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Japan, Hawaii, our planet and Buddha.

Updated: Jan 4, 2019

How are the three connected? Buddhism tirelessly advocates the virtues of non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion in all human pursuits. Greed breeds sorrow and unhealthy consequences. Contentment (santutthi) is a much praised virtue in Buddhism.The man leading a simple life with few wants easily satisfied is upheld and appreciated as an exemplary character. Meaning that using natural resources must be done in a sustainable way, and not only for monetary gain.

I first learned about Japanese influence when I joined Hongwanji Mission in Lahaina, it was a dream of ours to be part of a true Buddhist community and it turned out to be everything we wished for. If you have never been among Buddhists, let me tell you that you are missing out. They taught us how it was that their families arrived on Maui to work on the sugarcane fields, and they made sure that their traditions came with them. The Japanese were probably among the earliest migrants to come to the Hawaiian Islands. Investigation of ancient landings on Oahu indicates the possibility of visits by seafarers from Japan, and a legend tells of a wrecked Japanese fishing vessel that was cast ashore at Kahului, Maui, as early as five hundred years before the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778. When you come to Maui, you will be able to see in person how it is that embracing migration for Hawaii, was one of the best decisions ever made. I strongly advice you to visit either Buddhist temple on the islands, and you will be in for a treat! "Kindness (to all living beings), is the true religion".

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