Many Treasures Member Profile: Ibrahim Nodarse
An Eternally Youthful Spirit Through Propagation
Many Treasures Member Profiles
“Every Day, I Chant to Do Shakubuku”I Am Happy!
Chicago • Age: 79
Length of practice:
I’m 79 years old, but I have so much energy because I do shakubuku, support my district and do SGI activities! I’m originally from Cuba, but moved to Chicago in 1968. A young Cuban girl introduced me to the practice and invited me to meetings 10 times before I said yes. When I went to my first meeting 31 years ago, I knew I had found what I was looking for and have been practicing ever since. My first benefit was that I stopped using drugs within one week of chanting.
In the beginning of my practice, my seniors in faith encouraged me to read The Human Revolution. Reading The Human Revolution and The New Human Revolution is how I learned the spirit of propagation, and it has changed my life completely. SGI President Ikeda became my mentor through reading these novels. We don’t have to meet the mentor to have the spirit of the mentor. We can understand his spirit through taking action based on his guidance. I know that President Ikeda is my mentor, because he is the only person in my life whose guidance I have followed for 31 years. I have a deep sense of gratitude toward Sensei because he spread Buddhism to America. Without him, I would never have encountered this practice and changed my life.
Sensei says: “Some of you may feel you couldn’t possibly introduce others to the Daishonin’s Buddhism and successfully have them start practicing. That’s OK. Even in Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s and President Josei Toda’s day, the Soka Gakkai never once pleaded with its members to introduce Buddhism to others. The Daishonin promises that if we teach the True Law to others, we can change our destiny and attain Buddhahood. We therefore undertake propagation activities to transform our own destiny and become happy. Such efforts also contribute to our friends’ happiness and to a peaceful and prosperous society. No task is more sublime or sacred” (The New Human Revolution, revised edition, vol. 2, p. 251).
In the course of my practice, I have introduced thousands of people to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Over 50 of them have received the Gohonzon and started practicing as members of the SGI! Every day, I chant to do shakubuku, and when I do, I meet people who share that this is what they have been looking for! I carry Nam-myoho-renge-kyo cards and The Winning Life in both English and Spanish everywhere I go. This year, I have been telling five people each day about the practice, and my determination is to help two people receive the Gohonzon so that they can become absolutely happy!