SGI Cameroon Holds Leaders' Study Sessions
SGI-Cameroon women representatives from throughout the country gathered in Yaounde for a leaders' seminar on June 9-10, 2007, that included a study of Nichiren's writing, "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime," and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture on the Buddhist view of life and death. The women also discussed the value of the SGI organization and the importance of a leader's own growth and development in the effort to support members in their Buddhist practice. The group resolved to realize the SGI women's division's eternal mottoes in their daily lives: "develop intellect and wisdom"; "become capable and happy women"; and "awaken to our respective missions and grow together as a family."
On June 23, Victory Headquarters district leaders met to study the Buddhist principle of "many in body, one in mind," in which the diverse and unique qualities of each individual are respected, and a spontaneous collaboration of individuals toward a common ideal creates an environment in which each individual's qualities and talents are fully realized and utilized. The group also studied the "oneness of mentor and disciple," or the spirit of a disciple to inherit the will of and share as an equal in the mentor's struggle to advance peace and the blossoming of human potential. In a letter to one of his followers, Nichiren wrote, "If lay believers and their teacher pray with differing minds, their prayer will be as futile as trying to kindle a fire on water," emphasizing the importance of both the mentor and disciple having the same heart and mind to achieve their goal of humanity's peace and happiness.
[Adapted from reports from SGI-Cameroon and an article in the August 19, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]