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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 33

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

At the dinner meeting, Shin’ichi continued talking about leadership and other topics.

“Young leaders are more likely to take a rational approach to getting things done. While it’s important to be practical, and your reasoning may be sensible, that’s not enough to inspire people. Humans are emotional beings. They are moved by emotion.

“The important thing is connecting with others through kindness, compassion and sincerity, and in that way gaining their trust and understanding. Only then can we inspire people to act on their own initiative.

“Don’t be someone whom others agree is capable but find rather cold. It’s okay to be coolheaded, but you need to have a warm heart. A Buddhist leader is one who can warmly embrace others; someone who can melt and revive people’s frozen hearts.”

After dinner, Shin’ichi went to another room where he encouraged and did gongyo with event staff and others. Afterward, he held several more discussions with prefecture leaders and with representative leaders from each division.

The next morning, he composed poems and wrote them in books and on decorative cards to present to local members. He also made time to speak with women’s division representatives. Then at 2:00 p.m., he and his wife, Mineko, left the Fukushima Culture Center by car.

Before heading to Tochigi Prefecture and their next destination, the Tochigi Training Center, they stopped at the Koriyama Community Center. Shin’ichi wanted to do gongyo there and offer prayers in memory of Takatoshi Nemoto, the center’s caretaker for many years, who had passed away the previous March.

The Koriyama center had started out as the Fukushima Community Center, and Shin’ichi had attended its opening ceremony in June 1960, just a month after becoming third Soka Gakkai president. He had many fond memories of the center. Nemoto’s widow, Su’e, now served as the center’s caretaker, carrying on the legacy of her late husband.

When he arrived, Shin’ichi smiled at Su’e and said, “I have come here to perform a memorial service for your husband.”

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