|Posted by davidbloomfield on March 15, 2016 at 5:50 PM|
In this Year of Expansion in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, many congratulations on holding this meeting in SGI-UK, giving fresh meaning to 16 March Kosen-rufu Day. In this March, my capable successors in your country as well as in 192 countries and territories across the globe are gathering in high spirits and making a momentous departure for the expansion of solidarity for peace based on our Buddhist beliefs in the dignity of life. This very fact is the proof that the bright future of kosen-rufu will continue to expand limitlessly. There is nothing more wonderful and reassuring than this.
On 16 March 1958, my mentor second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda mounted a dress rehearsal for kosen-rufu as the last battle in his life. My mentor, who achieved the propagation of 750,000 households with a view to eliminate people’s misery and suffering, passed everything on to us for the future of kosen-rufu. My mentor declared that as king of the philosophical and spiritual world, the Soka Gakkai will advance eternally and fearlessly towards the security and prosperity of society and the peace and happiness of humanity.
When it arrives each year, 16 March is the solemn day for all successors to stand up together and make a vow to grasp the spiritual baton. This day is the prime point for the indestructible spirit of oneness of mentor-and-disciple. It is the day for us to make a fresh departure towards kosen-rufu and victory in our lives.
In ‘The True Aspect of All Phenomena’, the Daishonin states “There should be no discrimination among those who propagate the five characters of Myoho-renge-kyo in the Latter Day of the Law, be they men or women. Were they not Bodhisattvas of the Earth, they could not chant the daimoku. At first only Nichiren chanted Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, but then two, three, and a hundred followed, chanting and teaching others. Propagation will unfold this way in the future as well. Does this not signify ‘emerging from the earth’?” (WND-1, 385)
Whether someone sees your efforts or not, please recognise your profound and noble mission as a Bodhisattva of the Earth and proudly and courageously advance in your life based on the vow you have made.
Because you have a great mission, you may face great hardships. However, my mentor used to say, “The Daishonin’s Buddhism is a teaching that enables people struggling amid adversity to become happy. The more miserable and unhappy a person is, the more amazing the power and potential they can bring forth when they overcome their misfortune. Such people are able to truly encourage and be there for others who are suffering.” (SGI Newsletter, No. 7636)
The hardships that you are going through now will be the source of your strength to stand by and encourage people who are facing difficulties in the future. And eventually the human revolution of each individual who upholds the Mystic Law will significantly transform the karma of the land.
There is no need to rush. Worldwide kosen-rufu does not happen somewhere far away, but starts from our local community. As you steadily show the actual proof of “faith equals daily life” and “Buddhism equals society”, you are certainly creating the waves that “kosen-rufu equals world peace” as you vibrantly play an active part in society as a good citizen of your town, city, country and the world, and continue to expand solidarity for happiness and victory through dialogues of hope and encouragement with “two, three, and a hundred” people.
A passage from ‘On Repaying Debts of Gratitude’ reads “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will spread for ten thousand years and more, for all eternity.” (WND-1, 736) The golden era of the kosen-rufu movement has just begun. The great light of hope radiating from this Buddhism of the people as a world religion will continue to illuminate our entire planet.
My wish is that all of you, my dear comrades in faith, will respect, protect and encourage one another and achieve the unity of “many in body one in mind” just as the Daishonin states, “transcending all differences among themselves to become as inseparable as fish and the water in which they swim.” (WND-1, 217) I would like each one of you to win and advance cheerfully through the expansion of your prayer, the expansion of your state of life and the expansion of your courage. Together, let’s open wide the door of a glorious new history in the new era of worldwide kosen-rufu.
Together with my wife, I am always praying that the sun of hope, good fortune and victory will shine brightly on throughout your lives.
Please give my warmest wishes to your family and to all your fellow members.
Please stay well!
Soka Gakkai International