SGI-Argentina Holds Culture Festival
On March 5-7, SGI-Argentina held a Soka Youth Peace Culture Festival at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires. The event commemorated March 16, a day within the SGI that symbolizes the mentor entrusting his disciples with the task of working for world peace. The festival also coincided with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Youth Group in Japan (July 1951).
Over the three-day period, the festival included seven performances by the SGI-Argentina Music Group and Fife-and-Drum Corps. Francisco Delich, former rector of the National University of Córdoba, and Pedro Bautista Tomá, former vice rector of the National University of Lomas de Zamora, attended, along with some 8,500 people from the academic, cultural and legal communities.
Mr. Tomá shared his belief that SGI youth members who contribute to society based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's vision will in fact help actualize world peace.
In his message to those attending the festival, Mr. Ikeda expressed his hope that everyone would take full responsibility for advancing the world peace movement and have the courage to take the first step toward this endeavor.
The festival included a presentation by youth members on the history of the SGI and Mr. Ikeda's first encounter with his mentor Josei Toda, second president of the Soka Gakkai. They also introduced Mr. Toda's efforts to rebuild the Soka Gakkai and cultivate peace following World War II and Mr. Ikeda's efforts to carry on his mentor's vision.
[Adapted from an article in the March 10, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]