SGI 2008 Spring Training Course Held in Japan
From March 4-8, 2008, some 220 representatives from 60 countries and territories around the world participated in SGI's Spring Training Course in Japan. During the opening session on March 4 held at the Soka International Friendship Hall in Sendagaya, Tokyo, representatives from Mauritius and Poland shared activity reports. SGI Women's Leader Mrs. Kayoko Asano and SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba also spoke.
On March 5, SGI members attended Soka Gakkai's monthly leaders meeting that coincided with a national youth leaders meeting at Tokyo Makiguchi Memorial Hall in Hachioji, Tokyo.
A study session on Nichiren's writings that included "Letter to the Brothers" was held on March 6, with SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito. Based on the passage, "As practice progresses and understanding grows, the three obstacles and four devils emerge in confusing form, vying with one another to interfere," Mr. Saito encouraged the participants to courageously surmount obstacles in their lives.
On March 8, the SGI members attended exchange meetings at 35 venues in Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures. Local Japanese members extended a heartfelt welcome to their SGI counterparts from abroad. Through sharing personal experiences and performing songs and dances, the overseas and Japanese members deepened their friendships and renewed their shared pledge to work for humanity's peace and happiness.
[Adapted from articles in the March 5, 7 and 9, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]