PEACE

"Peace is not simply the absence of war; it is a state in which people come together in mutual trust and live with joy, energy, and hope. This is the polar opposite of war—where people live plagued by hatred and the fear of death." 
- SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

CULTURE

"Religion and art are certainly intertwined. Religion cultivates the earth of our being, our life itself, while art brings the flowers and fruits of culture to bloom in that earth." 
- SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

EDUCATION

"The greatest resource that humankind has is to be found within human life itself. This treasure can be endlessly mined and developed. To believe in and encourage youth, bringing out their wisdom and strength; this is the challenge and purpose of education." 
- SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
 

WYGM 2020 Impression and Convictions

Catherine Tan

Catherine Tan

This year, the world’s situation become even more challenging and uncertain. At times like this, the World Youth General Meeting served as a reminder that the youth of Soka, all around the world, is continuously and unfailingly determined to strive for peace and happiness for themselves and everyone else. The historical event was an opportunity for every youth to renew their vow and carry out the mentor’s spirit in their lives. Let us challenge to develop ourselves toward the centennial anniversary of Soka Gakkai in 2030!

Alexis Baliwag

Alexis Baliwag

In the coming year 2030, I am earnestly praying that the pandemic we are currently facing will end and we will have a new beginning and hope. By that time, I know that the faith of each and every one of us, has deepened and strengthened. I believe that continuously chanting more daimoku will lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

Sophia Patrice Pascual

Sophia Patrice Pascual

Being part of the WYGM is indeed a good fortune. Singing with my heart and vowing to Sensei as if I’m in front of him performing; it was overwhelming. My conviction is to rise up together with my fellow youth and encourage every person that I will meet and plant the seeds of hope by teaching them Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. My vow is to never forsake my faith and to deepen it day by day.

Clarissa Dominguez

Clarissa Dominguez

My conviction 10 years from now is to fulfill my vow or mission towards Kosen-rufu and actively participate in SGI Activities. Moreover, I will take action to achieve my ambitions for my family and self. Let’s Rise to our Vow!

Li Del Rosario

Li Del Rosario

As a youth division from Cagayan Valley chapter, I vow to support all the meetings and help foster capable youth successors. My ultimate dream is to establish a culture center in Isabela province. With my sincere chanting, I am confident that I am creating a solid state of life that will help me improve my compassion and extend words of encouragement to other people, enabling me therefore to achieve my human revolution.

Rolf Peter Delos Santos

Rolf Peter Delos Santos

The world youth general meeting is a one of a kind experience. This gathering of youth all over the world gave us the invigorating eagerness to continue the journey towards worldwide Kosen-rufu. In these trying times, I am more determined to participate in Gakkai activities because now more than ever, we, the comrades in faith must help each other to uplift our spirits and together we will overcome this challenging times.

Mika Shiramizu

Mika Shiramizu

On the day of the WYGM, I came to realize that I am capable of becoming a better leader of the SGI and of the society. Thus, towards the centennial of the Soka Gakkai’s founding, I will strive to be better each day with my vow to Ikeda Sensei engraved in my heart!

Mary Grace Zhang

Mary Grace Zhang

In this year of 2020, I have learned and gone through many things—I believe every one of us has. I have been shocked by how I have improved in myself throughout the years; thus, I am also determined to fight all the obstacles that I will come across on the way to the year 2030.

Christine Mae Tibon

Christine Mae Tibon

Heading toward 2030, our faith has started to strengthen and become more profound. Under Ikeda Sensei’s leadership, the movement for kosen-rufu has become innovative and all the members are being cooperative. As a youth disciple, I am determined to achieve my dreams and fulfill my vow for kosen-rufu. Together, let us soar high and weave our strands into a wide network of having peaceful reactions.

John Vinson Go

John Vinson Go

I was honored when I became a part of the chorus group from around the globe to sing the new Gakkai Song “Eternal Journey with Sensei” during the World Youth General Meeting. From now on toward 2030, my conviction is that as a YMD leader here in Bacolod area, I renewed my determination to be strong in my faith and practice and consistently study the spirit of our mentor, Ikeda Sensei, through the ‘The New Human Revolution’. I will reach out and encourage my fellow YMD members and establish a strong unity among ourselves.

John Gregory Marzon

John Gregory Marzon

At this time during the pandemic where all of us are in isolation, I was very happy to be able to see and sing The Song of our Vow with the youth of Soka all over the world. I am determined to rise up together towards 2030!

Gloriza Mercado

Gloriza Mercado

As future successor of spreading the law, I vow to be one with Sensei and make his dream possible by exerting effort in practicing for oneself and others. Taking step forward for kosen-rufu through following sensei’s guidance, and reading The New Human Revolution series to have courage as I’ve always perceived in his writings. #riseuptogether #oneheartwithsensei

MEMBERS EXPERIENCES

 

                

       Transforming Destiny by Conquering Illness

           

In her final years in college, Smiley was faced with a huge challenge that confronts her health. But with earnest faith, she was able to overcome the illness, regain her health, and deepen her faith more than ever confirming that no prayer goes unanswered.

                                                                                                               

 

 

                

             Sincere Support Gives Rise to Progress

           

As a teenager, Junjun lost his way and was involved in many delinquent acts. In spite of all this, his family and youth leaders continued to support and encourage him without retreating a single step. Moved by their sincerity, he started chanting again as he challenged himself anew, breakthrough his weaknesses, and pursue a life where he [and the people around him] can be proud of.

                                                                                                               

                

           TREASURE THE CONNECTION: PHILIPPINES

           

A computer engineer in Cebu never gave up hope in spite of poverty and found a way to give hope to others. From a series showing SGI members taking action for peace in their local communities.

                                                                                                               

Views

 
 
Daily Gosho
The Buddha took the teachings that he had preached in the course of his lifetime, ground and sifted them, blended them together, and compounded an excellent medicine, the pill of the Mystic Law. Regardless of whether one understands it or not, so long as one takes the pill, can one fail to be cured of the illness of delusion?

 

“onversation Between A Sage and An Unenlightened Man” (WND-1, p.133)