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Back to listJul 15, 2007

SGI-New Zealand Women Learn About Tapping "Boundless Life" from Within

On July 14 and 15, 2007, SGI-New Zealand held a Women's (WD) and Young Women's (YWD) Leaders Training Course in Christchurch, South Island. One hundred and twenty-six women participated in the event titled, "A Boundless Life." Representatives gave presentations on the theme during small and large group discussions.

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On July 14, the participants studied the tenets of Nichiren Buddhism that focus on inner transformation and the unity of "many in body and one in mind" -- keys to tapping the innate, boundless life force within each person. They learned that the Chinese characters for "many in body and one in mind" can also be read as "different in body, same in spirit." The core concept of this unity is respect for the diverse and unique qualities of each individual. "One in mind" refers to a shared, yet deeply personal, commitment to an overarching goal. This spontaneous, uncoerced collaboration toward a common ideal creates an environment in which each individual's distinctive qualities and talents can be fully realized and utilized.

During their presentation on July 15, Vice WD Leader Heather Simpkin and Vice YWD Leader Seiko Shirai emphasized that strong prayer based on the shared determination of mentor and disciple to dedicate one's life to humanity's happiness will generate the courage to persevere against all odds and open infinite potential to prevail over any difficulties. National New Zealand WD Leader Setsuko Gordon encouraged everyone to challenge to manifest an indomitable life force so that they can help themselves and others lead lives of fulfillment and happiness.

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[Adapted from an article in the August 8, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]