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On November 30, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its second general meeting of the year at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in Haryana, near New Delhi. The meeting, which was held to celebrate the growth of BSG in 2014 and kick off towards the coming year, brought together nearly 2,600 representatives of all ages, including some 400 leaders from cities and states across the country.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message for the occasion as an expression of his support and encouragement for all BSG members and the growth of the SGI movement in India.
related article Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Malaysia On February 16, "The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)'s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur. BSG young women’s leader Gitanjali Singh gave the opening address. An activity report describing the development of the SGI community in Berhampur in the eastern state of Odisha over the last four years was also given, followed by three experiences in faith.
In her speech, BSG vice women’s leader Rashi Ahuja stressed that local discussion meetings would be the central focus of BSG activities next year. The slogan for the year 2015 will be “Joyfully Advancing through Dynamic Discussion Meetings,” she said.
The meeting also featured choral performances, the presentation of awards to representatives in recognition of their efforts throughout the year, and closing remarks by BSG chairperson Vishesh Gupta.
Following the meeting, a youth culture festival was held in the grounds of the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, where members from across the country expressed their determinations for 2015 through song and dance performances. (Click here for more photos of the culture festival.)
[Adapted from an article on the Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) website and an article in the December 8, 2014, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of BSG]
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