For an establishment of a better society and world peace, Reiyukai organizes a variety of activities within Japan and in different countries. Reiyukai is also a supporter of numerous social projects. Let us introduce to you some of the noteworthy activities and projects that Reiyukai has been conducting.
*For the activities and projects organized in different countries, please contact the regional office.
Meiho Gakuin, an educational corporation, was founded by Reiyukai with the aim of providing an ideal opportunity for school education and thus contributing for the betterment of society. The Meiho Junior and Senior High School was founded by the Meiho Gakuin in 1964. The founding principle for this school is to cultivate a person who can contribute for the society, for the nation, and for all humanity thereby striving for world peace by being thankful to be born into this world, brightening their intellectuality, and acquiring good habits through years of practice attending this school.
The International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (ICPBS) was founded in 1996. Originally Reiyukai owned a library with a rich collection of Buddhist materials that served as the basis of the International Institute for Buddhist Studies which was inaugurated in 1982 and actively prompted academic exchanges with a large number of world famous institutions and scholars. The College was established with the aim of further developing the research activities and the training of new generations of Buddhist scholars. The ICPBS is a postgraduate college consisting of only one department which specializes in Buddhist studies. In size, it is one of the smallest academic institutions of its kind in the world, but it strives to achieve high goals in their mission of education and research.
In 1956, His late Majesty King Mahendra formally initiated the development of Lumbini, the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha. Some ten years later, during his 1967 Nepal visit, the late U Thant, the UN Secretary General at that time, made the Lumbini Development Project an inter-national cause. In 1978, following an official request by His Majesty’s Government of Nepal, Reiyukai decided to construct and donate the Lumbini International Research Institute facilities. By 1989, part of the Institute was completed, and in 1992, in order to complete the Institute facilities, and as one of the projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Kakutaro Kubo, the founder of Reiyukai, further fundraising began among Reiyukai members and the general public. Furthermore, in 1994, Reiyukai agreed to cooperate with the Lumbini Development Trust in administering and managing the Lumbini International Research Institute upon its completion in 1995.
The Inner Trip Foundation was founded to grant scholarships to extraordinary foreign students who would contribute for the further development of Japan’s international interactions as well as increase the mutual understanding with the countries of South East Asia and Latin America. It is the Foundation’s hope that each of the students would become a bridge that will connect Japan and their countries seeking for further friendship. Ever since it was founded in 1986, up until June 2012, the Foundation has been supporting 336 students overseas. The Inner Trip Foundation also organizes the Azabudai Japanese Language Schools providing high quality Japanese language classes for foreigners who are living in Japan.
The Azabudai School Education Institute was founded in 1983 as a private research Institute to support improving the educational system. With the hope that through a school education, any child can enrich their mind, be enthusiastic to learn, and obtain the potential to live strongly. The Institute is constantly engaged with a variety of projects. The Institute conducts investigation research to find out the problems that can be found in schools and the solutions to solve it. Those research results are presented to the public on a regular basis every year. The Institute also runs a variety of special lectures and forums tied with the theme of “Education” to learn and discuss about today’s school education and its future. The Institute organizes workshops specially designed for teachers as well. One workshop is for experienced teachers to educate themselves with learning how to become administrators. Another workshop involves young teachers and providing them with ideas to improve their skills with conducting their classes.
The Inner Trip Ideologue Research Center was founded to raise awareness about the value and importance of engaging ourselves within society, fulfilling one’s civic responsibilities, and participating in the political process. As an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of politics and to transmit the voices of people, the IIC organizes various lectures and seminars in different locations within Japan inviting politicians as guest speakers. Also, the IIC publishes a monthly magazine providing a space for politicians to present their political viewpoints.
The Lifelong Learning Volunteer Exchange Center was founded in 1996 with the purpose of the realization of self-development through mutual and supportive personal lifelong learning. Since then the Exchange center has been supporting the people who actively participate in volunteer activities and lifelong learning. Among the many activities that the Exchange Center supports, there are “Mother and Child Bonding Group” – aiming for a mutual growth of mother (parent) and child through interactive fun activities; “Kurashi No Kokoro Gaku (Study of Mind and Spirit in Daily Life) National Conference” – an opportunity to share problems that can be found in the family and learn wise tips for a better family life; “Katsunen Life Group” – a group designed to encourage and promote maintaining an active lifestyle. Also, the Exchange center provides an interactive network to exchange ideas and information about earth environmental activities and diverse volunteer activities.
Supports junior and senior high school students who will be future through promoting the various activities.
Inner-Self Development is one of the principal concepts that Reiyukai proposes to the society. In order to obtain significant inner-self development, Reiyukai advocates the importance of improving one’s relationship with their parents and ancestors. Through the daily action of honoring your ancestors and nurturing your relationship with them, one can realize the good aspects as well as the aspects that need improving upon within themselves. The inspiration that brings change into the people are the actual experiences that each person can obtain through the practice. Furthermore, Reiyukai provides an opportunity to share personal experiences with other members to discuss and analyze, so that we may learn from each other’s experiences. The public is welcome to attend the gatherings that are held at the Reiyukai facilities twice a month. Reiyukai also organizes intensive workshops to discuss how to improve one’s life through the practices of Reiyukai.
The Reiyukai Youth Group Society was founded in 1954 by the co-founder of Reiyukai, Mrs. Kimi Kotani, with the purpose to cultivate the young generation who would contribute for the construction of world peace and sustain the future of Japan. The Youth Group Society encourages all the young generation to apply the “Bodhisattva Practice” on a daily basis to live and create a productive life as well as become someone who can contribute for the sake of society. Today, members ages 13 to 39 years old belong to the YGS and are actively involved to become a better person, create a better family, society, community, nation, and world. Some of the activities organized by the YGS are “Youth Leadership Training Seminars at Mirokusan,” “Youth Gatherings,” “Reiyukai Founder’s Peace Commemoration Tower Visiting Practice at Shichimenzan,” “Myoichi-Kai Flower Festival,” and many more.