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Tokyo Area Members Hold Memorial Service for Dead of World War II

September 2016

Rissho Kosei-kai held the 58th annual Memorial Service for the War Dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo on September 22. Some 120 Rissho Kosei-kai members from the Tokyo area took part. They prayed for those of all nations who died in World War II and rededicated themselves to work for a total ban on war.

Rev. Kayo Shimada, director of Rissho Kosei-kai's Tokyo dissemination area, led the sutra recitation and read out a eulogy by President Nichiko Niwano. Rev. Shimada said that Founder Nikkyo Niwano began Rissho Kosei-kai's annual memorial services in 1959 at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery when the cemetery was completed. Rev. Shimada quoted Founder Niwano's explanation that hoyo, a Japanese term for a Buddhist memorial service, originally meant "the essence of the Dharma." She added, "Founder Niwano explained that a true memorial service consists of diligent practice of the Buddha's teachings. A memorial service is an opportunity to build peace within our hearts and minds, making us resolve never to allow more wars."

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