SGI Theme for 2017 Unveiled
The SGI theme for 2017 was announced as the Year of Developing Youth in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu during the 20th Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting, held on Oct. 9 in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.
In his meeting address, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada explained the theme as follows:
Today, youth are the most vital key for ensuring that the SGI endures eternally.
For this reason, the Soka Gakkai will adopt as its theme for 2017: the Year of Developing Youth in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-Rufu.
With youth at the forefront, and with a youthful spirit ourselves, let us together take on the challenge of spreading this Buddhism and protecting the SGI, which is dedicated to the peace and prosperity of humanity, while putting even greater energy into fostering and developing successors who will ensure the eternal progress of the SGI . . .
Nichiren Buddhism is the Buddhism of true cause—based on the spirit of “from this moment on.” For this reason, there is no retirement age in the realm of faith. The more years we carry out genuine faith and practice, the brighter we shine, revealing what it means to live a life of gratitude and appreciation as Buddhism teaches.
As a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism, each of us is broadening our dialogues of friendship with the spirit of “starting right now, starting with me and starting in my own community.” It is this youthful spirit of “now, more than ever” that enables our lives to blossom beautifully and fragrantly in the new era of worldwide kosen-rufu.
This is precisely why we would like to make the Year of Developing Youth in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu a year in which the ever-youthful members of the Many Treasures Group, along with the experienced members of the men’s and women’s divisions, set an example of faith for their children, grandchildren and the younger generation in their communities, as well as taking the initiative to give guidance and encouragement to new members.
In line with the theme, the SGI-USA announced last month its determination to gather 50,000 determined youth in 2018 to respond to SGI President Ikeda’s call for peace and take a stand for the dignity of life, while strengthening the 4 Pillars of Kosen-rufu: 1. discussion meetings; 2. shakubuku; 3. study; and 4. personal guidance.
As a first step, the SGI-USA is determined next year to welcome 7,000 capable youth to the practice. The design of the 2017 new year’s goal card (see cover) features 7,000 shining stars, symbolizing this resolve.