Women’s Association Announces Its Guidelines and Plans for 2017

On January 27 and 28, Tenrikyo Women’s Association held a seminar for the chairwomen of directly supervised chapters and diocese chapters at Moya 38 with an attendance of 249 people. The association announced that it will continue to promote its slogan for spiritual maturity:

Let’s follow the Divine Model and become the foundation for the Joyous Life.

as well as the same activity guidelines as last year:

Let’s grow spiritually into true Yoboku with our sights set on making repayment for the blessings we receive.
(1) Let’s study the teachings and make them our own.
(2) Let’s nurture those close to us into true Yoboku.
(3) Let’s sprinkle the fragrance and help save others, aiming for a million members.

In the seminar, Association President Harue Nakayama delivered her address, in which she explained that the association members should not only deepen their understanding of the basic teachings such as “a thing lent, a thing borrowed” and the “eight dusts of the mind” but also make a point of implementing them in their daily lives.
Drawing on some of the anecdotes of Oyasama, she explained that we can learn from the Anecdotes of Oyasama such things as what we should keep in mind and how we should handle our minds in our daily lives. She then said, “All we have to do is to implement what Oyasama has taught us with simple openness.”

Furthermore, she emphasized: “Sprinkling the fragrance of the teachings and helping save others are the best ways to make repayment for the blessings we receive. In fact, these tasks are indispensable in order for us to realize the Joyous Life World, so desired by God the Parent.” She expressed her wish for the association members to build up further momentum in this regard.

The president then referred to providing care and guidance for young women. She requested her audience to make every effort to guide them so that those young women will have a high awareness of making repayment to God the Parent and of visiting their nearby churches on a regular basis.

President Nakayama concluded her address by encouraging the chairwomen to implement the teachings in their daily life while feeling close to Oyasama and fulfill their roles in the work of the path.

During the seminar, the participants also listened to lectures and held group discussions.

The association is scheduled to hold various events and activities this year such as the following: The annual Women’s Association Convention will be held in the Inner Courtyard of Church Headquarters on April 19. In the afternoon on that day, lectures will be held as a commemorative event at six locations in the Home of the Parent. Other activities include regular events such as the Lecture for Mothers and various seminars.

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