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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 44

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

After attending the events in Sapporo on June 12 and 13, Shin’ichi boarded a 4 p.m. flight on the 13th to Kushiro in the eastern part of Hokkaido. It would be his first guidance tour there in 11 years.

He looked forward to his first visit to the Hokkaido Training Center in Bekkai, which was marking its 5th anniversary, and to meeting with pioneers of the local kosen-rufu movement.

From the plane window, he saw a sea of clouds below.

Fog often prevented landings at Kushiro Airport.

Shin’ichi said to Kaoru Tahara, a Soka Gakkai vice president and Hokkaido Region general leader: “It’s very cloudy. Do you think we’ll be able to land?”

“I’m sure it will be fine!” Tahara said confidently, which made Shin’ichi think:

“Members in eastern Hokkaido must be chanting earnestly for our safe arrival. That’s why he’s so certain we can land.”

As they approached the airport, the clouds suddenly parted as if opening a path, bringing the city below into view. Shin’ichi felt he was watching a grand drama of nature.

“This is a historic moment,” he said.

“It is!” Tahara exclaimed proudly.

They landed at 4:45 p.m. and then headed by car to the Hokkaido Training Center, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) away.

Shin’ichi was determined to meet as many members as possible, wholeheartedly encourage them and build an indestructible foundation of faith in their hearts.

When they reached Kushiro City, they saw a group of people waving at the car. Realizing they must be Soka Gakkai members, Shin’ichi asked the driver to pull over, and he opened the window.

“Thank you! Thank you for waiting for us!” he said and gave the members two boxes of candy.

As the car pulled away, Shin’ichi continued waving. He murmured to himself, “I wish I had more time … more time to talk with and encourage every one of these precious children of the Buddha.”

He was resolved to devote his life to working for kosen-rufu and supporting the members.

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