Soka Gakkai Indonesia Opens New Headquarters Building; SGI President Commended by Indonesia University of Education and Indonesian Photographers' Association
On May 14, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members gathered for the long-awaited opening of their new headquarters building in Jakarta, Indonesia, attended by guests from various sectors of Indonesian society, including Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, wife of Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, and President Hasanuddin Yusuf of the Indonesia National Youth Council Central Board. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his heartfelt hopes for SGI-Indonesia members to all create glorious and triumphant lives of ultimate fulfillment based on the humanistic philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and asked that they contribute to their local communities and to Indonesian society to the best of their ability.
In recent years, especially in anticipation of their new center, the SGI-Indonesia members have been promoting goodwill and understanding in society through various events. In August 2005, they sponsored "Youth Concert for Peace: Hug the World with Music," a musical extravaganza held in celebration of Indonesia's 60th Independence Day, and in December 2005, they held chapter level general meetings and invited guests, with a total attendance of 17,000. Beginning April 2006 SGI-Indonesia has been sponsoring a national tour of "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by the SGI President.
During the May 14 celebrations, the Indonesian University of Education and the Indonesian Photographers' Association recognized SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his leadership of the SGI that promotes intercultural understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. The conferrals were held in the main hall of the new three-story building, with a seating capacity of 1,200. Indonesian University of Education Rector Sunaryo Kartadinata entrusted SGI General Director Yoshitaka Ohba with a Culture and Education Contribution Award, and the Indonesia Photographers' Association President Triyudha Ichwan, a Lifetime Membership Award, both for Mr. Ikeda. Since its establishment in 1954, the Indonesian University of Education has shouldered the task of training teachers and spearheading the country's education programs. Rector Kartadinata expressed hopes to continue deepening intercultural understanding and peace efforts, in response to Mr. Ikeda's personal efforts in this regard. The Indonesian Photographers' Association is a prestigious organization that has promulgated the art of photography worldwide, through its national network of photographers. Mr. Triyudha said Mr. Ikeda's photographs, which express the natural beauty of the world, have inspired the many association members, and especially beginning amateurs.