Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing
Memorial services commemorating Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282) have taken place throughout Japan. The services also commemorated October 12, 1279, the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon, the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism, for all humanity. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means object of fundamental respect or devotion.]
On October 13, 2008, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a service at the Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo, together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, and offered prayers for lasting world peace and the happiness of people everywhere.
On October 10, Soka Gakkai representatives in the Tokyo metropolitan area gathered at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Soka Gakkai Vice General Director Shigeo Hasegawa spoke about the Atsuhara persecution, a series of threats and acts of violence against Nichiren's followers in Atsuhara Village over a period of three years, beginning in 1278. The believers' steadfast faith inspired Nichiren to inscribe the Dai-Gohonzon, which he intended as the object of devotion for the enlightenment of humankind.
[Adapted from an article in the October 15, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]