SGI Spirit • Fighting authority to protect purity of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. • Standing Alone Spirit. • Actualize Mentor's Vision: • Mentor & Disciple. President Makiguchi Fighting authority to protect purity of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism President Makiguchi • Encountered Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism in 1928. • After critically examining Japanese education and society, wrote that education is the key element in any move toward the revolutionary reconstruction of society. • Established Soka Kyoiku Gakkai in 1930. Makiguchi • During World War II, hoping to ward off persecution by the militarist government, which was promoting State Shinto as a means to spiritually unite the Japanese nation, the priesthood accepted and enshrined the Shinto talisman at the head temple Taiseki-ji and insisted that President Makiguchi and Soka Kyoiku Gakkai members also accept the talisman. Makiguchi • This amounted to an outrageous slander of the Daishonin's teaching. When President Makiguchi declared his absolute refusal to comply, the priesthood secretly allied itself with forces persecuting the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai. • President Makiguchi was fighting authority to protect purity of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism until he died in prison at the age of 73. President Toda Standing Alone Spirit TODA Reconstruction of Soka Gakkai • After being released from the prison, President Toda realized that the Soka Gakkai was completely destroyed; members and even leaders turned away from the Gohonzon. President Toda was alone. • At the same time, he realized it is time to reconstruct Soka Gakkai. President Toda declared that the Gakkai's sole mission is to carry those who are confused to the Gohonzon. TODA The Master of Shakubuku • Having shakubuku as the goal for the Soka Gakkai, and following his mentor, President Makiguchi's word, (which expressed that to expand the kosen-rufu movement into entire Asia,) President Toda had accomplished the goal of shakubuku of 750,000 households by 1957 before he passed away April 2, 1958. President Ikeda Actualize Mentor's Vision: Mentor & Disciple Josei Toda Said: "Shin'ichi, the world is your challenge; it is your true stage. It is a vast world." "Shin'ichi, you must live ! You must live as long as your can and travel the global." President Ikeda Achieved: • SGI has members in 128 countries. • President Ikeda has visited 52 countries in the world. • He has propagated Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism to the world. Josei Toda Said: "Shin'ichi, do you think you can accomplish a membership of three million households in the next seven years?" President Ikeda achieved: • President Ikeda achieved 3 million households within seven years after President Toda passed away. • Now, there are 15 million members in the world. Excerpt from "Vanguard Chapter" in New Human Revolution II A breakthrough achieved by a courageous forerunner opens the way for a great flow of advancement. By continuing to forge ahead in the forefront, acting as Toda's right hand, Shin'ichi could become a genuine successor. Excerpt from "Vanguard Chapter" in New Human Revolution II (cont.) There is a difference between being a follower and a successor. Followers are those who position themselves in the rear safely away from the real struggle and remain ignorant of the hardships involved in pioneering a movement. Those who merely follow someone else's lead cannot possibly fulfill the responsibility required of successors. A true successor must stand in the vanguard and raise the flag of victory. From Makiguchi to Toda, Toda to Ikeda, Now to us... Education Faith, practice and study are the basics of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. Essence of Nichiren Daishonin's Teachings. What is right and wrong. Education SGI members, we might ask ourselves whether we could clearly explain this issue to someone else. If we are asked: "What is the temple issue about?" or "How can you say that the SGI is correct and Nichiren Shoshu is wrong?" Can we give a convincing answer? Education Temple issue is a great opportunity to learn Justice. • True nature of human beings possess both good and evil • To receive the actual fact of what Nichiren Daishonin mentioned in a Gosho regarding good and evil. • Overcoming the devilish function of Nikken sect. SUN At the beginning of the Great Light Chapter in New Human Revolution, President Ikeda says, "As an organization committed to the great Law of Buddhism, the Soka Gakkai is the sun for the entire world. The sun's primordial brilliance dispels the darkness of mistrust and hatred, casting the bright light of peace upon the Earth. SUN "Even into the darkest valleys of misery and despair, it sheds the light of hope, transforming the human realm, which surges with suffering, into a beautiful flower garden of joy." "Nothing can stop the progress of the sun, which advances majestically on its own orbit, high above the black clouds of envy and jealousy. Even into the darkest valleys of misery and despair, it sheds the light of hope, transforming the human realm, which surges with suffering, into a beautiful flower garden of joy." SUN "One sun illuminated the entire world. It is the same in the real of kosen-rufu. A resolute stand by just one person can protect all others and break through the darkness of society, heralding a new dawn of justice. What matters is the presence of one earnest person, of one fervently committed individual." "Moreover, there is a sun in everyone's heart. Those who embrace Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism become suns that illuminate the way to happiness for their families and friends." SUN The success of the propagation into the future depends on how we can develop ourselves as the sun for other people. Shishi-ku "Lion's - Roar" • The earnestness and vigor of the disciples' vow are expressed by the famous line, "to roar the lion's roar" in the Lotus Sutra. (LS13, 193) • This is the united action of Mentor and disciple. Shishi-ku "Lion's - Roar" (cont.) SHI Mystic Law passed on by the mentor SHI Mystic Law as it is received by the disciples "Roaring the Lion's Roar" The Daishonin further clarifies that the verb roar, here, means to initiate or put forth. He says, "Roaring the lion's roar' refers to the initiating of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in the Latter Day of the Law." (Gosho Zenshu, p.748) Lion's Roar To 'initiate' is to take positive action. This is entirely different from doing something because someone has told you to; such a passive practice has nothing to do with "the lion's roar." The mentor "roars"; but then it is up to the disciples to "roar" in response. Lion's Roar (cont.) Without President Ikeda's action, nobody had a chance to know about President Toda and also President Makiguchi. However, at the first Temple Issue in 1979, nobody was with him, and no one was able to understand his vision. This is a time for us to fight with President Ikeda, for sake of Law and happiness of all human Kind.