"It's probably on the way to twenty years ago that I first heard about a conversation between President Ikeda and the Vatican ambassador to Japan of that time, concerning inter-faith relationships. It has remained vividly in my memory and since then I have often recalled his words when answering members' questions on this subject.
Just recently, this same historic meeting has become a focal point for reflection once again, for Sensei has expressed his view that the time has come in the movement for kosen-rufu for dialogue with other religions to be initiated.'We look upon you as our elder brother, Sensei said at the time. 'As younger brothers, you may find us more energetic, but it would be absurd for us in the future to argue over converts."