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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 37

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

On May 31, after completing his guidance tour to the Tohoku region and Tochigi Prefecture, Shin’ichi returned to Tokyo to attend various events. Then on June 8, he left for another guidance trip, this time to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.

He arrived at Hokkaido’s Chitose Airport just after 4 p.m. With his wife, Mineko, he headed by car straight to a restaurant near the airport to meet with a group of Soka Girls Senior High School students visiting Hokkaido on a school trip. He was scheduled to attend a Hokkaido leaders meeting in Sapporo that evening, but he wanted to encourage these students, even if just briefly. They would be graduating the following spring.

In the 20 minutes he had, he spoke to them with all his heart. As their school’s founder, he encouraged them to create beautiful memories on this excursion and make the most of their final year at the Soka high school.

Then he hurried to the leaders meeting at the Sapporo Culture Center, where he gave a speech.

Addressing the audience, he said: “‘Our happiness in this life is nothing but a dream within a dream’ (see “The Fourteen Slanders,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 760), the Daishonin says. The happiness gained from pursuing fame and fortune is fleeting. True joy is found in striving for kosen-rufu. The noble work of reaching out to support and encourage those who are suffering become our greatest memory, creating a golden history in our lives.

“The purpose of our Buddhist practice is to transform our karma, enjoy life to the fullest and savor real happiness. Therefore, please always remember that the key to offering guidance is to impart hope and conviction.

“I hope you will show our members utmost consideration and encourage them so that they are genuinely reassured, feel lighter in body and mind, have a fresh sense of hope and strive joyously for kosen-rufu.

“When giving guidance, never pressure members or cause them to feel bad. That is not the way we encourage people in the Soka Gakkai. I hope you will be compassionate leaders who treasure each person and encourage them with great care and attention.”

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