SGI Participates in Frankfurt Book Fair, Hosts Forum on Rebuilding Tohoku
SGI took part in the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, from October 10-14. This year marks SGI's tenth year of participation in the event. About 7,300 publishing companies from more than 100 countries and territories set up stands, and visitors totaled nearly 300,000.
Among the books on display at the SGI stand was Humanismus Ein buddhistischer für das 21. Jahrhundert (A Buddhist Humanism for the 21st Century) by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, published in German by Wissenschaftlichen Buchgesellschaft. The book includes 16 speeches given by Mr. Ikeda at universities and educational institutions such as "Art and Spirituality in the East and the West" delivered at the Institut de France and "Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization" at Harvard University, as well as a poem addressed to young people in Germany.
On October 13, SGI-Germany sponsored a discussion forum on Soka Gakkai’s relief efforts in Japan in response to the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Yoshi Matsuno, executive advisor of SGI-Germany, introduced how Soka Gakkai members have contributed to the quick recovery of the affected areas and encouraged others who are facing great suffering.
[Adapted from an article in the October 19, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]