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Student Division Rallies Held Across the Country

Each gathering brimmed with the pride and mission to advance kosen-rufu as students.

Future leaders—SGI-USA student division members kick off the spring semester in cities across America.


by Maya Ono
STAFF WRITER

SGI-USA student division members across the country— including in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles— kicked off the spring semester by holding rallies. Each gathering brimmed with the pride and mission to advance kosen-rufu as students.

In Washington, D.C., the rally featured a campus club propagation report and faith experience, followed by a study presentation from East Territory Women’s Leader Naoko Leslie.

Boston

The underlying spirit of these meetings is found in SGI President Ikeda’s encouragement to the student division from The New Human Revolution. In one episode, a student asks: “The Soka Gakkai will initiate a multifaceted movement that reaches out to society. What should we bear in mind as we head in that direction?” President Ikeda responds, “Following the path of mentor and disciple.” He went on to explain: “It’s like the relationship between centrifugal and centripetal force . . . Developing a movement that widely spreads the ideals of Buddhism in society is like centrifugal force. The stronger that centrifugal force becomes, the more important it is to have a powerful centripetal force focused on Buddhism. And the core of this centripetal force is the mentor-disciple relationship” (vol. 17, pp. 8–9).

Each gathering brimmed with the pride and mission to advance kosen-rufu as students.

Many who participated in the student division rallies expressed fresh resolve to return to their campuses and face sometimes grueling studies—this time, though, armed with the support of fellow comrades and joint determination to give full expression to their mission.

Houston