On November 19, “Tenrikyo Third Shinbashira Memorial Concert” (Sponsored by: Tenrikyo Institute of Music) was held in Kyoto. This concert was held in memory of the third Shinbashira, Zenye Nakayama, who passed away for rebirth on June 4, 2014. An audience of 1,433 people gathered on that day. Showing gratitude to the third Shinbashira, who lead the Institute of Music as the president since its establishment, three songs were performed including “O-Uta 12: Path of the Divine Model.”
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There is one month left this year—the year in which Oyasama’s 130th Anniversary Service was performed. The previous year was the final year of the pre-anniversary, where the followers strove to finish up their endeavors. Many directly supervised churches organized Besseki pilgrimage groups, resulting in 96,944 people and attending the Besseki lectures during that year. In order to keep the momentum to provide care and guidance to those who attended the Besseki, many churches organized Besseki pilgrimage groups this year as well. During the weekend of the November monthly service, many churches made pilgrimages to Jiba and the Home of the Parent was lively with many followers. There were a total of 4,108 followers who attended the Besseki lectures between the 23rd and 27th. The 27th alone had 2,021 followers attending the lecture—which was the most this year.
Updated : : 2016-11-26 8:44 am
Tenrikyo Nepal Renrakusho conducted a service to mark its 50th anniversary in the presence of the Shinbashira, his wife, and Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama. The commemorative service drew some 250 people.
A powerful earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Despite various difficulties caused by the earthquake, local followers had made tireless efforts to work for the salvation of others during the pre-anniversary period leading up to the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama.
On the day of the commemorative service, they took the Shinbashira’s words to heart and renewed their resolve to work toward the further growth of the path in Nepal.
Updated : : 2016-11-26 8:39 am
On October 21, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred in central Tottori Prefecture. Tottori Diocese’s Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps swung into action in Kurayoshi City, which is one of the worst-affected areas. Members of the corps conducted relief activities, such as removing debris and rubble.
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On October 27, the 92nd Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association Convention was held in the Inner Courtyard of Church Headquarters, drawing some 11,000 association members from all parts of Japan as well as overseas.
In his address, Association President Daisuke Nakayama encouraged members to strive to carry out the association activities leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2018.
Updated : : 2016-10-31 7:31 am
On October 26, the Autumn Grand Service commemorating the Teaching’s day of origin was performed in the Main Sanctuary of Tenrikyo Church Headquarters with the Shinbashira presiding as chief officiant.
The Service drew approximately 70,000 Yoboku and followers, including those from 23 overseas countries and regions—this year, being the year when Tenrikyo observed the 130th Anniversary of Oyasama, an especially large number of pilgrimage groups from overseas are returning to Jiba in adoration of the everliving Oyasama.
After the joyous performance of the Kagura Service and the Dance with Hand Movements, the Shinbashira took the podium to deliver the sermon, in which he focused on the basic teachings of “a thing lent, a thing borrowed” and the “eight dusts of the mind” and encouraged all followers to strive for further progress in both the growth of the path and their own spiritual development.
Updated : : 2016-10-24 2:43 am
From September 18 to 20, the “International Gathering of Prayer for Peace” was held in Assisi, a city located in central Italy (promoted by the community of Sant’Egidio–a lay Catholic group headquartered in Rome– in cooperation with the Diocese of Assisi, the Franciscan families and the city of Assisi). This meeting, which marked its 30th anniversary this year, drew approximately 500 religious leaders, researchers and government officials. Tenrikyo was represented by six delegates including Director-in-Chief of Administrative Affairs, Zensuke Nakata; Tenri University Vice President, Ikuo Higashibaba; Europe Centre Head, Yoshihasa Hasegawa; and Dai-Roma Mission Station Head, Hideo Yamaguchi.
Under the encompassing theme of “Thirst for Peace”, the gathering featured a total of 29 panel sessions and two forums. On September 19, Reverend Nakata, who took part as one of the panelists, introduced the teachings of Tenrikyo and expressed his resolutions to make the utmost effort to realize the Joyous Life World.
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On September 25, the “50th Anniversary Gathering” for the Tenrikyo Boys & Girls Association was held in the presence of the Shinbashira and his wife, Harue Nakayama as well as successor-designate Daisuke Nakayama. The gathering took place in the East Worship Hall of Church Headquarters.
There were a total of 2,172 participants, including Director-in-Chief of Religious Affairs, Director-in-Chief of Administrative Affairs, Boys & Girls Association staff members, the Chairman of Directly Supervised Churches’ Corps and Diocese Corps, and other staff members. After the service, the Shinbashira gave a few words, whereupon he stressed the importance of the “vertical transmission of the faith” and asked those present to be aware of this goal in their minds. Therefore, earnestly guiding the future generation to firmly resolve their minds and internalize the objectives of the association.
Updated : : 2016-10-14 3:01 am
On August 30, a Category-4 typhoon Lionrock struck the Tohoku region (Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture). Due to Typhoon Lionrock, homes were flooded and rivers overflowed, causing floods in several areas of Iwate Prefecture and Hokkaido.
Under these circumstances, help from the Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (Lead by Isafumi Tanaka) was requested by the municipalities of Iwate Prefecture and Hokkaido to dispatch both the Iwate and Hokkaido corps. They made great efforts to clear up gutters and ditches by the roads, and removed mud that flowed into public facilities.
Updated : : 2016-10-07 1:32 am
On September 10, Congo Brazzaville Church (Head Minister Pierre Bazebibaka) conducted a service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding as well as to commemorate the enshrinement of the medo (symbol of worship). Approximately 260 local followers were in attendance to welcome the Shinbashira and his wife, Harue Nakayama, as well as Successor-Designate Daisuke Nakayama for the occasion. On the following day, the 11th, a ceremony was held to celebrate the establishment of the Women’s Association Congo Brazzaville Chapter and the Young Men’s Association Congo Brazzaville Chapter. By collaborating with the Boys and Girls Association and the two newly established chapters, the path in Congo has reached a significant turning point. Together with the three associations, the local followers can make firm strides toward the realization of the joyous life world.