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SGI President Ikeda’s Message for May 3, 2016
My dear friends of SGI-UK, I wish you a brilliant Soka Gakkai Day and a happy Soka Gakkai Mothers Day!
I am delighted and proud to be able to celebrate May 3 in great victory, together with fellow members in 192 countries and territories. The success of our movement owes everything to your tireless, dedicated efforts and solid unity. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Nothing gives me greater joy than the many reports I receive each day of the wonderful development of our SGI organizations around the world and the contributions they are making to their local communities and countries. And I am especially overjoyed to hear about the inspiring growth of our youthful successors and their efforts to expand our movement.
We have entered an age when Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism of the sun is beginning to shine ever more brightly as a world religion, illuminating all humankind. As proof of this, the SGI—a gathering of Bodhisattvas of the Earth—is becoming an increasingly radiant presence across the globe.
The Daishonin would surely shower us with his highest praises, and the Soka Gakkai’s first and second presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, would certainly rejoice immensely.
Please be absolutely confident that not only you, but all your family members and loved ones, will eternally share in the benefit and good fortune arising from your efforts to promote this magnificent movement of worldwide kosen-rufu.
The Lotus Sutra states: “If one [is able to] expound the Lotus Sutra to one person, even one phrase of it, then you should know that he or she is the envoy of the Thus Come One. He has been dispatched by the Thus Come One and carries out the Thus Come One’s work.”1
Reaching out to a friend, listening to their problems, telling them about the Mystic Law, chanting together, helping them win over their challenges, rejoicing together—such seemingly ordinary and modest efforts are actually the supremely noble work of the Buddha and, as such, the best and surest things we can do for people’s happiness.
As SGI members, we engage in such efforts “day by day and month after month, never slackening in our resolve,”2 based on the spirit of valuing and respecting each person, which is the epitome of Buddhist humanism. That is why the Buddha’s wisdom, compassion, and power pulse vibrantly in our lives.
The Daishonin writes: “In judging the relative merit of Buddhist doctrines, I, Nichiren, believe that the best standards are those of reason and documentary proof. And even more valuable than reason and documentary proof is the proof of actual fact.”3
Our Buddhist practice is backed up by a clear and profound philosophy of life, reasonable and universal principles that all can accept as valid and true. Therefore, let us continue exerting ourselves in faith, practice, and study, and proudly show even greater actual proof—actual proof of gaining benefit by putting faith into practice in our daily lives and achieving victory by applying the teachings of Buddhism in society. The human revolution of each one of us attests to the brilliance of Nichiren Buddhism as a world religion for the 21st century.
Mr. Toda declared: “It is the Soka Gakkai’s mission to repay the debt of gratitude to Nichiren Daishonin and to pave the way for the lasting happiness of humanity by drawing up a grand 100-year plan—no, a grand plan for peace encompassing several millennia.”
May 3 is a day of fresh departure, when we renew our vow as Bodhisattvas of the Earth. I call on you to join me and fellow SGI members around the globe in moving forward anew in our grand march for kosen-rufu, brimming with hope and courage, and aiming for the happiness of humanity and world peace.
Our lives are connected by the Mystic Law. My wife, Kaneko, and I are continually chanting for all of you, our most dear and precious fellow members. We are praying with all our hearts for the vibrant health and long life; the safety and security; and the happiness and victory of you, your families, and loved ones, as well as all those in your communities. Please advance cheerfully, in a spirit of harmony and friendship!
May 3, 2016
President, Soka Gakkai International