• The Byodo-In Temple in Japan: Inspiration for the Replica in Oahu

    The Byodo-In Temple in Japan is located in Uji city, just south of Kyoto. It was originally built as a retreat villa for Fujiwara no Michinaga, a politician. With the addition of the Phoenix Hall in 1053, it became a spectacular temple. Paired with a pond-style garden, its breathtaking architecture melds seamlessly with the natural beauty of the site.

    View the highly stylized designs of the Phoenix Hall by watching this video. You’ll also learn more about its history and the best way to reach the temple—a handy piece of knowledge if you’re planning a trip to Japan in the near future.

    Visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, Hawaii, to see a majestic replica of the original Byodo-In Temple. Contact us at (808) 239-8811 to learn more about our memorial park and cemetery arrangements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.