SGI Men and Young Men in Latin America Strengthen Friendships
During August 2007, SGI men (MD) and young men (YMD) members throughout Latin America met to reconfirm their resolve to contribute to society as well as their roles as the "golden pillars" and "youthful energy" for the growth and development of their respective SGI organizations.
In Ecuador, MD members gathered in their local districts. The participants strengthened their shared commitment to work for humanity's happiness in the spirit of mentor and disciple, manifest their inherent potential and stand up with courage to prevail against all adversity. Javier Silva, leader of Sin Fronteras District, joyfully reported on the growth and development of the district and its members.
SGI-Mexico organized a combined training course for the MD and YMD in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, on August 25 and 26. Participants held animated discussions on how their practice of Nichiren Buddhism impacted their lives. The men redetermined to deepen their faith through strengthening study and understanding of Buddhism and showing actual proof in society. SGI-Mexico also held a general meeting for all members on August 19 commemorating the 42nd anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to the country. Some 400 members attended, including visiting Soka University students from Tokyo, Japan, who were on an intensive language program at Guanajuato University.
From August 18-26 in Panama, 320 men attended local meetings themed "Say 'No' to Violence." Following their study of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's anti-nuclear declaration and Mr. Ikeda's 2007 peace proposal, the participants vowed to build a society which respects the inherent dignity of life. An attending leader encouraged everyone to win trust in society through taking exemplary initiatives, saying, "When one man stands up for a noble cause, the positive influence he can have on his environment is amazing." A non-Buddhist guest remarked that he had gained renewed hope for world peace with the SGI's philosophy in which the human revolution of a single individual is the starting point of everything.
[Adapted from an article in the September 18, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]