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Welcome to the Tuesday Coffee Hour here on Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can hang out and talk about what’s going on in our worlds. Today I thought we’d start with a discussion of Tenrikyo, a Japanese religion.

Tenrikyo (天理教) is unusual in that it originates from the teachings of a female prophet. Nakayama Miki, also known as Oyasama, received a number of revelations regarding the teaching and promoting of the Joyous Life which is to be cultivated through acts of charity and mindfulness. Nakayama Miki was chosen as the Shrine of God in 1838. Her son and husband had been sick and the family called in a Buddhist monk to exorcise the spirit that was causing the illness. The monk had to leave for a while and asked her to take over. God—Tenri-no-Mikoto—then possessed her. Following this she developed healing powers.

The name “Tenrikyo” breaks down into “ten” meaning “heavens;” “ri” meaning “truth” or “reason;” and “kyo” meaning “teach.”

Nakayama Miki wrote two sacred books: Mikagurauta and Ofudesaki. These deal with the basic tenets of the religion.

Tenrikyo emerged at a time of great change in Japan and it was incorporated into a local Buddhist temple to prevent persecution. Eventually, the Japanese government recognized it as one of the official Thirteen Shinto Sects even though Tenrikyo is very different from Shinto.

The basic teaching, kashimono-karimono (“a thing lent, a thing borrowed”), refers to the body as something not completely under the person’s control, but the mind is under the person’s control.

The Joyous Life requires abstention from greed, selfishness, anger, hatred, and arrogance. Negative tendencies, such as selfish acts, are known “hokori” or “spiritual dust” in Tenrikyo. This dust settles on a person’s mind and soul. This dust obstructs happiness, but it can be swept away from the mind through mindfulness and ritual. Living in harmony with nature and others and spending time in reflection on thoughts and actions help to prevent the dust from settling into the mind and soul.

Today Tenrikyo is a monotheistic religion. Tenri-O-no-Mikoto is seen as the creator and caring parent of all humans. In the beginning, Tenrikyo involved many spirits, but as the religion developed it focused on a single God. As with many other Asian religions, reincarnation is also a central theme.

Tenrikyo Headquarters

Shown above is the Tenrikyo headquarters.

Tenrikyo Shrine

Shown above is an in-home shrine.

This is an open thread and its your turn. What are you thinking about? What have you been doing? And, most important, what's for dinner?

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  •  Fast forward 100 years, and Shinto becomes the (6+ / 0-)

    state sanctioned religion of Japan.  I've written about this before, but the reason was that an alternative to Buddhism was necessary to be established for the purposes of the Empire, because Buddhism was immovably opposed to aggressive warefare.

    Those food items on the family altar are just what you might think the are - offerings.

    They're not a serious party anymore. -Kos

    by thenekkidtruth on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 01:36:09 PM PDT

  •  Fascinating (5+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, Wee Mama, slksfca, Ojibwa, SchuyH

    And interesting, especially the woman aspect.
    Wonder how many religions or beliefs originate from a female prophet.

    I don't know much at all about religions and my knowledge about reincarnation is very limited, but the thought of coming back in one form or another, well,  for me, once is enough!

    Been having problems with our Internet again and it's frustrating but we have a friend who lives in the city and he has worse problems than we do.
    Funny thing for our friend is that when he calls his provider, they actually tell him to use the online feature and send an email whereby he replies that he would, but he can't connect to the Internet!

    Dinner is very simple - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk.
    Have been craving PB & J so that settles that!

  •  Sigh. Minor car accident. (4+ / 0-)
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    Mooshed headlight. Allergywoman is okay, just feels stupid. Sigh. Needs game tonight so she can be someone else for a while. Grr. I'm a good driver, damn it, I should know better than to make that narrow a turn.

    Brighter side: Allergywoman went home for Easter and ate things she normally eats when there for holidays, due to her allergies. However, she happened to check ingredients on the turkey slices and found she'd been eating something with celery juice with no problem. So I may be able to have things with celery in them again. I think I'll still try to avoid anything with celery seed, though, unless and until we establish my seed allergies are gone.

    Sigh. Car. Damn it.

  •  Thank You - N/T (4+ / 0-)
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    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:12:17 PM PDT

  •  Working on my "dump comcast" experiment. (4+ / 0-)
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    Hooked up the inside antenna and converter box. Wow, sixteen free channels. Cool. Wait a minute, where's PBS? No PBS. Not good. Deal breaker. I don't want to have to go and borrow a big ladder. Nor do I want to climb said ladder.

    Thanks for the story. Good story.

    I've been "volunteered" to lead the kid's Powwow Drum this weekend at the mall. The regular guy can't make it. I'll make a list of the easier songs, a little teaching and a few jokes. Do you think "Don't buy Powwow tickets from the scalpers" is racist? HeeHeeHee.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 02:24:07 PM PDT

    •  Blacklodge (1+ / 0-)
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      has a couple of albums out with kids powwow songs which are really good.

      •  Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto too! (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh we do that one. Funny story. Canupa Gluha Mani of the Strong Heart Warrior Society likes to come in from Pine Ridge once a year to torture us, tell us how we're doing everything wrong. I love it. I love him.

        One Friday night; my son and the other kids are at the camp fire, practicing "Mickey Mouse" for the next day's Pow Wow. Mani says, "That's a silly song. That's not a good traditional song". Ooohkay.

        Saturday, the kids set up their Drum for the Candy Dance. Here comes Mani, dragging his chair. Sits down with the kids and leads the song; "Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto too". Sings it beautifully, Northern style. The kids keep up with him perfectly. I'm running around snapping pictures, I got tears in my eyes. Wishing I had a video camera.

        Later I ask my son, "What do you think Mani was trying to teach by mocking that song and then showing us that he obviously has sung that song many times?". "I think he wants us to take our singing seriously but it's OK to have fun too". "I think you're right kid".

        We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

        by PowWowPollock on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:16:27 AM PDT

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