Sending Forth the Light of Human Revolution From Our Discussion Meetings

SGI President Ikeda's Monthly Message.

This monthly encouragement by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was originally published in the September 2018 issue of the Daibyakurenge, the Soka Gakkai’s monthly study journal.

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My youthful struggle of human revolution began from a discussion meeting—the meeting where I first met my mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, and learned from him the correct way of life.

Since then, wherever I have gone and whatever the times, discussion meetings have been the starting point for embarking on new challenges in the kosen-rufu movement together with my fellow members.

I am delighted to see the inspiring chain reaction of human revolution that continues to arise and spread today from discussion meetings around the world.

In the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni declares his hope “to make all persons equal to me, without any distinction between us” (The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 70). In other words, he wishes to elevate all people to the same life state of Buddhahood that he has attained.

Wherever I have gone and whatever the times, discussion meetings have been the starting point for embarking on new challenges in the kosen-rufu movement together with my fellow members.

Discussion meetings are unsurpassed gatherings where this great wish of the Buddha comes to life. At discussion meetings, everyone plays a starring role. Discussion meetings brim with prayers and encouragement, equal to those of the Buddha, so that each and every participant can move forward happily, in high spirits and with bright smiles.

Nichiren Daishonin writes:

What could any of you have to lament? Even if you are not the Venerable Mahakashyapa, you should all perform a dance. Even if you are not Shariputra, you should leap up and dance. When Bodhisattva Superior Practices emerged from the earth, did he not emerge dancing? (“Great Evil and Great Good,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1119)

In our Soka Gakkai discussion meetings, which embody the same spirit as Nichiren, we find an irrepressible optimism that cannot fail to dispel even grief and sorrow caused by great disasters or tragedies. Discussion meetings provide a venue where everyone can come together to return to their original vow from time without beginning and set off joyfully once again to fulfill their mission. This is proof that the Soka Gakkai is actually carrying on the essence of Nichiren Buddhism.

Mr. Toda encouraged us, saying: “Bodhisattvas suffering from poverty and illness are all still Bodhisattvas of the Earth. When you strive together with your fellow members, all problems will turn into benefit. You’ll attain a state of life that allows you to declare: I have won!”

In today’s world, where developing real human relationships seems to be growing more difficult, our discussion meetings are beautiful, almost miraculous, gatherings of joy and harmony. Each meeting is a truly precious part of our Buddhist practice.

Let us chant and bring forth the “wisdom of the truth that functions in accordance with changing circumstances” (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 189) to make our local discussion meetings the most enjoyable in all the world.

Confidently calling on new Bodhisattvas of the Earth to emerge and join us, let us continue to send the light of human revolution to those around us!


Soka discussion meetings
are the path to peace,
opening the way
to unite even the entire world
in solidarity.

(pp. 4-5)

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