Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Holds Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism
On March 17 and 18, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG), held its first study session with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito from Japan. A total of 1,000 representatives throughout India attended. On March 17, the participants studied "The Opening of the Eyes" and "Reply to Kyo'o" together with Mr. Saito at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), in Delhi. On March 18, at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb, Mr. Saito lectured on "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" and "The Real Aspect of the Gohonzon." Mr. Saito's lectures were followed by Q & A sessions during which BSG members asked many questions about Buddhist principles and concepts such as "voluntarily assuming the appropriate karma," "earthly desires lead to enlightenment," and the eternity of life.
Mr. Saito emphasized that the foundation of Buddhism lies in the mentor-disciple relationship and encouraged everyone to expand a network of trust in society for the sake of the peace and happiness of Indian society based on humanistic dialogue.
[Adapted from an article in the March 25, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]