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Why Do You Contribute Financially to the SGI-USA?

Thoughts from the protagonists of American kosen-rufu.


Vanessa McBride
New Haven, Conn.

Photo: Debra Williams.

Before joining the SGI, I was deeply pessimistic and unhappy, but through my Buddhist practice, my life condition has expanded and my outlook on life has changed. My spiritual growth is thanks to the SGI-USA publications, my local activity center, the Florida Nature and Culture Center and youth activities, which are all resources that have helped me to develop my life. I contribute financially so that these resources are available for future generations and to show my deepest appreciation for the SGI and SGI President Ikeda.


Sam Oum
Chicago, Ill.

Photo: Bob Nardi.

I contribute financially to be able to share Nichiren Buddhism and SGI President Ikeda’s encouragement with future generations. I have gained so much spiritual confidence and reached so many unimaginable goals through my practice with the SGI. For that, I am appreciative and want to ensure that other people have the same opportunity to encounter the SGI and President Ikeda’s guidance.


Mohit Agarwal
Jersey City, N.J.

Photo: Kevin Lyden.

For a long time, I didn’t contribute financially to the SGI, because I felt I should focus on my family debt. Truthfully, I wasn’t supporting them in any significant manner. One day, I watched a fellow Gajokai member sincerely support the members and the center behind the scenes although he was deeply struggling financially. I was completely taken aback by his spirit to contribute to kosen-rufu, and with a sense of gratitude for all the members, I immediately signed up for Sustaining Contribution! I also participate proudly in the May Contribution activity. Like my own family, I feel the same responsibility to support my spiritual family—the SGI.


Naoko Baynes
New York, N.Y.

Photo: Ricky Baynes.

Why am I giving? I’m making a deep, karmic cause for my life and for the movement that advances the dignity of every human being. I’m not contributing to anything but the respect for the dignity of life. It’s more than just about giving money. This type of cause remains etched forever in our lives. In “Great Mountain,” SGI President Ikeda writes: “It’s now or never! Don’t let this precious moment slip by!” (March 10 World Tribune, p. 6). This is why I contribute.

 

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