Missionary Chief Takamori’s 12-Day Mission
During his stay in Brazil for 12 days, Missionary Chief Takamori held meetings and lectures every day in three places: Sao Paulo, Curitiba, and Brasilia
Since day and night time in Brazil is the reverse from that of Japan, web conferences are held in the middle of the night. In a tough missionary schedule including a few all-night sessions, he taught what it is to repay the debt of gratitude for Master Shinran in the 750th anniversary of his death. His hard work lit a fire in Brazilian followers’ enthusiasm for listening to Buddhism.
Even some followers, who were hesitating to attend the ecture in Japan for various reasons, became eager to come and listen to the lecture in the 2000-Tatami-Mat Hall and applied for the tour to Japan. They have renewed their vows to repay their debts of gratitude in the 750th anniversary.
Considering that fewer and fewer Brazilian followers understand Japanese language, he used photographs and a large screen with subtitles in Portuguese to explain the lectures or meetings. Attendees who listened through interpretation said gladly that the speech was very understandable. Completing the entire schedule, Missionary Chief returned to Japan on July 20.
Source: The Buddhist Village Times #08 | 2011, Full of Enthusiasm!
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The Buddhist Village Times #08