Kyodoin was born on July 29, 1934, as Tomofumi Ito, the first son of the Shinnyo Parents, Masters Shinjo and Tomoji. Master Shinjo was still working as an aeronautical engineer and the Itos were leading a comfortable life. On February 8, 1936, when Kyodoin was 18 months old, the Shinnyo Parents embarked on a religious path. While they had already been dedicating their spare time to helping others, Master Shinjo began to engage even further in religious training. In his brief life, Kyodoin, toddler though he was, supported the Shinnyo Parents in their efforts, even to the extent of helping practitioners towards self-reflection.
This service marks Kyodoin’s birth together with our monthly homa service. On this day, after the monthly fire homa ritual (usually held on the 28th of every month), a special ceremony will be conducted to honor Kyodoin and the foundation that he laid for the Shinnyo Path.