SGI-Europe Youth in Spain, France, Hungary, Slovenia and Russia Reaffirm Commitment to Peace
SGI members, developing their lives and with the life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, are advancing in harmonious solidarity in the Russian Federation and the former East European countries.
Hungary: SGI-Hungary members met on March 5 and 6 in Budapest for a chapter meeting. Under a theme of "When I Change, the World Will Change," members shared personal experiences, gave study presentations and presented a skit based on The Human Revolution.
Slovenia: On March 13, SGI-Slovenia members met in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to celebrate March 16, a commemorative day on which SGI youth refresh their resolve to shoulder responsibility for humanity's future. With SGI-Slovenia having officially registered as a cultural organization of Slovenia earlier this year, the young women's leader, together with SGI-Slovenia leader Jasmina Una Tumpej, made wholehearted efforts to visit and encourage as many members to participate in the gathering as possible. As a result, one third of the participants were first time guests to an SGI-Slovenia activity. Tsuruko Kühn, SGI-Europe Women's Division advisor, lectured on "The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings" and a question and answer session on Nichiren Buddhism.
Russia: In Russia, members recently met in their respective locales. In Nizhniy Novgorod, approximately 400 kilometers east of Moscow, members, together with guests, met on March 6. St. Petersburg members met on March 19.
Spain: SGI-Spain youth met from March 2-6 at the SGI-Europe Training Center in Trets, southern France, for a conference titled "Let's Create Peace With the Passion and Vow of Youth." The gathering commemorated March 16. Members from 21 cities and areas, including Madrid, Barcelona, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, were represented. The group studied "The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings" and President Ikeda's lecture on "The Opening of the Eyes," one of Nichiren's major writings. They also held discussions by activity and support groups. At the SGI-Spain youth general meeting on March 5, the youth resolved together to engage in Buddhist dialogue, speak out with the spirit of "refuting the erroneous and revealing the true" and show actual proof of the practice of Nichiren Buddhism in society. Following words by SGI-Spain Youth Division Chief Juan Ito, General Director Enrique Caputo encouraged the participants to follow through on the vow they make as youth and expand their solidarity of friendship with a courageous spirit and firm resolve.
France: Some 80 SGI-France youth leaders gathered at the Paris Culture Center to reaffirm their commitment to work for peace and to achieve victory in their personal lives. The group studied Soka Gakkai's history of dynamic growth and development spearheaded by youth. They vowed together to develop their capabilities and contribute to society.