This year’s College Division of the Students Training Course began on March 3 in the Home of the Parent under the theme, “Feel! Express! The Joyous Life!” Coinciding with the Seminar for Successors which is being held for the first time in ten years, the event comes at a time when a Tenrikyo-wide push toward nurturing young people’s spiritual development continues to gather momentum.
This year’s training course welcomed to Jiba a total of 477 university, junior college, graduate school, and technical school students (268 male, 208 female) from all across the country. During this week-long training course, students attended lectures, practiced the dance and musical instruments for the service, and spread the fragrance of the teachings. The Shinbashira and his wife, along with Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama and Mrs. Nobue Nakayama, made their rounds during the course to observe the participating students.
Also, immediately following the College Division, the High School Graduates Division was held for the fourth time, a three-day program from March 10 to 12.