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Members of Chikuho Dharma Center visited India's Bodhgaya Center for the International Dharma Dissemination Program

February 2018

Seven members of Chikuho Dharma Center in the Northern Kyushu Division visited Bodhgaya Center in Bihar, India for the International Dharma Dissemination Program February 6-12. This is the third year for the program, the purpose of which is for Japanese members to travel to Bodhgaya Cente, disseminate the teachings with local members and apply the teachings to the basic practices: Sutra recitation, guiding someone to the faith (gokuyou), supporting someone in the faith (tedori), and participating in the Dharma circle together (hoza).

Through these practices, the Japanese and local participants built a friendly relationship with each other. Bodhgaya members were eager to learn about the merits of the faith, inviting Chikuho branch leaders to share their Dharma experiences. The Japanese members shared their reason for joining Rissho Kosei-kai and described how they have overcome their various daily life sufferings with the teachings. During the hoza, all participants shared their honest feelings and encouraged each other to practice the faith more diligently.

On February 9, the Japanese members visited Mahabodhi Temple, Divine Eagle Peak and the Mahakala Caves, where Shakyamuni practiced self-mortification before attaining his enlightenment. The members felt the existence of Buddha and once again expressed their gratitude in encountering the Buddha's teachings and being given their life. When leaving Bodhgaya, each of the Japanese members vowed to devote their far best efforts to spread the teachings to others after they return to Japan.

This program was such a valuable opportunity for both Japanese and local members.

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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