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SGI Members in Greece and the Czech Republic Attend Leadership Training Courses

On October 8, 2007, SGI-Greece held a training course on the Island of Evia facing the Aegean Sea. Some 100 members from major Greek cities including Athens and islands such as Tinos, Crete and Chios, as well as SGI members from the UK and neighboring Cyprus attended. SGI-Greece General Director Dimitri Dimopoulos and Women's Leader Monika Vermeulen spoke about one of Nichiren's letters of encouragement to Shijo Kingo, a samurai retainer versed in medicine and a devout follower of Nichiren. An unusually dry, hot summer resulted in rampant wildfires in various parts of Greece. Akemi Baynes, SGI-UK Women's Division Advisor, called on everyone to summon up courage and not be defeated in the face of obstacles and difficulties, contribute to the flourishing and development of society and gain trust in their communities. The participants resolved to develop their own lives and to inspire courage and hope in others.

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SGI-Greece members (October 8, 2007)

On September 28-29 in the Czech Republic, SGI members held an autumn training leadership seminar in Pardubice, a city in Bohemia, located in an area of wild natural beauty. The seminar commemorated SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's first visit to Prague 43 years ago in October 1964, following a trip to Paris, France. SGI members who hail from Europe, Asia and Latin America make up the SGI-Czech organization.

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SGI-Czech members (September 29, 2007)

[Adapted from an article in the November 1, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]