The Spirit of Offering and Creating Fortune through Gokuyo made to SGM
Extract from SGI President Ikeda’s novel The New Human Revolution serves as a practical road map for how to further expand the kosen-rufu movement. President Ikeda appears in the novel as Shin’ichi Yamamoto.
“Though one may perform meritorious deeds, if they are directed toward what is untrue, then those deeds may bring great evil, but they will never result in good. On the other hand, though one may be ignorant and make meagre offerings, if one presents those offerings to a person who upholds the truth, one’s merit will be great. How much more so in the case of people who in all sincerity make offerings to the correct teaching!” (WND-1, 1134). In short, Nichiren Daishonin’s statement in “The Bodies and Minds of Ordinary Beings” indicates that offerings can bring about either good or evil, depending on to whom or for what causes they are made.”
- In light of this passage, Shin’ichi thought about the offerings made within the Soka Gakkai (or SGM).
- The offerings and financial contributions the organization solicited were exclusively to accomplish the Daishonin’s mandate to widely propagate the Mystic Law.
- Offerings made toward this end were equivalent to offerings made to the original Buddha.
- There was, then, no greater offering, no greater good.
- Certainly, nothing could bring greater benefit.
- This thought filled Shin’ichi with a sense of immeasurable good fortune and joy at having had the chance to make such offerings as a Soka Gakkai member.
- Nichiren Daishonin concludes this writing by praising the spirit of this follower who had sent offerings to him at Mount Minobu: “Surely you are sowing good seeds in a field of fortune. My tears never cease to flow when I think of it” (WND-1, 1134).
- Dedicating oneself to kosen-rufu means “sowing good seeds in a field of fortune”—Shin’ichi had been strongly convinced of this since his youth.
- He recalled his days of earnestly striving to protect and support Josei Toda, who took leadership to widely propagate the Daishonin’s teachings.
- Back then, Mr. Toda’s business was experiencing severe difficulties, and for a long time, payment of Shin’ichi’s salary was in arrears.
- Shin’ichi realized that to support this great lion of a man, who had arisen alone to spread the Law, was the way to protect the Soka Gakkai and to accomplish the goal of kosen-rufu.
- He drastically cut his living expenses and made it his creed to use even a little of the money remaining from his pay to support Soka Gakkai activities, to contribute to spreading Nichiren Buddhism.
- To do so was his joy and secret pride.
- Because of this, he even spent an entire winter without an overcoat. Whenever he received some of his back salary, he would use a sizable portion of it to support Mr. Toda’s activities to promote kosen-rufu.
- Shin’ichi was absolutely convinced that the benefit and good fortune he had acquired as a result had enabled him to overcome his illness and today take on the Soka Gakkai’s leadership with confidence and composure.
- He had not acted to support his mentor or the organization at someone else’s behest.
- He had done so spontaneously, with a spirit of cheerfulness. It was an expression of his sincere faith, a reflection of his profound resolve to dedicate his life to spreading Nichiren Buddhism throughout the world (vol. 4, pp. 113–16).
COSMIC 2015 April: From SGM General Director
- Making sincere contributions is an act of great good that will enable us to accumulate abundant good fortune and create good causes in our lives.
- In the Gosho, Nichiren often praised the sincere contributions of his disciples, telling them, “…if one presents those offerings to a person who upholds the truth, one’s merit will be great”, and “…one will gain greater blessings by giving alms to the votary of the Lotus Sutra.”
- ……, SGM members have made sincere contribution as the Gosho teaches, and this will surely enable them to accumulate great fortune in their lives.
In Buddhism, there are many different types of offerings. “Offerings of the heart” include respecting and praising the Buddha, along with sincerity, purity, chanting and propagating the Law. Even our material offerings are construed to be the expressions of our heart. It is our heart that enables us to attain Buddhahood. By making contributions to SGM from the heart, motivated by our desire to see the Buddha in our lives and in the lives of others, there is no doubt that we enrich ourselves and experience great benefit.