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Archive for January, 2016

The Shinbashira Addresses the New Year’s Meeting

The New Year’s meeting of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters was held in the Assembly Hall following the evening service on January 4. The meeting was attended by 698 participants, including resident staff members of Church Headquarters, head ministers of directly supervised churches, superintendents of dioceses, members of the Assembly, committee members of Tenrikyo associations, and heads [...]

New Year’s Day Service Performed

New Year’s Day Service Performed

On January 1, the New Year’s Day Service for the 179th year of the Teaching (2016) was duly performed at 5:00 a.m. at the Main Sanctuary with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant. The followers who gathered at the Main Sanctuary before daybreak to attend the first Service of the year—the year in which the [...]

New Publication: Sermons and Addresses by the Shinbashira 2006–2015

New Publication: Sermons and Addresses by the Shinbashira 2006–2015

Sermons and Addresses by the Shinbashira 2006–2015 was published in January this year by Tenrikyo Overseas Department. The following is an extract from the foreword, written by this department’s Translation Section:
This book is a collection of all our published English translations of the Shinbashira’s sermons and addresses spanning the past decade starting at the 120th [...]

Overseas Department Organizes Gathering for Overseas Followers

Overseas Department Organizes Gathering for Overseas Followers

The Oyasama 130th Anniversary Overseas Followers Gathering—sponsored by the Overseas Department—was held at South Left Wing 3 of the Oyasato-yakata building-complex on January 24 under the theme “Let Us Keep Our Minds Connected with Oyasama,” drawing some 500 followers from overseas. The gathering was designed to provide overseas followers with an opportunity to share their [...]

Annual Sechi Festival Draws 66,000 People

Annual Sechi Festival Draws 66,000 People

The annual Sechi Festival was held from January 5 to 7 at the Home of the Parent. The festival, which dates back to the late 1860s or the early 1870s, is a long-lasting event that has continued for over a century. Many families and pilgrimage groups organized by churches from various parts of Japan, as [...]

This Month’s Message: Experience Rather Than Information

Oyasama once said:
“This path is not the way of intelligence or knowledge.”
Anecdotes of Oyasama, no. 190

A young female TV reporter visits a locally renowned cake shop. As she eats a mouthful, we can tell that she is in seventh heaven. “Wow, it really is scrumptious!” she exclaims. She then tries to describe the rich flavor [...]