SGI-Macau Commemorates 20th anniversary of SGI President's Visit
On January 23, SGI-Macau held a culture festival at the Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) auditorium marking the 11th anniversary of Macau's return of sovereignty to China. The festival also commemorated the 20th anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's visit to Macau.
MPI President Lei Heong Iok and Li Zhengqiao, deputy director of the Department of Culture and Education of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR, attended as guests. Mr. Ikeda sent a message for the occasion, calling the celebration a new departure for creating lasting world peace.
SGI-Macau youth members performed dances and songs, through which they expressed their resolve to develop their lives and thereby advance the cause of peace.
When he addressed the festival participants, President Lei stated that Mr. Ikeda's philosophy of Buddhist humanism can provide the way forward in resolving current global issues.
Mr. Ikeda visited Macau on January 30, 1991, for the first time. At that time, Mr. Ikeda received an honorary doctorate from the University of Macau (former University of East Asia) acknowledging his contribution for the development of education. He also delivered a lecture titled "Arousing a New Global Awareness."
[Adapted from an article in the January 28, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]