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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 36

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Shin’ichi continued: “Nichiren Daishonin teaches that when those who uphold the Mystic Law die, they are quickly reborn into this world to once again dedicate their lives to the mission of kosen-rufu. Your husband may already have been reborn somewhere near you.”

Su’e smiled and nodded.

“All right, let’s go to the Gohonzon room to do a memorial gongyo for your husband.”

Several members from the local area had already gathered there.

“I’m very happy to see you all. We are about to conduct a memorial service for Su’e’s late husband, Takatoshi Nemoto. Please feel free to join us.”

A solemn gongyo began. Shin’ichi prayed earnestly for Nemoto and all Fukushima and Tohoku members who had passed away while striving for kosen-rufu.

The Daishonin says, “Now when Nichiren and his followers perform ceremonies for the deceased, reciting the Lotus Sutra and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, the ray of light from the daimoku reaches all the way to the hell of incessant suffering and makes it possible for them to attain Buddhahood then and there” (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 17). As these words indicate, through the power of our daimoku, the deceased can attain Buddhahood instantly.

After gongyo, Shin’ichi joined everyone in a group photo.

Shin’ichi and his party then left for the Tochigi Training Center in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, arriving there at 3:30 p.m.

That evening, Shin’ichi attended a prefecture executive conference for all top divisional leaders in Tochigi, which continued the next day. After much discussion, they decided on several upcoming events, including a prefectural youth division general meeting in August and a meeting to commemorate Tochigi Day on November 6.

Shin’ichi also confirmed that in the interests of safety all young women’s division meetings should end no later than 8:30 p.m., even in the busiest periods. He further stressed that if leaders need to meet afterward, they should finish by 9:30. If they run later than that, they should let their parents or families know so no one has to worry. Accidents cause suffering not only for those involved but everyone in their lives. Buddhist practitioners should always exercise wisdom to prevent accidents.

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