Establishment of Nichiren Buddhism Celebrated
On April 28, 2010, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended a commemorative service to mark the 757th anniversary (April 28, 1253) of the establishment of Nichiren Buddhism, at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters Annex 2 in Shinanomachi, Tokyo. Together with Soka Gakkai representative leaders, he paid deep tribute to Nichiren's lifetime dedication to teaching and spreading the humanistic philosophy of Buddhism.
On the same day, Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and General Director Masaaki Masaki, along with representative members, attended a similar gathering at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi.
At the meeting, Mr. Harada shared that, in consonance with Nichiren's spirit, the first three presidents of the Soka Gakkai have devoted themselves tirelessly to the advancement of human happiness and lasting world peace.
Introducing Nichiren's writing, "Letter to Misawa," Mr. Harada stated that when one attempts to advance and make positive changes, one will encounter a variety of resistance that serves to hinder progress. He encouraged those attending to overcome any hardships or deadlocks with strong faith and practice, based on a firm determination.
[Adapted from an article in the April 29, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]