Those who have been born first guide those who come later, and those who are born later join those who were born before.

Namu Amida Butsu

Most Hongwanji temples in Hawaii observethe Eitai-kyo Service during the month of November. What is the meaning of "Eitaikyo Service?"

I am sure there are many of our members whomay not know the meaning or the reason why weare observing this service. I would like to explainto you the meaning of "Eitaikyo."

Ei-Tai-Kyo is written with three Kanji characters.Ei means forever or continuing, Tai meansgeneration to generation, and Kyo means sutra.So, the direct translation of this Eitaikyomeans chanting of the sutra from generation togeneration.

It is for us to pass the Buddha’s guidance fromone generation to another. We act as their spiritualguide and spiritually for us to rely upon theBuddha’s great compassion and wisdom. In Japanese,we call this "Kokoro no Yoridokoro."

Ei-Tai-Kyo is written with three Kanji characters.Ei means forever or continuing, Tai meansgeneration to generation, and Kyo means sutra.So, the direct translation of this Eitaikyomeans chanting of the sutra from generation togeneration.

It is for us to pass the Buddha’s guidance fromone generation to another. We act as their spiritualguide and spiritually for us to rely upon theBuddha’s great compassion and wisdom. In Japanese,we call this "Kokoro no Yoridokoro."

When I was a resident minister at Pearl CityHongwanji, I met a wonderful lady who was a verydedicated member of the Fujinkai. Today, we callit the Buddhist Women’s Association. She alwaysattended Sunday morning services until she becameseverely ill. While she was attending Sundaymorning services, I discovered that she hadalready lost her hearing and couldn’t hear anythinganyone was saying. However, she told meas follows, "Sensei, I cannot hear anything but myentire body is hearing your message. My son alwaysbrings me here whenever he returns fromthe mainland. So, he hears your sutra chantingand dharma messages together with me, "Arigataidesuyo". I am so grateful."

This lady passed away a few years later. Idiscovered that her son who always brought herto the temple services became a very activemember at one of the temples on the mainlandand continued to listen to the Buddha Dharma ashis spiritual guide.

Shinran Shonin shared his message with usabout the importance of the heart in his collectedworks of Shinran as follow:

"Those who have been born first guidethose who come later, and those who are bornlater join those who were born before." (Passageson the Land of Happiness)

Yes, we are all learning very important values,"Magokoro" from our ancestors and be able topass it on to our children and grandchildren.

Eitaikyo services is a great opportunity for allof us to remember our loved one’s great trueheart, guidance, and wishes that we inherit in ourlives. While we were growing up, without beingaware, we were learning some very importantguidance and now we are sharing their truehearts to our children.

Eitaikyo is a great time for all of us to reflectupon by ourselves and at the same time it is forus to express our heartfelt gratitude that we arereceiving the great guidance of the Nembutsu.

Na Amida Butsu