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New Year's Message

Hearts Ever Youthful and Filled With Limitless Hope

Ikeda Sensei’s New Year’s Message

New dawn—The morning sun illuminates the Hall of the Great Vow for Kosen-rufu, Tokyo, Nov. 18, 2021. Photo by Seikyo Press.

Congratulations on the start of the Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress, overflowing with fresh, vibrant energy!

Today, as we scale a new summit of worldwide kosen-rufu toward our centennial in 2030, new members with deep karmic bonds are emerging joyously all around the globe, and our movement for peace, culture and education continues to go from strength to strength.

Ikeda Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda, December 2007.
Soka humanism—Ikeda Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda, December 2007. Photo by Seikyo Press.

Amid many serious challenges facing humanity, you, my treasured friends, have been chanting more strongly than ever for the safety and security of your societies and uniting more strongly than ever to take action for the happiness and well-being of others. Nichiren Daishonin, the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law, would surely applaud your efforts.

In times of difficulty, the way of Soka is to summon forth the “heart of a lion king”[1] and challenge our situation based on the “strategy of the Lotus Sutra”[2]—that is, faith in the Mystic Law. By transforming our karma into mission and winning over all obstacles, we demonstrate the great beneficial power of the Mystic Law. We make the place where we are right now the stage for an ever-unfolding drama of joy and dynamic progress.

Filled with the unsurpassed joy of recognizing the dignity of our own and others’ lives based on our shared potential for Buddhahood, let us make dynamic strides in our human revolution, which directly advances kosen-rufu and world peace.

The key to tapping this latent power within our lives is prayer infused with a deep vow for kosen-rufu. It is chanting the lion’s roar of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. And it is uniting solidly with our fellow members in the spirit of “many in body, one in mind.”

Nichiren Daishonin states: “Great joy [is what] one experiences when one understands for the first time that one’s mind [or life] from the very beginning has been a Buddha. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the greatest of all joys.”[3]

Filled with the unsurpassed joy of recognizing the dignity of our own and others’ lives based on our shared potential for Buddhahood, let us make dynamic strides in our human revolution, which directly advances kosen-rufu and world peace.

Let’s continue to warmly encourage, foster and forge ahead together with our youth division and future division members—the treasures of the Soka Gakkai and all humanity—our hearts ever youthful and filled with limitless hope.

My wife and I are praying even more strongly for the health, long life, happiness, security, success and victory of you and your families.

New Year’s Day, 2022
Daisaku Ikeda

References

  1. “Letter from Sado,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 302.
  2. “The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra,” WND-1, 1001.
  3. The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, pp. 211–12.
  4. This first encounter took place on Aug. 14, 1947.

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