Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on the Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing
Memorial services took place throughout Japan on the anniversary of Nichiren's passing (October 13, 1282). 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, 2009, 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 and victory of all people.
Soka Gakkai representatives in the Tokyo metropolitan area also gathered at the Soka Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, to offer prayers. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada spoke about Mr. Ikeda's great contributions to open the path of world peace in the spirit of Nichiren and encouraged each member to challenge themselves in advancing with the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism toward world peace.
[Adapted from an article in the October 14, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]