SGI-Czech Members Celebrate 15th Anniversary
On April 14-15, 2007, SGI-Czech Chapter celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment in January 1992 with a mere six members. This followed the 1989 "Velvet Revolution" that led to democratization of the former Czechoslovakia. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda hailed the members who had gathered in Prague as "treasures of Czech society" and encouraged them to become role models for SGI members throughout the world through peace activism in society and personal victory. SGI-Czech Chapter Chief Bedrich Dolezal recalled the history of their struggles to develop the SGI in the Czech Republic, as well as his personal experience of overcoming financial problems through his faith and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Europe Vice Women's Chair Betty Mori led a study of Nichiren's letter, "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime." Young women and women members gave vocal and instrumental performances, followed by personal experiences of applying Buddhist humanism in daily life and a question and answer session. On the next day, the participants broke into two groups to discuss Buddhist concepts. A friend and guest of one of the participants decided to join the SGI and begin practicing Nichiren Buddhism.
[Adapted from an article in the May 31, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]