Launching Tenrikyology

A daunting foray into cyberspace…

First of all, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the kind assistance of Lewis Nakao, who volunteered to create this website for me. A heaping load of thanks to Lewis for getting things started!

The Internet is certainly a vast expanse…. an immense multitude of sites dedicated to an exponential number of interests/fields filled with massive amounts of information. It is so easy to get lost in a vain search or become completely immersed in a site that offers everything (maybe?) that you were looking for. So in that sense, I am very grateful to Lewis for carving out this small plot of cyberspace for the pursuit of Tenrikyology.

As for, I’m starting something really small here, but hopefully one day it will amount to a decent FYI-type of site. Maybe the News/Blog or Essays sections will have some opinion pieces once in a while, but that will really depend on everyone’s feedback. While I would like this site to strike a balance and be equally oriented to both followers and non-followers alike, there is really no telling which direction things will go. I have but taken a single step forward and the rest is terra incognita as far as I’m concerned.

The Tenrikyo Foundress, Oyasama, once said the following about beginnings:

“Narrowness such as this holds the promise of joy. You should not be dissatisfied because things are yet small. As virtue is accumulated, small things grow great. Even a large pine tree was once small. Be happy with what is small. In the future, a great promising bud will sprout.”

Anecdotes of Oyasama 142

Beginnings have a high degree of uncertainty and yet much excitement. The key is not to let feelings of uncertainty ruin the moment, but allow a healthy amount of giddiness to become the fuel for the long ride that is to come.

*Note: This post has been revised since its original publication.