Soka Gakkai Members Commemorate Nichiren's Birth
In commemoration of the anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin's birth (February 16, 1222), prayer meetings were held at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters on February 16.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda attended one such meeting with representative Soka Gakkai leaders, and on the same day another prayer meeting was held with leaders from throughout Japan, led by Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. Mr. Harada spoke about Nichiren's struggle to help awaken people to their innate potential and their ability to attain enlightenments and how this was expressed in Nichiren’s treatise titled "The Opening of the Eyes."
This treatise, one of Nichiren's five major works, was written during his time in exile on Sado Island some 740 years ago. Despite his own harsh circumstances, Nichiren devoted his life to standing up against authoritarianism and injustice and clarifying the essential Buddhist teachings which stress the dignity of all life.
Mr. Harada also explained that the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai--Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda and Daisaku Ikeda--have all lived in accordance with the spirit and teachings of Nichiren.
[Adapted from an article in the February 17, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]