Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism Established in France
Le Consistoire Soka du Bouddhisme de Nichiren (the Soka Religious Council of Nichiren Buddhism) was recently established in France. This was announced at a meeting held in Paris on February 2, 2008. Soka Gakkai Executive Guidance Chief Einosuke Akiya and other representatives from Japan attended. The Religious Council will serve as a guiding body for the Soka movement in France.
Pierre Charlot was installed as chair, and Frederic Chiba, as vice chair. Council members are: Betty Mori, Pierre Spacagna and Shoichi Hasegawa.
Mr. Charlot introduced the structure and purpose of the Religious Council and shared his resolve to dedicate himself to supporting his fellow members and to the betterment of society.
Mr. Akiya encouraged those present to unite and develop a model organization. At a leaders seminar later the same day, participants exchanged views and reconfirmed the purpose of the new organizational structure and reforms instituted.
On February 3, Mr. Akiya led a study on Nichiren's letter "Reply to Sennichi-ama" from the September 2007 installment of "Learning From The Gosho: The Hope-filled Writings of Nichiren Daishonin," while members of the Religious Council held a working session.
Website of "Le Soka Consistoire du Bouddhisme de Nichiren": http://www.consistoire-soka.fr/
[Adapted from an article in the February 10, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]