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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 48

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

Betsukai’s main products were dairy, salmon, shrimp, clams and scallops.

Learning this, Shin’ichi said: “It’s important to promote these specialties further. In addition, how about developing some new products using the Betsukai name? For example, ‘Betsukai Yokan (sweet bean jelly)’ or ‘Betsukai Cake.’ In any case, please chant wholeheartedly and use your creativity and wisdom to open the way for the region’s prosperity. That’s your mission.”

Shin’ichi went on to talk about what was necessary to advance kosen-rufu in such a vast area.

“The members here, more than anywhere, need to get along well and have strong unity,” he said. “Also, if people in the community criticize or malign our movement out of a lack of understanding, you mustn’t resent them. Instead, please warmly embrace them with your compassion, persist in talking with them and help them understand the Soka Gakkai through your sincere actions. This is all part of our Buddhist practice.”

Only with the courage and perseverance to face fierce winds of adversity can we open the way for kosen-rufu.

“No matter what happens,” Shin’ichi added, “if you don’t give up, continue contributing to the community and show actual proof of faith, kosen-rufu will expand greatly without fail.”

He and his party then departed for the Hokkaido Training Center in Odaito, Betsukai-cho, arriving shortly after 8:30 p.m.

“We made it!” Shin’ichi said. “Let’s first greet the event staff.”

Wearing a woolen scarf and heavy winter coat, Shin’ichi walked around the building. Some women’s division members were still there preparing for the commemorative gongyo meeting the next day.

“Thank you very much,” Shin’ichi said to them. “Please go home and get some rest. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Deep gratitude filled his heart as he thought of these noble members who had endured the harsh northern environment and given their all to building the foundation for kosen-rufu in this region.

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