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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 39

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Shin’ichi had steadily realized each of his mentor’s visions: He had achieved the membership goal of three million households, built institutions dedicated to Soka education—­­from kindergarten through elementary and secondary schools, university and postgraduate programs—and established the foundation for worldwide kosen-rufu. He had accomplished all this and more.

He proudly conveyed his feelings: “I was an ordinary, unknown youth without social status, fame or fortune, but thanks to having a mentor in life, I have been able to lead a life of the greatest fulfillment, without any regrets. That is how I truly feel. I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to our members everywhere, without whose constant support none of these achievements would have been possible.”

Shin’ichi spoke powerfully: “Now it is your turn! I call on each of you to make a vow for kosen-rufu and dedicate your lives to fulfilling it, aiming 30 years into the future.”

When disciples strive to realize their mentor’s vision as their own personal commitment and mission, carrying on the mentor’s spirit, they can open the way to actualizing “the great vow for kosen-rufu through the compassionate propagation of the Law.” In other words, kosen-rufu can be achieved only through the eternal struggle of mentor and disciple united as one.

Shin’ichi next spoke about how to live to accomplish that.

“It’s important to make patient, steady efforts. You cannot be victorious in life or advance kosen-rufu with a ‘get-rich-quick’ mentality. Instead, you need to thoroughly polish and train yourselves and build deep trust in society.

“In the long run, society will come to appreciate the value of gradual, steady progress. With no solid foundation, any endeavor will collapse amid the tumult of the changing times. Persistence is key in both life and kosen-rufu.

“Those who persevere in Buddhist practice with patience, with faith like flowing water, will win in the end. Steady, continual efforts will open the way to a new age of kosen-rufu.

“I hope that you will dedicate yourselves to carrying out the great vow for kosen-rufu, resolved that your youth is the time to build a solid foundation of faith and philosophy toward your victory in life.”

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