A Buddhist Service At Honpa Mission Of Hawaii Essay

1141 Words Oct 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
On Sunday September 13th, Camryn, Airi and I went to a Buddhist service at Honpa Honwanji Mission of Hawaii [(808) 522- 9200] located in Nu’uanu. The service started at 10:00 am and ended at 11:00 pm. This was my very first time going to a religious service outside of school and it was a really good experience. If it weren’t for this project, I don’t think I would have ever considered going to a service. It was really interesting and now I able to be able to see the differences and similarities between Christianity/Episcopalian and Buddhism. The service opened with the “Call to Worship”. This is where the priests entered the room and we chanted the Vandana and Ti- Sarana. This is an ancient chant, where the people express their praise to the Buddha (Vandana) and take refuge in the Three Treasures (Ti- Sarana). The first verse of the Vandana and the Ti- Sarana are sung in Pali, an Indian language that many Buddhist scriptures were written in. The second is sung in English and is chanted slowly. When they first started chanting this, I didn’t really think anything of it because I was kind of used to it. Some people in my family (my grandparents, great- aunts & uncles) are Buddhist and I’ve heard chants like this at funerals. The only difference was that we were allowed to chant along with the priests and it was not chanted in Japanese. At the same time I felt a little awkward because everyone had this memorized and the three us were the only ones using the book.

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