The 46th Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar (2016) is on August 28th!

Rev. Owen Nakao, the chair of the Bazaar committee, would like to ask you come support us at the:

46th Annual TENRIKYO BAZAAR
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
8:30 AM ~ 2:00 PM

Location

TENRI CULTURAL CENTER
Address: 2236 Nuuanu Ave. Honolulu, HI
Across from Nuuanu Memorial Park

Parking also available at Kawananakoa Middle School on Funchal Street with free shuttle.

Please click this link for a PDF download for the flier:

Tenrikyo Bazaar 2016

Tenri Forum 2016 Registration has Opened

Aloha members and friends!

Under the theme “Pathways of Salvation,” the two day Tenri Forum seeks to explore the different ways ordinary people spread the “fragrance of the teachings,” and engage in activities that foster salvation work, share learning materials that allows us to convey the teachings in an effective manner, doing salvation work at work and open discussion on current issues.

The entire forum is conducted in English where Tenrikyo followers from mainly English-speaking countries around the globe, share their faith in a meaningful and fruitful dialogue.

Forum dates: Friday, July 15, through Saturday July 16, 2016 at Jiba. Attendees stay at 38th Moya.

Register here.

More information here.

So far 38 persons from the Hawaii congregation have put their names on the signup sheet at Hawaii Mission HQ, including Sharlene Fujisato, Lauren Nakagawa, Wesley Mikuni, Burt Iwata, Kyle Kikuchi, Michelle Inouye Kikuchi, Lewis, myself (a designated speaker), Rev. Colin Saito (speaker), Steve Nakao (speaker), Audrey Suga Nakagawa (speaker).

Sincerely,

Rev. Owen Nakao

Open the Door to a New Life!

Aloha members and friends!

Thousands of individual lives have been inspired and transformed by attending the 3-month Spiritual Development Course (Shuyoka) in Jiba.  But taking 3 months off from work and/or school is difficult for most people. Therefore a shorter condensed version is offered locally in Hawaii and Los Angeles, called “Shuyokai,” referred to as One-month Spiritual Development Course.

Attendees stay at Mission HQ for four weeks, wake up early every morning and start the day with sanctuary and facility cleaning, morning service, attend classes on the Tenrikyo teachings, participate in the group discussions, practice the service, and engage in Hinokishin activities.  All of this is designed to cleanse your mind of unnecessary thoughts and tendencies, deepen your faith and understanding of the teachings, thereby enabling you to find your path to the Joyous Life.

Course Dates: Sunday, June 19th – Thursday, July 14th.
Location: Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters of Hawaii
2920 Pali Hwy.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Graduates of this course have experienced a spiritual cleansing, physical healing, self-realization and a higher level of awareness in their life.

If you have graduated from this course, please do your part in paying it forward!  Please pass (forward) this to anyone who you think may benefit from this course and have them contact me if interested.

Mahalo and God bless you all as we pass together in this spiritual journey of life!  See attached for the Hawaii Shuyokai flier.

Rev. Owen & Taeko Nakao

Shuyokai2016_CS2_OL (PDF)

Reflection of the Divine Model following Oyasama’s Birthday Celebration (May 2016 Sermon)

Good morning.  I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to attend the May Monthly Service here at Pearl Church and thank you for your kind and sincere offerings.  I am sure God the Parent and Oyasama is really happy to see you all here today and to have performed the service with joy and in high spirits!  Today we celebrate Mother’s Day and I would like to wish all mothers, especially Oyasama, a Happy Mother’s Day.  Oyasama, as most of you may know, has the soul of the first mother of all humankind.

God the Parent Tenri O no Mikoto was revealed through a rice farmer’s wife, Miki Nakayama, who we refer to as Oyasama (or beloved Parent), as shrine on October 26, 1838.

From that time on for fifty years, Oyasama taught the Path that will lead us to the Joyous Life.

