Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Gather at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden
On December 2, 2007, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) held its 33rd general meeting at Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a New Delhi suburb. SGI-Nepal and SGI-Sri Lanka representatives also attended the meeting together with some 1,300 BSG members from throughout India, making a fresh departure toward 2008, which the SGI has designated the "Year of Capable People and Development." At the meeting, BSG's current membership of 35,000 in 213 cities was announced. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, in which he encouraged everyone to contribute to the society as exemplary citizens and to develop friendship through dialogue.
Anuka Pradhan, a women's leader from Sikkim, a small state in the eastern Himalayas, reported on local activities. Representatives shared experiences of overcoming difficulties and achieving victories in their lives through applying the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. BSG Chair Gopinath Menon extended his appreciation for the members' efforts to promote peace in their immediate communities through cultural festivals and various exhibitions. He called on the participants to work in harmony and build a castle of capable successors for peace in India.
[Adapted from an article in the December 14, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of BSG]