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Gohonzon Installation Ceremony at the Erdenet Hoza Center

July 2018

A Gohonzon installation ceremony was held at the Erdenet Hoza Center, a branch of the Ulaanbaatar Chapter in Mongolia, on July 1. Some 70 members took part in the ceremony and renewed their vow to devote themselves to further Dharma dissemination. Rev. Koichi Saito, Director of Rissho Kosei-kai International, and Rev. Ikuyo Hirose, Deputy Director of Rissho Kosei-kai International, participated in the ceremony on behalf of Rissho Kosei-kai International.

The old Gohonzon, which had been protecting the members at the center since its establishment, was uninstalled on June 30. After a sutra recitation for the old Gohonzon, each member bowed wholeheartedly in front of the frame, and some could not hold back their tears.

For the installation ceremony, the participants recited a sutra from the Kyoten, led by Rev. Hirose. Following the recitation, two members shared their Dharma Journey talk, and Rev. Saito gave his Dharma guidance, focusing on the three points of nurturing human beings, awareness as a bodhisattva, and the Three Basic Practices of the Faith. Mrs. Zorigmaa, Head of the Ulaanbaatar Chapter, gave a congratulatory speech, in which she said, "It has been 20 years since I came back to Mongolia with a Gohonzon. I am grateful that we are able to have a new Gohonzon installed at this center on this auspicious occasion of the 80th anniversary of Rissho Kosei-kai's foundation."

After the ceremony, an Area Leader mentioned that some of the members who had been to a pilgrimage to headquarters seemed to feel as if the center were a Japanese Dharma center. This observation filled her with pleasure, and she made a resolution to make the center a warm place where people can come with a mindset of relief and joy.

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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