SGI Members Around the World Hold New Year Meetings

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SGI Ghana Center in AccraA young women’s chorus performs at the SGI-Ghana Center in Accra

On January 1 and 2, SGI members around the world celebrated the New Year with prayer meetings in their local areas. Meetings were held in members’ homes and culture centers from Ghana to Brazil, the UK, the Philippines and New Zealand, with the common theme of renewing personal determinations and making a fresh start. In Malaysia, special prayers were offered for those affected by serious flooding in the eastern coastal areas of the country.

In his New Year’s message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda highlighted the significance of 2015 in marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda’s release from prison on July 3, 1945, and also the 40th anniversary of the SGI’s founding on January 26, 1975.

SGI Panama New YearSGI-Panama members celebrating New Year

Mr. Ikeda stated: “Praying together, encouraging one another, striving to bring forth our own and others’ Buddha nature, the highest and most positive potential inherent in life . . . is the surest and soundest way to build peace in our world where war and violence continue to rage unabated.”

The SGI President also called on SGI members to strive for the happiness of others and work toward peace based on their practice of the hope-filled philosophy of Buddhism in 2015, the Year of Dynamic Development in the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu.

[Adapted from articles in the January 1, 2015, issue of World Tribune, SGI-USA, and the January 1 and 2, 2015, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Ghana and SGI-Panama]

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