These thoughts of Tsukihi (God) are spoken through Her:
the mouth is human, the mind is that of Tsukihi. (Ofudesaki   XII: 67)

Listen! I, Tsukihi, am borrowing Her mouth wholly,
and I, Tsukihi, am lending My mind wholly. (XII: 68)

She taught not only by the spoken word and the writing brush, but by Her life example which we call “The Divine Model.”

In spite of Her traditional wife’s duty to protect the family wealth and objections from Her husband and family, She hastened to obey the divine command, “fall to the depths of poverty.” First She gave away Her personal items, then food, clothes, money and even to the point of taking down the main house and selling the rice fields.

Seeing that Her words and actions had become quite different from those of ordinary people, the family became anxious, wondering if She had become bereft of reason or possessed by some evil spirit.  Accordingly friends and relatives went together to the Nakayama’s and facing Oyasama, repeatedly pressed the supposed evil spirit to ascend, however, to no avail.  In addition, the people’s derision toward Oyasama grew more and more intense.

Out of Her intense love for Her children, She went on giving to the needy ever more generously, until at last every storehouse on Her premises was completely emptied.

In the Osashizu (Divine Directions)

In teaching the path, I gave you delight in the future. I have brought you through a long journey. We had nothing to burn to warm ourselves in the cold of winter for thirty years. We lived through those years gathering withered branches from here and fallen leaves from there. (March 31, 1896)

At times when they had nothing to eat or drink but water, She encouraged Her children by saying:

“In this world, there are many people who are suffering, unable to eat or even to swallow water despite food pile high at their bedsides. If we think of them, how blessed we are, for when we drink water, it tastes of water. God the Parent has blessed us with exquisite gifts.”

In this way She taught that the origin of illness and suffering lies in the mind and that there is a path to live the Joyous Life, despite the most dire circumstances. She taught that the human body is a thing lent, a thing borrowed from God the Parent, only our mind belong to us. We should strive to get rid of our self-centered thinking and dedicate ourselves to helping others with true sincerity.  She taught the prayer service as a fundamental way to salvation through which God the Parent can accept our true sincerity and manifest free and unlimited workings.

On January 26, 1887, Oyasama withdrew from physical life to hasten our spiritual growth.  She is now ever-living working day and night from world salvation.

Some of us have the proof amulet which is proof that we have returned to Jiba. It is a piece of red cloth cut from Oyasama’s kimono.  It is to remind us of the divine model and the everliving Oyasama.

In the Osashizu, March 17, 1890

The kimono of Oyasama, which had been used for the amulets, was nearly depleted. On the request for directions concerning this situation:

Sah, sah, on your request. The granting of the amulet must continue on and on. Since My red kimono will not last forever, your thought is that it would suffice to purchase so many feet and so many inches of cloth which need not be made into kimono, and use that for the amulets. However, I direct that red kimono be made and offered. And you will request that I wear them. This is what you will use for the grant which will never change.

A request for further directions was made as to whether the red kimono should be offered at the shrine of Oyasama or the mater requested through the Honseki.

Sah, sah, I am still living here. I have not gone anywhere, not gone anywhere. You must look at the path of daily life and ponder.

Further, an affirmation was requested as to whether to offer the red kimono at the shrine of Oyasama and request that they be worn:

Sah, sah, you will have them completed and then request that I change into them. For summer, they are to be unlined. In cold weather, they are to be lined. You are to make them for each season. I shall wear them and do My work. It is only My figure which cannot be seen. All is the same. It is only My figure which does not exist.

Being human, we tend to forget that Oyasama is everliving and always beside us and guiding us. The amulet provides us with something tangible that reminds us of this fact.

At this year’s Oyasama’s Birthday Celebration on April 18th in front of Oyasama’s Sanctuary, 61,000 followers gathered and sang the Celebration Joyous Chorus to celebrate the everliving Oyasama’s birthday.  On this day, 1620 persons were from overseas countries including three from Pearl Church.   One of the celebration songs was composed and first sung in 1936, this year (2016) marking the 80th anniversary.  The lyrics were selected from the winner of a song writing contest in honor Oyasama’s Birthday from among over 400 entries from the faculty and students enrolled in schools at Tenrikyo Church Headquarters.

