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Back to listOct 12, 2012

Soka Gakkai Holds Memorial Services on Anniversary of Nichiren's Passing

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The Soka Gakkai held memorial services throughout Japan on October 12 to mark the 730th anniversary of the passing of Nichiren (October 13, 1282). The services also commemorated the day Nichiren inscribed the Dai-Gohonzon (October 12, 1279), the object of devotion in Nichiren Buddhism. [Dai means great. Go is an honorific prefix, and honzon means object of fundamental respect or devotion.]

Soka Gakkai representatives gathered at the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, to offer prayers. Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada referenced a passage from "The Great Battle," a letter written by Nichiren to a female disciple while in exile on Sado Island. In the passage, he describes how he has persevered for over two decades in the face of numerous obstacles, never wavering in his conviction in the life-affirming philosophy of the Lotus Sutra. Mr. Harada stated that the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai embody this same sense of conviction, justice and perseverance even in the face of injustice and adversity. He encouraged participants to strengthen their personal vow to live in accord with the humanistic principles of Nichiren Buddhism and summon forth the courage needed to make a lasting, positive change in society.

[Adapted from an article in the October 13, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]