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Soka Spirit May 17-20

What is the focus of this conference?

Courageous Hearts of Soka: Fulfilling Our Vow to Treasure Each Life

The words of the Lotus Sutra are today’s reality! The dark forces that diminish the value of human life and obstruct kosen-rufu have indeed arisen and oppose the Buddhist Order. In The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra President Ikeda quotes the sutra:

“There will be many ignorant people who will curse and speak ill of us. In that evil age there will be monks with perverse wisdom and hearts that are fawning and crooked…. [and others] who will claim they are practicing the true way, despising and looking down on all humankind. (The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, p. 232)

This quote may sound foreboding, but when viewed from the sutra’s teaching to treasure each person and transform the dominance of fundamental darkness into fundamental enlightenment, it is natural to expect opposition or resistance. To change suffering and delusion into happiness and wisdom requires great effort and courage.

President Ikeda explains: “It says that they ‘despise and look down on all humankind.’ This is the main characteristic of false saints — their condescending attitude toward others. Such an attitude goes directly against the spirit of the Lotus Sutra, which teaches that all living beings are infinitely respectworthy.” (WLS–3, 139–40) He also states: “The Lotus Sutra teaches of the great hidden treasure of the heart, vast as the universe itself, which dispels any feelings of powerlessness…It teaches the true great great adventure of self-reformation. (WLS-1, 14)
Arm yourself with the “wisdom of the Lotus Sutra” by attending the Soka Spirit conference at the Florida Nature and Culture Center May 17–20.

 

Who should apply to this conference?

Open to all members.

Who are the facilitators?

Robert  Uruma

Robert
Uruma

SGI-USA
Soka Spirit
Leader

Pablo  Figueroa

Pablo
Figueroa

West Territory
Soka Spirit
Young Men’s Leader

 

Kathy
Sotomura

West Territory
Soka Spirit Women’s
Leader

 

Yoko
Ambulo

Vice Young Women’s
Leader

Paul  Niihara

Paul
Niihara

Soka Spirit
Men’s
Leader

Penny Parker

Penny
Parker

Soka Spirit Women’s
Leader

(Due to unexpected schedule changes, facilitators may change.)