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Back to listJan 21, 2007

Buddhist Learning Courses Held in Frankfurt and Bingen, Germany

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Study course in Frankfurt

On January 20 and 21, 2007 SGI-Germany held concurrent Buddhist study courses, in German and in Japanese, for a total of 300 participants at its Frankfurt Culture Center and at the Villa Sachsen Culture Center in Bingen. Sakae Takahashi, SGI-Europe Study Department head, Yoshiharu Matsuno, an SGI-Germany leader, and others lectured on Nichiren's letter "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime," which clarifies the basic theory and practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the foundation of which is chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and explains that the potential for enlightenment exists in all life. The courses also covered one of Nichiren's major writings, "The Opening of the Eyes," whose primary theme concerns the three virtues of sovereign, teacher, and parent--qualities that all people should appreciate and respect. In the treatise, Nichiren examines to what extent these three virtues are possessed by teachings of increasing profundity, beginning with Confucianism and progressing through the essential teaching of the Lotus Sutra and states they are a standard for evaluating the relative depth of different teachings. Attendees also participated in question and answer sessions and shared personal experiences of applying Buddhism in daily life.

SGI-Germany has recently published a German edition of SGI President Ikeda's lectures on Nichiren's "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime." The lectures first appeared in serial form in the Daibyakurenge, Soka Gakkai's Japanese monthly study magazine, at the start of 2006.

[Adapted from an article in the February 12, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]