Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism Held in Brazil
On March 21-23, the third Latin America Study Session on Nichiren Buddhism was held at both the SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Dr. Daisaku Ikeda Culture Center and the BSGI Culture Center in São Paulo. Some 1,400 representatives from Brazil, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay participated. SGI Study Department Chief Katsuji Saito spoke on Nichiren's writings and the significance of Buddhist study. The study materials included Nichiren's letters "The Opening of the Eyes," "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime," "On the Buddha's Prophecy" and "The Drum at the Gate of Thunder" and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on the same writings. Mr. Saito's presentations were simultaneously translated into Portuguese and Spanish for the audience.
A young woman from Chile said she was inspired by the SGI encouraging a Buddhist practice that emphasizes putting knowledge gained from study into action. SGI-Bolivia Young Men's Secretary Hideaki Matsumura stated he learned from Mr. Ikeda's lectures that a deeper meaning of "understanding" is "changing oneself," and based on the insights he gained he is determined to challenge his own personal growth.
[Adapted from an article in the April 21, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]