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Ikeda Sensei Pens August 24 Poems

Emerge from the earth—Nineteen-year-old Daisaku Ikeda attends his first Soka Gakkai meeting, where he encounters Josei Toda, who would become his life mentor, Aug. 14, 1947. Illustration courtesy of Seikyo Press.

Ikeda Sensei composed the following poems to commemorate Aug. 24, the 73rd anniversary of the start of his Buddhist practice, and the 70th anniversary of the day he and his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, first discussed plans for establishing the Seikyo Shimbun, the Soka Gakkai’s newspaper. These poems originally appeared in the Aug. 24, 2020, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun.

As my successors,
who have chosen to appear
at this significant time,
dispel the darkness
with the flame of your youthful vow!

• • •

Imparting the wonderfully effective medicine
of the Mystic Law
to all humanity,
the mentors and disciples of Soka
are great physicians of life.

• • •

May the Seikyo Shimbun
forever connect people across the globe
with the Buddhist wisdom for peace,
demonstrating that the assembly
of Eagle Peak continues here and now.

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