In times of difficulty, we can overcome the many challenges we face. I believe in the goodness and kindness of the human heart.
This is the first day of the Statewide Stay-at-Home Order in Hawaii and we have made the difficult decision to close the temple to ensure the health and wellbeing of our members and all who visit our spiritual home. While our doors may be closed our hearts remain open.
In times of difficulty, we can overcome the many challenges we face. I believe in the goodness and kindness of the human heart. I believe that compassion is real when we care for the wellbeing of others just as we care for ourselves. I know we will get through this crisis as one ‘Ohana.
It’s so easy to give in to fear when we face the unknown. However, we should take refuge in the Buddha-Dharma and deepen our reliance on Amida’s compassionate vow. Amida Buddha is always embracing us and the Nembutsu is always with us. Nembutsu is a practice for our whole lives. Saying Namo Amida Butsu is the letting go of our ego and entrusting in the working of compassion which is beyond our limited self. We can encounter the unlimited heart of reality through Namo Amida Butsu anytime, anywhere. The Nembutsu is the ever-present light in the darkness guiding us home.
Sangha is a spiritual community that cares for one another. Please reach out to others during this time of isolation. Physical distancing does not mean we need to be socially or spiritually disconnected. Take time to call, write, or e-mail everyone in your life near or far to keep connected. We all need encouragement and support in the days ahead. This is especially true for our kupuna who might live alone and need extra care. Let’s take refuge in the Sangha together.
If you need spiritual support, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available for pastoral care and counseling via phone or videoconference. I am here for you.
Please stay at home and take all necessary scientifically advised precautions to keep healthy. May we be guided by the light of wisdom and compassion and live with aloha.