REVEREND SOL KALU, ASSOCIATE MINISTER at Honpa Hogwanji Mission of Hawaii, will be the guest speaker at the Autumn Ohigan Service on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 9 a.m. Your presence will be appreciated..
Reverend Kalu was born and raised in the Philippines. He received his BS in nursing and served as a nurse in the U.S. for many years, specializing in dialysis. On a visit to Kyoto, he encountered Jodo Shinshu teachings and eventually became a Buddhist minister. He received Tokudo ordination in 2007 and Kyoshi ordination in 2010. After serving two years at Hawaii Betsuin, he was assigned to Makawao Hongwanji in 2012. He has been assigned to the Betsuin since March 2017. Reverend Kalu is also fluent in Japanese.
Ohigan Services are conducted twice each year during the spring and autumn equinoxes. In Pure Land Buddhism the world of Enlightenment has symbolically been directed to the west where the sun sets. In Japanese Buddhist tradition Ohigan services have been faithfully observed during the equinox days in spring and autumn as natural reminders of the world of Enlightenment as the ultimately perfect and harmonious existence. The Buddhist word "Ohigan" literally means "the other shore" of Enlightenment, which embraces "this shore" (Shigan) of our human world.