SGI Representative Speaks on Peace and Dialogue at New Zealand Counselors Gathering
From July 21-23, six representative SGI members attended a New Zealand Counselors Association (NZCA) training course held at the Whangarei Boys High School in Whangarei. The association represents approximately 2,500 counselors who work in fields such as education, health, justice and social welfare, for both government agencies and community based social service agencies.
At the training course, SGI member Ian Gordon gave a lecture on "Peace and Dialogue" from a Buddhist perspective and introduced the theme of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2004 peace proposal, "Inner Transformation: Creating a Global Groundswell for Peace." Mr. Gordon proposed that the key to building a culture of peace is each person determining to choose dialogue over violence and resignation.
SGI members also introduced SGI-New Zealand's youth initiative "Victory Over Violence" (VOV), a grassroots effort to help teenagers identify the causes of violence in their lives and communities and foster a culture of peace in their homes, schools and society at large. SGI members demonstrated some VOV techniques and had participants try them out on each other.
[Adapted from an article in the August 26, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of SGI-New Zealand]