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.”
This service is to perpetuate the memories of our departed by means of dedicating the sutra-chanting to remember our debt to them. It is to remind ourselves of what is essential for us to receive our spiritual strength during this life of travail by listening to the Teaching of the Nembutsu. In particular, we will honor those names, which have been placed in our temple’s Eitaikyo Register.
A donation to the Eitaikyo Fund is encouraged and this fund will help preserve the memory of loved ones forever at the temple. This fund is rigidly controlled and used for the preservation of the temple, especially for the Onaijin (altar area), and may be used in extreme emergencies. It cannot be used for general temple maintenance