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On February 17, SGI members gathered at the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Nature and Culture Center in Itapevi, São Paulo to celebrate SGI-Brazil Women's Day (February 27). Some 1,600 people attended, including SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano, and Women's Group members from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Some BSGI members attended from other cities such as Belem, Santarém, and Manaus and traveled as far as 2,600 km to attend. One woman in particular traveled 4 hours by boat, followed by a 6 hour plane ride to reach São Paulo. At the meeting, she shared how she first learned about Nichiren Buddhism when she was struggling with a difficult financial situation. Through practicing Buddhism, she learned that she was not helpless and through undergoing an inner change and taking action was able to change her situation for the better.
Many other participants shared their personal stories in faith and used the meeting as an opportunity to renew their determination never to give up in the face of difficulties.
The day before, on February 16, a leaders meeting took place at BSGI's Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo to commemorate the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Brazil in 1993, a time when many new initiatives were launched within BSGI. The Ikeda Humanism Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the meeting as it also celebrated the 20th year since its establishment.
[Adapted from an article in the February 20, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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