SGI-USA Members' New Year's Determinations Attract Media Attention
The New Year's traditions of SGI members were highlighted in several articles in the US media over the holiday period. On December 19, 2007, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram carried an article introducing the approach to New Year's determinations of an SGI-USA member from Grapevine, Texas, as well as comments from SGI-USA national spokesman Bill Aiken. This article was also carried in local media in Kansas and Florida.
On December 29, 2007, SGI-USA member Janice D. Rubin contributed an article entitled "From Heart to Heart" to a regular religious affairs column in the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) in which she said, "In the practice of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, we have the option of making a fresh start and renewing our determination, not just once a year, at New Year's but rather, at any time."
On January 1, 2008, The Washington Post carried a large, illustrated article in its Metro section highlighting the New Year's practices of SGI members and other Buddhists. SGI-USA member Yoko Feinman of Silver Spring, Maryland, was interviewed about her practice and the meaning of her annual determinations. American Buddhist magazine Tricycle contributing editor Clark Strand was also quoted, describing SGI as the most active Buddhist group in the world, and said that "Their teaching says you have to show proof that your Buddhism is working in your life."
On December 30, 2007, CNN World Report's "Year in Review," which introduced selected stories from local TV stations around the world, featured a two minute report on Soka Gakkai's peace and antinuclear activities, including second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's 1957 antinuclear declaration. The program was produced by Japan's Channel J.
[Adapted from an article in the January 6, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; and a report from SGI Office of Public Information]