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On December 8, in conjunction with the Soka Gakkai Okinawa General Meeting, the second Soka Gakkai Headquarters Leaders Meeting of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu was held in the grounds of the Soka Gakkai Okinawa Training Center, a former missile launch site.
The meeting was streamed live to the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, where it was viewed by some 127 SGI representatives from 28 countries and territories who were in Japan for SGI training sessions. It was also broadcast live to 11 Soka Gakkai centers around Okinawa Prefecture and some of its outlying islands.
Including those who viewed the meetings by live link-ups, a total of some 7,000 members took part in the meeting.
SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the meeting's participants. In the message he commended their efforts in all spheres of daily life, stating, "Everything begins with the courageous and noble dance of human revolution in which each person strives to make their life shine its brightest in the place where they are right now"
Koyu Teruya, a Soka Gakkai member who lives and works in Naha City, Okinawa, shared his experience of how he was able to overcome financial and health problems though faith. Other members of his family also described how they drew on their Buddhist practice to surmount various challenges.
Soka Gakkai Okinawa young women's group members performed a traditional Okinawan Ryukyu dance accompanied by sanshin, three-stringed guitar-like instruments. Young men's group members also performed a traditional Okinawan dance called Eisa.
[Adapted from articles in the December 10 and 13, 2013, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
The Practice of Dignity
by Mitch Bogen, Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
Strengthening the Voice of Women at the UN
by Ivy Gabbert, SGI Office for UN Affairs, New York
by Daniele Santi, Italy
The Three Faiths Project--SGI-UK
by Gemma Novis, UK
A Palace of Artistic and Cultural Exchanges--Soka Gakkai Malaysia
by Dinesh Chandren, Malaysia
Learn, Reflect, Empower: SGI and Education for Sustainable Development
by Nobuyuki Asai, Japan