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May Contribution

The Time to Bring Forth Courage

Michelle Riofrio

To our wonderful SGI-USA members,

Headshot of Adin StraussThank you so very much for your support of our May Commemorative Contribution activity this year. Your incredible sincerity shone through even the challenging situations that we are all facing now. You are so greatly appreciated!

Dean Nisha Botchwey of the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs shared Ikeda Sensei’s words at the May 14 graduation ceremony, at which he was presented with an honorary doctorate:

Great good can come of great evil. But this will not happen on its own. Courage is always required to transform evil into good. Now is the time for each of us to bring forth such courage: the courage of nonviolence, the courage of dialogue, the courage to listen to what we would rather not hear.[1]

So let’s press forward together, fully confident, as Sensei says that “you each possess within you the heart of a lion king—in other words, the courage not to be defeated by anything.”[2]

Please stay well, and see you soon!

With utmost appreciation, 

Adin Strauss

SGI-USA General Director


  1. <accessed May 24, 2022>. ↩︎
  2. June 10, 2022, World Tribune, insert, p. D. ↩︎

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