The Bodhisattvas as the Treasures of the Nation

P.Ikeda referred to a statement by the Buddhist teacher Dengyo (767 - 822):

“ ‘Who, if not the Bodhisattvas, are the treasures of the nation and the benefactors of the nation?’... Those who take selfless action for others, for society, for the nation and for the cause of world peace, are truly respect worthy ‘Treasures of the Nation’ ”.

SGI Founders quotes on Patriotism and Humanism

  1. Bullet     The goal of the SGI movement is nothing less than this: to instill an ethos of worldwide citizenry.  By defining ourselves as citizens of the world, we will be able to revitalise the now nearly faded virtues of courage, self-control, devotion, justice, love and friendship and make them pulse vibrantly in people’s heart.    1994 Peace Proposal, Faith into action, p296  

  2. Bullet  It goes without saying that the existence of world citizens and national independence are not opposed to each other. It is fully possible to deepen one’s own national and cultural identities and to also take a broad look at the entire world while working for humanity. 1988 Peace Proposal, Faith into Action p293

  3. Bullet     Founder of value creating education and first Soka Gakkai president, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1971-1944), battled with Japanese militarism and died in prison at the age of 73.   From the first year of the 20th century, he insisted that human race should no longer engage in military competition, political competition or economic competition, but instead should aim for an age in which it competes on humanistic grounds.   Faith into Action p297

  4. Bullet     Japan’s campaign to force Koreans to take Japanese names and to adopt Japanese as their national language during the period of Japanese military expansion on the Asian continent was tantamount to an attempt to destroy their indigenous culture.  In South East Asia as well, Japan committed many similar acts of cultural violence against the nations it occupied. 1988 Peace Proposal

  5. Bullet    Toda: Let me explain what I mean by patriots. They may go different ways, but they have one thing in common: all of them are sincerely concerned about the situation of their country. And the sufferings of their fellow citizens. They feel as if it were their own affair, and they act with unwavering confidence and full capability to save their country and its people. In a word, they are the revolutionaries of the Mystic Law. To be more specific, they are the executors of Buddhist propagation, kosen-rufu.  Human Revolution p. 1235

  6. Bullet  A true patriot is none other than one who believes in the Mystic Law. The reason is that, a believer in Nichiren Buddhism can help people lead life of happiness for eternity and be the driving force for reconstructing an unhappy nation. They can create the foundation for a happy peaceful society. It is natural that one who believes in and practices Buddhism is qualified as the best patriot. Human Revolution p. 230

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