Posts from January 2017

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Betsuin Choir throws a Mahalo and Aloha Party for Rev. Satoshi Tomioka

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group photo of choir with Rev. Tomioka in center

Article and photos by Ruth Tokumi On January 26, 2017, Hawaii Betsuin Choir members shared an enjoyable musical evening with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka following choir practice. Tomioka Sensei played his ukulele and led choir members in singing “Shojoji” and “Yuyake Koyake” and one of his favorite gathas, “A Special Place.” Following the presentation of gifts […]

Hoonko Services at Hawaii Betsuin: January 14 & 15, 2017

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You are cordially invited to attend the Hawaii Betsuin’s 2017 Hoonko Services scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday January 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Hoonko is an important service for Jodo Shinshu followers as this is the time we express our sincere gratitude to our founder, Shinran Shonin, who dedicated […]

Why do we ring the temple bell 108 times on New Year’s Eve?

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header image featuring the Hawaii Betsuin temple bell, or kansho, outside the main hall

Submitted by Betsuin board member David Atcheson. Hawaii Betsuin celebrated two services for New Year’s 2017: one on New Year’s Eve and one on New Year’s morning. At the conclusion of the New Year’s Eve service just before midnight, attendees filed out of the main temple hall (hondo), each taking a turn to strike the […]