Student seminar begins with brief self-introductions.
High school student presenting his testimony.
The programs for this late adolescent group have proven to be of tremendous help not only in understanding the faith but also in easing the adjustmens of growth into young adulthood. For that reason, third-year junior high school students are also welcome to participate in them.
The main events are four-day seminars held once in late March and once in late July. About 150 students attend each time. They are busy for three days with lectures, discussions, and testimonies, and spend one day on an art history field trip. Under the guidance of Mr. Shigehisa Yamasaki, the art historian who helped Mr. Okada build up his collection, they visit temples and museums in the Kyoto-Nara area to study the paintings, sculptures, and architecture that most inspired the founder.
The students all stay at the church for the whole four days and three nights, sharing ideas and creating strong, lasting friendships as they live and study together. Many of them later become active lay members, certain of their mission and with a firm understanding of the meaning of Johrei.
Students exchange views in a small-group discussion.