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Rissho Kosei-kai Holds Memorial Services for Cofounder Naganuma

September 2016

Rissho Kosei-kai commemorated on September 10 the 59th anniversary of the death of Cofounder Myoko Naganuma, in the Great Sacred Hall at its headquarters in Tokyo and Dharma centers across Japan.

Some 3,500 members attended the memorial service in the Great Sacred Hall. It began with 16 students representing Kosei Gakuen Girls Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo bringing offerings to the altar before the image of the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni. A recording of a Dharma talk by the cofounder was played. President-designate Kosho Niwano led the sutra recitation and read out a tribute to the cofounder by President Nichiko Niwano.

Rev. Nobue Uehara, minister of the Adachi Dharma Center in Tokyo, testified to her experience of the faith. She said that showing genuine empathy to others could help spiritually liberate both oneself and others. She went on to say that as a minister of a Dharma center she serves all its members but focuses especially on young members' spiritual development.

Then President Niwano delivered a Dharma talk. He said that while spiritual self-reflection is important for people of faith, repentance is not enough and that they should apply what they learn from self-reflection to their religious practice in order to purify their minds. He then explained the meaning of the buddha-nature. He said all people have the buddha-nature and there will be world peace when each person awakens to their buddha-nature and treats fellow human beings with compassion.

Cofounder Myoko Naganuma (1889-1957) cooperated with Founder Nikkyo Niwano in founding Rissho Kosei-kai in 1938. After that she zealously performed works of compassion in the spirit of the Lotus Sutra and guided fellow members. Because of her life of religious devotion and compassion, members revere her as a "compassionate mother." 

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