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A Latin America study training course was held in Brazil from April 18-20 and in Argentina from April 21-22. The course brought together a total of some 4,000 SGI members from across Latin America including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Colombia.
In Brazil, the course was held in São Paulo at the Brazil SGI (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Peace Auditorium. In Argentina, it was held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires.
SGI President Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to participants in this, the first Latin America Study Training Course of the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu.
SGI Study Department Vice Chair Shinji Shimizu was guest lecturer in both countries. He spoke on passages from of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin including "Reply to the Lay Priest Takahashi," written on Mount Minobu in 1275 and "The True Aspect of All Phenomena," written to Sairen-bō Nichijō in 1273 during Nichiren's exile on Sado Island.
In Brazil, where the second and third days of his lectures were broadcast to some 13,600 people at 259 venues around the country, Mr. Shimizu also lectured on SGI President Ikeda's The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra dialogue series.
He highlighted the spirit of the oneness of mentor and disciple as demonstrated by SGI's three founding presidents.
[Adapted from articles in the April 24 and May 8, 2014, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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