Myoko Naganuma was born on December 25, 1889, in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.
She was guided by Founder Nikkyo Niwano to the Buddha's Way and strove to establish the foundations of Rissho Kosei-kai with him. During the first 20 years of the organization's early days, Cofounder Naganuma served as its vice-president and spiritually supported Founder Niwano. She constantly gave members throughout Japan great strength and hope for facing life through her dedicated guidance on the faith.
Even in the chaotic turmoil during and after World War II, Cofounder Naganuma led a life devoted to always practicing the teachings of the Lotus Sutra thoroughly, thus demonstrating the importance of rendering service to others through the bodhisattva-way, no matter what circumstances one faced. She also rescued people suffering from dire poverty, incurable illnesses, or domestic discord and guided them to the Buddha's Way.
With the wish that everyone would extend small kindnesses to help make the world a better place, Cofounder Naganuma was dedicated to social service activities. Whenever a natural disaster occurred she was quick to lead Rissho Kosei-kai members in working to distribute relief supplies to victims in the areas of devastation. The deep compassion she demonstrated in her attitudes and behavior were a great inspiration for members in the organization's early days and helped them develop a firm faith in their hearts and minds.
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