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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 59

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

On June 15, the third day of Shin’ichi’s visit to Betsukai, his fever had gone down a little.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the Hokkaido leaders meeting got underway with men’s and women’s division chapter leaders as well as other representatives from Kushiro and Doto zones.

The meeting included a conferral ceremony, the first for any area in Japan, for the new lapel pins for men’s and women’s chapter leaders. These new pins, depicting an eight-petal lotus inside a cherry blossom, had been announced along with the implementation of the new chapter system.

Shin’ichi had proposed to top Soka Gakkai leaders that the pins be presented first to the noble leaders in the easternmost part of Japan, who strove dauntlessly for kosen-rufu with a strong seeking spirit amid harsh winter conditions. Everyone agreed.

When Shin’ichi pinned one to a representative leader’s lapel, the room erupted in applause.

He truly felt that these members, chanting and spreading the Mystic Law and wholeheartedly encouraging their fellow members in this extremely cold region, were the Bodhisattvas of the Earth. He saw in their eyes the brilliant light of the Buddha’s compassion illuminating the troubled age.

On his first day in Betsukai, Shin’ichi had presented the members with a poem conveying his sincere feelings:

Members
striving
in the land of Betsukai—
let us together
send forth the winds of happiness.

At the meeting, Shin’ichi shared Nichiren Daishonin’s words, “These mountain valleys and broad plains where we live are all, every one of them, treasure lands of Eternally Tranquil Light” (The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings, p. 77).

He then said: “Wherever we embrace the Gohonzon and take action for kosen-rufu is the treasure land of Eternally Tranquil Light. It is the Buddha land. Therefore, no matter how harsh your environment, the place you are now is the place to carry out your Buddhist practice, to do your human revolution and to transform your karma. It is the stage upon which you can show proof of your happiness. Please triumph where you are. Become a trustworthy presence in your community. That is how you can demonstrate the validity of Nichiren Buddhism.”

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