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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 38

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

The leaders meeting in Sapporo kicked off Shin’ichi’s 16 days in Hokkaido.

On this trip, he was determined to visit areas he had never been to before to search out, praise and encourage members who had worked hard to support the Soka Gakkai behind the scenes. Mineko wished to do the same.

The following day, June 9, Shin’ichi met at length with top leaders at the Hokkaido Culture Center. That afternoon, he went to the Toda Memorial Cemetery Park in Atsuta Village, where he gave his all to encouraging members. He joined in group photos with representatives from each division, members of various groups, behind-the-scenes staff and others, then did gongyo and talked with them. He also used his lunch break to offer guidance to members.

Devoting time and energy for the sake of one’s fellow members striving for kosen-rufu is tantamount to devoting one’s life to the Buddha.

On the afternoon of June 11, Shin’ichi attended the 6th Hokkaido Youth Division General Meeting, held outdoors in the Toda Memorial Courtyard of the Toda Memorial Cemetery Park.

Six thousand young men and women, brimming with hope and joy, waited in the refreshing early-summer breeze for the meeting to start.

At 12:10 p.m., it began with a stirring fanfare.

After opening remarks and words from Hokkaido young women’s and young men’s division leaders and others, Shin’ichi spoke.

Hokkaido held special significance for him. It was where he had poured his entire being into opening the way for kosen-rufu through summer guidance tours and by protecting the members during the Yubari Coal Miners Incident.[1] It was also where first and second Soka Gakkai presidents Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda spent much of their formative years. As such, it had profound ties to three generations of mentors and disciples.

It deeply moved Shin’ichi to think that some 6,000 brilliant young successors had gathered in Atsuta Village, Hokkaido, his mentor’s hometown.

Fondly recalling the first time he met Mr. Toda, he said: “More than 30 years have passed since I first met my mentor, Josei Toda, when I was 19 years old. During that time, I have regarded the training I received from him as my highest honor and have fulfilled every promise I made to him.”

Simply pledging to realize the mentor’s vision does not make a true disciple. Fulfilling that pledge does.

References

  1. Yubari Coal Miners Union Incident: A case of blatant religious discrimination in which miners in Yubari, Hokkaido, were threatened with losing their jobs due to their Soka Gakkai membership.

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