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From April 27-28, representatives of SGI-Cambodia attended a leaders' training course organized by SGI-Thailand. A total of 28 leaders, many of whom were traveling outside of Cambodia for the first time, made the 12-hour bus journey from Phnom Penh to SGI-Thailand's Thonburi center, located on the outskirts of Bangkok.
The SGI-Cambodia leaders commented on the warm welcome they received from the time of their arrival at the Poipet-Aranyaprathet border and the care shown to them throughout the course.
During the training course, participants studied SGI President Ikeda's lecture series on Nichiren's writings, including "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" and "The Properties of Rice." Breaking up into smaller groups, SGI-Cambodia representatives also attended various local gatherings in Bangkok, including an introductory session for those interested in Nichiren Buddhism and six different discussion meetings around the city. At each venue, participants engaged in dialogue, exchanging experiences in faith and practice and on applying Nichiren's teachings to their daily lives. In some districts, the Cambodian members were welcomed with traditional Thai dance performances.
SGI-Cambodia representatives commented that the course helped them deepen their understanding of the mentor-disciple relationship in Buddhism and said they returned home with fresh determination to positively contribute to their communities and work towards achieving lasting peace in Cambodia.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Cambodia; photos courtesy of Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGI-Thailand)]
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