The song lyrics selected was written by Ms. Mitsue Kimura who was a student at Tenrikyo Girl’s High School.  In her later years, she said that when she was cleaning the Foundress’ Sanctuary, she noticed a blind woman who came to Jiba for the first time. After praying to the Foundress, his blind woman suddenly shouted, “I can see!” Ms. Kimura witnessed this woman’s miraculous and dramatic event.  Vividly experiencing this with her own eyes, she was inspired to write the winning lyrics to this birthday song.  Please join us in singing along with the CD.

Thank you for your attention.

OYASAMA HOUSHUKUKA

  1. SORA NI GOSAI NO KUMO TANABIKISHI

In the sky, the floating five-colored clouds

KANSEI JUUNEN, KONO TSUKI, KONO HI

10th year of Kansei era, this month, this day

ANA-KASHIKO

Oh, what an honor!

WARE RAGA MIOYA ARE TAMOU

Our beloved Parent has arrived.

IWA EYO TATAEYO

Let us celebrate! Let us rejoice!

KYO (O) KONO YOKIHI

Today, this wonderful day!

  1. NOBORU ASAHI NO HIKARI MOURARA

When the sun rises, the brilliant rays

IMASERU YAKATANO IRAKANI HAYURU

Are reflected on the Yakata building

ANATANOSHI

What a joyful day!

KYO (O) SHIMIOYA ARETAMOU

Our Parent of all humankind

IWA EYO TATAEYO

Let us celebrate! Let us rejoice!

KAGAYAKU KONO HI

What a joy, this day!

  1. DAME NO OSHIE ICHIRETSU TASUKU

With this final teaching the people will be saved

MEGUMI NO MIMUNE HATESHI WA ARAJI

What an endless blessing to receive

ANATOUTO

The Mother’s mind

SEKAI NO MIOYA ARETAMOU

The beloved Parent of the universe has arrived

IWA EYO TATAEYO

Let us celebrate! Let us rejoice!

HAE ARU KONO HI

This wonderful day!

Announcements

  1. The Oyasama Birthday Service in Jiba was held with 4 attendees from Pearl Church 3 from Hawaii and 1 from Osaka.
  2. The BGA Oyasama Birthday Activity was successfully held last month on April 17th with 12 participants from Pearl Church. I would like to thank those who provided hinokishin help. Thank you very much!
  3. I would like to thank those who came out to help at the recent All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day on April 30th at Honolulu Zoo. About 150 participated with 16 from Pearl Church. Thank you very much!   And thank you to Vasana who invited 2 families.
  4. The Annual Hawaii Spiritual Development Course will be offered from Sunday, June 19 through Thursday, July 146, 2016. The course provides an opportunity to learn and practice the teachings so that we may implement them in our daily lives enabling us to live the joyous life.  Graduates of the course have learned to overcome their personal problems and receive blessings of self-realization, healing and deeper meaning in their lives.  If you know someone who could benefit from this course, please suggest this course to him and contact myself or Mrs. Taeko.
  5. As most of you know, Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan had a devastating earthquake on April 14 & 16 with 48 dead, 2 missing, over 3,000 injured and over 1000 buildings severely damaged. Mission HQ has sent a $5,000 contribution to the Church HQ relief effort and are asking for donations to replenish the disaster relief fund. Please make a contribution to Tenrikyo Hawaii Dendocho and on the envelope indicate “Disaster relief.”  We will be making a contribution of $300 from our latest Mini-Bazaar proceeds.

All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day @Honolulu Zoo 2016

On April 30, 2016, the Tenrikyo congregation of Hawaii in Honolulu took part in the All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day activity at the Honolulu Zoo. A total of 10 members and 6 invited friends from Pearl Church participated in this activity. The grand total was probably around 80 people including volunteers in the Leilehua band and Punahou school.

