INTRODUCTIONGreetings from Mitsushiro Takeoka,
Soka Gakkai Youth Division Leader
This year marks the 60th anniversary of March 16, Kosen-rufu Day, and on this milestone day, we, the young disciples of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, will gather from around the world to take part in the World Youth General Meeting to uphold our vow as his successors.
The gathering held on March 16, 1958, was a precursor of the future of kosen-rufu as envisioned by second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda, a ceremony attended by 6,000 youth, led by a young Ikeda Sensei, to which Toda Sensei entrusted the task of realizing kosen-rufu. The general meeting celebrating March 16 to be held this year heralds the realization of worldwide kosen-rufu as a result of Ikeda Sensei’s herculean struggle. This meeting thus represents a formal act of succession from our mentor to the hundreds of thousands of his youthful disciples worldwide that follow in his footsteps, transferring the baton for young people across the globe to advance kosen-rufu even further. To be worthy of our mentor’s trust, every one of us must summon the strength to breach the walls within us that constrain our progress, validating our triumph as we come together for this general meeting. As Ikeda Sensei says, “Young people who break through their limitations and boldly stand up alone can change everything.” Our great vow is the very spirit that empowers us to scale every precipice we encounter in life and prevail over all that hinders our path forward in this age. Everyone in the youth division should take this to heart as we forge on in the new era of worldwide kosen-rufu to achieve the monumental task of expanding our ranks. Nichiren Daishonin calls out to us, “My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow” (WND-1, 1003). Let us embrace these words as we engage in the struggle to advance kosen-rufu, demonstrating to the entire world the sheer will and strength of Sensei’s disciples and making the 60th anniversary of March 16 a truly solemn and sublime affair.
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