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When we attain this life-state of rejoicing at our own welfare and that of others, unsurpassed happiness enduring for all eternity will shine brilliantly in our hearts.

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Lim Ching Chan

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FLOW 778

In This Issue

SGI President Ikeda’s Acceptance Speech

(The University of Minnesota (UMN) awarded SGI President Ikeda an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters)

SGI President Ikeda’s The New Human Revolution

Volume 27, Chapter 4
Seeking Spirit (Instalments 43-48)

SGI President Ikeda’s Encouragement for the Future Division

Towards 2030 – To Our Bright Beacons of Hope (11)
Gratitude Gives Us Courage to Challenge Ourselves and Brings Joy to Others

Towards 2030 – To My Young Successors, the Torchbearers of Justice (11)
From a Winter of Developing Strength to a Spring of Boundless Joy!

Keywords for Youth

Moments with President Ikeda (8)
How do We Always Maintain a Courageous Heart?

Memory of the Triumphal Song of Mentor and Disciple

(2) Publication of the Gosho Zenshu, the Complete Writings of Nichiren Daishonin

Worldwide Experiences of Faith

True Happiness is Found in Helping Others Become Happy
Naomi Tsuji, Soka Gakkai

Excerpts from SGI President Ikeda’s A Youthful Diary

A Youthful Diary – August 1954

Buddhism in Life

Creating Lives of Happiness for Ourselves and Others

Relative Happiness and Absolute Happiness

When we attain this life-state of rejoicing at our own welfare and that of others, unsurpassed happiness enduring for all eternity will shine brilliantly in our hearts.

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Lim Ching Chan

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In his 39th Peace Proposal issued on January 26, Value Creation in a Time of Crisis, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda addressed major issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, building a global culture of harmony and human rights, the need to get rid of nuclear weapons and the climate crisis. He proposed solutions for overcoming these challenges and called on the global community to together build a society realising “happiness for both oneself and others through bringing into full play the human capacity to create value.” [1]

When we look at the world today, people are only concerned about their own interests. Most people only care about themselves and their own families, placing their personal concerns above all else. People even resort to unethical methods, even damaging and sacrificing the needs of others in order to fulfil their own interests.

Looking at our pandemic-stricken society as an example, we can see that many people have had their spirits crushed and livelihoods destroyed – they are in dire straits. But the cruel reality is that they are ignored or discriminated against, – even excluded – leaving them isolated and helpless.

Even where the supply of vaccines is concerned, we see that countries only take care of their own needs and turn a blind eye to the needs of other countries.

On this, President Ikeda stressed that we must have the determination to never leave behind those struggling in the depths of adversity, lending them a helping hand, and shine the warm glow of concern in their lives. We must enable them to bring forth the strength to live with dignity and strive to build the foundations for a society where the word “misery” is eradicated.

In “The Three Virtues of Food,” Nichiren Daishonin writes: “If one gives food to others, one will improve one’s own lot, just as, for example, if one lights a fire for others, one will brighten one’s own way.” (WND-2, pg 1060) This teaches us that when we contribute to the wellbeing of others, we ourselves will receive benefit too.

The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings states: “‘Joy’ means that oneself and others together experience joy.” (OTT, pg 146) True joy is when we and others enjoy happiness.

On this, President Ikeda says: “Happiness is something that we must each achieve for ourselves and experience in our own lives. But at the same time, one’s own happiness to the exclusion of others is not true happiness. Just being content with one’s own welfare with no concern for others is selfish. By the same token, brushing aside one’s own happiness and caring only about the happiness of others is not sufficient either. True happiness is a condition when both we ourselves and others are happy.” [2]

He also points out: “We cannot steal happiness from someone or attain it by sacrificing others for our own gain. It is something that must be shared – which is why I have always insisted that our happiness must not be built upon the misfortune of others.” [3]

We cannot live alone and isolated. Humankind has always been a community where we share joy and sorrow together. The thinking that helping others will only hurt our interests is the main reason for the terrible state that society is in today.

There is no life more noble than one dedicated to caring for and helping others, and enabling people to become happy.

Let us learn from this pandemic and transform this crisis into opportunity, and together build a society that realises happiness for both oneself and others!

[1] Pg 42 of this issue.
[2] FLOW No. 661 (01.10.2017), pg13–14.
[3] Ibid., pg 14.

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