Attached is a binder compiled by SGI South Africa members, cthat not only introduced SGI, but also details some testimonials on their personal achievement and transformation.
In the beginning of this practice, most people would find Kosen-Rufu to be quite a foreign concept. Based on the SGI website:
The phrase “Kosen-rufu” refers to the broad acceptance of the principles of Buddhism around the world, and it is often taken to signify world peace.
Simply put, kosen-rufu is the movement to communicate the ultimate way to happiness and the highest principle of peace to people of all classes and nations through the correct philosophy and teaching of Nichiren Daishonin.
Actually, Kosen-Rufu in daily lives, simply means the achievement of happiness for oneself and others. Through the wide proclamation of the Mystic Law.
In practical sense, it means to chant/encourage others who are suffering, and guide them towards SGI meetings and activities.
As expounded in the Lotus Sutra: “After I [Shakyamuni Buddha] have passed into extinction, in the last five-hundred-year period you must spread it abroad widely (kosen-rufu) throughout Jambudvipa and never allow it to be cut off.”
The point of Kosen-Rufu is to establish a compassionate society, where each individual looks after one another’s best interest, ensuring one another’s happiness.
Where correct teachings are established, peace prevails.
In the Deepest philosophical sense, through chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and by teaching others about Nichiren Buddhism, we as disciples are going through the motions of practice and study, to achieve what Toda Sensei calls “Human Revolution.”
Through the deep transformation of our inner self (such as our temperaments, character,consciousness, etc), we influence a change in the other person and in turn, creates a change in society.
The End Result is to achieve World Peace and the absolute Happiness of All Living Beings.
Truthfully it can be a long process. Depending on the depth of one’s karma (thoughts, words, and action)But through the belief in a correct teaching, and by chanting abundant daimoku, we can bring forth such an inner transformation and create such a World for ourselves, and others.
As advice by my seniors in faith, we can transform our karma and that of others through the following ways:
- Chant ABUNDANT daimoku for other people’s suffering
- Reach out to the ones who are truly suffering and tell them about the Law
- Plant, nurture, and harvest the Nam Myoho Renge Kyo seed: Get them to chant, receive the Gohonzon, come to meetings, etc).
The other very important means to transform our Karma and achieve Kosen-Rufu is through an action called Shakubuku.
Shakubuku is a practice for others, a concrete exercise of compassion and belief in their Buddha nature. It is an act of the highest respect for others and one that requires courage—to speak in-depth about the teachings of Buddhism. Practicing solely for oneself might seem an easier option, but this is not the real road to enlightenment.
Out of Daishonin’s compassion and conviction that misguided philosophies which encouraged passivity and a sense of human powerlessness were the primary cause of suffering and social discord.
Therefore,it is essential to rebuttal the teachings regarded as heretical or preliminary.
One Senior in Faith told me that it is essential to shakubuku others, proclaiming that such an act is to Stop Evil and Bring Goodness. Therefore, sharing of our philosophy is very important.
And to end; I hope to inspire you with this quote and that you too can effectively share this Buddhism with others:
The wish to share the truth with others, to share the means for achieving happiness with others, is the hallmark of philosophy, of education, of culture, and of Buddhism.
Kosen-rufu means sharing with our fellow human beings through heart-to-heart dialogue and friendship, striving together with them to find the way to become better and happier people. That alliance of individuals working for the happiness of all constitutes kosen-rufu.
— SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo