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Tenrikyo Associations Announce Their Guidelines and Plans for 2018

Boys and Girls Association
On January 27, Tenrikyo Boys and Girls Association held its leaders’ first meeting of the year in Dining Hall 2, drawing 1,678 participants—including heads of directly supervised chapters and diocese chapters as well as members of the nurturing committees of those chapters.
This year, the association will be promoting the same guidelines for [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Scriptures, the Standard for Our Faith

The teachings of Tenrikyo are based on God the Parent’s revelations contained in the Ofudesaki, the Mikagura-uta, and the Osashizu, which are collectively called the “Three Scriptures.”
The Ofudesaki, The Tip of the Writing Brush, was written in Oyasama’s own handwriting between 1869 and 1882. It is comprised of 1,711 verses divided into seventeen parts. The [...]

This Month’s Message: Mountain of Treasure

Oyasama once said:
“If you go to the summit you will receive something marvelous. But since one turns back because of dangers on the way, one does not receive the treasure.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 171

On the calm ocean surface, suddenly a pillar of fire shoots up. With a deafening noise, a new volcano emerges.
It might seem [...]

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 [...]

Tenrikyo’s Way of Thinking and Living: Establishment and Classification of Churches

Around the time when Oyasama withdrew from physical life in 1887, the government’s interference that Tenrikyo faced was so severe that followers could not establish churches. In the following year, 1888, they eventually obtained official approval for the establishment of a Church Headquarters in Tokyo and, soon after that, the headquarters was moved to Nara [...]