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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 43

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

After speaking with the members, Mineko joined them in a group photo and warmly shook everyone’s hand. She then made her way to the home where the Morai Block women’s division general meeting would be held the following day, June 12.

In the car, a local women’s leader told Mineko that the husband there was not a member but supported his wife’s Buddhist practice.

Mineko hoped to meet and thank him from the bottom of her heart.

Consistently meeting and connecting with others and spreading understanding of the Soka Gakkai builds a strong foundation for kosen-rufu in the community. Kosen-rufu cannot be realized without friendship.

The couple greeted Mineko upon her arrival. The husband wore a suit and tie for the occasion. He had become a bit nervous when he learned that the wife of the Soka Gakkai president was coming.

They all went into the Gohonzon room, where the meeting was to take place the following day. Mineko sat down on her knees and said politely: “Thank you for your generous support. And thank you so much for offering your home for the general meeting.”

Taking the same formal posture, the husband replied that the members were always welcome to use their home.

A poster displaying the meeting’s agenda hung on the wall.

“What beautiful handwriting,” Mineko said. “Who’s is it?”

“My husband’s,” the woman answered.

“Really? Your penmanship is outstanding.”

The man blushed and wiped the sweat from his brow.

“I believe that the Soka Gakkai has grown in this community thanks to your support behind the scenes. I’m very grateful, and I look forward to your continued cooperation,” Mineko said, and bowed deeply.

She then took a photo with the couple. The man gradually relaxed and smiled as they talked.

He joined the Soka Gakkai two months later.

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