Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai - Hawaii
Society for the Promotion of Buddhism

The 2017 HBC Hanamatsuri Lecture by Dr. George Tanabe



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The 2017 BDK Hawaii Board Meeitng



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We were deeply saddened to receive the news from BDK Japan that Rev. Toshihide Numata, Chairman of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, passed away on February 16, 2017 in Tokyo.  He was 84 years old.  Rev. Numata was the son of Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, the founder of Mitutoyo Corporation and Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai.  Like his father, Rev. Numata served as Mitutoyo President, and later as Chairman of BDK.  Under his leadership, BDK increased the number of Numata Chair programs to universities throughout the world, and oversaw the development of innovative educational and charitable programs.  His passing marks the end of an era for Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, but his legacy will live on in the work that BDK will continue to do.  His funeral will be held at Tsukiji Hongwanji in Tokyo on March 30, 2017. 


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2016 BDK Hawaii Board Meeting


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The Jodo-shu Hawaii ministers visited the BDK Hawaii office on 12/19/15. - Rev. John Hara was the photographer of this picture.


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This is a photo of  Dr. George Tanabe addressing the attendees of the 2015 Hawai'i Association of International Buddhists - Dharmachakra Festival. He very eloquently introduced the life and aspirations of Dr. Yehan Numata, and the continuing efforts of Rev. Toshihide Numata during his lecture.


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The 2015 Futaba Lecture at the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin Annex on 10/24/15. Dr. Duncan Williams (Speaker), Dr. George Tanabe (Respondent), with Rev., Dr. Alfred Bloom (Founder the Futaba Lecture Series) in attendance.


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BDK Hawaii now sponsors the Death Cafe, a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. The objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.


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Mr. and Mrs. Qureshi visiting BDK Hawaii. Ryoko is the new Office Manager at BDK America in Moraga, California.


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BDK Hawaii represented at the Byodoin Obon, in the Valley of the Temples.


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BDK Hawaii Annual Staff photo 2015


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Meeting with Numata Kaicho at the BDK Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.



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2015 BDK Hawaii Board Meeting



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On October 1st, BDK Hawaii cosponsored an event with the Bodhi Tree Dharma Center, hosting Rev., Dr. David Brazier (Amida Order), who delivered a lecture on Buddhism entitled "All One Dharma." It was a very successful event, with 30 people in attendance.

Photo by Chris McDonough Photography

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The 2014 BDK Hawaii Counseling Workshop for Ministers



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The 2014 BDK Hawaii Board Meeting and Luncheon.



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On February 8th, 2014, BDK Hawaii co-hosted the Thirty-ninth Annual Living Treasures of Hawai'i Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, at the Sheraton Hotel in Waikiki. Rev. Chikai Yosemori (of Honpa Hongwanji) was one of those selected to receive the honor this year.



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The Japanese government awarded Dr. George Tanabe, the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, today (01/24/14) at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii. Congratulations Tanabe Sensei!


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Kaoru Eguchi (of the BDK Headquarters) and her friend, had a nice visit with Dr. Tanabe and Rev. Clyde in Honolulu on 01/17/14.



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Prof. Mark Blum of the University of California at Berkeley delivered the Futaba Lectures on October 12, 2013 at the Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist Studies Center.  The Futaba Lectures were established by a generous donation from Dr. Alfred Bloom, professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii and noted scholar of Shinshu Buddhism.  Prof. Blum gave two lectures, one on the various forms of Nembutsu performances, and the second one on Shinran's use of the Nirvana Sutra.  George Tanabe was the respondent to both lectures. 


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“Hear My Concerns As I Enter The Twilight Of My Life…” 


Clyde Whitworth, of BDK Hawaii, worked in cooperation with the End-of-Life committee of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, to design and implement “An Intergenerational Retreat.” The retreat was held on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at the Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission.

The announcement for the retreat is as follows:  Hear those who have been caregivers and those who work with caregivers share their experiences. Have any questions answered, or share any concerns you might have, about the twilight years of your life. Topics covered will include caregiving, durable power of attorney, wills, advanced health care directives, living trusts, spiritual/religious issues, and procedures/etiquette at Buddhist funerals.

The retreat was very well received. There were approximately 100 people in attendance.





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BDK Hawaii Preaching Workshop

 

            It is not easy to watch yourself on a video giving a talk, and then to have others critique your performance, but on August 5, 12 and 19, five brave ministers participated in the first BDK Preaching Workshop organized by George Tanabe and Clyde Whitworth of BDK Hawaii.  The free workshop was offered as a continuing education service to Buddhist ministers of all denominations.  Limited to five people, the participants were Rev. Hiroko Maeda (Higashi Hongwanji), Rev. Makoto Honda (Higashi), Rev. Earl Ikeda (Honpa Hongwanji), Rev. David Nakamoto (Honpa), and Rev. Koji Ezaki (Jodo).

