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  • Does Konko have fasting rituals or prohibited foods?
    No.The Konko Faith does not have any fasting requirements or prohibit types of food you can consume. Konko Daijin taught it was not necessary to follow taboos, restrictions, and prohibitive practices of his time. Everything should be in moderation. “As we partake of this food and drink provided by the Divine Parent, let us be thankful and remember they sustain our gift of life.” Before Meal Prayer Eat a lot of your favorite foods because they are like medicine for the body. However, eating too much will make you throw up. It is said that you should fill only eighty¬percent of your stomach. Try and fill a bowl eighty percent with water. The water won't spill even if you take the bowl and run a little. This is a natural law. Remember that eating more of your favorite foods after you are full is being irreverent to Kami. Kondo Fujimori 43 1, 2, 3
  • Does the Konko Faith have doctrine or scriptures?
    Yes, the doctrine and scripture of the Konko Faith are found in the Konkokyo Kyoten or “Book of Teachings of the Konko Faith”. It is comprised of many sections, the main five of which have been translated into English. Although our Founder Konko Daijin was a farmer without formal education, his adoptive parents retained a renowned local scholar to mentor him for two years. Therefore, we have writings directly from Konko Daijin himself as well as those documented by his disciples. Konko Daijin was told by Kami to keep a record of instructions he received from Kami called, Record of Revelations. Written in diary form, it dates from October 1857 to nineteen days before his death on October 10, 1883. In the later part of his life at age 61, Konko Daijin was also instructed to write a more detailed account of major life events in an autobiography called, Memoirs of Konko Daijin. A three-volume book of teachings Gorikai I-III was compiled by his disciples, documenting Konko Daijin’s teachings they received. These teachings and instructions were tailored to each individual's needs and their specific situation for spiritual growth and relief of suffering. It is from these messages that we can come to see and understand the general principles of the Konko Faith. However, it is also the reason there may be teachings that seem contradictory. Therefore, although they form the foundation of the Konko doctrine, they are not set in stone, but are signs and lamp posts set for us, to guide and light our way.
  • What are the views of the Konko Faith on equality?
    There are people from all walks of life, but Kami regards all people as equals. Konko Daijin taught “All people are children of Kami. There is no one who does not belong.” and he stated, “Which individual is more important, you or someone else? All are human beings.” - Voice of the Universe 40-41
  • Does the Konko faith have religious holidays, festivals, celebrations?
    Yes. Grand Ceremonies are held in the spring and autumn; the spring ceremony in appreciation for Tenchi Kane No Kami, and the autumn one for our Founder and workings of Ikigami Konko Daijin’s Sacred Mediation. Grand Memorial Services are also held in the spring and autumn to honor those who came before us. Year-end appreciation services are held to reflect upon the blessings received throughout the year, as well as New Year’s Day services to pray for the coming year.
  • Is the Konko Faith Monotheistic or Polytheistic?
    It can be said that it is little bit of both. Kami's spirit is in all things, therefore everything is a part of Kami. The Founder was raised with local folk beliefs as well as Shinto and Buddhist influences. Therefore, early on, he mentions many kamis. However, as his faith evolved, he began to recognize and describe Tenchi Kane No Kami as "all of the kamis together." Speak ill of no religion. Everyone is a child of Tenchi Kane No Kami. Having different religions is the same as having children in different occupations. A parent may have a carpenter, a plasterer, a gambler and a merchant as his children. People may belong to different religions, but they are all children of Kami. We all have our personal preferences. Some like soba noodles, while others prefer udon noodles or something else. Because peo­ple like different things, do not criticize peo­ple's preferences. Sato Mitsujiro - Gorikai II 14‑1, 2
  • How do I become a Konko believer? Are there any rituals, initiations, obligations, fees, or tithings?
    A Konko believer is a person who wholeheartedly believes the teachings of Ikigami Konko Daijin which were received from the Divine Parent of the Universe. A Konko believer is someone who connects with the teachings of Konko Daijin through Mediation and strives to live their life with sincerity, as one with Kami. There are no initiation rituals, obligations, fees, or tithings to be a Konko believer.
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