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October 2020

In This Issue

From SGM General Director

One Person’s Actions Can Stir Great Ripples and Waves
“Just as a river grows from one small spring, a mighty river for peace could grow from each such individual member.”

Tindakan Satu Orang Mampu Menggerakkan Riak dan Ombak yang Besar
“Seperti sungai yang terbentuk daripada satu mata air yang kecil, sebatang sungai keamanan boleh terbentuk daripada setiap anggota individu dengan begini.”

From SGI President

Soka Districts Are Beacons of Happiness by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Feature

The Brilliant Path of Worldwide Kosen-rufu: Learning from The New Human Revolution Commentary on Volume 20 by SGI Vice-President Hiromasa Ikeda

Chapter Summary for Volume 20 of The New Human Revolution from the Seikyo Shimbun

“Unforgettable Scenes” – Key Episodes from Volume 20 from the Seikyo Shimbun

Excerpts from Nichiren’s Writings of Volume 20 from the Seikyo Shimbun

The EternalVoyage of Worldwide Kosen-rufu by Dinesh Chandren

The World Is Calling You – “Embark Together on a Grand Journey towards a Peaceful Future for All!” by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

The World Is Your True Stage by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

The First Step towards Worldwide Kosen-rufu by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Our Noble People’s Movement by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

Halaman Kanak-Kanak

Penyu Bermata Satu dan Kayu yang Terapung

Experience

My Stage in Carrying out Kosen-Rufu Low Zhi Xi, Negeri Sembilan

Art

Dr Cheng Haw Chien – The Consummate Scholar- Artist (part 2) by Lee Khai

News

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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.

“Just as a river grows from one small spring, a mighty river for peace could grow from each such individual member.”(1)

Everything begins from one person. The great endeavour of kosen-rufu and peace is no exception.

On October 2, 1960, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda set off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, taking the first step for his journey of worldwide kosen-rufu, with a passionate resolve for peace burning brightly in his heart.

He did so for the sake of realising his mentor Josei Toda’s injunction to him to “step out into the world,” and to take the first step in opening up a great river of peace and happiness. During this maiden trip, he visited the US, Canada and Brazil.

Today, this journey of worldwide kosen- rufu is now 60 years old.This wave of peace and happiness that one man stirred 60 years ago has now become a great multitude of ripples and waves.

When President Ikeda stepped out into the world in 1960,Japan and the world were in turmoil. It was a tumultuous time and the people were suffering.

With this state of affairs as the background, President Ikeda was convinced that the sun of peace would rise and herald the arrival of a new dawn in the history of humankind.

In these 60 years, President Ikeda has visited 54 countries and territories worldwide.Wherever he went, he chanted daimoku ceaselessly, praying for the happiness of members there and the prosperity of the location he visited. He gave wholehearted encouragement and guidance to everyone that he met on these visits.

Thanks to his arduous struggle, capable Bodhisattvas of the Earth appeared everywhere. Today, they form a powerful force dedicated to protecting the peace of our world and each country.

As SGIVice-President Hiromasa Ikeda has said, this journey of kosen-rufu that began in 1960 is one that opened the curtain for a world religion.

In that year, Nichiren Buddhism had yet to transcend Japan’s borders, but through President Ikeda’s 60-year struggle, Nichiren Buddhism has spread to 192 countries and territories and has become a world religion, creating an unprecedented development in the history of Buddhism.

As President Ikeda said:“Now, the SGI has spread to 192 countries and territories, and daimoku filled with the wish for peace and happiness can be heard somewhere around the world 24 hours a day.”(2) The “great wind” of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo will not cease no matter who might try to block it.(3) Such an age, where this “great wind” is blowing throughout the world, has truly arrived.

President Ikeda’s actions throughout the world have also realised the prophecies of the westward transmission of Buddhism and “kosen- rufu throughout Jambudvipa (the whole world),” enabling Nichiren Buddhism to truly become a world religion.

One is the mother of ten thousand.” (WND-1, pg 131) The struggle that President Ikeda commenced in 1960 has caused ensuing waves and ripples and created a new history for humankind.

1. SGI Newsletter No. 3460 dated 29.01.1998 / Daisaku Ikeda, Thoughts on The New Human Revolution (Soka Gakkai Malaysia, 1998), book 1, pg 31.
2. FLOW 590 (15.10.2014), pg 47.
3. Cf. Daisaku Ikeda et al, The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra (Eternal Ganges Press, 2012), vol. 6, pg 271.

