In the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, Soka Gakkai held its 72nd General Affair Committee Conference on 4 Nov 2016 at Soka Bunka Centre in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku.
Ikeda Sensei once shared in his guidance that every Buddhist principle has already been imparted to his disciples. Following that, is what the disciples have to carry out on their own initiative.
In the aforementioned conference, Ikeda Sensei’s direct disciple President Minoru Harada made a proposal for the revision of ‘Soka Gakkai Constitution’ and was approved by all participants attended.
Firstly, this revision included a guidance from Toda Sensei in the introductory statement stating that in future Buddhist scriptures, the Soka Gakkai would be referred to as ‘Soka Gakkai Buddha’ from the fact that Soka Gakkai is the only orthodox organization that accords with Buddha’s intent and decree to realize the worldwide kosen-rufu.
Toda Sensei’s guidance states:
Being the true Buddhist samgha (harmonious community of believers) organization that is directly connected to the Daishonin to accomplish kosen-rufu, the Soka Gakkai is the Buddha per se and will be known as ‘Soka Gakkai Buddha’ in future Buddhist scriptures.
Based on this guidance, Ikeda Sensei indicated that Soka Gakkai per se is the ‘existence of Buddha’. He further stressed that it is none other than the Soka Gakkai that acts in accordance with the original Buddha’s immense compassion for the widespread of the great law in the raging saha world and it is the reason for Toda Sensei to declare the ‘Soka Gakkai Buddha’.
It is truly a clear declaration of Soka Gakkai’s religious uniqueness and its significant appearance as true Buddhist samgha (harmonious community of believers) organization. The new resolution was intended for the posterity of future Buddhist gathering.
In addition to the aforementioned constitution, the ‘3 Founding Presidents’ was to be specified as the ‘Eternal Mentors of Kosen-rufu’ and the title of the ‘3 Founding Presidents’ was newly specified as ‘Sensei’.
In line with the direction of Soka Gakkai in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu, Hosshaku Kempon website will adopt the title of ‘Sensei’ for the ‘Eternal Mentors of Kosen-rufu’, from this moment onwards in our articles and reports.