messages." Her smile was contagious and I could feel the joy and happiness that she felt from attending the temple services and receiving Amida Buddha’s great wisdom and compassion.