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New Year’s Address by the Shinbashira (2018)

The Shinbashira delivered his New Year’s address at the New Year’s meeting of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters conducted in the Assembly Hall following the evening service on January 4. The meeting was attended by 681 participants, including resident staff members of Church Headquarters, head ministers of directly supervised churches, superintendents of dioceses, members of the Assembly, [...]

Insights into the Anecdotes: Ichibei Matsuo (1835–1879), Anecdote 27: “Happy Day”

The Anecdote (Summary)
On the morning of the tenth day of Oyasama’s visit to the Matsuo residence in July 1872—when Ichibei and his wife went to Oyasama’s room to extend their greetings—Oyasama asked, “Would you like to have God enshrined?”
Ichibei replied, “Where would the best place be?” “Over there,” Oyasama said, pointing Her finger to where [...]

This Month’s Message: Wrinkles of the Mind

Oyasama once said to a follower:
“If wrinkled paper is left as it is, it can be used only as toilet paper or as paper to blow one’s nose. . . . When the mind becomes completely wrinkled, it becomes like the toilet paper. Saving such minds, rather than discarding them, is the principle of this [...]

Season’s Greetings from the Shinbashira

May I extend my warmest Season’s Greetings to all of you. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for the efforts you devoted to the work of single-hearted salvation in your respective roles and positions during the past year.
Throughout last year, we focused our efforts on nurturing human resources who would carry the [...]

December 2017 Monthly Service

The December Monthly Service of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was performed on the 26th in the Main Sanctuary with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant.
Reflecting upon this year, the Shinbashira, in his prayer, expressed his appreciation for God the Parentʼs profound loving care and warm parental heart and said: “In retrospect, we have devoted ourselves to [...]

Nearly 3,500 Attend Besseki Lectures in Five Days

In 2015—the concluding year of the “three years, one thousand days” season that led up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama observed on January 26, 2016—many directly supervised churches and church affiliation-based groups organized Besseki pilgrimages one after another. Building on that momentum, those churches have been organizing group pilgrimages as part of their effort [...]