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This Month’s Message: Oyasama

Oyasama once told a follower who had arrived at the Residence after a difficult journey through heavy snow:
“Oh, I am so glad to see you have come. God the Parent lent a hand to bring you home. You had a hard time, slipping at many places. However, you were joyful. Sah, sah, God the Parent [...]

This Month’s Message: Loving-Kindness

Oyasama once told a follower shortly after he began to follow the path:
“Become a person with a gentle heart.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 123

There may be times when, after receiving a negative comment from someone we know, we feel so angry that we can barely contain ourselves. We might think of getting back at that person.
Yet [...]

This Month’s Message: Warmth and Love

Once a little boy of five or six who had dislocated his right wrist was brought to the Residence by his grandmother, and Oyasama said to him:
“Welcome home, dear.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 103

Childhood is a time when the values of social responsibility and caring for others are learned in a loving and affectionate environment. An [...]

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 [...]