All of us want to live each day with hope and confidence. Ōyamanezunomikoto Shinji Kyōkai is a place of worship that teaches us everything we need to know to achieve this kind of life.
The church is called Shinji Kyōkai because the teachings of the kokoro are learned through Shinji that are the words given to us by a Kami who truly exists. The teachings are the source of wisdom about how to live; and if we live our life based on this wisdom, we will attain the happiness that we desire.
Every human being is born into this world with strengths that allow them to shine. If these strengths are used to help people and give back to society, we experience a deep sense of satisfaction and our days are filled with meaning and purpose.
We can remain calm in the face of many uncertainties that beset modern society if we keep our kokoro close to Kami and live our lives based on the teachings. This allows us to live each day with a sense of security and to live a life without regrets.
● November 15, 1946 Descent of Ōyamanezunomikoto
Ōyamanezunomikoto, the Kami who truly exists, descends to this world when Kami’s spirit was placed in the physical body of Tomomaruhime Sensei, who is born in Miyamoto-cho, Minami Ward in Yokohama City.
● September 23, 1948 Tomomarusai Sensei, Shisha (Messenger)
Ōyamanezunomikoto appears before Tomomarusai Sensei in a dream as he lay suffering from an incurable disease and saves his life, designating him as Kami’s Shisha.
● September 23, 1953 Ōyamanezunomikoto Shinji Kyōkai Is Founded
Tomomarusai Sensei creates an altar in one area of the public bath that he manages as instructed by Kami and begins to teach the public about the existence of Kami and Kami’s teachings.
● February 4, 1967 Tomomaruhime Sensei Enters Kami no Michi
Suffering from a disease with no known cause, Tomomaruhime Sensei recovers her health at the age of 20. When Tomomarusai Sensei meets her for the first time, he immediately sees that her unmei is that of Kami; thus, they begin their life journey to spread salvation.
● July 1, 1975 Tomomaruhime Sensei Becomes Fukushisha
Kami designates Tomomaruhime Sensei as Ōyamanezunomikoto’s Fukushisha when she accepts the power of Kami to save humanity.
● September 23, 1985 Tomomaruhime Sensei Becomes Shisha
Having vowed to dedicate her life to Kami, Tomomaruhime Sensei is designated as Ōyamanezunomikoto’s Shisha and begins to reveal the many principles needed for humanity to achieve happiness and prosperity.
● November 15, 1987 Tomomaruhime Sensei’s Unmei as Kami Is Revealed
The truth that Kami’s spirit has been placed within Tomomaruhime Sensei is revealed; and as Ōyamanezunomikoto’s Direct Messenger or Chokushi, the path to eternal salvation for humanity—Kibō no Michi is opened.
● October 29, 1988 Tomomarusai Sensei Becomes Daishin
Seeing that the path to salvation has opened, the kokoro of Tomomarusai Sensei is at peace and merges with Kami to become Daishin, who protects humanity.
● September 17, 2002 The Birth of Shinkon and the Path to Salvation Is Completed
Shinjitsu no Michi, the ultimate salvation that allows humanity to be repeatedly reborn into a life of happiness, is established; and Tomomaruhime Sensei fulfills her mission as Chokushi and returns to the world of Kami. She becomes Shinkon and continues to guide each human being to true happiness and prosperity.
● The Era of Shinkon that Grants Kaiun
Today, supported by the power of Shinkon, Kyōshu Seishisha Tomomarukō Sensei receives countless Shinji that guide and foster the human kokoro to fulfillment.
Ōyamanezunomikoto, who desires that every person achieves happiness, teaches us the right way to live as well as how this world works through the Shinji that is given to us. The basic principle is the teaching about Kami, Hotoke, and Hito no Michi (the path of Kami, the path of our ancestors, and the path of the human being). Hito no Michi or the path of the human being is to live in harmony and mutual support. Hotoke no Michi or the path of our ancestors is to have gratitude to our ancestors, parents, teachers, employers, and the many people who play an important role in our life, and to live a way of life that does not raise anxieties about our well-being. Kami no Michi or the path of Kami is the effort we make to abide by Hotoke and Hito no Michi.
When the principle of Kami, Hotoke, and Hito no Michi becomes a conscious part of our daily life, we experience satisfying and fulfilling relationships in our families, at school and the workplace, and with our neighbors. Our individual strengths surface in a variety of situations, and we are able to help and be useful. The result is that we are loved, respected, and experience deep gratitude knowing that we are needed. Kami gave us the 10 Basic Teachings as the foundation to a way of life that deepens our ties to each other.
The Shinji are expansive and all-embracing. They are based on the flow of an era that Kami foresees. The Shinji are about how our kokoro should be at any given time during our life—childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle-age, senior citizen, and our twilight years—which move in sync with the times; and there are Shinji that are about how our kokoro should be to resolve our problems. The Shinji touches on every aspect of life.
Whatever difficulty confronts us, knowing the Shinji will help us without fail to accept the reality of a problem or situation and what we need to do to resolve it. Knowing the Shinji helps us to grow as human beings as we work through the trials and tribulations that we encounter and to elevate ourselves into positive and attractive human beings.
Kami has promised us happiness in the next life that follows the end of a happy life without regrets. This is the what all of us desire.
Shinsōhonbu of Ōyamanezunomikoto Shinji Kyōkai is located in Minami-ku, Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture. There are branch churches known as Hikari no Yakata located throughout Japan. The shinja or members of the church are able to learn and cultivate a kokoro of fulfillment within this environment.
●You Will Learn Kami’s Teachings
Many diverse classes are held for people of different generations, life goals, and environment. Whenever you are able to learn the Shinji from Kami, you are encouraged to put into practice whatever insights you have gained from the teachings.
●Kigan and Practice What You Have Learned
Kigan to help you practice the teachings in your day-to-day life. In addition to the basic morning and evening kigan that you do at home, kigan whenever you feel happy, sad, vulnerable, or worried. This will help you from being overwhelmed by your circumstances. You will be able to practice the teachings positively and you will live your life with strength.
●Deepen Your Ties with Family Members and Other People in Your Life
When you learn the teachings, kigan, and apply them in your relationships within the family and with other people in your life, rapport begins to spread and there is mutual support based on shared strengths. It is through relationships like this that allow us to live happy lives where there are no regrets.
●Learn through Church Publications and Webcasts Whenever and Wherever You Can
The church publishes the latest Shinji in a monthly newsletter as well as educational materials and publications about the history of the church for its members. Webcasts are also available for members living overseas and on remote islands in Japan.
Shinsōhonbu is the sacred site where Ōyamanezunomikoto descended to build the foundations of Shinji Kyōkai. The site consists of Kōmyōden, where Kami is worshipped, and Anmyōden, where we pay our respects to our ancestors and others who have passed away. There are classroom buildings and lecture halls, a hall for ceremonies, service support centers, a dining hall with cafeteria and coffee lounge, as well as lodging facilities. In the coastal town of Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, Shinsōhonbu also maintains an additional facility known as Hikari no Sato, a nōkotsudō, where the ashes of deceased family members can be laid to rest. Funerals and memorials are also carried out.
●Hikari no Yakata
Hikari no Yakata is a branch church that is located in different prefectures throughout Japan. Like Shinsōhonbu, it consists of a shinden, classrooms, facility for ceremonies, an information desk, lounge facilities, and a few also have a nōkotsudō.