Back to listAug 1, 2006

SGI-Serbia Members Gather for Commemorative Meeting

On July 8 and 9, SGI members in Serbia met at their center in Belgrade to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the establishment of SGI-Serbia Chapter (formerly SGI-Yugoslavia). Then, the former Yugoslavia was mired in ethnic conflict, leading to NATO intervention--the bombing of Belgrade and the stationing of a NATO-led force (KFOR), in Kosovo. The members continued to pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflicts. (Federal elections were held in fall 2000 installing Vojislav Kostunica as president, replacing Slobodan Milosevic, who was tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for crimes against humanity. In 2001 the country's suspension from the UN was lifted.) At the recent meeting, the members renewed their resolve to shoulder responsibility for peace and stability of the region, under the slogan, "Now is the Time to Cast Off the Transient and Reveal the True." Members from the neighboring countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia also participated. SGI-Europe Vice Chair Jan Møller lectured on "Many in Body, One in Mind," one of Nichiren's writings. During a question and answer session, Mr. Møller responded to each question, including anecdotes from his personal experiences. He encouraged the participants to create value in their daily lives and spread hope and happiness in society based on the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism and the spirit of the shared commitment of mentor and disciple, together with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and SGI members throughout the world.

On July 8, the group held a seminar on Buddhism inviting some 30 friends, which included presentations and a small cultural show.

SGI members of Serbia and neighboring countries gather in Belgrade where the Danube and Sava rivers meet