94Hong Kong's Honganji Dojo - Horai Nenbutsu Association
- Mar 5, 2001Hello friends,
yesterday (5/3) i had just returned from a very good
trip to Hong Kong with my parents. Other than doing
some shopping and eating, one of my main aims of going
there - to visit the Honganji's branch temple, the
Dharmagarjita (Horai, Dharma Thunder) Nenbutsu
Association - was fulfilled.
The Dojo there is considered small, in terms of size
and membership (abt 300+), but the people there were
very warm and friendly. All of the members are locals
(Hong Kongers and Chinese) and their main language
while conducting services and disscussions are in
Cantonese (of which i don speak nor understand).
Although it was my first time there, i felt very much
at "home" with them.
The morning service started off at 10am, with the
chanting of the Amidakyo is Cantonese, the style still
follows the style used in Taiwan, Singapore, China and
HK, and is very different from the style used in
Japan. Being used to this style (Chinese), i had not
much of a problem with it. One mention is that the
design of the shrine and decoration is very very diff
from the forms used in Japan or even in the Overseas
districts. The decoration of the altar was a fusion of
Chinese and Japanese styles. When i have the
opportunity i will show you all the pics.
After chanting the Amidakyo, there was Nenbutsu
followed by the chanting of the Shoshinge in Mandarin.
The Shoshinge and Wasans were both chanted in
Mandarin, and a special Liturgy book had been composed
by a student studying at the Honganji, Rev Zuikaku,
from Taiwan. The Shoshinge is recited following the
Sho-fu style, but chanted out in Mandarin, very
refreshing, but also, needs some time getting used to.
Come late April, 5 members from the Hong Kong Kaikyo
District and one member from Komyoji (Temple of Light)
in Taiwan Kaikyo District will be going to Honzan for
Tokudo ordination, wonderful news indeed. The 6 of
them are very happy and although the ordination is
slated for June, they will be going to Japan to take
up a 3 month course in Japanese language at Ryukoku
Ojuzus are also on sale at the Dojo as part of raising
funds for the Temple's maintainence and building; i
bought about 3 costing HK$185 each.
For those of you who would be visiting HK for tour
etc, the address of the Dojo is:
2/F, Hung An Building, Tin Hau Temple Road, Causeway
Bay, Hong Kong Island.
It is very easily accessed by the Subway, and in fact,
once you step out of the subway station - Tin Hau
station, the building is situated on the left. Hope
you all will have the opportunity to visit it when you
go to HK.
Clifton (Shaku Do Tatsu)
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