Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Church of Perfect Liberty

  • Masanobu YamadaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_165


The Church of Perfect Liberty traces the origin of its teachings to Ontakekyo Tokumitsu Grand Church, which was established in 1912. Changing its name various times, the Church adopted the current one in 1974. The core doctrinal principle is encapsulated in the PL 21 Precepts, which is considered to be the “constitution” of the religious tradition. The first precept states that “life is art,” which compares human life to a work of art. In this view, the goal of human life is to cultivate the meaning of life by drawing forth individuals’ full potential in the course of their lives.


The Church of Perfect Liberty is known for the practice of flexible and innovative adjustment of its religious teachings and practices based on the instructions from the successive “Spiritual Heads” (Oshieoya). This is exemplified by the fact that the religious group has repeatedly changed its name – namely, Hito-no-Michi Kyōdan in 1931, PL Kyōdan in 1946, and Perfect Liberty in 1972...


Hito-no-Michi Kyōdan PL 21 Precepts (PL Shoseikun NijuichikajoOntakekyo Tokumitsu Grand Church Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism Transfer (ofurikaeSacred trees (himorogiOyashikiri (a salvific ritual worship) Teaching (mioshieGuidance (mishiraseDistortion (kokoro guseExplanation (kaisetsuHeadquarters (DaihonchoThe Brazil Head Office (Brazil Honcho) 
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  1. Kawashima M (1995) PL shoseikun nyumon: Jinsei wo geijutsu suru tame no nijuichikajo [Introduction to the PL precepts: twenty-one precepts for making an art of your life]. Geijutsu Seikatsusha, OsakaGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International StudiesTenri UniversityTenriJapan