“Seperti sungai yang terbentuk daripada satu mata air yang kecil, sebatang sungai keamanan boleh terbentuk daripada setiap anggota individu dengan begini.”(1)

Segalanya bermula daripada satu orang. Usaha besar kosen-rufu dan keamanan juga tidak terkecuali.

Pada 2 Oktober 1960, Presiden SGI, Encik Daisaku Ikeda berangkat dari Lapangan Terbang Haneda di Tokyo, memulakan langkah pertama untuk penjelajahan kosen-rufu sedunianya, dengan azam kuat untuk keamanan yang membara di dalam hatinya.

Beliau berbuat demikian demi merealisasikan amanat mentornya, Josei Toda yang memintanya untuk “melangkah keluar menuju ke dunia,” dan juga mengambil langkah pertama untuk menerokai sungai besar keamanan dan kebahagiaan. Dalam penjelajahan sulung itu, beliau mengunjungi Amerika Syarikat, Kanada dan Brazil.

Pada hari ini, penjelajahan kosen-rufu sedunia sudah mencecah usia 60 tahun. Gelombang keamanan dan kebahagiaan yang digerakkan oleh seorang lelaki 60 tahun yang lalu kini berkembang menjadi banyak riak dan ombak.

Semasa Presiden Ikeda melangkah keluar menuju ke dunia pada 1960, Jepun dan dunia sedang bergolak.

Keadaan pada masa itu huru- hara dan manusia sedang menderita.

Dengan latar belakang keadaan ini, Presiden Ikeda yakin bahawa matahari keamanan akan terbit dan menandakan kedatangan fajar baharu dalam sejarah manusia.

Dalam tempoh 60 tahun ini, Presiden Ikeda telah mengunjungi 54 negara dan wilayah di seluruh dunia.

Di mana sahaja beliau pergi, beliau meratib daimoku tanpa henti, mendoakan kebahagiaan anggota [SGI] di sana dan juga kemakmuran tempat yang dilawatinya. Beliau memberi dorongan dan bimbingan dengan sepenuh hati kepada setiap orang yang ditemuinya dalam lawatan- lawatan tersebut.

Terima kasih kepada usaha gigihnya, Bodisattva Bumi yang berkebolehan muncul di mana-mana sahaja. Pada hari ini, Bodhisattva Bumi ini membentuk daya penggerak yang sangat kuat, yang berdedikasi untuk melindungi keamanan dunia kita dan juga di setiap negara.

Seperti yang disebut oleh Hiromasa Ikeda, Naib Presiden SGI, penjelajahan kosen-rufu yang bermula pada tahun 1960 itu telah membuka tirai untuk agama dunia.

Pada tahun tersebut, Buddhisme Nichiren masih lagi belum merentasi sempadan Jepun, tetapi berkat perjuangan 60 tahun Presiden Ikeda, Buddhisme Nichiren telah tersebar ke 192 negara dan wilayah, seterusnya muncul sebagai agama dunia, mencipta perkembangan yang belum pernah terjadi sebelumnya dalam sejarah Buddhisme.

Seperti yang telah dikatakan oleh Presiden Ikeda, pada masa ini, SGI telah tersebar ke 192 negara dan wilayah, dan daimoku dengan keinginan untuk mencapai keamanan dan kebahagiaan boleh kedengaran di mana-mana di seluruh dunia 24 jam sehari.(2) “Angin kencang” Nam- myoho-renge-kyo tidak akan terhenti tidak kira siapa sahaja yang mencuba untuk menyekatnya.3 Pada zaman ini, di mana “angin kencang” yang bertiup ke seluruh dunia telah benar-benar tiba.

Tindakan Presiden Ikeda di seluruh dunia juga turut merealisasikan ramalan mengenai penyebaran Buddhism ke arah barat dan juga “kosen-rufu di seluruh Jambudvipa (seluruh dunia),” membolehkan Buddhisme Nichiren benar-benar menjadi agama dunia.

Satu itu ibu kepada sepuluh ribu.” (WND-1, hlm. 131) Perjuangan Presiden Ikeda yang bermula dari tahun 1960 telah menghasilkan riak dan ombak, seterusnya mecipta sejarah baharu untuk manusia.

(1) SGI Newsletter bernombor 3460, bertarikh 29. 01.1998 / Daisaku Ikeda, Thoughts on The New Human Revolution (Soka Gakkai Malaysia, 1998), buku 1, hlm. 31.
(2) FLOW bernombor 590 (15.10.2014), hlm. 47.
(3) Cf. Daisaku Ikeda et al, The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra (Eternal Ganges Press , 2012), jil. 6, hlm. 271.

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