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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 [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Jiba is the Source of Our Faith

The Tenrikyo faith is inseparable from Jiba.
We are taught that Jiba is the place where humans were first conceived at the time of creation. Because of this causality, God the Parent descended there at the arrival of the promised time, settled Oyasama as the Shrine of God, and began the ultimate teaching for universal salvation.
It [...]

This Month’s Message: Freedom of Mind

Oyasama once told a young man who was visiting Her for the first time in order to thank Her for saving him:
“Go through life without erring. As long as you do not err, in the end, your happiness will exceed all bounds.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 103

We are like a sailboat that is navigating the ocean.
We [...]

This Month’s Message: Mind of a Three-Year-Old

Oyasama once gave Her great-grandson Sotaro Kajimoto a tangerine segment after removing the white pith, opening the segment, and turning it inside out. She placed it on Sotaro’s finger, saying:
“The kite cries ‘toh, toh,’ and the crow, ‘caw, caw.’”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 192

This scene vividly portrays Oyasama’s disarming, unaffected demeanor.
Oyasama loves children. Children love Her, [...]

This Month’s Message: The Long Way Around

Oyasama once said to someone who had come asking for help after having been to many places to pray:
“You have come the long way around. What a pity! You could have met all those gods if only you had come here.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 10

Let’s take a moment to consider how people generally come to [...]

This Month’s Message: Chestnut Bur

Oyasama once said to a follower:
“The bur of the chestnut is rough and prickly. Take away the bur and inside it there is a shell and then there is a bitter coating. Shell it, then peel the coating, and you will find a tasty nut. If a man listens to the truth and discards his [...]