SGI President Ikeda’s Message for May 3, 2015
To my beloved fellow members of SGI-USA, congratulations on another glorious May 3, Soka Gakkai Day!
As this day also marks the special occasion of Soka Gakkai Mothers Day, my wife and I would like to convey our deepest appreciation for the dedicated efforts of our outstanding women’s division members—the mothers of kosen-rufu.
Let’s rejoice together as we celebrate May 3 with members around the world, amid brilliant victories and unprecedented dynamic development, in this year of the SGI’s 40th anniversary and the Soka Gakkai’s 85th anniversary.
For us, as members of the Soka family, May 3 signals a day when we make a fresh departure with a renewed vitality and commitment, reaffirming and strengthening our vow for kosen-rufu.
The accomplishment of kosen-rufu—the realization of happiness for all humankind and world peace—was the great wish and vow of Nichiren Daishonin.
In his treatise titled “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land,” the Daishonin writes: “If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquillity throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not?” (WND-1, 24).
And in another writing, he states: “From the time that I was born until today, I have never known a moment’s ease; I have thought only of propagating the daimoku of the Lotus Sutra [that is, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo]” (WND-1, 965).
It was the Soka Gakkai’s first and second presidents, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, who, in modern times, striving in exact accord with the Daishonin’s spirit, boldly opened up the path of kosen-rufu for the sake of peace and the happiness of ordinary people. Their struggle for peace and human rights is the starting point of the SGI’s movement for peace, culture, and education that today encompasses 192 countries and territories.
The global spread of Nichiren Buddhism has been actualized through the selfless struggles of the founding presidents, united as mentor and disciple, and through the noble efforts of the Bodhisattvas of the Earth who have emerged in each country with the same commitment.
The karmic causes that have led to the appearance of the Soka Gakkai in order to realize kosen-rufu, the Buddha’s intent and decree, are infinitely profound and unfathomable.
Worldwide kosen-rufu is a great journey, aiming for the enlightenment of humanity into the eternal future of the Latter Day of the Law. Viewed in that light, the SGI, though now 40 years old, is still only in its early, pioneering days.
In a letter to the Ikegami brothers, who united together with their wives to overcome a difficult situation through faith, the Daishonin praised and encouraged them, writing: “Could there ever be a more wonderful story than your own [that will be recounted by future generations]?” (WND-1, 499).
All of you are pioneers who are blazing the great path of kosen-rufu at this significant time in accord with a vow you made in the remote past. You are precious individuals who are certain to become eternal models of the Soka Gakkai spirit, your stories inspiring countless generations to come.
The new era of worldwide kosen-rufu has dawned. May each one of you, shining as brightly as the morning sun in the place of your mission, join me in striving with courage, hope, and perseverance to encourage, warmly support, and foster fellow members. With wisdom and sincerity, may you also build a network of trust and friendship in society.
Let’s further promote and expand our great humanistic SGI movement for peace, culture, and education!
The future of kosen-rufu depends upon people. It depends upon you who share my heart and spirit. As the Daishonin writes: “The Law does not spread by itself: because people propagate it, both people and the Law are respectworthy” (Nichiren Daishonin Gosho Zenshu, p. 856).
I am praying with all my heart that you, my most dear and precious fellow members around the world, will enjoy good health, happiness, and long, fulfilling lives.
May 3, 2015 Daisaku Ikeda President, Soka Gakkai International