The Teachings of Tenrikyo


Tanno is not merely to be resigned nor is it just to persevere. It is to recognize God’s parental love in all events and be braced by their occurrence into an ever firmer determination to live joyously each day.

The Doctrine of Tenrikyo, p. 59

What is tanno?

The original meaning of the Japanese word “tanno” is a state of mind that is satisfied. In Tenrikyo, to practice tanno, or joyous acceptance, is to settle our mind in any situation by accepting everything as a blessing of God the Parent, who seeks to guide us to the Joyous Life.

Why do we have to practice tanno?

It is to change the lives of our families and ourselves into a brighter one. We are taught, “Tanno is accepted as the repentance for the causality from your previous lives.” We are encouraged to accept whatever is happening in our lives and reflect on its cause, pondering deeply over the use of our mind and our causalities. It is important for us to make efforts to improve how we use our mind so that we will be able to live our lives joyously.