For a 2-hour period, participants raked and cleaned the huge public zoo campus assisting them in keeping the area clean and enjoyable for the zoo goers.

Continue reading All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day @Honolulu Zoo 2016

March Monthly Service 2016

Aloha members and friends,

This Sunday is monthly service day.  It is my hope that all of you can attend.  The truth of attending the monthly service carries so much weight, but most people don’t realize it.  The blessings we receive on a daily basis cannot be measured in terms of money or material things.  Whether we acknowledge it or not we are basically being kept alive and protected by an incredible but benevolent force but we call God the Parent.  We would not exist if this love and power was withdrawn for even one second.

As growing spiritual beings, we are taught to acknowledge these blessings not a our leisure but at a specified time and place even though it may be a little inconvenient.  This is so that we may expressed our utmost sincere gratitude and humbly request that the blessings continue that we may participate in the mission of building the joyous life world.

Naturally, we encounter circumstances that prevent us from attending the monthly services, but our sincerity and deep sense of gratitude should compel us to pay our respects either right before or right after the service, again not a our leisure but at the next opportunity.

If we are at a distant location, then a service can done at home on the same day (2nd Sunday) in lieu of attending the service here.

I believe this is the spirit and knowing the importance of the monthly service.

Sincerely,
Rev. Owen Nakao

The Significance of the 130th Anniversary

Tenrikyo Pearl Church January Grand Service – Sermon 2015

Happy New Year!  I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to attend the January Grand Service here at Tenrikyo Pearl Church and thank you for your kind and sincere offerings.  I am sure God the Parent and Oyasama is really happy to see you all here today and to have performed the service with joy and in high spirits!

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE 130TH ANNIVERSARY

On lunar calendar date of January 26, 1887, Oyasama, Miki Nakayama, withdrew from physical life to hasten people’s spiritual growth and their implementation of the Service, which She had been urging. Since then, true to Her words “I shall save the world from now,” She has been taking the lead at the forefront of world salvation while continuing to guide us by virtue of Her eternal life.

The significance of observing the anniversaries of Oyasama is to respond to Her boundless parental love with decisiveness.  This is what the Anniversary is about.

We all want to live a good and happy life.  When God the Parent created human beings, God put the seed of the Joyous Life in the soul of all human beings.  That is why everyone has a beautiful soul.  However, being given our minds, we have the free use of the mind.  We can use the mind in a positive or negative way.  But because of neglect we have been accumulating dusts of the mind, by using the mind of miserliness, covetousness, hatred, self-love, anger, grudge-bearing, greed and arrogance.  In addition: falsehood and flattery and thereby use the mind in a negative way.  We have been using this type of mind on a daily basis without realizing it.  Dust is easily swept or blown away, but if it is left unattended or neglected, the dust is embedded and it becomes a stain that is difficult to clean.  In the same way our mind becomes stained and this becomes our causality or karma.  It becomes the “path of our mind.”

However, we do not know or don’t realize what kind of mind I have been using in our past lives.  We like to think that we are always helping people, but we wonder why bad things happen to us.  But God knows everything and can see the heart of everyone.  That is why God will show our reality, suitable and appropriate, according our use of our mind.

Oyasama said, through experiencing whatever circumstances that is happening to us now, we can understand our causality.  By understanding our causality we can repent, cancel our bad causality and accumulate virtue by performing good deeds.

I believe that when we endeavor to repent, like polishing a stained gem stone, little by little, we will find a the sparkling diamond of our soul.

When I, Owen Nakao, pass on, Owen Nakao will cease to exist.  But my soul will be kept by God the Parent until it is reborn into a new body.  A transfer of spirit ceremony is conducted to symbolically transfer the spirit from the body to God the Parent. Those souls having been assigned to new bodies will be reborn starting a new life with another name, but depending on their accumulation of virtue or good and bad seeds, the circumstances of their life will differ.

