SGI-Greece Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its formation, SGI-Greece held meetings and a culture festival in Athens from February 3-5.
In a message to those attending the meeting, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda conveyed his great hope for all SGI members to live fulfilled lives and work for the development of society and their local communities, embodying the spirit of "turning poison into medicine"-- using suffering as fuel for positive change. Especially in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis that has sparked rioting in Athens, Mr. Ikeda encouraged SGI members to become pillars of hope and symbols of happiness in their respective areas.
At the meeting, SGI-Greece representatives gave faith-based experiences about how they have used their Buddhist practice to find courage and wisdom in the face of obstacles. The cultural festival included choral and violin performances as well as dancing.
[Adapted from an article in the February 10, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]