Autumn Grand Service 2016 Duly Performed

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.