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Rev. Kodaka's Inauguration Ceremony in San Antonio and Seattle

January 2018

On January 20, Rev. Takashi Kodaka was inaugurated as the new minister of Rissho Kosei-kai of San Antonio. 45 members and friends of the sangha gathered early at the Dharma Center in anticipation of this auspicious occasion. Another inauguration ceremony was held at Rissho Kosei-kai of Seattle on the following day, with 21 members and friends of the sangha participating in the ceremony. Rev. Kodaka will serve as minister for both Dharma Centers. Rev. Koichi Saito, the Director of Rissho Kosei-kai International, was also in attendance at both inaugurations.

In San Antonio, the ceremony began with sutra recitation. Following the recitation, the chairman of the board of Rissho Kosei-kai of San Antonio offered welcoming words to Rev. Kodaka, expressing solidarity in leadership as the sangha moves forward with the construction of its new Dharma Center facility. Next, Rev. Saito offered his Dharma message, sharing his vision of new beginnings with Rev. Kodaka for the new Dharma Center.

The January 21 ceremony at Rissho Kosei-kai of Seattle also began with sutra recitation, in both English and Japanese. Following greetings from Rev. Saito and Rev. Kodaka, the chapter head of Rissho Kosei-kai of Seattle, presented welcoming words to Rev. Kodaka and introduced the talented leaders of the Dharma Center to him.

In his greetings at both Dharma Centers, Rev. Saito focused on the guiding theme of Rissho Kosei-kai's next 20 years, "Getting Connected with People, Unlimitedly" as a means of generating positive encounters within and outside of the sangha. He concluded by introducing Rev. Kodaka and describing his years of experience with Rissho Kosei-kai.

Rev. Kodaka revealed his joy of returning as the new minister and made his vow of support for the sanghas. Following the greetings at each sangha, members engaged in a Q&A session with Rev. Kodaka in order to further enhance connections with him and the sangha. Though the members will need to wait 4-5 months for Rev. Kodaka to receive his visa before returning to the centers, they are optimistic that he will lead them in the direction they need.

 
Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.
Rissho Kosei-kai International held a two-week Leaders Training Seminar July 6-18 in Tokyo and the Founder's birthplace, in Suganuma, Niigata Prefecture.

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