February 3 – from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
I can declare with confidence that each of you who bravely exerts yourself in doing Gakkai activities and taking leadership for kosen-rufu, calmly overcoming every obstacle along the way, will enjoy immeasurable benefit. I can state with certitude too that each of you is in perfect accord with Nichiren’s spirit. Your efforts win his unrestrained applause and approval.
I know a lot of people that have been or are leaders in the SGI organization, so I’m sure this encouragement means something profound to them. From afar I’ve seen how “leaders” actually are people working behind the scenes to support members. I know a woman who drives 100 miles each way every weekend to meet with members and to chant together. There’s no obligation or reward for doing so, but when you feel the room while they’re chanting, there’s a real sense of shared mission there. I think that’s what it means to be a “leader” – it’s to share responsibility for someone’s happiness or success. But what does Dr. Ikeda mean by immeasurable benefit for leaders? Treasures of the heart?
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