Invitation to Hybrid Sunday Service on July 31, 2022

Published July 29, 2022 by

Dear Moiliili Hongwanji Members and Friends,

I would like to invite you and your family to our Sunday Service on July 31, 2022, at 9:00 am.


*We hold the Sunday Service in a hybrid setting. You can join us either in person or via Zoom.

  • Opening Remarks
  • Kansho (Temple Bell)
  • Meditation and Vandana & Ti-Sarana
  • Sutra Chanting: “Junirai” (*Service Book (PDF) is available online from here.)
  • Gatha: “Namu Amida Butsu” 
  • Dharma Message: Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani  
  • Reading: “Creed (II)”
  • Nembutsu 
  • Acknowledgments & Announcements

In-Person: Anyone is welcome to attend in person.

Online: Please click the Zoom link* to join in the service starting at 9:00 a.m.


Toshiyuki Umitani
Resident Minister, Moiliili Hongwanji Mission 

*The Sunday Service Zoom link remains the same each week. To receive the Sunday Service Zoom link, please contact the office, or subscribe to our Weekly Email of announcements from our home page.

Additional announcements:

Sunday 8/14 Moiliili Hongwanji Temple Picnic

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2022
Time: 9:00 am.
Place: Moiliili Hongwanji back parking lot

After working hard to execute a successful 2022 Moiliili Summer Fest and Moiliili Hongwanji Bon Dance, we are now ready for some fun!

What’s in the plans? A Temple Picnic! Where? In the parking lot!
Service will be held outdoors at 9:00 a.m., led by Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani.

Games and laughter will follow with Dharma School families taking the lead. Lunch will highlight bentos & homemade dessert. Please call in your orders to the temple office by August 7th. Drinks will be provided.

Note, there will be no online service on August 14th.
Let’s enjoy the summer with a Temple Picnic on temple grounds. Have a Happy Summer!

Saturdays 8/6, 8/13, 8/20: BSC 50th Anniversary Presentations

The Buddhist Studies Center (BSC) will be holding their 50th Anniversary Presentations. 

Learning from Shinran about Ourselves as Moral Persons

Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures at Harvard Divinity School, will present a lecture followed by a Q&A session on Learning from Shinran about Ourselves as Moral Persons.

When: Sat., Aug. 13th from 10-12 pm

Where: In person at Buddhist Studies Center (1436 University Ave), or on YouTube, for viewing, at BSC’s YouTube Channel: BSC Hawaii

If you are planning to attend in-person, please register by emailing or calling 808-973-6555. In-person is limited to 30
people, masks are required.

Charles Hallisey

About Prof. Hallisey

An expert on Buddhist Literatures at the Harvard Divinity School, Hallisey said this time studying in both the United States and Sri Lanka led him to study Buddhism through the lens of its literature and the translation of text.
“I can see that people were studying Buddhism, not just as a religion, but as something of a culture and even something of a civilization,” Hallisey said.” […]
“The point of a translation isn’t to understand primarily another world you won’t have access to otherwise. Instead, it is to give you resources for understanding yourself,” he said. […]
“As I learned more… I saw things I was learning about the Buddhist world (and) Buddhist ways of seeing the world. It helped me to make sense of the things that had happened to me,” he said.

Excerpts from an Ohio University Internet article

Encountering the Words of Shinran

Dennis Hirota, Emeritus Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies and Research Fellow, Ryukoku University and Head Translator, Collected Works of Shinran, will give a two-workshop series on Encountering the Words of Shinran.

When: Saturdays, August 6th and 20th from 10-12 pm

Where: In person at Buddhist Studies Center (1436 University Ave), or on YouTube, for viewing, at BSC’s YouTube Channel: BSC Hawaii

Dennis Hirota

Summary of the Content of Prof. Hirota’s Workshops:

This workshop will introduce materials designed to help readers interested in understanding what Shinran said in his own words. Through the provided materials, it will be possible to become familiar with important passages from his writings as he wrote them. No prior knowledge of Japanese language is necessary.

During each workshop, we will practice reading sample passages from Shinran with the help of romanization, literal translation, and simple grammar notes. After the workshop, it will be possible to continue using the materials for a number of important passages selected from Shinran’s writings.

Please register for Prof. Hirota’s Workshop by emailing or calling 808-973-6555.

The Market Place

You are invited to visit Moiliili Hongwanji’s

The Market Place

Open on Mondays from 1pm to 4pm

We are actively adding items to the following categories:

Featuring Now
Home Accessories
Cultural Clothing
Craft Kits, Craft Supplies
Handcrafted Items
Games & Entertainments
Name Your Best Offer

Items are available via pick-up
at our temple office on University Ave.

Thank you for supporting The Market Place and Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

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