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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 57

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

On the evening of June 14, Shin’ichi attended a gongyo meeting to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Hokkaido Training Center. Before the meeting, he went outside to greet participants from the two headquarters of Nemuro and Akkeshi, speaking to each person.

“Welcome! I’m so happy to see you!”

“Thank you so much for traveling here!”

“Please stay well! I’m praying that you live long!”

He put his arm around their shoulders, shook their hands and took photographs with them. He encouraged them wholeheartedly, determined not to let this precious opportunity slip by.

At the meeting, Shin’ichi said: “Only through actions based on compassion and a sincere desire to nurture each individual can we bring forth the boundless benefits of faith. The key is to practice for oneself and others. I want to affirm that all of you who courageously take such action are carrying on the spirit of Nichiren Daishonin.”

After the meeting, Shin’ichi and his wife, Mineko, traveled to Shibetsu-cho. They visited a restaurant run by a Soka Gakkai member to meet with several local members who had made invaluable contributions to kosen-rufu in the community.

Addressing a chapter leader suffering from poor health, Shin’ichi spoke about the fundamentals of health and faith: “The first thing is to continue chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo no matter what. Embracing in your heart the supremely noble goal of kosen-rufu, chant to be healthy so that you can give your all to fulfilling your mission. As you do so, a powerful life force will well forth from within.

“All Soka Gakkai leadership positions bear tremendous responsibility in advancing our movement for kosen-rufu. Carrying out those responsibilities may be challenging. But by willingly taking on hardship, you can attain even greater benefit and transform your karma. Never treat your position lightly. Regard it as the great path by which to fulfill your mission and achieve happiness, and work with courage and enthusiasm.”

Shin’ichi was in earnest. Upholding the banner of the Mystic Law, these members had braved the winds of adversity and were striving with all their might. He encouraged them with every ounce of his being.

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