Awakening 50,000 Lions

In 2017, we focused on fostering a strong core of youth. Now, it’s time to launch powerfully into 2018.

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by David Witkowski, Olivia Saito and Mike O’Malley


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We offer our deepest appreciation to every SGI-USA member for striving to develop youth in every corner of America. Thank you very much!

We have made wonderful progress in 2017, deeply cherishing the goal to awaken 50,000 Lions of Justice and have them gather next fall to usher in an era of hope and respect. This year, in March, we gathered 7,000 youth for the Champions of the New Era youth meetings. In July, 9,500 attended the young men’s and young women’s general meetings. And on Oct. 28 and 29, more than 2,500 new youth members took the SGI-USA Introductory Exam. Thanks to all your efforts, we have fostered a strong core of youth in the SGI-USA who are seeking SGI President Ikeda as their mentor and determined to advance kosen-rufu.

I felt incredible appreciation to be part of an organization
in which young men could genuinely care for one another and build true friendships.

As we bring 2017 to a close, we would like to sprint powerfully into 2018, the Year of Brilliant Achievement in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu.

On Dec. 6, we will launch our registration website for the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival, where participants can confirm their attendance. Also, between Dec. 9 and 17, Youth General Meetings will be held in more than 50 locations around the country. At these meetings, we look forward to gathering 14,000 youth—expanding the core youth who will strive in unity toward the Lions of Justice Festival in 2018.

We are determined to report our victory of gathering 14,000 youth to President Ikeda to commemorate his 90th birthday on Jan. 2, 2018. About raising youth, Sensei has said:

I have devoted myself wholeheartedly to fostering capable people out of a wish to repay the debt of gratitude I owe my mentor, and I am determined to do everything I possibly can to keep fostering capable people into the future. (October 2014 Living Buddhism, p. 33)

Together, let’s commence an all-out effort to end 2017 victoriously based on the shared struggle of the oneness of mentor and disciple!


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