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Seeking Spirit

The New Human Revolution, “Seeking Spirit” Chapter, Installment 60

Volume 27, Chapter 4

By Daisaku Ikeda

After the leaders meeting, an outdoor friendship gathering took place in the Hokkaido Training Center garden. The skies were clear and the greenery sparkled in the sunlight.

The joyous occasion featured choral and taiko drum performances, a karate demonstration, folk dancing and an open-air tea ceremony.

Shin’ichi engaged with the members from start to finish. Asked to give the women’s division chorus a name, he suggested “Midnight Sun Chorus.” He also played the piano in hopes of bringing everyone a little joy. Learning that members had traveled to Betsukai from Kushiro on chartered buses, he thanked the drivers and invited them to the tea ceremony.

Shin’ichi spoke directly with many participants, shaking their hands and taking photographs with them.

He gave his all to each encounter, wishing to create lasting memories and inspire a turning point in that person’s faith.

When the festivities ended, he and Mineko saw off the members departing by bus.

“Thank you for coming! Stay well! We’ll visit Betsukai again someday!”

The members called out “Sensei! Sensei!” and waved eagerly. Shin’ichi kept waving until the last bus was out of sight.

That night, Shin’ichi visited a restaurant owned by a member in Shibetsu-cho and spoke informally with local members.

A man made an earnest appeal: “Sensei, I have a request. I’m so happy to be able to meet you, but many of our members still haven’t had the chance. Please create an opportunity for them.”

“I would like that very much. I’m returning to Sapporo tomorrow, but let’s hold a gongyo meeting before I leave. Please invite anyone who can be at the training center at noon.”

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