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Back to listMar 23, 2008

Taiwan and Indonesia Members Study Nichiren's Writings with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief

On February 23-24, 2008, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) held study sessions on Nichiren Buddhism with SGI-Asia Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka at centers in Banciao, Changhua and Qianzhen. The 1,100 attendees had previously passed intermediate-level study examinations. Mr. Morinaka lectured on "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life," one of Nichiren's writings, based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's writings on the same topic. Observing the TSA members' development in Buddhist study, Mr. Morinaka encouraged the participants to further deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism in order to create positive value in their individual lives as well as in society.

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Study session in Banciao
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Study session in Changhua

Since the restructuring of their organization in 2004, Soka Gakkai Indonesia (SGI-Indonesia) members have held monthly meetings to study Nichiren's writings. On March 22-23, Mr. Morinaka attended study sessions at the SGI-Indonesia headquarters in Jakarta. On the first day, Mr. Morinaka's lecture topic was "On the Difficulty of Sustaining Faith." On March 23, some 550 attended a meeting in which the study material covered Mr. Ikeda's lectures on "On the Buddha's Prophecy," the fifth installment in his series "Learning from the Gosho: The Hope-filled Writings of Nichiren Daishonin." Saying that study in Buddhism is much more than an intellectual exercise, Mr. Morinaka urged the members to apply Nichiren's teachings to their own lives so that they can overcome difficulties and help others become happy as well.

[Adapted from articles in the March 27 and April 4, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Taiwan Soka Association]