Through your hard work and dedication in the last 10 months, we are greeting this glorious month of November with great victories, spreading ripples of hope and joy all over this island, and engaging in dialogues of hope with friends. Our Chapter General Meeting in June, the “Youth Emerge Stronger! Let’s Bounce Back Better” gatherings in July, and our recent Zone General Meetings in October, were indeed memorable and inspiring. Thank you everyone for your great effort!
We are very grateful for the successful completion of the Punggol Soka Centre. It is due to all your earnest prayers, sincere contribution and great support. We look forward to welcoming all members to the Open House in the first two weekends of December.
November is a month of great significance in the history of the Soka Gakkai. The word “Soka Gakkai” in Japanese means “a gathering of individuals who come together to study the philosophy of value creation” and “teach people the way to ultimate good that leads to happiness for oneself and others”.
The activities of the Soka Gakkai are to bring about the greatest good and happiness to humanity. We can most certainly change our karma and that of our family through our engagement in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism and the promotion of these activities, while carrying out our human revolution. This movement of human revolution, the inner transformation of individuals, will contribute to the transformation of the family, the community we live in and eventually the destiny of humankind.
Founded on November 18, 1930, in Japan, at the intervals between two world wars, the Soka Gakkai has inherited the vow for kosen-rufu to relieve this world of suffering.
Both, Soka Gakkai founding president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and second president Josei Toda, resisted wartime militarism and vowed to realise Nichiren Daishonin’s ideal of “establishing the correct teaching for the peace of the land”.
Making their vow for kosen-rufu his own, third Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda, expanded this network of peace from Japan and developed a diverse global network of people committed to the values of peace, culture, and education in 192 countries and territories worldwide.
In The New Human Revolution Volume 5 “Trailblazing” chapter, Ikeda Sensei wrote, “The goal of kosen-rufu is for people to become good citizens in their countries and to contribute to society while securing their own peace and happiness.”
In this significant month of November, let us make a fresh determination to strive even harder as Bodhisattvas of the Earth to advance kosen-rufu through our activities and to conclude this Year of Youth and Dynamic Progress with brilliant achievements in our own dynamic progress and the great progress of our district.