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Archive for January, 2012

Youthful Passion for Seeking the Faith Heightened in Students Training Seminar in Brazil

Youthful Passion for Seeking the Faith Heightened in Students Training Seminar in Brazil

From January 4 to 8, the fifth Students Training Seminar was held at the Mission Headquarters in Brazil, attracting a record 231 participants—including high school and college students—between 15 and 20 years of age. [...]

The Shinbashira’s Sermon at the Spring Grand Service 2012

May I begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to all of you for the efforts you are devoting to the tasks of the path in your daily lives. I also want to extend my appreciation to you for returning to Jiba from near and far despite the cold weather to attend the Spring Grand Service.
Having [...]

Annual Sechi Festival Warms 77,000 Pilgrimsʼ Hearts and Bodies

Annual Sechi Festival Warms 77,000 Pilgrimsʼ Hearts and Bodies

Tenrikyo Church Headquarters held the annual Sechi Festival between January 5 and 7 in the Home of the Parent. As many as 77,000 people returned to Jiba during the period and enjoyed zoni—roasted rice cakes served with greens in a clear broth—while feeling the parental love of Oyasama, who had never wanted to let people [...]

This Month’s Message: Not Gone Anywhere

After the passing of Her son, Oyasama spoke in his place, saying:
“My soul is embraced by the Parent. I have simply cast off an old garment.”
The Life of Oyasama, p. 113
Clickety-clack. Clickety-clack. The passengers on the train are enjoying the changing landscape outside their windows—the sun rising over the sea, shining hills and fields in [...]

New Year’s Address by the Shinbashira

The New Year’s meeting of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was conducted in the Assembly Hall following the evening service on January 4.
The Shinbashira delivered his New Year’s address in the Assembly Hall and reflected upon the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan last March as well as other disasters that occurred last year. “First of [...]

New Year’s Day Service 2012

New Year’s Day Service 2012

Prior to the start of the New Year’s Day Service at 5:00 a.m., worshipers briskly made their way to the Main Sanctuary for the first Service of the year as the winter constellations twinkled in the predawn sky. The low temperature in Nara Prefecture was -1ºC (30.2ºF).
At 5:00 a.m., the Shinbashira and other Service performers [...]