Joyous acceptance

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Joyous acceptance is the common gloss for the term tanno, which designates the ideal mindset that a Tenrikyo adherent ought to have when dealing with life's situations, particularly circumstances that would naturally be considered unfavorable. Alternate glosses for tanno include as "true satisfaction"[1] and, on at least one occasion, "heart of gratitude."[2]


It is a convention in Tenrikyo literature to write tanno in hiragana: たんのう. Tanno is said to derive from a euphonic change from tarinu or "insufficient" to tannu.[3]

When written in kanji, (堪能) it has the modern nuance of achieving proficiency and competency. Its main meanings are:

  1. to be sufficient; to have enough, and
  2. to be satisfied/happy; to be persuaded/accepting.[3]

Other explanations

"Tanno: to rejoice in the perception of God's love in all life's experiences."[4]

Further reading

諸井慶徳 Moroi Yoshinori. 「たんのうの教理」 "Tannō no kyōri." In 『諸井慶徳著作集 下』 Moroi Yoshinori chosaku shū, vol. 2, pp. 135–253.

External links


  1. Nakayama, Shozen. Lectures on The Doctrine of Tenrikyo. Tenrikyo Overseas Mission Department, p. 69.
  2. Anecdotes of Oyasama 21, p.15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 『全訳古語辞典』 Zen'yaku kogo jiten (page no. needed)
  4. Anecdotes of Oyasama 133.