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True Joy Is Experienced Together

New SGI-USA Auxiliary Group, Future Division and Parents Group leadership appointments.

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SGI PRESIDENT IKEDA’S GUIDANCE

True Joy Is Experienced Together

Nichiren Daishonin declares: “ ‘Joy’ means that oneself and others together experience joy . . . Both oneself and others together will take joy in their possession of wisdom and compassion” (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 146).

Both ourselves and others matter. Caring only about one’s own happiness is selfish. Claiming to care only about the happiness of others is hypocritical. Real “joy” lies in both ourselves and others becoming happy together.

Second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda said: “Becoming happy yourself is no great challenge; it’s quite simple. But the essence of Nichiren Buddhism lies in helping others become happy, too.” (January 2015 Living Buddhism, pp. 54–55)

 

Culture Department

Academic: Jason Goulah continues to serve as the men’s leader. Healing Arts: Sophia Nakabayashi continues to serve
as the women’s leader. Doctors: Mitsuko Takahashi continues to serve as the women’s leader.

National Language Bureau

National: Yoshiko Kadin continues to serve as the women’s leader and Harry Monteagudo as the men’s leader.

Japanese: Nanami Vittor continues to serve as the women’s leader. Korean: Julie Yeo continues to serve as the women’s
leader and Sungchun Lee as the men’s leader. Chinese: Danny Chan continues to serve as the men’s leader.

National Arts Department

Courageous Freedom

Katie Thornber continues to serve as the young women’s leader.

 

People of African Descent

Many Treasures

Kazue Elliot continues to serve as the women’s leader, with Matilda Buck as vice leader. Fred Zaitsu continues as the men’s leader.

Military Support

Future Division

Parents Group

Ian McIlraith continues to serve as the four-divisional future division leader, Jennifer Wilmeth as the young women’s leader and Ryan Hayashi as the young men’s leader.