Aloha Everyone,
Our new Minister, Reverend Kodai Haga, or Monk Sen, as he prefers, is settling in quite well at our temple. He's excited to be here while providing a much needed religious aspect for our temple.

A few weeks ago, Reverend Maya Hara and her sister Yayoi of Lahaina Jodo Mission reached out to ask permission to build a temporary prototype structure on our temple grounds. Their original planned site fell through. This temporary 20'x12' structure is intended to show our Government officials and community how quickly it could be built to house people who had lost their homes in the recent wildfire tragedy. This project, led by Shigeru Ban and 12 architectural students from Japan, was built in three days. Architectural students from the University of Hawaii also provided labor, as did Monk Sen. This structure will eventually be moved to Lahaina.

Dec. 27th (Wed)

As a reminder, Reverend YAMAGUCHI's memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 27th at our temple. It will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a catered luncheon. Reverend Seiya Chisaka and his daughter will be helping with the service.

Jan. 21st (Sun)

On Sunday, January 21st we will be having our Annual Meeting at 10:00 a.m., after the morning service. At this time I will be stepping down as President of our temple. We are looking for candidates for our next Board of Directors and Officers. Please let me know if you are interested to lead our temple into the next era. A potluck luncheon will follow our

Thank you for supporting our Rinzai Zen service and meeting. Mission for these years! I'm also greatly appreciative of your support for me during my tenure as President here! Have a wonderful holiday season, and best wishes for a healthy New Year!

In Gassho,
Alan Nago
President, Rinzai Zen Mission

Dec. 31 (Sun)

Aloha everyone,
as we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, let us gather in front of the Buddha to reflect on our lives. Take a moment to express deep appreciation for the countless blessings we have received throughout our lives and look forward to a peaceful New Year and a good life, guided by the compassion of the Buddha. Additionally, this year, we will have a ceremonial burning of amulets (omamori). If you have old amulets, please remove the plastic covers and bring or send them to the temple by Joya no Kane. In addition to the new amulet, we will provide paper Buddhist amulets for homes or companies accordingly, dedicating the benefits of the sutra to the amulets. We will serve Toshikoshi soba (year-end noodles) and refreshments after the bell ringing. Let's express sincere gratitude to our departed loved ones and ancestors for the guidance they've provided. Hope to see you all!

10:15 p.m.: Park gate opens
11:00 p.m.: New Year’s Eve Service and presentation of new omamori
11:20 p.m.: Joya no Kane 108 Bell Ringing Ceremony
11:20 p.m.: Ceremonial burning of old omamori
01:30 a.m.: Gate closes

Dharma talk

I would like to introduce a prayer for food. Many of you may be familiar with the Japanese phrases "Itadakimasu" and "Gochisousama."As you know, before a meal, we put our hands together in Gashho and say "Itadakimasu" to express gratitude for the gift of life. We recognize that our lives depend on other lives.

After finishing the meal, we say "Gochisousama," expressing deep appreciation to those who worked hard to provide the food. Now, let's delve into another aspect: the Five Reflections chant in Zen Buddhism, which is called "Gokan no Ge" in Japanese.

The Five Reflections chant, Gokan no Ge

  1. Reflecting on how the food came to be your meal.
  2. Being aware of the quality of your deeds as you receive this meal.
  3. Avoiding being picky with food and savoring what's in front of you.
  4. Appreciating the food that sustains the good health of your body and mind.
  5. Eating with the purpose of achieving a goal.

In reality, I recite this prayer every time we eat under the temple. Although I say it in Japanese,
I hope this translation helps you understand.

Let us ponder these five reflections before eating and appreciate how fortunate we are. deep appreciation to those who worked hard to provide the food. Now, let's delve into another aspect: the Five Reflections chant in Zen Buddhism, which is called "Gokan no Ge" in Japanese.



I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a calligraphy class next year, where we will learn and practice writing Japanese letters. Additionally, I can assist you in finding the Kanji characters for your name. The art of writing by hand not only allows us to explore the beauty of Japanese calligraphy but also brings harmony to both our body and mind. I will be releasing more information about the class next year, so stay tuned for details on how to join.

▷Daily Morning Service(on-site & Instagram live)
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
every morning 
▷Saturday ZEN Meditation
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
every Saturday after the morning service except for 4th
▷Mid-day Service & Sermon
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
3rd Sunday
▷Prayer for the Maui fire victims
5:00 - 5:20 p.m.
ringing of the Large Bell every 8th day of each month


Find me on Instagram. I share Buddhist teachings and provide updates on the current state of the temple.
▷Account : @hi.monksen

May your holidays be filled with happiness, and may the New Year bring you good health and prosperity!

In Gassho,
Rev.Kodai Haga
Monk SEN

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