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Building an Eternal Foundation of Faith

Message from SGI-USA Young Women’s Leader Olivia Saito.


OliviaSaito_headshotby Olivia Saito
SGI-USA YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADER

Striving to live the second eternal guideline for the young women’s division, “Study the World’s Foremost Life Philosophy,” Ikeda Kayo-kai[1]The Ikeda Kayo-kai is an SGI young women’s training group established in 2008 by SGI President Ikeda, who envisioned its members as great leaders of the 21st century. members across the country have recently begun studying the 30 writings of Nichiren Daishonin that SGI President Ikeda encouraged us to read. Each month, we will focus on one of the writings, and our united goal is to study all 30 by November 2018.

In The New Human Revolution, President Ikeda clarifies how we should read Nichiren’s writings: “We should read the Gosho in action, word and thought. This means resolving to live according to it, sharing its philosophy with others and practicing its teachings ourselves. Our actions must match our convictions. That is the attitude with which to approach the study of Buddhism” (vol. 6, p. 282).

Furthermore, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda states, “If you make the Daishonin’s writings your foundation, you will never be swayed by any problems you may encounter” (The Vow of the Ikeda Kayo-kai, p. 25).

In the next two years, as we strive alongside our mentor toward Nov. 18, 2018, let’s build an eternal foundation of faith as young women, basing our lives on the writings of Nichiren Daishonin and our mentor’s words. As we deepen our faith, resolve to live the Gosho, share this hope-filled philosophy with others and determine to challenge our lives more than ever, there is no doubt that we will experience “the greatest of all joys” (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 212) and “make the triumph of mentor and disciple resound into the eternal future of the Latter Day of the Law” (Oct 7, 2016, World Tribune, p. 3).

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1. The Ikeda Kayo-kai is an SGI young women’s training group established in 2008 by SGI President Ikeda, who envisioned its members as great leaders of the 21st century.