by James C. Stephens

October 9, 1973

Soka University

George M. Williams, “Over 120 dignitaries all over the US sent messages to our student Congress. What we set forth today will the determine the future. Abraham Lincoln said in August 1858, “We the people…life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness.”

Student division–discussion of democracy. It is our mission to provide happiness of all mankind. Life most precious treasure.

Spiritual Quest. Nichiren Daishonin was able to express. Buddha is life itself, the true aspect of life.

Goals to accomplish. Develop broad-minded international outlook-not narrow minded scope.

H.G. Wells in Outline of History said, “Our true nationality is mankind.”

We are all brothers and sisters. Hippy to Happy Movement. F to A movement.  Mr. Hell or Mr. Heaven. Challenge yourself with Human Revolution. It’s your responsibility to become outstanding bright youth. Always take the side of the people. Men of action, not students of theory.

President Ikeda said, “You should be wise enough to grasp today’s reality with a persistant vision of kosenrufu. Percieve importance of the storm ahead.

Always carry President Ikeda’s guidance close to heart. Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask not what the world can do for you, but what you can do for the freedom and happiness of all mankind.

The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. Brilliantly carry out every activity.


Comment on the preceding notes: I’ve included these rough notes of Williams speech in Japan as this was an historical event as over 3,000 Buddhists from America made a pilgrimage to Japan to commemorate the first anniversary of the completion of the Sho Hondo.


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