SGI-Korea and SGI-Taiwan Hold Study Sessions on Nichiren Buddhism
From September 17-19, 2007, SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito lectured on a selection of Nichiren's writings at SGI-Korea centers. Some 1,300 representatives from the Seoul metropolitan area studied "The Drum at the Gate of Thunder" on September 17; 96 members of the fifth Youth Study College studied "On the Buddha's Prophecy" on September 18; and 1,350 representative women leaders studied "On Prolonging One's Life Span" on September 19. One woman participant remarked that after the lecture she now sees her Buddhist practice in a new light. "Through learnng about the boundless benefits of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo my attitude toward prayer has changed. As a woman who embraces the Mystic Law, I want to advance with sincere faith throughout my life."
SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka traveled from Japan to Taiwan to lecture on Nichiren's writings from September 14-16. In his lectures on "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," Mr. Morinaka emphasized that a change in one's determination holds the key to reforming all aspects of society. He stated that all people innately possess such power in their lives. Engaging in Buddhist practice steadily without backsliding will enable people to accomplish a personal transformation and lead victorious lives. One participant said, "It's clear to me now that Nichiren Buddhism is a humanistic religion that is closely connected to our daily activities."
[Adapted from an article in the September 28, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]