Myochikai — Making the Heart Bloom

Myochikai is a Japanese Buddhist organization whose members are committed to building a more peaceful world, one heart at a time. It was founded in 1950 by Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto, with the assistance of her husband Rev. Kohei Miyamoto, when she proclaimed: "The mission of Myochikai is to become a ray of light that permeates the world with unconditional love and mercy for every person. I am only a human being, a woman—but I resolve to become the base and backbone of the whole world. May the light that we shine make a contribution to world peace!" Ever since, Myochikai members have been praying and taking action to transform themselves, their families, their nation and the world with their founder's vision of peace.

After Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto passed away in 1984, Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto became Leader of Myochikai, after 39 years of training in the Buddhist way of life under Rev. Mitsu Miyamoto and 1,000 days of ascetic disciplines. He worked with great passion and resolve to accomplish the goals she set out when founding Myochikai, until his passing in March 26, 2015 at the age of 97. Over these years of service, he carefully trained a successor, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, who now serves as Spiritual Director of Myochikai, following faithfully in the footsteps of his predecessors.

In pursuit of enlightenment and peace, Myochikai members follow four primary teachings—which involve both prayer and action. These are: prayer for ancestors, perseverance for the sake of good, confession and repentance, and gratitude for all things—or in Japanese, Senzo Kuyo, Ninzen, Sange, and Kansha.

Through these spiritual practices, Myochikai seeks to help people to develop their hearts and thus become able to contribute to the happiness of others. In so doing, Myochikai aims to build a world of true abundance, based on the well being and dignity of each and every person, and ultimately, to realize lasting world peace.

For Myochikai, initiatives for peace are the natural fruit of sincere spiritual practice. In 1963, Myochikai sent Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto to Europe and the United States as a delegate of the Religious People's Peace Mission for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Later, in the early 1980s, Myochikai members helped to collect 37 million signatures on a petition for peace, which was presented by Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto to the United Nations Second Special Session on Disarmament.

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