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This Month’s Message: Buds Sprout from Knots

Oyasama often said:
“Buds sprout from knots.”
The Life of Oyasama, p. 142

There are times when things go so wrong that we feel at a loss as to what to do next.
At such times, we begin to see who we really are. For example, we might realize that we were arrogant enough to believe that we had [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]