SGI-Brazil Youth Expand Friendship through Dialogue
From July 1-15, 2007, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) youth held meetings throughout the country to commemorate July 11 and July 19, anniversaries of the Young Men's Division (YMD) and the Young Women's Division (YWD), respectively. The gatherings brought together 55,000 members and their friends.
In 2005, BSGI youth launched their "One Million Amigos-Amigas Campaign," an effort to spread understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and the BSGI in their local communities through dialogue and friendship. By the following year, they had met and conversed with 1.5 million people, surpassing their original goal by 50%. Then from the spring of 2006 to the beginning of 2007, the BSGI youth visited and encouraged their fellow members one by one, strengthening their bonds of mutual understanding, trust and friendship. The general meetings, where young people met to exchange experiences and engage in dialogue, were an extension of this effort.
At a gathering of 800 young men at the BSGI center in São Paulo on July 11, YMD Leader Edson Tokunaga encouraged the participants to become true friends who support one another through their difficulties. Some 900 young women met at the same venue on July 19. YWD Leader Andreia Tomizawa emphasized that through challenging hardships one can savor the joy of surmounting them and thereby develop the perspective to see problems as opportunities for strengthening oneself.
[Adapted from an article in the August 9, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]