What is Human Revolution? #Ikeda #SGI (#Buddhist #WorldPeace Viewpoints)

19 Apr

Human Revolution

Living Buddhism, April 2015

The word revolution may conjure images of political, social or economic uprisings, most often involving violence. While past revolutions have addressed pressing issues, such as inequality or income disparity, they have not addressed the root of human suffering. Ultimately, neither the source of suffering or happiness is to be found in a social or economic system but in the hearts of people.
In the course of his efforts to rebuild the Soka Gakkai following World War II, Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai, used the term “human revolution,” to describe the process of deep personal transformation brought about by Buddhist practice.
What is human revolution, and why should we aim to engage in this essential process? Consider these scenarios: A student with poor grades resolves to study hard and improves at school, gaining selfconfidence in the process. A self-centered and indifferent person begins taking action to help another, thereby developing genuine concern and learning for the first time what it means to be human.
Doing human revolution does not imply that we become someone different. Rather, when we chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon for our own and others’ happiness, we awaken our innate Buddha nature, which enables us to cultivate qualities essential to our happiness. Key among these, SGI President Ikeda has pointed out, are the following seven indicators of human revolution: health, youthfulness, good fortune, wisdom, passion, conviction and victory (see pp. 56–57 of this issue). All these, he explains, are encompassed in the practice of compassion:
“In short, awakening to our mission as Bodhisattvas of the Earth is crucial for human revolution, and joyous and courageous dedication to kosen-rufu is a manifestation of human revolution.
“Those who uphold the correct teaching of Buddhism and dedicate themselves to the welfare of others and the betterment of society are truly noble. They possess the life state of bodhisattvas, regardless of their financial means or social status.” (p. 57)
The SGI exists to enable an increasing number of individuals to undergo this self-empowering process, which will transform our society, nation and the world at their roots. This is the advancement of kosen-rufu. President Ikeda writes:
“The relationship between [human revolution and kosen-rufu] resembles that of the rotation and revolution of the Earth, which, while rotating on its axis, simultaneously orbits the sun. The Earth’s rotation on its axis produces day and night, while its movement around the sun produces the four seasons.” ( The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 1, p. 27)
Our human revolution results from our efforts for kosen-rufu, and kosen-rufu is achieved through individuals accomplishing human revolution. While it may seem like a long process, the human revolution of a single individual is the direct path to creating a more peaceful world and life of absolute happiness.

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