“Vow” Chapter Debuts

Final chapter of SGI President Ikeda’s epic novel begins.

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The first installments of “Vow,” the final chapter of SGI President Ikeda’s landmark work, The New Human Revolution, are now available to subscribers at The site will publish new installments on the same day they appear in the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper. The World Tribune plans in the near future to publish the latest installments in its print editions.

“Vow” is the sixth chapter in volume 30 of President Ikeda’s epic autobiographical novel, in which he appears under his pen name, Shin’ichi Yamamoto.

Illustrations by Kenichiro Uchida.

The novel serves as a record of the modern development of the Soka Gakkai and the SGI under President Ikeda’s leadership, while offering practical guidance for how to further expand our movement for kosen-rufu. Of this, President Ikeda wrote, “I wanted to outline the correct path of the oneness of mentor and disciple, and ensure the eternal flow of kosen-rufu for the sake of the peace and happiness of all humankind” (Nov. 5, 2010, World Tribune, p. 11).

When he commenced The New Human Revolution in 1993, President Ikeda shared that he expected the ongoing novel to comprise 30 volumes, representing his life’s work. “It will certainly be a supreme challenge to finish writing it within my lifetime,” he said. “Nevertheless, only by fulfilling our mission in this life do we truly live” (vol. 1, p. xi).

In the opening lines of the “Vow” chapter, President Ikeda declares: “The door to a new era is opened by young people. A
steady stream of talented young people emerging and fully displaying their potential is essential to the ongoing development of organizations, societies and nations. For that reason, Shin’ichi Yamamoto had always focused his attention and energies on fostering youth.

“The most vital requirement for young people to grow as successors for kosen-rufu is to gain unshakable conviction in faith, and to develop themselves and forge their character based on an awareness of their profound mission as Bodhisattvas of the Earth. It is extremely important, therefore, that they achieve personal growth by developing such qualities as the spirit of challenge, persistence and a sense of responsibility.”