Soka Gakkai Constitution Ratified
SGI representatives from 70 countries and territories gather at the Hall of the Great Vow to ratify the Soka Gakkai Constitution.
TOKYO—On Nov. 10, 280 SGI Autumn Training Course representatives from 70 countries and territories gathered at the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, to ratify the Soka Gakkai Constitution, which had been adopted in September 2017. This signing ceremony, symbolizing the shared vow of mentor and disciple to achieve worldwide kosen-rufu, was solemnly conducted in the Three Founding Presidents Conference Room under the dignified portraits of the founding Soka Gakkai presidents—Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda.
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The Constitution serves as a foundational document, elucidating the basic standards of the Soka Gakkai as a global religious organization. It expresses in writing the common framework by which the Soka Gakkai shall continue to develop and states that the organization will correctly uphold at its core the guidance and spirit of the three founding presidents, the eternal mentors of kosen-rufu.
On Sept. 1, 2017, the Constitution was adopted by the Soka Gakkai Board of Councilors and endorsed in a joint conference of the SGI Committee of Standing Directors and Board of Directors. And on Nov. 18, 2017, the document was officially enacted.
At the signing ceremony, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada reaffirmed the significance of establishing the Constitution. He stated that the way to safeguard the spiritual foundation of the organization is to strive as disciples of SGI President Ikeda, dedicating our lives to protecting the Soka Gakkai while upholding the pledge to achieve worldwide kosen-rufu without fail. He emphasized that the mentor-disciple relationship will always be at the core of every endeavor of the Soka Gakkai.
President Harada referred to a passage from “The Vow for Kosen-rufu,” President Ikeda’s dedication inscribed on the monument gracing the lobby of the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosenrufu: “It is my most heartfelt wish that all our precious members, directly linked to Nichiren Daishonin and following the lead of the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai, will unite in the spirit of ‘many in body, one in mind’ to build an ever stronger groundswell for kosen-rufu, for world peace, into the eternal future” (January 2014 Living Buddhism, p. 5).
President Harada urged the signatories to embrace a lifelong pledge to respond to this heartfelt wish of the mentor and to sign their names with this resolve.
After the last few representatives affixed their signatures, in an expression of profound resolve and joy, everyone rose to their feet and erupted in a thunderous applause that lasted for some time. This moment signified the Soka Gakkai’s new departure as a global religious organization dedicated to achieving the great vow for kosen-rufu.
Prior to the ceremony, President Harada announced appointments of Official Soka Gakkai Senior Leaders and Official Soka Gakkai Associate Senior Leaders.
Article 13 of the Constitution stipulates that Official Soka Gakkai Senior Leaders and Official Soka Gakkai Associate Senior Leaders are “role model leaders who shall administer ceremonies, give guidance to members and be charged with the role of promoting worldwide kosen-rufu,” and that they shall be appointed by the President “from among members who excel in religious experience, good character, wisdom, leadership and the study of Nichiren Buddhism.”
From the SGI-USA, the following individuals were appointed Official Soka Gakkai Senior Leaders:
This article was adapted from the Nov. 11, 2017, Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper.