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3 Keys to Developing Our Soka Movement

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The following points were adapted from Ikeda Sensei’s essay “Walking the Cherry Blossom Path of Soka With Open Hearts,” pp. 2–3.

1) Help new members learn the Soka Gakkai spirit

To bring forth the fresh power and ideas of our new members, it’s vital that we continue fostering and encouraging each person. “The task of propagation is complete only when new members can proceed in their Buddhist practice with self-motivated independence and firm conviction in faith” (The New Human Revolution, vol. 2, revised edition, p. 162). 

2) Take action with conviction to inspire others

Nichiren Daishonin writes, “In battles soldiers regard the general as their soul” (“The Supremacy of the Law,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 613). When leaders take the initiative to pray, win in each activity, share their experiences in faith and reach out to others, it engenders joy, unity and the spirit of challenge to break through all barriers.

3) Share Our Publications To Promote Understanding

A key to the great development of our Soka movement has always been studying Buddhism, reading experiences and sharing what inspires us. As Nichiren writes, “It is through the use of words and letters that the Buddha saves living beings” (“Letter to Renjo,” WND-2, 6).

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