Founded in 1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park has served the community by providing a place of peace and serenity for loved ones.

What Is the Amida Buddha?


A Buddhist shrine, which may be found in a private home or in a memorial park, typically includes an image of the Buddha. These images are intended to help a Buddhist focus his or her meditations and remember the ideal qualities of the Buddha. One famous statue is the Amida Buddha, found in the Byodo-In Temple in a memorial park on Oahu, Hawaii.

Terminology Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is the combination of two Sanskrit words for the Buddha: “amitabha,” meaning “limitless light,” and “amitayus,” meaning “limitless life.” Amida symbolizes dharma, which refers to the laws of the universe, universal truth, and the teachings of the Buddha. In Shin Buddhism, “Namu Amida Butsu,” or Amida’s name, means “bowing Amida Buddha.”

Historical Background The Amida Buddha in the Oahu Byodo-In Temple was carved by Masuzo Inui, a renowned Japanese sculptor. It was carved in the style of Jocho, who was a revered sculptor who carved a smaller Amida Buddha for the original Byodo-In Temple in Japan. This smaller Amida was carved more than 1,000 years ago. The original work of art created by Masuzo Inui is housed in the Phoenix Hall, which reflects the great artistry of the Byodo-In Temple.

Figure The figure itself is more than nine feet tall. It was initially carved out of wood, and then covered with a cloth. Three applications of gold lacquer were placed on the cloth, and then gold leaf was applied on top of those layers. The gold backdrop behind the Amida Buddha features 52 Boddhisattvas playing musical instruments, dancing, and floating on clouds. Boddhisattvas are enlightened beings.

The Byodo-In Temple, a non-practicing Buddhist temple, is located near the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains. To learn more about visiting the Byodo-In Temple or to make cemetery arrangements, contact the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. You can reach us at (808) 239-8811, or learn more about our rich history by visiting our website.

Take A Look At These Links For More Funeral Planning Tips

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Have you found our recent blog posts helpful? To learn more about Buddhist prayer, green synergy, or advanced funeral planning, explore the resources below.

To speak with a caring, dedicated, and experienced funeral service provider on Oahu, call Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811.

How to Choose a Casket

Selecting a casket is an important decision people must face when making funeral preparations for a loved one or pre-planning their own funeral. For advice on choosing a casket to serve as the final resting place for the remains of your loved one, watch this informative video clip.

In the video, you will learn a bit about the various materials from which common caskets are made, as well as the purpose a casket and its accompanying burial vault serve. The experienced narrator of this video clip also touches on the rights a consumer has when shopping for a casket.

After you have chosen a casket, you must next make burial arrangements. If you are interested in making burial arrangements at a peaceful cemetery in Oahu, call Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811.

Understanding the Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning

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If you are putting your estate in order, you may have heard about funeral pre-planning. As more people are becoming aware of the benefits associated with making advanced funeral and cemetery arrangements, the practice is becoming increasingly commonplace. Continue reading to learn about these benefits.

Your Peace of Mind Pre-planning your funeral gives you the opportunity to know that you will be laid to rest in full accordance with your preferences following your passing. It can also provide you with financial peace of mind and the peace that comes with knowing your loved ones will not suffer additional stress as they cope with their loss.

Your Loved Ones’ Responsibilities Planning a funeral involves several important decisions. Unless you have made your preferences concerning these decisions clear, your family may agonize over the options they have, trying to choose what they believe you would have wanted but having no way of knowing for sure. When you pre-plan your funeral, you can ensure that your loved ones avoid the stress related to such decisions altogether.

Your Pocketbook Funerals can be expensive. When you choose to pre-plan with a funeral service provider, you may also have the chance to pre-pay for your funeral. Doing so can enable you to pay today’s prices, avoiding the difficulty of paying higher prices in the future.

Professional Expertise If you work with a professional when making your advanced funeral arrangements, you will have a great resource at your fingertips. You can ask your funeral service provider any questions you may have and get answers that will lend further clarity to your funeral pre-planning decisions.

At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, we offer an array of funeral options in an idyllic cemetery setting. We also offer flexible payment plans and a courteous staff who can help you as you make advanced cemetery arrangements. Visit our website or call (808) 239-8811 to find out more.

A Guide to the Upcoming Events at the Byodo-In Temple

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The Byodoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, has a rich cultural and religious history that spans the length of a millennium. The architectural splendor of the temple and its surroundings inspired the construction of a replica on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, completed in 1968. The Hawaiian replica sits on the grounds of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and has become a noteworthy site in its own right. Many public events are held at the Oahu Byodo-In Temple, and upcoming events include:

Buddhist Prayer Services Buddhist prayer is characterized by well-meaning mantras, which can be recited multiple times in the hope that someone, something, or the world will benefit. At Byodo-In, Bishop Hosen Fukuhara leads a Buddhist prayer service almost every morning at 8:45.

Book Signings with General Jerome Hagen In addition to being a Legion of Merit recipient and former Director of Public Affairs for the Marine Corps, Brigadier General Jerome T. Hagen is the author of the critically acclaimed historiography War in the Pacific. He is available to sign books and greet readers nearly every Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

Green Synergy Workshops Discover the artistic world of green synergy during the course of a four-to-six hour workshop, led by Justin Bell, Tiare Piris, or both. Upcoming workshop dates include February 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. The duo will be back again in the summer to lead more workshops, starting on Sunday, June 24th.

Okada Therapy Sessions Mokichi Okada, a famous Japanese healer, developed organic and highly effective methods of curing an array of human illnesses without pain and without medication. Once a month, you can learn about Okada Therapy at the Byodo-In Temple. The next event will be held on Saturday, March 9th at noon.

In addition to the events described above, Oahu’s Byodo-In Temple is the site of regular lei and jewelry making workshops, tea ceremonies, and art demonstrations. To learn more about a specific event or to enquire about the cemetery arrangements provided by the compassionate and culturally diverse staff at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, call (808) 239-8811.

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