Back to listMar 4, 2005

Soka Gakkai Holds Monthly Leaders' Meeting for March

On March 3, Soka Gakkai held its monthly leaders' meeting, in conjunction with general meetings for Hokkaido and Chubu, at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo. Some 250 SGI members from 60 countries and regions joined Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya and other national leaders. Representatives from Hokkaido and Chubu introduced the victories they achieved in their respective activities.

SGI representatives from 60 countries in Japan for a training session

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message and a heartfelt welcome to the SGI members, who are in Japan for a spring training session. He praised their day-to-day efforts to spread understanding of the SGI and its activities, based on the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, in their respective countries. Referring to the SGI just having celebrated its 30th anniversary, Mr. Ikeda said the SGI is in a pioneering stage, a most crucial time for any organization or movement. Now is the time to make positive efforts--causes--that will be reflected in the future as dynamic results. He then quoted Nichiren's writings: "The deeper the roots, the more prolific the branches. The farther the source, the longer the stream." ("On Repaying Debts of Gratitude," The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 736).

Solofo Andrianaina Ralamboarisoa, a men's division leader hailing from Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean some 400 kilometers off the African continent, is currently employed as an assistant manager in the purchasing department at the Madagascar International Airport. He became deeply impressed by a fellow worker, who worked harder than anyone, always with a smile and stalwart confidence. Mr. Ralamboarisoa asked him the secret to his energy and enthusiasm. The coworker responded that he was a Buddhist. Mr. Ralamboarisoa decided to join the SGI in 1997. He was able to challenge and surmount his arrogant nature, and became a more understanding husband and father. Seeing the change in him, his wife soon joined. Mr. Ralamboarisoa leads monthly men's gatherings and biweekly discussion meetings. He expressed his joy in finally having the opportunity to attend an SGI training session in Japan together with fellow SGI members from throughout the world. He hoped to learn as much as possible during his stay, and to share what he gains with the Madagascar members.