The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

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The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Post by kirtu » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:01 am

The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Not my video, but I am very grateful for it. Byodo-In Temple has been very important for me.

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:37 am

Thanks for sharing this, kirtu!
I'm going to Hawaii with family in a few weeks and will be stopping in this temple.
Nice to get a preview :smile:

Why has the temple been important for you, if you don't mind sharing?
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-amida-butsu. -- Ippen

If in your heart you hold the thought, "I shall continue to utter the nembutsu," the Buddha will turn his attention to you, and thus you are one among those who are thought about and cherished. -- Master Hōnen

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions. Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. -- Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

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Re: The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Post by kirtu » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:31 am

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:37 am
Why has the temple been important for you, if you don't mind sharing?
Basically it awakened active faith in the Buddhadharma. My mother and father both exposed me to Buddhdharma unknowingly. My father took us to this temple at least twice and even though it is a "non-practicing" temple the visits were still very significant for me. Actually Shin Pure Land Buddhists used to practice there once a month or so but that has apparently ended. On one of our visits a Buddhist priest was actually present and that was significant for me. This year happens to be the 50th anniversary of Byodo-In's construction.

Some dismiss it now as a tourist attraction and it is true that even when we visited it was used more as a kind of theatrical background for "Hawaii 5-O" as well as a kind of secular oriented community center and it is in the middle of a cemetery and functions for the funerary business. Still for me it is a significant place.

Kirt
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Post by Fortyeightvows » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:41 am

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:37 am
I'm going to Hawaii with family in a few weeks and will be stopping in this temple.
You may also consider a trip up to broken ridge temple. The four heavenly kings at the entrance are very majestic.
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Re: The magnificent Japanese Buddhist Temple Byodo-Oahu Hawaii

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:49 am

:thanks:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-amida-butsu. -- Ippen

If in your heart you hold the thought, "I shall continue to utter the nembutsu," the Buddha will turn his attention to you, and thus you are one among those who are thought about and cherished. -- Master Hōnen

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions. Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. -- Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

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