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President Niwano Visits Ise Shrine

March 2017

The president of Rissho Kosei-kai, Rev. Nichiko Niwano, made his annual visit to Ise Shrine, in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture, during March 28-29. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Niwano.
Ise Shrine is a complex of many Shinto shrines centered on two main shrines, the Outer Shrine and the Inner Shrine. In the afternoon of March 28, President Niwano visited the Outer Shrine, which enshrines Toyouke Omikami, the goddess of food, clothing, and housing. The next day he visited the Inner Shrine, which enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess, the mythical ancestor of the Japanese imperial family. At both shrines he prayed in the enclosed, sacred area before the gateway to the inner tamagaki, one of the four fences that surround the main sanctuary building. On behalf of all Rissho Kosei-kai members, President Niwano signed the shrine's register and offered kagura, or dedicatory music and dance performed by the shrine maidens.

Before his visit to the main sanctuary of the Inner Shrine, President Niwano conferred with Rev. Naotake Takatsukasa, the supreme priest of Ise Shrine in the Jingu (Ise Shrine) Administrative Office in the precincts of the Inner Shrine.

Some 80,000 shrines across Japan consider Ise Shrine the supreme custodian of their beliefs. The Association of Shinto Shrines, based in Tokyo, is a religious administrative organization that oversees these shrines. The association is also a member organization of Religions for Peace Japan.
In his Dharma talk, President Niwano referred to the Buddhist worldview of the Mutual Penetration of the Ten Realms (from the hells to buddhahood), that hells arise in a mind dominated by anger but that showing compassion and consideration to all living beings makes the mind a realm of buddhahood. Thus, he emphasized the importance of realizing the sanctity of all life. Furthermore, he said it is important for everyone to be thankful for the gift of life and therefore diligent in helping others find spiritual liberation through the Buddha's teachings. 

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