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Archive for January, 2018

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 [...]

About 74,000 People Attend Annual Sechi Festival

About 74,000 People Attend Annual Sechi Festival

Church Headquarters held its traditional new year event called the “Sechi Festival” from January 5 to 7 at the Home of the Parent. [...]

New Year’s Address by the Shinbashira (2018)

The Shinbashira delivered his New Year’s address at the New Year’s meeting of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters conducted in the Assembly Hall following the evening service on January 4. The meeting was attended by 681 participants, including resident staff members of Church Headquarters, head ministers of directly supervised churches, superintendents of dioceses, members of the Assembly, [...]

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 [...]