HAVE YOU SEEN OUR TEMPLE’S NEW WEBSITE? I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Ronald Fukumoto and our website specialist Mr. Conrado Cortez for setting up our Wailuku Hongwanji Mission‘s website. The address of the new website is www.wailukuhongwanji.org.
We have had our former website through Brent Izutsu‘s great efforts. Without Brent, our original website would not have been possible. However, due to his busy schedule and living far away from Hawaii, we could not update the material easily and therefore the same page stayed on the system for a long time.
Now, that we have a new website and Facebook, many of our dharma friends are now able to keep up-to-date with all of the events and happenings at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission. They will know our activities and services, and where and when these events will be held.
As you may know, the website provides the community with information on the history of the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission, guidance of the Jodo Shinshu, activities, minister‘s message, schedules, temple newsletters, announcements, and much more. So, now we are able to provide information though this website, no matter where the people may be, they are able to see our temple‘s events and activities. Through this website, more people will know about our temple, and Wailuku Hongwanji Mission will truly become a community temple.
In the teachings of the Buddha, it is said, "Your happiness is my happiness." It is really a wonderful message to the people, and I feel that this is our goal of life. When I see people who are always offering their happiness and kindness, their faces are always smiling and through their smile, we all feel peace and serenity in our lives.
About 8 years ago, I had a great opportunity to talk to our Gomonshu-sama. We discussed many topics, and one of the topics was the outreach program. The Gomonshusama started talking about temple newsletters and said, "I really enjoy the oversea district‘s temple newsletters, particularly the temples which use many pictures in it. It is always so attracting to me, and I am able to understand their activities through those pictures." The Gomonshu-sama didn‘t say the name of the temple because he respected all temple‘s newsletters, but I was very confident, and firmly felt that the newsletter he was referring to was our Wailuku Hongwanji‘s newsletter because we use so many pictures in our newsletter. Even if that newsletter was not Wailuku Hongwanji‘s newsletter, as an oversea Hongwanji minister, I am really happy and appreciative of the Gomonshu-sama‘s comment.
I am confident that our website will be a great opportunity for us to expand our joy and happiness to the community. In the teachings of the Buddha, it is said "As the light of a small candle will spread from one to another in succession, so the light of Buddha‘s compassion will pass on from one mind to another endlessly. The disciples of the Buddha realizing Amida‘s spirit of compassion, adopt His task of Enlightenment and Purification, and pass it on from one generation to another in order to make the Buddha‘s Land glorified eternally and forever." Namo Amida Butsu, Nembutsu is working in our heart and showing us the path of the truth so that we are able to rejoice in the happiness with others. How grateful and joyful we are!
Namo Amida Butsu