In “The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life,” the Daishonin says that through the spirit of faith of many in body but one on mind, “even the great desire for widespread propagation can be fulfilled” (WND, 217). And in “Many in Body, One in Mind,” he states that his followers “will definitely accomplish their great mission of widely propagating the Lotus Sutra” (WND, 618) through the unity of many in body, one in mind.
In light of these passages, it is clear that “mind” means faith aimed at realizing kosen-rufu. Kosen-rufu is the great wish of the Buddha who seeks to lead all people to enlightenment. It is the cornerstone of the Lotus Sutra. “One in mind” means making this great wish of the Buddha one’s own and courageously working for kosen-rufu.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
Nichiren Daishonin’s life flows in the Soka Gakkai, the organization dedicated to accomplishing kosen-rufu, the Buddha’s will and decree. The lifeblood of the Daishonin and the heritage of faith are found only in the harmonious community of practitioners that is the Soka Gakkai.
President Makiguchi stated the following in the guiding principles of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai: “The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai shall neither be a gathering devoted to selfish individualism based on a myopic worldview that ignores the welfare of others, nor a gathering ruled by the fallacious dictates of totalitarianism that divests the individual of his identity. Instead, it shall take as its highest honor to be a living testimony to a truly holistic way of life that is based on a correct and undistorted worldview, and that aspires for both the self and others to dwell peacefully in a Land of Tranquil Light.”
The Soka Gakkai is neither held together by economic interest nor controlled by power. It is the embodiment of the essence of humanity united by the great ideal of realizing the widespread propagation of the Daishonin’s Buddhism, a teaching that brings the potential of the individual to shine. It is the crystallization of profound heart-to-heart bonds of trust.
Many in body, one in mind is indeed the supreme organizational principle that cherishes each individual. It enables all people to realize their full potential.
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