Helping Others Is Helping Myself
Unit Leaders Profile
On March 18, the SGI-USA will honor the 60th anniversary of March 16, Kosen-rufu Day, by gathering 5,000 unit through national youth leaders for commemorative meetings across the country. Toward this day, let’s ensure that
many youth have the opportunity to be appointed unit leaders, so they don’t miss out on this encouragement meeting, while experiencing the great joy of supporting others through a bodhisattva practice.
World Tribune: How has your experience been as a young men’s unit leader?
Johnny Ramos (El Paso, Texas): Shortly after I was appointed a unit leader, I attended a youth general meeting in Chicago. The atmosphere there with 1,250 youth leaders from across Central Territory, roaring together for justice and victory toward the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival, inspired me in the depths of my life.
I recently got a new job, and I also get together often with three young men’s division members to catch up and chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Sometimes life is hectic, but I have been chanting more powerfully to expand my capacity. Challenging myself in this way is helping me reveal a deeper confidence in myself.
WT: How so?
Johnny: I used to be very negative, blamed others for my problems and even got into trouble with the law. This practice has changed my life for the better, so I want to see other people succeed and grow in theirs. One of my friends, whom I’ve known since seventh grade, received the Gohonzon in February! He’s been going through a tough time, and I’m just so happy to see him get back on his feet! Watching his life improve has been a great inspiration for me of the power of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. So as a unit leader, I want to help the young men in introducing others to the practice too.
WT: What is your goal toward the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival on Sept. 23?
Johnny: The 50K movement has given me clear goals to strive for. First, I’m chanting for a car so I can do SGI activities freely. I also want to bring 20 friends to the Lions of Justice Festival!