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This Month’s Message: Why Bother with Faith?

Oyasama once told a follower:
“Virtue is more deeply planted in the second generation than in the first one, and deeper still in the third than in the second. By becoming ever deeper, it will become virtue which lasts forever.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 123

To you, who have just turned fifteen, from your father:
Happy birthday! Let me [...]

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 [...]

The Heart of the Parent: Conveying the teachings

The Heart of the Parent: Conveying the teachings

The day before the Monthly Service at Jiba, my father, who is our head minister, always comes to my house to perform a home service. When he visits, my father would always ask my children questions about the “three promises” for the Children’s Pilgrimage. At first, they had trouble even recalling what the promises were, [...]

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 [...]