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History of Seicho-No-Ie

Seicho-No-Ie was found on March 1, 1930. This is the day when the Founder, Masaharu Taniguchi published the first issue of the monthly magazine for spiritual training, Seicho-No-Ie. Many people awakened to their divinity, God’s nature or Buddhahood within all people by reading the teaching of “Man is a Child of God” and have come to live a life of gratitude for everything in the universe. As a result, sicknesses were healed, family harmony was realized, the original infinite potential in all men bloomed, financial problems were solved, and many businesses grew.

Seicho-No-Ie has propagating the teachings through two pillars; (1) the propagation by literature – distributing the monthly magazine, Seicho-No-Ie, which is now four propagation magazines and three organizational members’ magazines, and publishes Seicho-No-Ie books—and, (2) conducting Seicho-No-Ie Public Lectures directly guided by President or Vice President of Seicho-No-Ie.

With the increase in followers, nationwide organizations were formed. Currently, the propagation activities have developed through three organizations: (1) White Dove Association (women’s organization), (2) Brotherhood Association (men’s organization, and (3) Youth and Young Adult Association (youth organization). Moreover, there are other organizations: (1) Seicho-No-Ie Prosperity Society (business people’s organization), and (2) Seicho-No-Ie School Personnel Society (teachers’ organization) and they are carrying out activities in their respective fields.

The Seicho-No-Ie founder, Rev. Masaharu Taniguchi passed away in 1985 and Rev. Seicho Taniguchi, husband of the daughter of Rev. Masaharu Taniguchi, succeeded to the Seicho-No-Ie Presidency. After his passing on October 28, 2008, his son, Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi, succeeded to the Seicho-No-Ie Presidency and is disseminating the teachings through his many books, Seicho-No-Ie Public Lectures, and his Internet blog.

The Seicho-No-Ie Humanity Enlightenment Movement, started by the founder Rev. Masaharu Taniguchi to enlighten the life of all humankind, passed through by the former President, Rev. Seicho Taniguchi, and succeeded by the President Rev. Masanobu Taniguchi. The movement, which aims at realizing world peace through faith in the Absolute God, is expanding actively through missionary branches in the world including Japan, North America, Central and South America, Asia and Oceania, and Europe.