The Ho'onko Service for Shinran Shonin was practiced with eleven priests and about 60 followers attending.
The Dharma talks were delivered by Rev. Kobun Yuki both in the morning and afternoon.
Today Rev. Thomas Moser in Germany sent me a PDF of the Shinshu Newsletter October 2018, which shows
a Heart Bookmark essay of mine "I Can't Quit," two Dharma Cards, and a Haiku Calendar for September. It
is marvelous that such Dharma messages are transferred to Europe from a small town in Japan.
On September 21 through 23 early morning (Fall Equinox Dharma days), the whole
Pure Land Sutras were recited by devout temple followers, taking more than three hours.
◆A Sunday School card was printed as retold by Sakino Yoshida (d. 102) who,
was impressed by the same card when she saw it as a girl in our old Sunday
School more than 90 years ago.
Papa: "Hey, boy, watch out! Somebody will come."
Son: "Nobody comes, but the moon is looking."
The Ohji Sunday School kids had a day out by car to Ikeda Town, visiting Toy House,
Woodlabo, Higashimata Mini Temple, and Konnyaku Jelly Workshop.
The 32nd Dawn Dharma Lecture 1 was delilvered by Rev. Koju Fujieda on "Emancipation of Karma Sufferings."
The 32nd Dawn Dharma Lecture 2 was delilvered by Rev. Norie Asakura
on "Shinjin as True Cause, Nembutsu as Thanks Manifestation."
This winter's heavy snow left its claw mark on the roof of the temple
roof. The repairing work needed the scafold setting, which teaches us the
importance of a secure scafold for the construction of our life.
The Eitaikyo (Sutra Chanting for the Deceased) Services were held on May 27
and Rev. Ryujo Yasuno delievered Dharma talks in the morning and afternoon.
Ohji Sunday School celebrated Shakyamuni Buddha's birthday, Hanamatsuri
(Flower Festival). Everybody, young and old, were excited when they sprinkled
sweet tea drops on to the head of the Baby Buddha.
Greetings to Shakyamuni Buddha
A Happy Birthday to Shakyamuni Buddha.
You were born in India on April 8 about 2500 years ago and attained great enlightenment.
For this reason we can hear your splendid teachings at present.
What a nice blessing your birth was for us! Today we sincerely celebrate it as Hanamatsuri or Flower Festival.
Dear Buddha, please continue to teach and guide us from now on. We will make our best to become good Buddha children.
May 6, 2018 (Heisei 30)
All Ohji Sunday School Pupils
A Sunday School sixth grader
sprinkled sweet tea on to the
head of the Baby Buddha.
Some senior temple followers
participated in the tea dedication.
A memorial photo was taken as
(Flower Festival, 2018 / Heisei 30).
Kunitaka Harmonica Club played 11 tunes at Yasuragi Meeing
”If you are happy, let's clap hands" All sang and clapped hands.
Visiting the Goto Matabei Cherry Blossoms (1) in Uda, Nara Pref.
The Goto Matabei Cherry Blossoms （２）
The Goto Matabei Cherry Blossoms (3)
After the last two snow attacks. However,
All covered by snow, there stands still the Buddha, inside.
Mountainous snow can't hinder the light from the Buddha of limitless light.
My Dharma essay "The One Who Makes You Say the Nembutsu,"
a translation of the Japanese original for the Gunmo 198 has been
printed in the Shinshu News Letter, Februar 2018 in Germany.
Everything is in the snow.
Ohji Sunday School kids wrote their New Year's decisions; later played cards.
One-hundred-and-eight Dharma haikus are handed to each striker of the New
Year's Eve bell, as a few strip samples pen-brushed by the temple priest are
The third from the left-hand end is a Sunday School kid's haiku:
”Kyarameru wa otsutome no ato de oishiina."
(Caramel is given after chanting; very sweet I like.)
If you want to see the list of them, though in Japanese, click here 108 Dharma Haikus.
Two hanging scrolls pen-brushed by Ven. Zenmyo, newly mounted, are displayed by the
sides of the Ryokeiji Name scroll written by Prince Sukemasa Honda about 170 years ago.
The chief abbot of Goshoji Main Temple gave a Dharma talk to the Ryokeiji Temple followers.
The Ho'onko Service was held for Shinran Shonin.
★Rev. Kobun Yuki delivered an impressive Dharma talk.
★ The audience viwed a DVD "The Life Story of Shinran Shonin," depicted by paper clay dolls.
The Ohji Sunday School children visited the old people's homes Jurakuen and Wajoen.
They recited Shoshinge, viewed a DVD "Spider's Thread," exchaned quizzes, and sang songs
together with the old people. They spent a nicely pleasant morning
The Present Temple Pries's Article
The Pure Land (# 27)
International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies
If you want to read all pages, mail to me.
April 16, 2017
Wedding Reprt Service
Ryokeiji Temple's eldest daughter Eri Fujieda got married with Stuart Arkley last fall in America,
and the wedding was reported to Amida Buddha on April 16, 2017 under the ministership of
Shaku Joken, Rev. Junkyo Fujieda with the presence of her kin.
① Juzu (Rosary) exchange
② Wedding report to Amida Buddha
③ Darma talk by Rev. Joken
③ Response greetings by Eri and Stuart
④ Memorial photo of all participants
☆You Tube is prepared here.