Good evening, Chief Priest Reverend Nomura, Assistant Priests Reverend Warashina and Reverend Oguchi and everyone who is present today.
I am Iris Pey from the Children’s Division.
The Children’s Division Committee strives to create an enjoyable environment for the children of the next generation of kosen-rufu to learn Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism and form a deep bond with the Gohonzon. They can make close friends in the temple from the Children’s Division all the way to their adulthood in the future, supporting one another in the path of faith during good and bad times.
Today we witness another group of children who will be graduating from the Youth Division. I am sure everyone from the Children’s Division will miss your laughter and your company, and we would also like to thank you and, of course, all parents for your support all these years and your contributions towards the children’s activities.
For those who are graduating this year, congratulations! You have grown older, and you will face more exciting challenges ahead in your secondary school life. Nevertheless, I hope you can always put the Gohonzon very close to your heart and no matter what new challenges you might face, please do not forget you have a group of very experienced brothers and sisters from the Youth Division who are here to encourage and to guide you along. Please try your very best to attend and support the temple’s activities as well as the Youth Division’s activities as they will prove to be valuable lessons in your progress to adulthood.
Lastly, I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and look forward to seeing you often in the temple.
Nichiren Daishonin states in “The True Entity of All Phenomena”:
“Strive forth in the two ways of practice and study. If practice and study are neglected, then Buddhism will cease to exist. You should practise for yourself and lead others to this teaching. Both practice and study originate from faith. You must propagate to others with all your might, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase.”
Thank you very much for your kind attention.