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Category: Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Monthly Service of Regional Churches

At regional churches, the monthly services are performed on their respective days sanctioned by Church Headquarters. In Japan, a church conducts the monthly service on a fixed date each month, but there are overseas churches, including those in Brazil and the U.S.A., that perform the monthly service on a specific day of the week, such [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Offering Worship

In Jiba, the Main Sanctuary, the Foundress’ Sanctuary, and the Memorial Hall are three separate buildings, which are connected to one another through the Corridor. When people offer worship, they sit down, clap their hands four times, and bow their heads. Having offered their prayers and expressed their appreciation to God, they raise their heads [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Morning and Evening Services

The morning and evening services are performed every day at Jiba and regional churches.
Church Headquarters sets the times of the morning and evening services based on sunrise and sunset—the times thus vary with the seasons. Regional churches set their own specific times.
When coming to worship at a church, you will see the instruments that are [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: The Grand Service and the Monthly Service

The Grand Service and the Monthly Service both take place in the Main Sanctuary, which comprises the Inner Sanctuary, which centers on Jiba, and four worship halls that surround it—the North, South, East, and West Worship Halls.
The Service—whether it is the Grand Service or the Monthly Service—consists of two parts: the Kagura Service and the [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Three Positions of Oyasama

The Main Sanctuary of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters centers around Jiba, and to the north of it stands the Foundress’ Sanctuary, which is dedicated to Oyasama. The two Sanctuaries are connected by the Corridor.
Tenrikyo followers refer to the Foundress, Miki Nakayama, as “Oyasama,” a word written with two Chinese characters meaning “the Parent of the Teaching.”
To [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Jiba’s Openness

At the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine, there is usually a gateway and a path leading to the shrine; there is a certain route for worshipers. In addition, the boundaries of the shrine precincts are easy to recognize in most cases.
How about Jiba? A black gate stands about 150 meters (492 ft.) south of [...]