For example, if in our previous life we sowed 100 good seeds, but also sowed 50 bad seeds, we will have a balance of 50 good seeds.  On the other hand if we had planted 100 bad seeds and 50 good seeds we would have a balance of 50 bad seeds.   The balance of good seeds or bad seeds will determine for better or for worse the circumstances in our present life at birth and that’s how we start our life.

In the Osashizu (or Divine Directions) January 30, 1892, we read:

“…. Although virtue is not visible, the accounting is as dependable as if it were done on paper. Whatever is surplus I return. Whatever is short, I will collect. The balance in each account is very clear.”  There are no errors, since God does not make a mistake.

We might look at our neighbor and complain to God by asking why is it that my neighbor seems to have an easy life, while I have to suffer and toil long hours? Life seems so unfair…  But we don’t know what our neighbor has done in their previous lives.  If we look at only the present situation, we do not see the whole picture!

So the person who has a +50 balance would have an easier life at least in the beginning.  But if this person rested on their laurels, squandered their life and wealth, they will end up losing their property and their virtue.  Conversely, the person who has a -50 balance would have a more challenging life with setback and struggles, but if this person realizes their lack of virtue and poor circumstances and works hard to plant good seeds, they can live a better life!

Alan Wong’s Restaurant

Everyone knows that Alan Wong’s Restaurant as one of the best in Honolulu.  President Obama goes to various restaurants in Honolulu, but the one that he consistently goes to is Alan Wong’s.

Recently Alan Wong opened a restaurant in Shanghai and he was featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.  (Dec 30, 2015)  The article is titled: Alan Wong brings menu and aloha to Shanghai. In the article (by Joleen Oshiro) he said that he told his Shanghai crew that the aloha spirit begins with a thought, and when this thought turns into an act, it means sharing, showing kindness, caring. You give without expecting anything in return. For the first few days he asked them, “What did you do to make someone’s day? What gift or act of kindness did you give? How were you nice to someone?”

“Then, the night before we returned to Hawaii, one of crew came out and said, ‘I’ve been searching for something all my life, and you gave it to me.’ Another crew member said he never imagine this existed in another part of the world.”

Alan said, “One of our goals was to leave an imprint, to be able to say the aloha spirit lives in Shanghai, and his crew received the spirit of Aloha extremely well.”

I think this is a perfect example of how similar the definition of Aloha spirit and Hinokishin is.  And this is probably why he is so successful in his restaurant business.

Oyasama said to do something small every day that will make another person happy.  This is how we can take steps in our spiritual maturity to bring joy to God the Parent and Oyasama for the 130th Anniversary.

We have only a few days left before Oyasama’s 130th Anniversary which will be held on January 26, 2016.  Let us all make firm resolutions to grow spiritually, plant the seeds of sincerity and receive blessings during this seasonable time; and return to Jiba for the 130th Anniversary.

Thank you for your attention.

Announcements

  1. Happy New Year! I would like to thank everyone for your support given last year. The major events were the Boys & Girls Association Spring Camp & General Meeting and the annual Tenrikyo Bazaar. Thank you very much!
  2. I would like to thank everyone for your support in helping with the MHQ and Pearl Church spring cleaning, the mochi pounding on December 30 and your generous New Year offerings. Thank you very much!
  3. Thank you for bringing your deposit cans and bottles for our fundraising drive. We are still continuing our fundraising efforts.
  4. The BGA annual New Year Park Cleanup and BBQ Picnic will be held on Sunday, January 31 from 10am, please meet at Mission HQ at 9am for prayer service. This is open to everyone; however, please contact me to let me know who is coming so that we may prepare enough food. Please bring your own cleaning tools such as rakes and dust pans if you have them.  The Leadership Camp will from start from the day before on Saturday, January 30, for kids 12 and above.