First things first — I admit the posts aren’t coming at a pace as they once did before I went to Honolulu for a translation conference at Hawaii Dendocho (Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters of Hawaii).
The trip and the conference itself were not bad at all (it was nice seeing friendly familiar faces I had not seen for some time); it was returning and catching up to everything once I came back that threw me in a loop for a while. I will eventually get to the “Post-26 Reports” for October and November 2008. I was mulling over stopping this monthly feature altogether, but I figured better late than never. So they will be coming. I can’t say soon but hopefully before the year ends.
Continue reading Blog (03 Dec 2008)
The following is a translation of “Hito o ikasu kotoba no tsukai-kata” by Koichiro Iwai from Ohanashi goju hassen, published in 2004 in Japanese by the Tenrikyo Young Men’s Association. Translation originally posted at Tenrikyo Forum on March 12, 2007.
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Third Installment of “Savoring the Realm of the Mikagura-uta” Lecture Series
The second lecture of “Savoring the Realm of the Mikagura-uta” lecture series sponsored by the Oyasato Institute for the Study of Religion was held at 13:00 on June 25. (The venue, as always was the sixth floor of the Tenrikyo Doyusha building.) The lecturer this month was Midori Horiuchi sensei and she was assigned to discuss the so-called “Second Section” or Section Two (Dai-nisetsu) of the Mikagura-uta:
Choto hanashi Kami no yū koto kiite kure
ashiki no koto wa iwan de na
kono yō no ji to ten to o katadorite
fūfu o koshirae kitaru dena
kore wa kono yo no hajimedashi
(“Just a word: Listen to what God says. I never tell you anything wrong. Representing heaven and earth I have created husband and wife. This is the beginning of this world”).
Continue reading Post-26 Report (June 2008)
The following excerpt is from Omichi no joshiki [Tenrikyo Fundamentals] (pp. 111–113) by Koji Sato 佐藤浩司, professor at Tenri University and instructor at Tenri Seminary. Note: This translation is a provisional one at the moment and may require further revision.
Smoothing Out the Wrinkles of the Mind
We human beings can spend our lives joyously and with delight because God the Parent granted us the free use of our minds. On the other hand, we may find ourselves suffering from the misfortune of illness or another difficult situation.
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I’ll be the first to admit. . . I’m not much of a blogger.
Continue reading Blog (04 Feb 2008)
Thoughts on Burma and Pakistan
Just as I was mulling over what to write about the junta’s crackdown of peaceful protests in Burma / Myanmar that occurred last month, another grave, international incident!
Continue reading Blog (20 Oct 2007)