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Rissho Kosei-kai Members Celebrate Shakyamuni's Birthday

April 2016

Rissho Kosei-kai celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on April 8 at the Great Sacred Hall in the headquarters complex in Tokyo and all Dharma centers across Japan.Rissho Kosei-kai celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on April 8 at the Great Sacred Hall in the headquarters complex in Tokyo and all Dharma centers across Japan.

The ceremony at the Great Sacred Hall, attended by some 3,900 members from Japan and other countries, opened with 16 young women in saris, representing all young women members across Japan, carrying offerings to the altar before the image of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. President-designate Kosho Niwano then led the sutra recitation and poured sweet hydrangea tea over an image of the infant Buddha set in a small pagoda onstage.

After that, a boy and girl, both five years old, representing all members' children aged five, recited a tribute to Shakyamuni Buddha, and 14 Kosei Nursery School children performed a dance on the platform.

After the head of the Young Wives' Group of the Saijo Dharma Center in Ehime Prefecture testified to her faith, President Niwano poured hydrangea tea over the image of the infant Buddha and gave a Dharma talk.

He said that although people take respiration and blood circulation for granted, they should be aware from religious teachings that they receive life from the gods and buddhas. He said people should always be grateful for the precious gift of life, and a full appreciation of this gift will reaffirm their faith. He also emphasized the importance of people appreciating their own and others' precious gift of life by respecting one another's buddha-nature.

After the ceremony, 83 children in traditional Japanese costume walked in procession from the Great Sacred Hall to the Precious Stupa of the One Vehicle, built in memory of Rissho Kosei-kai's founder, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano.

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