Saturday, 31 May 2014

Daisaku Ikeda on the importance of being a compassionate leader

A leader in the SGI should always act from a place of compassion.

This is probably some of the MOST important guidance, I have ever read regarding our organisation from Sensei.

If you are a leader, please ENGRAVE this in your heart.

Just because we practice the Daishonin’s Buddhism, however, doesn’t make us in any way special. Essentially we are in
no way different from other people, except for the fact that we base ourselves on chanting to the Gohonzon. There is
no such thing as a special kind of human being. To assume an elitist air is the behavior of fanatics. We have no room for such people in the SGI.

Human beings are just that— human beings. They can never be anything more. Consequently, the true purpose of faith is to enable human beings to polish and develop themselves as human beings.

In particular, we must ensure that we do not have leaders who, suffering from delusions of grandeur, become dictatorial, highhanded and oppressive toward the members. This is the exact opposite of what a leader should be.

Daisaku Ikeda
(My Dear Friends in America, third edition, p. 355)


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