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Singapore President Nathan Sends Birthday Message to SGI President Ikeda

February 6, 2008

On January 14, Republic of Singapore President S R Nathan sent a belated birthday message to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. It reads as follows:

Dear Mr Ikeda,

Congratulations on the joyous occasion of your 80th birthday.

The Soka Association in Singapore has made valuable contributions to our community over the years. Their work is in furtherance of your personal philosphy for the Soka Movement, ie to promote universal understanding to the benefit of all. Your vision, and your leadership of the Soka Gakkai International and committment to the humanitarian causes around the world have been a great source of encouragement for local Soka Movements all over the world. Your local chapter in Sinagpore is working towards that end — promoting the well-being of peoples locally and thus contributing to peace.

On behalf of my fellow Singaporeans, I wish you many more years of good health, and success in leading the Soka Movement in the various humanitarian missions that the Soka Gakkai International and its branches abroad are undertaking.

Yours sincerely,
S R Nathan

(Extracted from the SSA Times, Issue 310)


Sensei’s Reply

January 31, 2008

Ikeda Sensei received the gift from Hougang and Sengkang Zone for his 80th birthday!
(A DVD of the Mentor & Disciple Festival and a framed poster showing the pictures of the 3 presidents of Soka Gakkai.)

Sensei also replied with a message:

“I have received the DVD and frame. Thank you and please send my regards to all.”

When we engrave our mentor’s heart and spirit in our lives, and carry out kosen-rufu with the same high life force, perseverance and joy, we will definitely be close to Sensei. And that is when the Mentor & Disciple Spirit will start to crystallize.

See here for more information about the Mentor & Disciple Festival! 🙂

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“There are those who build a path, and those who tear it down. There are those who continue to walk a path, and those who stray from it. I wish to be a person who forges a path; a person who persists in walking a path.

No matter what; until the end, I will keep walking, keep running. Even if I should fall along the way, and return to the dust of the land, because I believe in the youth who will succeed me along this path, I will have not a single regret.”

– Daisaku Ikeda
Photo Essay: ‘A Path at Windsor’ (Windsor Castle, England, Great Britain, June 1991).

See Photo Essays by Daisaku Ikeda.