Soka Gakkai Women Launch Annual General Meetings Throughout Japan
In January 2008, Soka Gakkai women launched their annual general meetings throughout Japan. Members will meet mostly in small groups, inviting their families and friends. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda introduced the words of an American religious scholar who said the dialogues Soka Gakkai women engage in are heartfelt and overflow with dynamism, and that a religious entity like the Soka Gakkai, which is conducting a significant religious reformation, appears once in 500 or 1,000 years.
On January 11, Tokyo Area Women's Division (WD) Advisor Asami Mitsui attended a meeting in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. Kiyo Ikegami, a group leader, shared her experience of practicing Nichiren Buddhism. Ms. Mitsui asked the participants to further develop friendships in their communities. On January 13, some ten guests attended a meeting in Kamagaya City, Chiba Prefecture. Emphasizing that hardships can be transformed into catalysts for creating happiness, national WD Chief Yoko Takayanagi encouraged the women to each become the "sun" in their respective families, overcoming difficulties and hardships in their lives as they devote themselves to the happiness of others.
[Adapted from an article in the January 14, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]