            Ministers had to give short talks that were videotaped and viewed by everyone, who made comments about the strengths and weaknesses of the presentations.  During the first session, we concentrated on how people spoke (fast, slow, body movement, eye contact, etc.), and in the last two sessions, we paid attention to what the ministers said.  Everyone had their own style of speaking, and each was encouraged to develop their own styles and ideas.

            The ministers worked hard each week in preparing their sermons, and were nervous about their presentations.  The interaction between everyone, however, was relaxed and informal, and we all laughed a lot, especially when we had lunch, which was provided by BDK Hawaii.  The discussions were very helpful, and everyone felt that they had learned a lot about how to become better speakers.  We had such a good time that we are planning a reunion meeting in six months.  The participants also said it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know ministers from other denominations.

        Many others have expressed an interest in participating, and we are planning to hold more workshops on Oahu as well as on the neighbor islands, not only for ministers but lay members as well.  BDK Hawaii is also planning workshops on counseling and new music.



(left to right) Makoto Honda, David Nakamoto, George Tanabe, Hiroko Maeda, Clyde Whitworth, Earl Ikeda, and Koji Ezaki.  Note photo of Rev. Yehan Numata on wall.



Rev. Hiroko Maeda (Note photo of Kaicho on wall)

Group watching video of Rev. Ezaki’s presentation. (left to right) Hiroko Maeda, Makoto Honda, Koji Ezaki, Earl Ikeda, David Nakamoto, George Tanabe.



Rev. Earl Ikeda (note photo of Kaicho on wall).



Rev. David Nakamoto

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BDK Hawaii co-sponsored the 90th Birthday Celebration of Rev. Yoshiaki Fujitani with the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists (HAIB) on Saturday, August 10th, 2013, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. There were approximately 150 people in attendance for the event.




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It was a great pleasure to meet Rev. Takemi Takase, and his wife Katsuko, for tea at the BDK Hawaii offices on June 21st, 2013. Rev. Takase gave us a good sense of the long history of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, and The Teaching of Buddha book he had worked on from its inception. Rev. Takase was happy to know that the book is still bearing fruit, even now in eBook format.


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2013 BDK Hawaii Board Meeting

The BDK Hawaii Board of Trustees and Advisors met on February 14 in the meeting room of the BDK Hawaii building. We were pleased to have as our special guests from Japan Mr. Toshihide Numata, Chairman of the BDK organization, and Mr. Tadashi Ikuta, the Managing Director of BDK Japan. Board members who attended were Brian Nagata (BDK America), Mikio Yamashita (Mitsutoyo), Donna Higashi (Moiliili Hongwanji), and Bishop Eric Matsumoto (Honpa Hongwanji).

Advisors who attended were Rev. Irene Matsumoto (Palolo Kwannon Temple), Rev. Chikai Yosemori (past Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji), and Rev. Thomas Okano (past Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji). Rev. Clyde Whitworth, Distribution Manager of BDK Hawaiʻi, was also present.

After the meeting, other guests joined us for lunch: Prof. Michel Mohr (University of Hawaiʻi), Dr. Elisabetta Porcu (Numata Visiting Professor at UH), Dr. Ugo Dessi (University of Leipzig), and Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki (Buddhist Study Center).

After lunch, George Tanabe conducted a tour of the exhibition of Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaiʻi at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi.

Report by Dr. George Tanabe
President of BDK Hawaii


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Report on BDK Global Meeting

On October 25 and 26, 2012, I had the pleasure of attending the BDK Global Meeting of representatives from the Mitsutoyo Corporation and BDK centers in Europe, Canada, the U. S. mainland, Hawaii, Mexico, and Japan.  As I looked at all of the people in the meeting room at the BDK headquarters in Tokyo, I was impressed with BDK’s global reach and the corporate strength of Mitsutoyo, the world’s largest manufacturer of precision measuring instruments.  It was a testament to the vision and effort of Mr. Yehan Numata, the founder of Mitsutoyo and BDK. 

Unfortunately Mr. Toshihide Numata, the chairman of BDK, came down with pneumonia and could not attend.  At the end of our meeting, however, we traveled by bus to the hospital, and had a lively conversation with Mr. Numata, who seemed well on his way back to health.

The reports from each BDK representative made it clear that the work of distributing BDK books is being undertaken with continuing vigor and the unwavering support of Mitsutoyo.  I was reminded that Mr. Yehan Numata did not decide on distributing the teachings of the Buddha after he achieved success with his company, but that he founded the company in order to disseminate Buddhism. 

After several years of dealing with BDK staff in Tokyo through email, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet everyone in person.  They are all so competent and friendly, and we had a great time, especially with the help of good food and great drinks.  There was a general consensus that on both the professional and personal levels, the meeting was a success.

Report by Dr. George Tanabe
President of BDK Hawaii