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On June 8, SGI-Italy held Women’s General Meetings at over 950 venues across the country including the cities of Cecina, Turin, Rome, Milan, Florence, Falconara Marittima, Bologna, Cagliari and Catania on the island of Sicily. In total, some 27,000 women of all ages attended the meetings.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to these, the first nationwide women’s meetings of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu. In his message Mr. Ikeda expressed his wish that, based on their Buddhist practice, the participants would work toward individual happiness and that of those around them in their families and local communities. At the meetings participants made fresh determinations toward 2030, the 100th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai’s founding.
The meeting held at the Milan Ikeda Peace Culture Center was live streamed to 13 venues around the country and featured two faith experiences. The first was given by a woman from Rome who was born and raised in Brazil. She shared how practicing Nichiren Buddhism and chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo had enabled her to overcome difficulties in family relationships. A younger woman from Trieste gave the second experience and described how her Buddhist practice helped her in coming to terms with her parents’ death, facing various financial difficulties and eventually being able to graduate from university.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Italy; photos courtesy of SGI-Italy]
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