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カテゴリー1: 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2: Modern Sectarian Groups
Kuzuryū Taisha
A This is a Shinto-derived new religion founded by Ōnishi Masajirō (1913-88). Ōnishi began his religious activities after receiving a dreamn oracle from the deity Benzaiten (Skt, Sarasvati) during a dream in 1954. With a his teaching encapsulated in the words "let us give thanks, reflect on ourselves, and return to nature,", Ōnishi he gradually began to attract gather followers and in 1956 established the Kuzuryūkyō Hon'in as an independent legally independent religious corporation.organisationorganization. In the group's its early stages, the founder gave teachings individually to followers in one- to- one meetings known in the movement as "otsunagi" (lit., "connections"). As the numbers of followers increased, this practice changed to one in which the founder gave presentations known as "Go shinwakai" ("friendly talks") to groups of followers.
In 1969, the movement changed its name to Kuzuryū Taisha, and while after the founder died in 1988, the founder died, and in 1989 his eldest son ŌOonishi Masami (1949-) succeeded him as the movement's second leader in 1989. The group observes On the 24th of each month the movement has a Kanshasai ("thanksgiving festival") on the 24th day of each month, while other activities include, while the aforementioned "Go shinwakai" and other study meetings.
The group's states that its tmovement states that its teachings are "based are founded on in the cosmos-ordering divine principles the of Kuzuryū Benzaiten [lit., "Nine-headed dragon Benzaiten"] and the nine articles of teaching set out by the founder Ōnishi Masajirō; by putting his merit into practice, followers issue the great vow that all beings might pursue the heartfelt desire to achieve good fortune and eradicate all misfortunes."
It further explains the truth of these nine articles, which link humans and the universe (consisting of the heavens, including the sun, moon and stars, and the earth, composed of the five phases of matter represented by wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). The unifying principle of the nine articles is that of returning to nature, and the movement states that by so doing, the individual will be freed of misfortunes and achieve happiness. In order to become one with nature, followers perform practices of an austerity and ritual practice known as "kokoro no kitsukuri" (lLit., "making oneself a container for the spirit"). Together with As well as its members, there are many visitorspilgrims also who come to pray at its sacred centrer.
Headquarters: Kyoto Pprefecture
Nominal membership:Followers: approximately 5500 (S)

— Inoue Nobutaka

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