Excerpts from SGI President Ikeda’s Speech
at the Greater Tokyo #2 Executive Leaders Conference (April 5, 2008)
****This is unofficial & tentative translation******
I would like to confirm the four points that are most fundamental and most vital for constructing the Soka Gakkai for the new age.
First is prayer.
Second is action.
Third is unity of “many in body, one in mind.”
Fourth is unity with the mentor, oneness of mentor and disciple. These are the forces for victoriously opening up an unsurpassed life.
Let’s start with “First is prayer.”Nothing is as strong as correct prayer. This is faith of “no prayer will go unanswered.” This is the Mystic Law of “no strategy can match the strategy of the Lotus Sutra.” In any struggle, everything begins with prayer. And it is vital to always continue praying. We have to pray right through any difficulty we encounter.
The Mystic Law is the fundamental principle of the universe. The prayers of a person who chants, practices and struggles for the Mystic Law, which is of such supreme importance, will be perfectly in synch with the fundamental rhythm of the universe. Accordingly, no prayer by such a person will go unanswered. The benevolent deities, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas will all extend their protection without fail.
The important thing is prayer for kosen-rufu. In other words, it is prayer based on a vow for the protection and the powerful flourishing of the Soka Gakkai that is advancing kosen-rufu. It is prayer with the spirit “Buddhism is victory or defeat” to show actual proof of the greatness of the Mystic Law in our life.
The prayers of a votary of the Lotus Sutra will be answered without fail. No matter what might happen, a person of powerful prayer will be able to change poison into medicine. Such a person has absolutely nothing to fear.
Just how immense is the power of daimoku? It is the ultimate power to move the universe. The rhythm of daimoku resounds throughout the universe while activating the Buddha nature in our life.
Those who sonorously chant daimoku change the life of one friend after another and cause their communities, society and the world to move toward peace and prosperity, while causing their own life force to abundantly well forth.
What is the secret to causing an organization to develop? It is the determination of the central figure. It is to always live out one’s life together with the Soka Gakkai based on the spirit of mentor and disciple.
Also, earnestness and action are very important.
An organization in which the leaders pray and take action with all their might will thrive. By contrast, an organization whose central figure is arrogant toward those within and never ventures outside will not develop.
We need to take the initiative in meeting with others. We need to build new friendships. We have to proudly tell people about the greatness of the Soka Gakkai and the wonder of mentor and disciple. It is this that will open a new age.
When the central figure really fights hard and leads a fulfilling life each day, this vitality will be transmitted to others, and everyone will become happy. An organization ultimately depends on the central figure. I would like to reiterate this point.
Of course, someone who understands being “earnest” to mean always wearing a fierce expression will only drive people away. While stoking a fighting spirit in our heart, when meeting friends we should put on a bright smile and offer warm encouragement.
At any rate, faith is “action for becoming happy.” The life of Buddhism always exists within action. The second of the four principles for absolute victory is action.
Without action, Buddhism could not exist. To what extent has one taken action for kosen-rufu? This is the true expression of one’s faith.
It’s not a matter of organizational position or standing. It could be said that the strength or weakness of a person’s faith directly manifests in their...
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