I decided to mail a copy of my memoir to SGI President Ikeda. One of my goals is to have my memoir translated into different languages, particularly Japanese, so that President Ikeda can read it. Although I haven’t accomplished this goal yet, I’ve decided to go ahead and send it to the SGI Headquarters in Japan. I am determined that I will be able to personally share my experience (based on my memoir) with President Ikeda. I am not quite sure how I will do this, but I have made this my determination and I will definitely chant and do everything I can to personally share my experience with the SGI President and the SGI.
I was reading our weekly newspaper, The World Tribune, this morning and I saw a picture of President Daisaku Ikeda and his wife, Kaneko Ikeda taken in September 2013. The picture was taken at an SGI center in Japan, and President and Mrs. Ikeda were sitting side by side in what looked like small desks. This was the first picture that I have seen where President Ikeda looked as if he was tired and had lost weight. I also noticed that he was not smiling in the picture. Mrs. Ikeda looked much the same as she always does in photos, but President Ikeda did not. I realize that he is 86 years old and he does not travel outside Japan much anymore (if at all). We in the SGI must take responsibility for the future of the kosen-rufu (world peace) movement. It is up to us.
For the past couple of years, I have always been determined to share my memoir with President Ikeda. I have written him letter regularly since 2010 about what was going on in my life, often because everyone I knew thought I had schizophrenia and there wasn’t anyone else I could share my worries and fears with. I have always envisioned my memoir published in Japanese so I could send the SGI President a copy to read. Spending so much time reading his writings based on his own experiences with the Soka Gakkai in Japan and in other countries, I (and many, many SGI members) have always looked up to him as a source of strength, courage and inspiration.
Now, I feel like it is our turn. We must step up to the plate and take on the role of SGI President Ikeda – each and every one of us.